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My soul-Motown's best
My soul-Motown's best

5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece, 17 Nov. 2015
This review is from: My soul-Motown's best (Audio CD)
James Last gives an extraordianary and personal interpretation of the birth of soul music in a musical idiom that achieves two goals. Firstly the style of the music becomes more easily accessible to those who have not yet studied blues, jazz and soul. Secondly, the interpretation adds new insights and flavours to the music that makes it an artistic achievement in itself. James Last once more proves that big band jazz is the utlimate format for articulating all kinds of music. Here we have yet another proof of the musical genius of James Last.


Space 1999 Travia Quiz Pocket Book
Space 1999 Travia Quiz Pocket Book
by Paul Mohamed
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.82

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 22 Mar. 2015
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This is a wonderful little book with remarkably hard questions.


Exploring ""Space 1999: An Episode Guide and Complete History of the Mid-1970s Science Fiction Television Series
Exploring ""Space 1999: An Episode Guide and Complete History of the Mid-1970s Science Fiction Television Series
by John Kenneth Muir
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.50

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 22 Mar. 2015
Along with Pierre Fageolle's "Cosmos 1999: L'epopée de la blancheur" (1996) the hardback version of "Exploring 1999" (1997) has helped define the scholarly debate of SPACE 1999 that reached a climax with Henry Keazor's chapter in helped define are two of the most important references to SPACE 1999 in Geppert's 2012 book "Imagining Outer Space. European Astroculture in the Twentieth Century". The contrasting views between Fageolle and Muir were also of fundamental importance in the 1997-98 Alpha Online debate documented in Petter Ogland's book "Space 1999 - Episode by Episode" (2014).
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Writing Science: How to Write Papers That Get Cited and Proposals That Get Funded
Writing Science: How to Write Papers That Get Cited and Proposals That Get Funded
by Joshua Schimel
Edition: Paperback
Price: £21.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 14 Mar. 2015
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The main message in the book is that "as a scientist, you are a professional writer". This perspective allows Schimel to approach the skill of scientific writing in a very similar way to how one would to fictional writing. It is all about telling interesting stories in a good way, although in the case of scientific writing there is a particular format to the kind of stories we are telling. It is a very good and instructive read.


The Making of Space:1999
The Making of Space:1999

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 27 Feb. 2015
This review is from: The Making of Space:1999
This book is a wonderful resource for understanding SPACE 1999 from the viewpoint of a journalist making observations and interviews at the time when they were making the second series. Although all the chapters provide insights on interesting aspects of filmmaking, the sections dealing with Fred Freiberger and scriptwriting is extraordinary useful. For instance, Heald writes about an extraordinary rude interview Freiberger made with British playwright Jim Hawkins. To set the expectations right, Freiberger tells Hawkins that his script is too abstract. "Would you give me whipped cream when I ask for s***?" he asks. As Heald comments, although Hawkins may be the Shakespeare of science fiction, Freiberger obviously does not want Shakespeare. These kind of observations are highly useful when reading the Wood's book that contains a large amount of extracts from interviews and transcripts from conventions where the makers of SPACE 1999 have reflected on the brilliance of the first season of SPACE 1999 and Freiberger's role in making the second season into a disaster.


Engaged Scholarship: A Guide for Organizational and Social Research
Engaged Scholarship: A Guide for Organizational and Social Research
by Andrew H. Van de Ven
Edition: Paperback
Price: £26.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful approach despite being deeply flawed, 26 Oct. 2014
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The idea of using Bhaskar's critical realism as a basis for action research and other types of engaged scholarship would not be a bad idea if it hadn't been for the problem that scientific realism (including critical realism) is a profoundly unsound philosophy of science. By insisting on a realist ontology the scientific process becomes a process of indoctrination rather than prober science. Rather than using Roy Bhaskar and Ronald Giere as a foundation of engaged scholarship, van de Ven should have focused on Giere's collegue Bas van Fraassen who managed to produce the a philosophy that accomplishes exactly the same as Giere/Bhaskar while also being scientific. However, most of the ideas in the book can be applied within van Fraassen's framework of Constructive Empiricism, so from a practical perspective it shouldn't be so bad.


A Realist Theory of Science (Classical Texts in Critical Realism Routledge Critical Realism)
A Realist Theory of Science (Classical Texts in Critical Realism Routledge Critical Realism)
by Roy Bhaskar
Edition: Paperback
Price: £28.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and useful for historical reasons, 25 Oct. 2014
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Although I think trancendental empiricism or critical realism is fundamentally wrong as a philosophy of science, especially when compared with van Fraassen's Constructive Empiricism, it is nevertheless interesting to read Bhaskar for understanding how this unsound philosophy was developed. The biographical bits in the introduction are particularly useful as they give psychological motivation. Trancendental empiricism, along with other versions of scientific realism, was developed as an attack on positivism and related positions within the philosophy of science in the sixties and early seventies. Bhaskar builds on two sources of inspiration for making his attack. On one hand he looks at they way people like Kuhn, Popper, Feuerabend, Toulmin and other have stressed the human aspects of the scientific process. On the other hand he focuses on the semantic view of theories, as discussed by Mary Hesse and others. Although this is a fine mix, he makes the same mistake as Ronald Giere in believing that this must lead to realist ontology. If he had aligned himself with van Fraassen instead, this could easily have developed into a proper philosophy of science.


Action Research in Organisations (Routledge Studies in Human Resource Development)
Action Research in Organisations (Routledge Studies in Human Resource Development)
by Jean McNiff
Edition: Paperback
Price: £41.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 25 Oct. 2014
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As always with Jean McNiff and Jack Whitehead, this is tremendously insightful and practical. Although the organisations in the book are mostly schools, universities or other groups made up of teachers or teacher-related occupations, there is nothing here that could not be used for doing action research in any type of organisation. What is perhaps extraordinary useful in this book as compared with the numerous other books written by McNiff and Whitehead is the attempt to use Chomsky's political perspectives and theories as a basis for action theory.


Getting to Yes: Negotiating an Agreement Without Giving In
Getting to Yes: Negotiating an Agreement Without Giving In
by Roger Fisher
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Important and interesting, 30 Aug. 2014
This is a splendid book applied game theory without going too much into detail about what game theory is. In fact, it reads more like a book on mechanism design ("reverse game theory") in the sense that the negotiation strategy suggested in the book focuses more on negotiating the design of the game in order to get reasonable results. Very useful and interesting.


Action Science: Concepts, Methods and Skills for Research and Intervention (Jossey-Bass social & behavioral science)
Action Science: Concepts, Methods and Skills for Research and Intervention (Jossey-Bass social & behavioral science)
by Chris Argyris
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Important and interesting, 30 Aug. 2014
The problem with action research is that it seems to depend so much on the person conducting it. Argyris also admits that it is an art, but at least he and his associates provides an intellectual framework that makes it possible to think of action research in a manner that makes it more similar to conventional science. The book contains discussions of action research in the context of philosophy of science, in the context of methodology and useful examples illustrating how it is being put to use in a therapeutic context.


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