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The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics (Popular Science)
The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics (Popular Science)
by Sir Roger Penrose
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult but worth it, 23 Nov. 2011
This book goes much deeper than most popular science books, it's heavy going at times but well worth it. I'm on my third time through and it's still only just partially sinking in, Mr Penrose is a very clever man.

Programming: Principles and Practice Using C++ (Developer's Library)
Programming: Principles and Practice Using C++ (Developer's Library)
by Bjarne Stroustrup
Edition: Paperback
Price: £47.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A book that really teaches, 14 Aug. 2011
I'm very impressed by this book. Unlike many books that simply present you with information, carefully explain it and then give you some exercises to do, this book really engages with you as someone trying to learn this difficult topic and uses the techniques of a good teacher to help you progress.
The book is more about how to learn programming than it is about c++ itself and this it what makes it stand out. It also treats the reader with respect and makes you think for yourself, it assumes you are an intelligent person and doesn't waste time explaining the obvious. Instead it spends time showing what good and bad code looks like and how to get into good habits when structuring your programs.
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Teach Yourself C
Teach Yourself C
by Herbert Schildt
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Not very impressed, 14 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Teach Yourself C (Paperback)
This book just seems to present you with basic elements of C without giving you any idea of how to use them in a program to do anything useful or interesting. This might be fine for someone who already knows how to program in another language but not for a complete beginner.

I bought 'Programming: Principles and Practice Using C++' by Bjarne Stroustrup at the same time as this book and it is a far better book and would highly recommend it.

Materials and Processes in Manufacturing
Materials and Processes in Manufacturing
by E.Paul DeGarmo
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Old version but still useful, 9 July 2011
I have the 1984 version of this book which is now available second hand for hardly any money at all. It is very outdated in places but much is still relevant today. The style of this book makes it an easy and enjoyable read, it doesn't go into too much detail and there are few equations but it does give a great overview of the various manufacturing techniques and lots of typical real world examples, albeit from the pre-CNC era.

If I had the money I'd check out the latest version, but for less money than the price of a decent drill bit this old one is still great

Lady Injury
Lady Injury
by Melissa C. Water
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 6 April 2011
This review is from: Lady Injury (Paperback)
Lady Injury is the story of the author's trips in and out of hospital over the course of almost a year. The book starts with a visit to the doctor where she reveals her problem with self injury, she is then admitted to the psychiatric unit of the local hospital where she begins the first of many long stays.

The book is taken from the journals kept during the period and keeps this format, explaining the day to day struggles and events as she tries to cope when self injury is forbidden. We meet nurses, patients, doctors, friends and family, some kind and helpful, some less so. We see progress and regression, we see the start of an eating disorder and we see an amazing human being struggle to live after being damaged by the actions of others.

The book is a must read for anyone who enjoys her YouTube videos (idranktheseawater), it has the same complete honesty and the words flow off the page effortlessly. The acts of self injury are described in just enough detail to let you know what happened but never glorified or dwelt upon, some people may find this triggering but that is the issue at hand.

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