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Weide 3 Time Zone Oversize Black White Dial Dual Display Analog Mens Bracelet Watch
Weide 3 Time Zone Oversize Black White Dial Dual Display Analog Mens Bracelet Watch
Offered by Buydealpe
Price: 16.60

4.0 out of 5 stars Weide OVERSIZE watch, 18 July 2014
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This watch is advertised as a wrist watch. But as everyone else says, it is so large that unless you are built like Jaws (Richard Kiel) in the Bond movies it is unwearable as a wristwatch for long periods. The illustration on the website doesn't really give you a full idea of just how big it is. Reaction you are likely to get is: "Hi, thanks for coming watch, oh nice of you to come too, Mike!" Otherwise it seems solid and good quality. It is working and it has a one year warranty (although it says 3 years on the reverse of the watch). For the 10 discounted price I can't complain - subject of course to it continuing to function. BUT a word of caution if you think you can order it and get a refund if it's too large. When I checked this, there was a 6.01 re-stocking charge (on a 10 watch!) and Amazon expects you to take it to a collection point. Now who is going to do that for 3.99? So the whole process imo is sharp practice and well below the standards I had come to expect from Amazon.


The Road To Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe
The Road To Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe
by Sir Roger Penrose
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.09

3.0 out of 5 stars The Road to Reality. Penrose. This may be ..., 12 July 2014
The Road to Reality. Penrose. This may be Penrose's road to reality but it will not I fear be either a road to reality or comprehension for the generality of the public. Very erudite. But if you are unable to negotiate some formidable mathematical physics, forget it.


Beyond Uncertainty: Heisenberg, Quantum Physics, and the Bomb
Beyond Uncertainty: Heisenberg, Quantum Physics, and the Bomb
by Professor of Natural Sciences David C Cassidy
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Heisenberg, 12 July 2014
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A fantastic read. This is not for someone seeking detailed explication of Heisenberg's physics (the author deals with that more extensively in an earlier work). Rather it is a thorough and judicious investigation of Heisenberg's personal development, his roots in German society and culture and his consequent inability to abandon the country after the Nazis came to power. Heisenberg has often been accused of turning a blind eye, even actively colluding, with the Nazi regime. But this volume provides a necessary corrective to that superficial view. In fact he experience enormous difficulties with the Nazi bureaucracy, incessant and virulent attacks from the Nazi scientists Lenard and Starck, which at various times threatened to bring him down. It was ironically a dispute between warring factions of the Nazi bureaucracies - in which after long scrutiny he was supported by Himmler and his faction - that saved him. In circumstances where he chose to stick it out in his own country under often life-threatening pressure from a dictatorship, could he avoid or be blamed for his actions? Yes, he could have quit like Einstein (whose life admittedly was under threat), Schrodinger and others. But Cassidy shows why he did not and in not doing so that he did not choose the easy option. The later sections about Heisenberg's involvement with the Nazi nuclear bomb research are also interesting, although it turns out the Germans were far behind the US/British project and the Nazis swallowed the "theoretically but not technically feasible" assumption. It's clear that German scientists, including Heisenberg, were astounded by how far in advance their US/British counterparts were. The hubris of assuming German superiority in science, no doubt. The latter third or so of the book is dominated by this story, which therefore rather submerges other aspects of Heisenberg's life. The final chapter is a very rapid conspectus of Heisenberg's later years as a "public figure". Admittedly the source material may have been less voluminous. Or it may just be that after the excitement of the youthful discoveries (physics and math seems generally a young man's trade, pace Schodringer), inevitably the interest flags. To that extent the investigation of Heisenberg's role vis a vis the Nazis and the bomb project may make his life more revealing as a proxy for the scientist-ethics-society debate than those of most of his scientific peers. Cassidy is also particularly good on the historical background, something historians of science are not always so adept at. All in all, a well-written and highly recommended study of Heisenberg, his society, his place in quantum mechanics and his times.


Schrodinger: Life and Thought
Schrodinger: Life and Thought
Price: 35.56

5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book in every way, 12 July 2014
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A brilliant book in every way, covering thoroughly and judiciously the physics and life of Schrodinger as well as placing both in historical context. Yes, at first sight the physics and mathematical equations may make this appear a specialist academic tome only of interest to mathematical physicists. But the math may be skipped around. The remainder gives a fascinating insight to the scientific networks and historical background against which the quantum revolution was worked out. The author writes in a straightforward, lucid style, scientific but including at suitable points nice references (for the literate) to, for example, Goethe, Virgil and Shakespeare (not to mention Schrodinger's own ditties). A compelling, highly recommended read.


