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History of Western Philosophy (Routledge Classics)
History of Western Philosophy (Routledge Classics)
by Bertrand Russell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A long book that puts an enormous subject in comprehensive terms, 31 Jan. 2013
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This book has been criticized by many for being too shallow, not doing certain philosophers justice and ignoring certain events, but that critique totally misses the point: this is a book intended to put all of western philosophy into one single book, and that task requires a lot of compromise. Certainly, it would be possible to rewrite it to include every noteworthy thinker (Kierkegaard is the one I miss the most), but that would not be a book for the layman, the that would defeat it's purpose.

Enjoyable, insightful, accessible and comprehensive. Highly recommended for laypeople, students and thinkers alike.


Mortality
Mortality
by Christopher Hitchens
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as always, 31 Jan. 2013
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Hitchens never disappoints. The only drawback is that it is too short: 91 pages does not do this subject justice, but it is very understandable given the occasion.


How to Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You
How to Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You
by Matthew Inman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Largely a disappointment, 31 Jan. 2013
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The book does not stand up to it's precursor. It is witty on occasion, but some jokes are dragged way too far and some concepts are overused. I would not buy it again if I could travel back in time.


Einstein's Dreams
Einstein's Dreams
by Alan Lightman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible and intersting, 31 Jan. 2013
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Lightman invites you to participate in explorations regarding the nature of time seen from the eyes of an acquaintance of Einstein during the time he formulated his theories of relativity. The different interpretations of time gives rise to different existential problems, and the book gives brief, intriguing descriptions of them.


The Poincaré Conjecture: In Search of the Shape of the Universe
The Poincaré Conjecture: In Search of the Shape of the Universe
by Donal O'Shea
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Much needed, 31 Jan. 2013
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This book delves into a topic that is much neglected in popular science: the curious story of the people, the cultures and the zeitgeists that shaped modern mathematics, and accessible information regarding the subject matter put into a scientific and historical context.


The City And The Pillar
The City And The Pillar
by Gore Vidal
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A historical work of fiction, 31 Jan. 2013
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This book provides insight into the life of a homosexual man in post-war USA. It is both illuminating and intriguing; you learn about how gay men were perceived, and you get a queer love story.


Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity (Jewish Encounters)
Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity (Jewish Encounters)
by Rebecca Goldstein
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Short and insightful, 31 Jan. 2013
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This book is exactly what the headline says: an investigation and portrait of the life of, and time in which he lived. Do not expect to learn a lot about his philosophy, because that's not what this book is about. After reading it, I found myself wanting to learn more about both Spinoza and Goldstein.


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