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Algorithmic Aspects of Bioinformatics (Natural Computing Series)
Algorithmic Aspects of Bioinformatics (Natural Computing Series)
by Hans-Joachim Böckenhauer
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £61.33

5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive work, 18 Oct 2013
This is one of the best introductory Computational Biology books I have come across. It is very well-written; it gives all the necessary computational information without cumbering the reader with unnecessary biological information. I especially liked the "Alignment Methods" and the "Phylogenetic Trees" chapters. This book is not a definite reference and will most probably not give you the whole picture, it is though probably the best book to bring you up to speed so you can read recent papers online without feeling lost or missing the details. It also is quite aesthetically pleasing.


Quantum Aspects Of Life
Quantum Aspects Of Life
by Derek Abbott
Edition: Paperback
Price: £46.93

2.0 out of 5 stars Overselling itself., 28 Aug 2013
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I bought this book a while ago after reading "What is life?" by Schroedinger.
I see this book being closer to a loose collection of good articles under a quantum biology spectrum rather than a presentation of "the hotly debated question of whether quantum mechanics plays a non-trivial role in biology". I found the "Debate" section more rewarding than most of the articles presented.
In general I believe that if one is in position of understanding this series of articles, he is already bought into that QM plays a significant role in Biology and in that sense the book misses its point. I don't have a background in Physics or Biophysics (my background is in CS) and I really struggled at some points; I wouldn't recommended to anyone without enough time to invest and/or a decent understanding of Physics (eg. a standard Biology undergrad would probably find the concepts of Quantum Coherence and Decoherence a bit out there.).
Finally I think this book could easily be priced around £20. While I find it quality-wise fine, it has a single (easily omittable) page with colour and it is not a hardback so I don't see how it could amass to a printing cost that would lead to a roughly £35 price-tag. Some of the articles are essays or articles that the authors have published in other places (eg. the "A Semi-quantum Version of the Game of Life" is published by the authors in the Annals of the International Society of Dynamic Games Volume 7, 2005, pp 667-679.) so clearly people could reuse the material they presented and it was not written "exclusively" for this book (that's not a bad thing in itself at all, it does not justify the cost though).


Statistical Models (Cambridge Series in Statistical and Probabilistic Mathematics)
Statistical Models (Cambridge Series in Statistical and Probabilistic Mathematics)
by A. C. Davison
Edition: Paperback
Price: £28.40

5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive work, 15 July 2013
This book is well-written, modern and covers a huge amount of material. I have used it extensively as a reference and I have found the clear writing style of it very pleasant to read and easy to follow. It is well-thought and in contrast with some other "generic works", it does not read like an abstract collection of topics. Word of caution: It is not an introductory book; given that the reader is comfortable with undergraduate-level Calculus and Linear algebra though, following this book will not be a problem. Solid book.


Hellstrom's Hive (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
Hellstrom's Hive (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
by Frank Herbert
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, Dark and Entertaining, 11 Jun 2012
I found the novel great. It read very nicely and presented some very interesting characters in a realistic way despite their "unusual" origins. No clear "evil" characters is given and that was something positive; Hellstrom despite the atrocities that he sometimes commands just acts on his own non-human way despite desperately trying not to lose his humanity. True enough the ending was a bit of an anticlimax but then again, that was probably intentional.

Who knew rural Oregon would be that much fun?


Gaussian Processes for Machine Learning
Gaussian Processes for Machine Learning
by Carl Edward Rasmussen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.01

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The bible of Gaussian Processes.", 30 April 2012
This book is well-written, has a good content structure and has a balanced coverage of theory and applications in each chapter. It offers an accessible yet quite complete treatment of the Gaussian Processes framework and can also act as a good "standard reference". If you are interested in Gaussian Processes you should definitely have a look at it.


Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
by Malcolm Gladwell
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing but over-the-top, 29 April 2012
"Blink" is an amusing book that people probably read too much into the idea it tries to convey. It offers a interesting leisure time reading. I would not say it makes "fake" claims but rather over-confident ones.


Logitech QuickCam DeLuxe for Notebooks
Logitech QuickCam DeLuxe for Notebooks
Offered by Nareaz Ltd
Price: £9.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Good for Linux, 29 Jan 2012
A while ago I was looking for webcam for my Linux laptop. After a bit of research I settled for this model and I can say I am very satisfied.
I just plugged it and it worked. The image is good and quite crisp if not somewhat dark, so adequate illumination can be a minor issue.


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