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5 Star Display Book Soft Cover Lightweight Polypropylene 40 Pockets A4 Black
5 Star Display Book Soft Cover Lightweight Polypropylene 40 Pockets A4 Black
Price: £3.41

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value for money, and good for A4 photos, 23 May 2012
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I like to print out my favourite photos on A4 glossy/matte paper. So this album makes an excellent display/storage medium. It will take up to 80 prints. NB all my old photo albums do not take A4 pictures.


The Comprehensible Cosmos: Where Do the Laws of Physics Come From?
The Comprehensible Cosmos: Where Do the Laws of Physics Come From?
by Victor J. Stenger
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is nothing new, Einstiein made this point many years ago, 23 May 2012
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The fact that the cosmos is understood (mathematically) is not a new concept, Einstein said that many years ago. I got my degree in physics back in 1976, so I enjoyed this book. It is basically a summary of modern and old physics. What, I did not like is the subtitle to this book "Where Do the Laws of Physics Come From?" Which he totally failed to answer.

Any third year physics undergrad, will enjoy this book, the maths at the end of the book (p190-320) is accessible, to physics undergrads.


The Revelation to John: A Commentary on the Greek Text of the Apocalypse
The Revelation to John: A Commentary on the Greek Text of the Apocalypse
by Stephen S. Smalley
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Famine to Feast, 15 April 2012
Over ten years ago the best commentary on Revelation I could find was Mounce (1st ed), then we had his second edition in 1997, followed by the huge works by Beale and Aune, since then we have had other useful works by Kistemaker, Brighton, Witherington and of course Osborne.

Now, Smalley treats us to another scholarly masterpiece. He has already written a commentary on John's epistles (WBC) as well as the book "John: Evangelist & Interpreter". He follows Beale in being a modified idealist following Hendriksen, Caird, Sweet and Wilcock. He regards the author as being John the apostle and assumes an early date, but this is not noticable in his comments. His introduction is short, but he has already published "Thunder and Love" which covers much introductory material.

He covers a section at a time under the headings: translation, textual variants, literary setting, comment, and theology. There are a number of useful excursuses. The commentary is based on the Greek, but the Greek is transliterated. At 633pp he is not as verbose as Beale and is far more readable.

Students now have to choose between Mounce, Osborne and Smalley. He regards the first seal as "lust for power"; Ch 7 deals with the church on earth and in heaven; the two witnesses are the witnessing church; the woman of Ch 12 is the covenant community of God from both the OT and NT; Babylon is worldly, idolatrous, oppressive powers; on Ch 20 he is amillennial. This commentary was a big treat for me, another very useful contribution on the book of Revelation. It is a delight to read and I am still working my way through it.

From famine ten years ago I have now become a glutton. NB. If I had to chose between Mounce, Smalley and Osborne, I would go for Osborne (Revelation (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament))


Chemical Evolution: An Examination of Current Ideas
Chemical Evolution: An Examination of Current Ideas
by S. E. Aw
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars An examination of current ideas, on Chemical Evolution back in 1976, 17 Mar. 2012
I have to admit that I have a signed complimentary copy from the author dated Jan 1980. He was associate Professor in the Department of biochemistry in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Singapore. Published by the University Education Press.

The book is 155 pages, it is well organised and he cites his references as footnotes. It is written with remarkable clarity; although my degree is in physics I could understand his chemistry. It is now outdated, but will be a useful reference for those interested in the history of chemical evolution.

1. Portrait of a primative Earth
2. Making Life's Building Blocks in the Laboratory
3. The Genetic Code
4. The Origin of Enzymes
5. The Evolution of Proteins
6. The Living Cell
7. The Role of Adenosine Triphosphate
8. The Philosophy of the Search for the Origin of Life

It is my joy to be able to write a review some 30 years later.


Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism
Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism
by Alvin Plantinga
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Debunking the false dichotomy between science and religion., 11 Mar. 2012
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It has been clear to me for some time that the New Atheists offer us a false dichotomy between science and religion. Plantinga recognises this too. My degree is in physics and I see no conflict between science and theism. In fact science in my lifetime has become more God friendly; for example the Big Bang theory (which was only generally accepted in 1965), which showed that the universe had a beginning and the Anthropic principle, a word coined by Brandon Carter in 1974. Plantinga discusses the fine-tuning arguments in Chap 7.

