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Like a Virgin: How Science is Redesigning the Rules of Sex
Like a Virgin: How Science is Redesigning the Rules of Sex
by Aarathi Prasad
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.71

4.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative!, 21 Jun. 2014
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Vividly written, this book demystifies natural birth and presents a new way of making babies including virgin birth. Virgin births are happening throughout the animal kingdom (e.g. tiny insects, fish, birds and reptiles). But, ironically for human, the virgin parent will more likely be a man. The newest reproductive technology (artificial wombs and artificial eggs) seem to give men more potential than women to make a bay without the opposite sex.

By the way, it is interesting to note the biological possibilities for Jesus Christ could have been born to a Virgin Mary!


The Quantum Frontier: The Large Hadron Collider
The Quantum Frontier: The Large Hadron Collider
by Don Lincoln
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.23

4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read!, 28 Jan. 2014
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The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is amazing, both as feats of engineering and technology. Vividly written, this work presents a interesting review of the LHC and its enormous detectors. In addition, it also provides an illuminating account of the Standard Model of particle physics and its probable extension (e.g. supersymmetry and Higgs boson) which scientists want to test with LHC.

The LHC is an extraordinary technological marvel. A chain of accelerators makes up the LHC complex, with the actual Large Hadron Collider being the highest energy accelerator in the chain. In the case of LHC, two bunches of high energy protons are made to pass through one another, with the hope to produce something interesting.

Equally fascinating are the large detectors (both general purpose and special purpose detectors) which particle physicists use to study collisions at LHC. There are clever techniques for discovering the identity of particles coming out from these collisions. As expected, not all collisions are recorded; there is a complicated trigger system to determine which one to record by looking at different facets of the collisions.


After Dolly: The Uses and Misuses of Human Cloning
After Dolly: The Uses and Misuses of Human Cloning
by Professor Ian Wilmut
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.78

4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read!, 22 Sept. 2013
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Vividly written together with a number of color photos, this book presents a first hand account by the cloner of the events leading up to the creation and birth of Dolly the sheep. In addition, it also covers gene therapy, stem cell therapy and transgenic animals as well as addressing their issues.

Ian Wilmut argues that blastocyst (the early embryo a week or so after fertilization) is not a person because it has no mental life. He strongly opposes human cloning, but supports the use of gene therapy to correct the damaged genes responsible for a disease. With stem cell therapy, doctors will use cloning to grow a patient's own cells and tissues for carrying out repairs. Use of cells from these embryos can speed up and reduce dependence on animals for medicine research. On the other hand, the transgenic animals have their genetic make-up altered. They are converted into living drug factories to make human proteins for treating diseases!


Symmetry: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Symmetry: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Ian Stewart
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very mathematical!, 6 Aug. 2013
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On the whole, this book is dry and very mathematical. It is not discernible!

The only exception is the chapter on "Nature's patterns" where symmetries in the natural world are explored in an interesting way. For example, symmetry in living creatures is never perfect. Bilateral symmetry is widespread in animal kingdom and the symmetry also affect how it moves. On the other hand, sand dunes and galaxies are highly symmetric.


Shapes: Nature's patterns: a tapestry in three parts
Shapes: Nature's patterns: a tapestry in three parts
by Philip Ball
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Informative!, 7 Jun. 2013
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With numerous beautiful figures as illustrations, this book presents the many ways nature exploits pattern formation. Many forms and shapes in nature are caused by conditions of growth and forces in the environment. There is no doubt that mathematics is the natural language of pattern and form!

Some combustion, corrosion reactions and biochemical processes generate oscillations and wave patterns. Even for plants, there are distinct patterns in the arrangement of leaves around plant stems.

Spots and stripes are the most common marking patterns on animals. The patterns on butterflies and moths are extremely rich. The homes of social insects are marvellous; wasp nests are typically more varied than honeybee combs. The natural hexagonal pattern of honeycomb is fascinating; it lets the bees economize on wax. Living organisms seem to exhibit patterns for instance in the distribution of hairs on human skin and the spacing of feathers in birds.


Magnetism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Magnetism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Stephen J. Blundell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read!, 20 May 2013
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This book demystifies magnetism and presents the development history leading up to unification of electricity and magnetism. It also covers applications of magnetism and the magnetic field of our Earth and Solar System.

