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Pollution, Causes, Effects and Control
Pollution, Causes, Effects and Control
by Harrison
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £67.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent update of a classic text, 14 Jan. 2014
When I was a PhD student the 4th edition of this book was considered 'the bible' for all things to do with pollution. The 5th edition continues the fine reputation of the book and adds extra detail on hot topics such as nanoscience and some of the important new legislation. If you are interested in pollution then this book is for you. I am sure that it will be found in University libraries and on the desks of environmental professionals worldwide.


Funding Your Career in Science: From Research Idea To Personal Grant
Funding Your Career in Science: From Research Idea To Personal Grant
by Ritsert C. Jansen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.50

2.0 out of 5 stars well written but basic, 11 Dec. 2013
It is hard to know where to start with this book. On the face of it is seems like a good purchase for the aspiring scientist. Lots of handy hints and tips about how to write a good grant, what makes a grant application stand out and how grant applications are assessed and awarded. The author has a good background in science and a lot of experience with grants. Add to that the fact that the book is not too technically written and the advice is well set out and easy to follow and it looks like you are on to a winner. The problem is that most of the guidance in the book seems for the most part to be simple common sense. So while it might be useful for fresh-faced PhD students (and possibly some postdocs) the claim that professors (who will have won a lot of grants to get to professor level) will find new information in here is a little thin. The first chapter spends a lot of time talking about how helpful the advice is and there is also large amount of incorrect usage of the exclamation mark - which should not appear in non-prose writing - along the lines of `try this!". This was very off-putting and should really have been picked up in editing. Overall, I think this book would be useful background reading for the grant novice, especially at the PhD level but if you have already started to read, review and write grants then you would be better off with a more advanced text.


Introduction to Cancer Biology
Introduction to Cancer Biology
by Dr Robin Hesketh
Edition: Paperback
Price: £31.49

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great overview of a complex subject, 4 Nov. 2013
Robin Hesketh does it again. This book is an introductory textbook on cancer biology suitable for everybody from biology/natural scientist undergraduates right through to oncologists. It follows on from Dr. Hesketh's popular science book, Betrayed by Nature and is equally as good. The author has a great knack for breaking down complex ideas into simple, digestible chunks and then introducing them slowly to the reader until, suddenly, you realise you've learned a lot of biology. This is a rare skill and the result is an excellent read that will appeal to many.


Don't Sleep, There are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle
Don't Sleep, There are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle
by Daniel Everett
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fascinating, 1 Sept. 2013
This book is really interesting. I liked the first half, where we learn all about the Amazon and the perils of living in the jungle but the really cool part for me was the 2nd part of the book where we learn that there are languages with very different concepts to English and how language use affects our perception of the world. It is really, really interesting stuff. I am not a linguist myself so maybe the new part of this is what I find so interesting but I really enjoyed the book and recommend it to anyone after a good read.


Betrayed by Nature: The War on Cancer (Macmillan Science)
Betrayed by Nature: The War on Cancer (Macmillan Science)
by Robin Hesketh
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommend!, 12 July 2012
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I read a lot of science books (and am a scientist myself) but this one really stands out from the rest. The author is a biochemist of some repute, he really knows his stuff and it shows. A wide variety of topics are covered and many complex interactions are explained in an easy to follow manner and each section builds nicely on what followed before. While after some parts you might question the authors writing style you will then suddenly realise that he has taught you a heck of a lot about molecular biology without you even realising. The information covered and the style it is conveyed make this book useful for anybody with even the remotest interest in molecular biology and/or cancer, from GCSE students to cancer specialists: yes it is that good. You won't regret reading this.


The Third Man
The Third Man
by Peter Mandelson
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting insight in life in new labour, 24 April 2011
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This is an interesting read if you are interested in British politics over the last decade or so but it does show the bad side of new labour. Mandelson claims that he, TB and GB were as "close as brothers" yet he paints TB as a wimp who would not stand up to GB even though he (TB was teh boss) and GB as a bully who would not listen to anybody else, even though he clearly wasn't very good at accounting. It seems that the taxpayer paid GB a healthy wage and a pension to work as CoE for a decade and he accepted that office and then spent most of his time undermining the democratically elected PM who then, with Mandelson and the rest of the LP leadership, allowed GB to become PM, unelected, when they knew what he was like. On top of that they bankrupted the country and ruined the NHS with CfH & PFI hospitals which we cannot afford to run while paying back the debts incurred out of the NHS budget. Thank god GB won't be in charge of the IMF.


Plant Proteomics (Wiley Series on Mass Spectrometry)
Plant Proteomics (Wiley Series on Mass Spectrometry)
by Randeep Rakwal
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £131.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Great intro and background., 1 Jan. 2010
I got my copy of this book a while ago now and I am very impressed. I am am not a proteomics person by trade but I found this book a ver hand introduction to the field and a wide variety of famous scientists have contributed to give good coverage of the area. Well recommended for those new to the field and those already working in the area.


Kodak EasyShare LS753 Digital Camera [5MP, 3x Optical]
Kodak EasyShare LS753 Digital Camera [5MP, 3x Optical]

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great little camera with lots of features., 27 Mar. 2005
I really like this camera. It has a large number of modes (night time, red eye reduction, close up etc. etc.) but the controls are really well thought out and it's very easy to use. The ability to review each picture you take in detail and to zoom in and out is also really handy. You get a lot of megapixals and features for the money and it has a great range of extra's available. I've taken it on holiday twice so far and both times it has taken great pictures and has been the envy of all my friends. I highly recommend it.


Cassell Dictionary Of Slang
Cassell Dictionary Of Slang
by Jonathon Green
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 27 Nov. 2003
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If you have ever wanted to know where slang words of all shapes and sizes come from then this is the book for you. Very well researched and interesting to both researches and the general public.


Choosing and Using Statistics: A Biologists Guide
Choosing and Using Statistics: A Biologists Guide
by Calvin Dytham
Edition: Paperback

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended., 27 Nov. 2003
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I became interested in this book when I was an undergraduate because all the PhD students were using it for their work. I soon found out why. More and more science departments across the land are requiring their undergraduates to learn statistics and as a result more and more books on the subject are appearing. This book raises itself from the pack by explain the basic concepts of statistics very well and relating them with useful examples. Consequently it is extremely handy for Biologists like myself who lack a background in mathematics but have to use it all the time to help justify results.


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