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Isaac Newton
Isaac Newton
by James Gleick
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.19

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sound but unspectacular, 7 Mar 2008
This review is from: Isaac Newton (Paperback)
James Gleick writes well and tells the story of Newton's life in a readable fashion, but this book didn't really add anything to what I already knew about the great man. It would be a good introduction if you don't already know about Newton's life and work, but not worth bothering if you do know something of the subject.

And I agree that the notes should have been included in the text!

Charlie T.


Gale Force 10: The Life and Legacy of Admiral Beaufort
Gale Force 10: The Life and Legacy of Admiral Beaufort
by Nicholas Courtney
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blowing in the wind, 11 Dec 2003
Famous for his wind scale, Admiral Beaufort was much more important as the man who found something for the Royal Navy to do after the defeat of Napoleon. That something was surveying the world's oceans and coastlines, prodfucing charts that were still in use in the second world war, and "showing the flag" of the British Empire.
It was Beaufort who sent Robert FitzRoy on the famous round the world trip on the Beagle, with Charles Darwin as his passenger! This is a terrific story about an amazing man, whose earlier life at sea reads like a Patrick O'Brien novel. But I wish the author had resisted the temptation to put in made up dialogue.


On the Shoulders of Giants: The Great Works of Physics and Astronomy
On the Shoulders of Giants: The Great Works of Physics and Astronomy
by Stephen Hawking
Edition: Hardcover

26 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Only for experts, 6 Nov 2003
Collecting together the classic papers that made certain scientists famous is a great idea, but only if you have a degree in physics already. The original papers in here are mostly over the head of the average reader, who will buy the book thinking it is by Stephen Hawking. And the potted biographies of the superstars are just too short and sometimes inaccurate to be worth the cost. It would be much better to have a skilled writer explaining what these papers really mean.


Fitzroy: The Remarkable Story of Darwin's Captain and the Invention of the Weather Forecast
Fitzroy: The Remarkable Story of Darwin's Captain and the Invention of the Weather Forecast
by John Gribbin
Edition: Hardcover

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A man of many parts, 27 Jun 2003
I bought this book because I knew Robert Fitzroy was the Captain of the Beagle when Charles Darwin sailed round the world. I didn't know how much else he did -- governor of New Zealnd, inventor of weather forecasting, and so much else. He comes across as a real person, a man of integrity but tortured by self-doubts, who achieved so much. The book gives a real feel for Fitzroy as a person and his life and ultimately tragic times in Victorian England. It's as good as reading Patrick O'Brien, but its all true! Easily John Griobbin's best book, perhaps thanks to the influence of his co-author.
Charles Hardin


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