Magnetism has a deep association with electricity, relativity and quantum theory. Magnetic field appears in nature when a charge is moving with respect to the observer; magnetism is a purely relativistic effect. Magnetic properties of materials can be explained by quantum mechanics. Electrons either spin one way or the other; it is electron spin that produces magnetism.

Magnetism is vital in our maritime, industrial and information revolutions as well as magnetic navigation in animals. The fusion reactors would one day solve the Earth's energy crisis. The Earth's magnetic field has changed and even reversed over time!


Ubiquitous Computing: Smart Devices, Environments and Interactions
Ubiquitous Computing: Smart Devices, Environments and Interactions
by Stefan Poslad
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £62.95

3.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative!, 20 April 2013
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Ubiquitous computing (almost imperceptible, but everywhere around us) is rapidly becoming a reality. This book presents ubiquitous applications and communications as well as the interaction of smart devices and intelligent systems with human / environment in an ubiquitous computing world where information is available everywhere intuitively.

Common ubiquitous applications include the smart home and furnitures. Artificial intelligence is applied to context-aware systems which sense, act and adapt to the environment. Smart devices usually interact with environment by tagging (through RDIS tags attached to object), sensing (with sensors) and controlling (changing the state of environment). On the other hand, human-computer interactions are mostly implicit, for example via wearable, smart and implanted devices. For ubiquitous communications, typical networks include the wireless networks, power line communication networks, personal area networks, body area networks and mobile users networks.

These ubiquitous computing information is indispensable for computer professionals. However, it is very disappointing to find many typos. In addition, some sentences are not grammatical!


The ComSoc Guide to Passive Optical Networks: Enhancing the Last Mile Access (The ComSoc Guides to Communications Technologies)
The ComSoc Guide to Passive Optical Networks: Enhancing the Last Mile Access (The ComSoc Guides to Communications Technologies)
by Stephen B. Weinstein
Edition: Paperback
Price: £40.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading!, 17 April 2013
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This book presents a concise review of 'why' and 'how' passive optical networks (PON) enhance the last mile access to end users. With numerous useful illustrations for easy understanding, it covers the architecture, techniques and standards of BPON, GPON, EPON and WDM-PON as well the optical-wireless integration and recent developments. In addition, there are excerpts from the IEEE 10G EPON standard in the appendix. This reference guide is essential reading for computer professionals who need a quick update on the PON technology!


Metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Stephen Mumford
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read!, 16 April 2013
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Metaphysics is concerned about the nature of things in very general and abstract terms whereas physics looks for general and concrete truths of the nature of reality. Vividly written, this book presents a concise and insightful introduction of key concepts and theories in metaphysics.

The subjects that are covered include time, persons, particulars, properties, wholes, parts, changes, causes, possibilities and nothings. They are seemingly simple and self-explanatory. For example, we usually think of time as flowing with a direction. The passage of time is explained in terms of events which are designated as present, past or future. However, there is another view that events do not have the property of presentness, pastness or futurity. They are temporally related as being 'earlier than', 'later than' or 'simultaneous with'. Then we have the sequence of time!


The Cultural Revolution: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
The Cultural Revolution: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Richard Curt Kraus
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative and Insightful!, 31 Dec. 2012
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This book presents a concise introduction and analysis of China's decade long (1966-1976) Cultural Revolution from the political, cultural, economical and diplomatic perspectives. It is informative, insightful and accessible to the general readers.

The Cultural Revolution released people's bitterness accumulated since PRC's establishment in year 1949. It was essentially political, centering on Mao's personal power and revolutionary ideals. The main losers were the intellectuals and the number of deaths were staggering. In particular, higher education had been interrupted during the period. Officially, PRC blamed the chaotic Cultural Revolution on Maoist extremists and the 'Gang of Four' in particular.

The arts reforms reinforced a sense of shared national participation which was actually one form of political control. The economy during the Cultural Revolution was not a disaster; the disorders in the first two years shrank the economy but there were moderate increases in GDP afterwards.

Mao tilted towards the United States in order to oppose Soviet Union. The opening to foreign trade and investment produced rapid growth in incomes. It was argued that investment in infrastructure and human capital during the Cultural Revolution had contributed to China's subsequent economic opening to the outside world.


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