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Life: The Science of Biology
Life: The Science of Biology
by William K. Purves
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for reference and for learning, 22 Feb 2006
This book was used in my introductory biology course at University of California. The book explains everything in a way that really makes you understand, and it provides clear definitions of all jargon that you come across. The pictures in the book and the books website are also top quality. Life covers more or less all subfields of biology, in some depth. You can use this book as reference or read the whole thing (in which case you would learn alot). Buy!


The Human Brain: An Introduction to Its Functional Anatomy
The Human Brain: An Introduction to Its Functional Anatomy
by John Nolte PhD
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great pictures, but not so good text, 22 Feb 2006
This book is printed on high-quality photo paper, giving it a nice feel to it. There are many pictures, all with beautiful colors. Since starting my PhD I have used it frequently to get a good overview.

I would have given it five stars if the text was as good as the pictures, but unfortunately that is not the case. When this was used as course literature on my neuroanatomy course in Santa Barbara, virtually everyone complained that the text was bad. However, having gone back to it, I would say that it is not so bad really, perhaps it is just a little bit dense.

In sum, buy this book if you need great pictures.


Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)
Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)
by Hannah Arendt
Edition: Paperback

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shocking story told with an objective voice, 9 Nov 2003
What is perhaps most striking about the way that the story of Eichman is told is the insensitivity with which he is treated by Arendt. One would expect a more emotional account but Arendt keeps her feelings apart from the facts and her analytical thoughts in a way that seems to ensure the user that the account of this criminal man is not biased. Although the book is not the kind that motivates the reader to continue reading all the time it does reward the person who is persistent enough to get through it. Many interesting and seemingly important facts that are not so well known are included in the story.
It is very shocking to realise that Eichman was not a sadistic psychopath, and that he even for a while tried to follow Kant's categorical imperative, in other words that he probably was to a high extent just a normal man who became a monster because of the context.


Psychology: Frontiers and Applications
Psychology: Frontiers and Applications
by Passer-Smith
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My personal favorite among the introductory psychology books, 9 Sep 2003
This is the book which is preffered by all the best Universities in Sweden. My own University (Lund) sent different textbooks, among them was Passer & Smith, to all the psychology institutions (cognitive, personality, work psychology etc.), the institutions could then say which textbook they thought gave the best introduction to their specific field of study, and guess which book they preffered...
Having now read 4 chapters I can only agree. It penetrates each topic so that you will be able to remember it but it does not go much beyond that, in other words it will be comprehendable to people who do not have prior knowledge of psychology. At the same time it gives the perfect platform for further studies in Psychology. The balance between pure information and examples is excellent.


A Short History Of Nearly Everything
A Short History Of Nearly Everything
by Bill Bryson
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It is what it claims to be, 2 Aug 2003
This book will (as the cover explains) give the reader a broad spectrum of knowledge in many different fields. Bryson also explains many of the very basic questions which many other textbooks seem to consider obvious, it will in other words also be a nice read for the novice, perhaps particularly for the novice. One very positive aspect is all the information about the scientists, knowing their characters (which are often not "natural") makes it easier to remember their theories. Newton’s experiments I found particularly interesting...
Just for the sake of complaining a little, I often got lost among all the different scientist, many who were until then unknown to me, Bryson jumps around a little too much in my opinion. Further, it is hard to follow the chronological structure in the book since the sciences evolved at different times. It is indeed a nice read though and it will teach you something of value for sure.


Physics for the IB Diploma: Standard and Higher Level
Physics for the IB Diploma: Standard and Higher Level
by Tim Kirk
Edition: Paperback

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely outstanding for its purpose, 12 April 2003
Before this this book was published we used Young and Freedman's University Physics book in our classes (the International Baccalaureate diploma programme). It was a very good book, however, just the sight of it will make any student wish he/she had never chosen physics (1500 pages). This book contains only what IB students need to know. It has a good balance in terms of detail (which is often a problem in other books), but most importantly - it teaches concepts the IB way. All fomulas and all formulation are the same as in the formula sheet and hence also similar to those in the final exams. The exercise questions are taken from previous IB exams. In fact I haven’t found anything negative about this book so far. The only thing which could in some situations be negative is that it have a strong IB bias – which could lead to problems for other kinds of student.
All these factors make this book inestimable for any IB-student. For the "interested reader" it gives a good picture of a large area of physics in just 160 pages. Buy this book!


