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Vox AMPLUG-TW Twin Effect Headphone Amplifier
Vox AMPLUG-TW Twin Effect Headphone Amplifier
Price: £29.14

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Tone and Depth, 16 Feb 2013
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It sounds great to me and the rest of the family can't hear me!

Battery life is not as bad as I expected, keeps going for about a month of evenings.


Parallel Programming with Intel Parallel Studio XE (Wrox Programmer to Programmer)
Parallel Programming with Intel Parallel Studio XE (Wrox Programmer to Programmer)
by Stephen Blair-Chappell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £39.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Should be compulsory reading for programmers everywhere, 16 Feb 2013
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Bought this to teach my son parallel programming with. I can't fault it, provides everything you need to to use Parallel Studio XE.


An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Uniforms of the Roman World
An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Uniforms of the Roman World
by Kevin F. Kiley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.58

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and good value, 16 Feb 2013
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I bought this book for some inspiration when painting some model Roman soldiers. There is a good introduction to this history of the Roman empire. The drawings are fantastic, they provide a lot of inspiration for painting models. What I like is that there are often two large drawings on most pages. The details on the figures is excellent. For me this book has served its purpose. My 12 year old son has also taken an interest in it and there is plenty of information in the text to keep him occupied!

There have been some critism of the acuracy of some of the drawings in the Amazon reviews. I can't comment on this, but it is obviously not a book aimed at schollers of Roman history. It's a Dorland Kingsley style book, that is a pleasure to look at the pictures and enough information to be of interest. Its not a dry academic account of Roman uniforms. It has also been compared to the Osprey books - for me it is far better value because the Osprey books are very expensive if you only use them for the limited number of colour plates they have.

If you have a child interested in Romans it would make an excellent present for them.


Discover Entropy And The Second Law Of Thermodynamics: A Playful Way Of Discovering A Law Of Nature
Discover Entropy And The Second Law Of Thermodynamics: A Playful Way Of Discovering A Law Of Nature
by Arieh Ben-Naim
Edition: Paperback
Price: £28.35

5.0 out of 5 stars A very good introduction to Entropy that is accessable to all, 5 Oct 2010
The book is for anyone who has wishes to understand entropy. The descriptions and examples used are not tied to one discipline and are presented in a very clear and easy to understand manner. Whether you are a chemist, physicist, computer scientist, or just wish to understand entropy, this book is for you.

This book slots in between the authors previous two books "Entropy Demystified: The Second Law Reduced to Plain Common Sense" and "Farewell to Entropy, A: Statistical Thermodynamics Based on Information". I first tried to read "Farewell to Entropy" but some of the mathematics was beyond my ability. "Entropy Demystified" gave me a good introduction, but "Discover Entropy", gives a clearer introduction and builds on it, leaving you with enough knowledge to work from.

The book uses probability theory to explain entropy and the explanations are backed up by examples that are clear and easy to understand. There are also computer simulations of the examples on the books website that are fascinating to watch.

The book covers all the ground of "Entropy Demystified" and explains it in a slightly different manner that some people will find easier to understand. The author assumes no mathematical ability, so do not worry if maths is not your strength! If you haven't read "Entropy Demystified", you can go straight to "Discover Entropy", as everything is explained assuming you have no previous knowledge of entropy.

I found the book left me with a better and solid understanding of Entropy and was able to apply the knowledge to the work I was currently studying.


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