Plantinga's argument is that "there is superficial conflict but deep concord between science and theistic religion, but superficial concord and deep conflict between science and naturalism". I think that his thesis is correct. The interaction between science and religion has been well documented in recent books by Alister McGrath, John Lennox and Ian Barbour. Plantinga, as a respected philosopher, has added a much needed contribution to this literature. Chapter headings are:

1. Evolution and Christian belief (1)
2. Evolution and Christian belief (2)
3. Divine action in the world: The Old picture.
4. The New Picture.
5. Evolutionary Psychology and scripture scholarship
6. Defeaters?
7. Fine-tuning (The Anthropic Principle)
8. Design Discourse
9. Deep Concord: Christian Theism and the Deep Roots of science
10. The evolutionary Argument against Naturalism.

Personally, I would have liked him to spend more time on the physics rather than biology/evolution. Robert J Spitzer does this better in his book "New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions of Contemporary Physics and Philosophy"
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Stanley Gibbons Great Britain Specialised Catalogues: Queen Victoria: Volume 1
Stanley Gibbons Great Britain Specialised Catalogues: Queen Victoria: Volume 1
by Hugh Jefferies
Edition: Paperback
Price: £44.95

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A totally new design., 11 Feb. 2012
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For those of you who know this series, it has been totally re-designed. It is now in hardback, so it now lies flat. The format has been changed to two columns, and is in a larger format. I have many editions from edition 3 (1970); Gibbons have now brought this into the 21st century.

For those of you who specialise in QV GB stamps, this is a must buy. If you have never bought the Great Britain, specialised Vol 1 (Queen Victoria) now is a good time to buy.

Of course the dealers will grab hold of this book... need I say more?


2-CUP FILTER COFFEE MAKER
2-CUP FILTER COFFEE MAKER

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully designed (for the Italian market), 11 Jan. 2012
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My old one mug coffee maker died on me so I was desperate for another one, so I did a search on Amazon and I found this one.

It comes with a nylon filter, two very small coffee cups and a coffee scoop. It works very fast and the coffee comes out at the right temperature so you can drink it straight away. It is beautifully designed and is quite small.

The only drawback is that it will not take a tall mug, a coffee cup works fine. There is a drip tray at the base which you can take off giving an extra 5mm; I can now use a standard mug. The two small coffee cups are pretty useless unless you like coffee Italian style.

Overall, I love this coffee maker. If they designed this to take a taller mug I would give it 5 stars.

My brother-in-law bought this for his mum, and she is very pleased.
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Stanley Gibbons Great Britain Numbers Issued 1840 to 1910
Stanley Gibbons Great Britain Numbers Issued 1840 to 1910
by Rikki C. Hyde
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Third 2008 edition published by Stanley Gibbons, 27 Nov. 2011
It covers the numbers of GB stamps issued from 1840 to 1910. For the GB QV specialist this is a must have, as it will tell you why certain QV stamps are rare and others not. This edition is in colour.


Great Britain Numbers Issued 1840-1910
Great Britain Numbers Issued 1840-1910
by Hugh Jefferies
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very useful guide on the number issued on GB QV stamps, 26 Nov. 2011
It covers the numbers of GB stamps issued from 1840 to 1910. For the GB QV specialist this is a must have, as it will tell you why certain QV stamps are rare and others not.

NB The third edition was published by Gibbons in 2008, and is available on their website for £7.95


The Postage Stamps of Great Britain Part Two: The Perforated Line-Engraved Issues
The Postage Stamps of Great Britain Part Two: The Perforated Line-Engraved Issues
by W.R.D. Wiggins
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perforated Line-Engraved Issues, 26 Nov. 2011
This is the second in a three part series published by the Royal Philatelic Society London. It would suit those with a good working knowledge of the Stanley Gibbons specialised vol 1. It is mainly a plating guide. Of particular interest to me is that it shows the Perkins current number (series number) which is not mentioned by Gibbons. It also shows the numbers of sheets printed.


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