Mathematics Higher Level Core: International Baccalaureate
Mathematics Higher Level Core: International Baccalaureate
by Fabio Cirrito
Edition: Paperback

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well explained but some annoying errors, 23 Jan 2003
Although this book is the second edition it has way to many errors. It can be very irritating to sit and go through long exercises and then not be sure whether you did it right. On the other hand if you have some patience you will usually find out whether it is the book or you which is mistaken. It might sound like this book is full of errors, this is not the case. The errors are rare but compared to other core books it has too many errors.
So what made me give the book four stars (a good grade)? The explanations in this book are better than in any of the other books I have been looking at (quite a few). When I do not grasp the meaning of some mathematical concept this is the book I turn to. This book gives the reader a deeper understanding of the concepts since it explains them and don't just give examples. So if you have difficulties grasping mathematics this book is strongly recommended, if on the other hand you are very bright and grasp mathematics easily then the Oxford advanced mathematics is probably a better choice


Leonardo da Vinci: A Memoir of His Childhood (Routledge Classics)
Leonardo da Vinci: A Memoir of His Childhood (Routledge Classics)
by Ernest Jones
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good analysis, 9 Jan 2003
This biography is to some extent based on a misinterpretation of language and the conclusions drawn often seem vaguely supported by evidence. However, Freud’s ability to look at the small details and from these build a complete picture is in it self a reason to buy this book. Despite of the small documentation of Leonardo Da Vinci's life Freud is able deduct a detailed picture of Leonardo's psychological development. Reading this book will moreover give the reader an introduction to Freud’s theories which are also very interesting (he basically asserts that all behaviours origin in sexual or aggression motives).
If one seeks only to learn about Leonardo's life and his scientific accomplishments this is perhaps not the book although one do get a shallow overview of his life. On the other hand, if one wants to see the human being in Leonardo Da Vinci and no longer see him as a "superman" then this is the book. After reading this book I have been able to actually relate to Leonardo, and I have even learnt one or two things about myself.


Madame Bovary: A Story of Provincial Life (Penguin Popular Classics)
Madame Bovary: A Story of Provincial Life (Penguin Popular Classics)
by Gustave Flaubert
Edition: Paperback

8 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rewarding if you reflect, otherwise just boring..., 20 Dec 2002
Being one of the most famous works of literature, despite the fact that many professional literature criticisers has referred to it as one of the most boring books throughout time it must be admitted that it probably involves some relevant ideas and aspects of human conduct. When I read this book I found it tremendously boring and wished that it wouldn't be so long... However, since then I have found many aspects of the book which are very interesting and applicable in many areas. Besides it is a must for everyone interested in literature history since it was really the first book to introduce the naturalistic perspective in literature.


Statistics Student's book (Mathematics for A and AS Level)
Statistics Student's book (Mathematics for A and AS Level)
by School Mathematics Project
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Good book which gives good insight into statistical terms, 10 Dec 2002
Having almost worked through this book as apart of my IB mathematics course (the statistical option in HL), I feel I have obtained a stable statistical concept. The books will take you through all the different areas of the IB or A-level statistics course, and if makes sure that you do not forget them throughout the book by intermixing the different areas. I personally have obtained a good and clear understanding of the grounds of statistics and I'm able to recall rules merely by using reasoning (this characterizes good understanding).
As an IB student I have one problem with the book though. Some of the formulas they use in the book are not similar to the ones used in the IB formula sheet. This is however not a very significant problem and I still recommend the book strongly.


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