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Total Recall (Blu-ray + UV Copy)  [2012]
Total Recall (Blu-ray + UV Copy) [2012]
Dvd ~ Colin Farrell
Price: £5.00

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great visuals, 21 July 2013
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Good actors, but the plot fails them at times. Not as good as the original, which I like very much.


Wool (Wool Trilogy 1)
Wool (Wool Trilogy 1)
by Hugh Howey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.24

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking forwards to the sequel, 21 July 2013
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Great book for 'science fiction' fans, an antithesis to space opera. It is fascinating to experience the life of the cilo people, as they gradually learn more about their fate thanks to the actions of the heroine.


The Cosmic Landscape: String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design
The Cosmic Landscape: String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design
by Leonard Susskind
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope he continues writing these..., 18 Aug 2012
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For the non-professional like me, this is a fascinating book about contemporary issues in particle physics, string theory and cosmology. It is a personal view about the issues and the people from one of the top guns in theoretical physics. It is well written and non-technical, in parts even humorous, the main requirement for the reader being a curious mind.

Even though I consider this an outstanding book, it still has its ups and downs. I especially enjoyed the part about the properties of elementary paticles, which I have not seen explained in this manner elsewhere. More of this, please, now that CERN is up and running! The most important insight was why many physicists have been forced to swallow the anthropic principle and the many worlds view. I had some trouble reading through the part about string theory: there seems to be too many possibilities. If there are no limits to what the strings can look like, maybe some of them even look like me! After reading the book, I came out feeling that there is a stong case for string theory and the anthropic principle but it is also easy to symphatize with the critics like Smolin. I hope physicists do not get lost exploring the properties of the endless landscape.


The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics
The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics
by Leonard Susskind
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.69

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pleasure to read, 8 July 2012
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The author has the rare gift of being able to explain front line physics simply and entertainingly. I feel that I learned a lot about elementry particleas and black holes without having to go through any maths. The holographic principle is a weirdly appealing idea, and it is fascinating to read about the thought processess and human interaction that lead to its discovery.

I was drawn to this book by the lectures by the author Leonard Susskind on youtube about various physics topics. If you are into this kind of stuff, check them out!


The Eerie Silence: Are We Alone in the Universe?
The Eerie Silence: Are We Alone in the Universe?
by Paul Davies
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough, and surprising, 6 May 2012
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This book is perfect for the non-professional reader looking for an educated opinion about extraterrestrial life. The book is very thorough, the author takes the trouble to discuss his subject from just about all imaginable points of view. It is well written, and the author manages a few surprises along the way.

If you are, like me, fascinated by the vast universe and the search for life out there, this book is a real find.


Microsoft® Visual Basic® 2010 Step by Step (Step by Step (Microsoft))
Microsoft® Visual Basic® 2010 Step by Step (Step by Step (Microsoft))
by Michael Halvorson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.03

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great for a beginner, 4 Jan 2012
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For a noice programmer interested in visual basic this is the perfect book. It is very clearly written, well structured, and somehow even non-boring even though we are talking about programming techniques.


The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers
The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers
by Richard McGregor
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Liked, 4 Jan 2012
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This is an important book about a difficult subject. In many places it is an eye opener about what is going on behind the curtains inChina.


No Commercial Potential: The Saga Of Frank Zappa
No Commercial Potential: The Saga Of Frank Zappa
by David Walley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.48

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Negative vibes, 6 Nov 2011
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After reading 'The Hammer of Goods' about Led Zeppelin, and 'Bright Lights and Dark Shadows' about ABBA,both of which are masterpieces, I found this book quite dull. The reason may be that the writer does not seem to like Zappa the person.


A Life of Erwin Schrödinger (Canto original series)
A Life of Erwin Schrödinger (Canto original series)
by Walter J. Moore
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting life, 6 Nov 2011
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As an interested outsider to physical sciences, I wanted to learn about this remarkable theoretician. I found the book well worth a read. Schrödinger's personal life was unconventional and spans a dramatic phase in history. The book increased my understanding of his work and theoretical ideas.

As criticisms: Given all the interesting elements surrounding Schrödinger's life, the book still manages to be a bit dull at times. Also, I would have liked to learn even more about the theory.


China: Ancient Culture, Modern Society
China: Ancient Culture, Modern Society
by Peter Xiaoming Yu
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.74

3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, 20 May 2011
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This is an ok overview for the beginner like me. In some places one notices a certain Christian bias, which I found a bit irritating.


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