Calculus (Teach Yourself)
Calculus (Teach Yourself)
by P. Abbott
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars For a second hand book this was in far better condition than expected, 11 July 2014
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For a second hand book this was in far better condition than expected. I suspect it's because the last owner never made it past chapter 1 (LOL). But for calculus revision it is very good, covering more than the usual introductory tome. My only complaint is that he sometimes leaves out steps in his analysis at the most illogical points. Also his solutions switch from rational to irrational numbers sometimes for no apparent reason. So a root problem will have a non-terminable decimal solution one minute and a root solution the next. But overall a bargain for a solid text.


Wrangler  Men's Texas Stretch Regular Fit  Night Break W33 L30
Wrangler Men's Texas Stretch Regular Fit Night Break W33 L30
Price: 32.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Wrangler, 11 July 2014
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Great jeans, as usual with Wrangler. Comfortable fit with plenty of give, nice colour, soft denim. It's worth paying a little more. I just wish they would do more up-to-date styles, like tapered, in the different formats.


Cross Jeans Men's Loose / Relaxed Fit Jeans - Blue - Blau (Mid Blue Used) - 33W/30L (Brand size: 33/30)
Cross Jeans Men's Loose / Relaxed Fit Jeans - Blue - Blau (Mid Blue Used) - 33W/30L (Brand size: 33/30)
Price: 60.23

4.0 out of 5 stars Cross Jeans, 11 July 2014
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Nice pair of jeans for the discounted price.Comfortable fit for me. BUT my pair is not as blue in colour as in the picture and as a result the blue/bleached contrast is not as great as I had hoped for. So one star less. Unfortunately it seems to be another case where the camera is not always to be trusted! But how else do we make online judgements?


Unnatural (An Archangel Academy Novel)
Unnatural (An Archangel Academy Novel)
by Michael Griffo
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Unnatural, 20 Jun 2014
Really liked this book, especially after the first 50 pages, when the protagonist Michael moved from the US to England. The characterization was good, the plot roared along and had me turning the pages and the romantic angle was well done without becoming over-cloying. You can see the writer has a background in movie writing, with the cuts and internal monologue interspersing conversation. Very effective. Particularly welcome to have a well-written gay novel of the genre that does not patronize its audience and with characters with whom gay teens can identify. My only small criticisms (being a Virgo I suppose it's inevitable) is the use of triple repetitions of words like he wanted to "run, run, run" away from his current life etc which were irritatingly juvenile. Also, if this was meant to be a realistic portrayal of life in England, the writer could have used a good English editor to edit some unfortunate howlers for native English readers - such as "Cumbria County" (we say Cumbria), preparing for a class quiz - we say test; he didn't have any quid - instead of he had no money or he was skint etc etc - but then no doubt he primarily had an American audience in mind and they may not have been any the wiser. But these are just minor infelicities. Overall a surprisingly good horror/romance/thriller teen read and I like forward to getting my teeth into the next installment, LOL.


Stitch's Men's Straight Jeans 5-pocket Denim Light Blue Trouser
Stitch's Men's Straight Jeans 5-pocket Denim Light Blue Trouser
Offered by Wunderbarwahl
Price: 19.90

1.0 out of 5 stars Too long, 17 Jun 2014
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I ordered a 33w regular (31 inch leg). I got a 35" inseam!! Talk about give them an inch and they take a yard. Also the material was flimsy and they were too loose for my liking. Nice looking photo, poor production values. I suppose you get what you pay for. Be warned! Sent 'em back, which is very unusual for me.


The Strangest Man: The Life of Paul Dirac
The Strangest Man: The Life of Paul Dirac
by Graham Farmelo
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.03

5.0 out of 5 stars Dirac Graham Farmelo, 7 Jun 2014
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An engrossing read. Farmelo certainly picked a hard nut to crack in writing about Dirac for a lay audience, in terms both of Dirac personally and of the complexity of his work. Unusually for a scientific book, I couldn't put it down! It covers the purely biographical aspects without skipping the harder conceptual material of the physics. For the most part the author does a good job of tracing the development of quantum physics, the math and Dirac's place within it, without giving the impression of talking down to the layman. I am always interested in the early biography of creative people, showing how they developed and kindled their creative interests. There is the additional element in science of discovering how the individual fitted in to what has become very much a collective enterprise. Farmelo's treatment of this succeeded brilliantly. It's interesting to note how even extreme individualists like Dirac could only develop their ideas through interaction (either personal or through published material) with their peers. Later in his career, when the creative fires were dissipating, Dirac (and the same goes for Einstein and others) usually found themselves at variance with the cutting edge scientists of the new generation. Indeed, the later biography tends to run into a series of academic meetings or family history which is only of interest to the curious. The baubles and honours tend to arrive just when the creative fires are damping down! The speculation about Dirac's psychology and possible autism at the end of the book rounded off a fascinating portrait - it is good that Farmelo did not duck the issue. The fact that Dirac was an unusually high functioning individual even with these characteristics does not diminish their relevance. Indeed, quite possibly the intenser focus and logic associated with them was integral to the evolution of his talent. We could do with more scientific biographies like this. Great achievement.


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