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Thinking: The New Science of Decision-Making, Problem-Solving, and Prediction
Thinking: The New Science of Decision-Making, Problem-Solving, and Prediction
by John Brockman
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.15

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, given Brockman's other work, 20 Jun 2014
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This is all rambling gossip - full of anecdotes - and hardly anything new.

Very disappointing, given Brockman's other collections such as What are you optimistic about, This will make you smarter, etc


Nanotechnology Demystified
Nanotechnology Demystified
by Linda Williams
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.59

1.0 out of 5 stars I agree with Tecman - a very poor book, 1 Aug 2013
I support Tecman in saying this book is very poor. Whilst I was prepared to give the authors the benefit of the doubt that they know what they're talking about, they are poor communicators and they fill the book with unnecessary verbiage.

So for example there's a seven paragraph description of a 'Lab on a Chip', and the paragraphs muddle up the description of the chip, what it's supposed to do, how it's constructed, the problems of construction. The word 'cell' appears several times - sometimes meaning a portion of the chip, and sometimes meaning a biological cell. The two pictures are confusing - one has labels in it that aren't explained - the other has only 16 'cells' whilst the text talks about 1000. A picture drawn specifically for the book would have helped immensely. It would have shown the 32 x 32 matrix of cells, with an expansion of one or two of these cells, showing them in detail and naming all the parts in the text such as 'cells', 'wells', 'pores', 'cell membrane' 'channel', 'nanowires' - most of which aren't defined. A sentence such as this at the start (if I've guessed correctly) would have helped too: "The Lab on a Chip consists of a matrix of probes, each one performing a different kind of test simultaneously." You have to read to paragraphs 4 or 5 before you get this snippet!

Not only are the authors poor communicators, the proof-readers (if there were any) are hopeless too.

I am extremely disappointed because I was hoping to read others in the series about future technologies eg neuroscience and quantum computing but definitely won't bother now.


Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind: Why Intelligence Increases When You Think Less
Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind: Why Intelligence Increases When You Think Less
by Guy Claxton
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sound message but oh so hard to read, 10 Mar 2007
I feel sure that what Guy is talking about has a lot of truth - But I couldn't finish the book. All the time he seems to be demolishing other stances and he takes an interminable time over it. If only he could have written a positive self help book telling the story of what he's learned, how he, and other people, use this; and suggestions for me - I would have been much happier.

Please tell me of another book with the same message but done in a way that just drags me in!


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