Profile for Master S. S. Spiers > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by Master S. S. S...
Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,596,731
Helpful Votes: 6

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
Master S. S. Spiers
(REAL NAME)   

Show:  
Page: 1
pixel
Prime Obsession: Bernhard Riemann and the Greatest Unsolved Problem in Mathematics
Prime Obsession: Bernhard Riemann and the Greatest Unsolved Problem in Mathematics
by John Derbyshire
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.80

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. Plain and simple., 16 Jan. 2012
Just finished reading this book for the second time and I have to say it's a very enjoyable read. As a physics undergraduate, I found the mathematics trivial and I'm sure most non-mathematical lamen will understand it on a superficial level. What I enjoyed about the book most however are the anecdotes about famous mathematicians such as Gauss or Euler.

Overall top class!


Edexcel A Level Science: A2 Physics Students' Book with ActiveBook CD (Edexcel A Level Sciences)
Edexcel A Level Science: A2 Physics Students' Book with ActiveBook CD (Edexcel A Level Sciences)
by Miles Hudson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £23.67

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for Edexcel Physics, 4 April 2011
This is probably the best resource you're going to get for this syllabus. The content is clearly organized and linked together and provides exam style question and actual Edexcel past questions.

TO GET THE ANSWERS FOR THE QUESTIONS:

The answers to the "end of chapter" questions can be found on the CD: insert it into your driver and browse ("explore") the content and you will come across the answers.
The answers to the exam zone questions can be easily found on the internet... google it and you may or may not come across a link to a PDF file that goes through every answer in detail from the actual publishers themselves that were perhaps accidentally sent to someone who knows someone. It may or may not be found on a certain students forum. Well this is only a guess anyway *cough*


A2-Level Physics Edexcel Complete Revision & Practice
A2-Level Physics Edexcel Complete Revision & Practice
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Straight to the point revision guide, 29 Mar. 2011
This is a good book for revision not long before an actual exam. It's not very good at explaining the topics it covers - but you would probably expect this anyway as it is only a revision guide.
It contains plenty of diagrams on every page and in full colour and as with most other CGP books it has a very well thought out structure and presentation so you may seek out an equation or a piece of information quickly.
My only real problem with this book is that it contains at most 2 questions per topic and those "exam style" questions are not very imaginative or challenging like they would be in a real physics exam (especially for the "concept" aspect of the syllabus).
Overall, though, it is very good value for money and is useful when you need an equation or other piece of information from any part of the syllabus you need quickly, but I personally would recommend the actual Edexcel revision guide for roughly the same price.


Salters Horners Advanced Physics AS: Student Book (EDEXCEL A LEVEL SCIENCES)
Salters Horners Advanced Physics AS: Student Book (EDEXCEL A LEVEL SCIENCES)
by UYSEG) University of York Science Education Group
Edition: Paperback
Price: £31.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Borderline useless, 15 Dec. 2009
I may as well get straight to the point. Afterall this is why I am writing this review is it not? Reviews are to express opinion on an item of consumer product and to help potential customers make up their mind for that product based on their own personal experience *blah* *blah* *blah*...

That was a taster of the content of this book: straight OFF-topic information on how to pass your physics exam! (wait, what?)

This is seriously one of the most ridiculous books I've ever read. And I've read alot - can you tell? :) probably not.. anyway:

If you want to read up on how chocolate is made or find out what the difference between "crunchy" and "chewey" is ( and you don't, it's really not that interesting...) then go ahead and waste your hard earned EMA money on this. If you actually want to pass your Edexcel physics exam then buy the Student Book coupled with the revision guide which are both endorsed by Edexcel that are a world of difference apart from each other.

I think that this book was made for those who want to read on the application of the physics principles that they are learning. But it does very very little to prepare you for your exam AND it contains a lot of errors. It has an overall "rushed" feeling in that sometimes it will not explain something correctly or adequatley enough but waffle on and waffle on about completely off topic subjects. And it has the cheek to put an "acheivements" table at the end of eah chapter "Oh yes Mr Examiner, I learned about the hardness of subtances and I actually learnt some long-ass equation for the BHN! (which is actually printed wrong) What? I don't need to learn it? in fact I don't need to know anything about BHN?! Then why did they act like I did :( (refer to above ramblings why they do).

The only thing that saved this from 1 star was that it contains quite a few questions and explains the answers with workings. Other than that I strongly recommend the other student book Edexcel have published as that is actually really good for this exam.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Sep 26, 2012 10:14 PM BST


Page: 1