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Titanic The Tragic Story of the Ill-fated Ocean Liner by Matthews, Rupert ( Author ) ON Mar-01-2011, Paperback
Titanic The Tragic Story of the Ill-fated Ocean Liner by Matthews, Rupert ( Author ) ON Mar-01-2011, Paperback
by Rupert Matthews
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating read, 10 Mar. 2014
This book offers a detailed examination of the liner’s sinking, featuring eyewitness accounts and agonizing personal recollections by some of the survivors, including members of the crew. It also draws on evidence gathered at the inquiries, along with more recent discoveries, in an attempt to piece together a complete picture of what happened.
Answering all the tantalizing questions surrounding the most famous maritime catastrophe in history would be well nigh impossible; but this is a fascinating read, and has the added benefit of being supported by dozens of well-chosen photos and illustrations. I really enjoyed it.
A.A.


Einstein in His Own Words: Science, Religion, Politics, Philosophy
Einstein in His Own Words: Science, Religion, Politics, Philosophy
by Anne Rooney
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Albert Einstein was just a scientist?Think again!, 19 Feb. 2013
You think Albert Einstein was just a scientist? Think again. It turns out he liked to discuss abstract concepts with the Hindu poet Rabindranath Tagore and he spoke with great intelligence and feeling on politics, religion and philosophy itself. He described war as "that savage and unworthy relic of the age of barbarism". Thanks to this book, Einstein is my new hero. Still don't get the relativity theory though.


Gray's Anatomy With Original Illustrations By Henry Carter
Gray's Anatomy With Original Illustrations By Henry Carter
by Henry Carter
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Historical Treasure, 19 Feb. 2013
This is an inspiration for any budding medic. Don't make the mistake of thinking it's an up-to-date anatomical textbook - for that you need the 40th edition. This is more of a historical treasure, a reprint of the 1860 edition, published two years after Henry Gray's first edition, and it's fascinating for its detail (the print is tiny, by the way) and the amazing drawings by Henry Carter. It's a bit like looking at Darwin's Origin of Species.


Cold Cases
Cold Cases
by Charlotte Greig
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating read, 19 Feb. 2013
This review is from: Cold Cases (Paperback)
I like these books that treat despicable crimes in an unhysterical way, presenting the facts and examining them as a detective would. Greig covers some pretty revolting cases of murder and serial murder, which at times leave you asking yourself why you're reading about it, but the bottom line is the way the crimes are solved, often decades after they were committed, and that makes for fascinating reading.


The Great Scientists
The Great Scientists
by John Farndon
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful book, 19 Feb. 2013
This review is from: The Great Scientists (Hardcover)
A beautiful book with colour pictures throughout, this profiles all the most important scientists in history, from Euclid and the Greeks right up to the team that discovered DNA and the cosmology theories of Stephen Hawking. It explains their findings in language that I can understand and makes you realise that we would all still be living in the dark ages if it wasn't for the inquisitiveness of boffins like these.


The Story of Physics
The Story of Physics
by Anne Rooney
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars easy to read, 19 Feb. 2013
This review is from: The Story of Physics (Paperback)
I like Anne Rooney's definition of physics: "the tool with which we explore reality". If you ask me, anyone who says they're not interested in physics is not interested in life. This book shows just how ubiquitous physics is, covering everything from the first investigations into matter to modern space exploration and dark matter. And it's nicely set out so you can dip in and out as you want.


The Great Mathematicians
The Great Mathematicians
by Raymond Flood
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.62

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Change!, 13 Aug. 2012
What a pleasant change, in these celebrity obsessed times, to celebrate a group of people who actually did something remarkable with their lives. And coming from two mathematics professors, Raymond Flood and Robin Wilson, it's a fine example of 'bringing maths to life'. As they point out in the introduction, this isn't a history of mathematics, it's their selection of the great mathematicians, from the ancient Egyptians and Mesopotamians up to the likes of Mandelbrot, Perelman and Wiles. And as you might expect, the maths gets more complex as time goes by, but Flood and Wilson make a good job of putting it across in a simple and understandable way.
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The Secrets of the Freemasons
The Secrets of the Freemasons
by Pat Morgan
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well substanciated..., 9 Aug. 2012
The Secrets of the Freemasons There is something intriguing about the Freemasons. I've never wanted to join `the brotherhood' - it all seems a bit too much like school to me - but I am fascinated by secret societies, especially ones with a long history. Pat Morgan covers everything I want to know in this book, including the secret signs, the rituals and all those conspiracy theories about masonic involvement in everything from the Ku Klux Klan to the JFK assassination, and concludes that the masons are a force for good - but then he would, wouldn't he?
R. Chang.


The Story of Medicine
The Story of Medicine
by Anne Rooney
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and well written, 7 Aug. 2012
This review is from: The Story of Medicine (Paperback)
The Story of Medicine

This history of medicine is entertaining, well written and packed with interesting facts. Although my background is in arts rather than sciences, I found the clear explanations of complex theories and procedures easy to follow. Detailed biographies of the major scientists and doctors down the ages, together with unexpected additions to the cast in the shape of vampires and witch doctors, make this a fascinating read.
Rory Chang.


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