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How to Clone the Perfect Blonde: Making Fantasies Come True with Cutting-edge Science
How to Clone the Perfect Blonde: Making Fantasies Come True with Cutting-edge Science
by Sue Nelson
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book but no classic, 22 Nov 2003
The authors wanted to create a book that will become the best selling popular science book ever. Well they have created a fantastic, readable book but it won't become a classic.
While it is distinctly more readable than Peter Atkins Galileos Finger, more general than Richard Dawkins A Devils Chaplin, it lacks that something. It has very few diagrams or figures, thinking of The Universe in a Nutshell the diagrams is what made that book fantastic, also it is an awfully funny size and dosen't sit well in my bookcase.(That's just being picky though)
The book is fast paced, helpful (it provides pre made shopping lists, no thinking required just a large wallet) and funny, not all the jokes are belly laughs but the large majority are sniggers.
This is the book to get if you are interested in science today and how it can help you!
But give it 10-20 years and the science in this book will be yesterdays science, this is why it won't become the great thing the authors or publishers are wishing for.


Dilbert and the Way of the Weazel: A Guide to Outwitting Your Boss, Your Co-Workers and the Other Pants-Wearing Ferrets in Your Life
Dilbert and the Way of the Weazel: A Guide to Outwitting Your Boss, Your Co-Workers and the Other Pants-Wearing Ferrets in Your Life
by Scott Adams
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a joy, 22 Nov 2003
It has been some years, i'm ashamed to say, since i read the dilbert future, having read the dilbert principle and The Joy of Work before. It was great pleasure that i found this new book by scott adams. I couldn't wait to read it.I finished it the day i got it, it was fantastic.
Scott Adams has given Dilbert Fans something more to celebrate. What he tells us is insightfull and a little more than useful. Are you bored of doing all the work in your office? Well don't worry, read this book and get helpful hints about what your co-workers are doing to make you do all the work, and then join them.
Frankly it is all true, and hilarious. I can't wait to get to the office on monday so i can try some new weasel techniques. This would make a great christmas present for any friends or family that work in an office, it will give them something to read when they weasel themselves out of doing any work.
As for me, i'm going to re-read all the dilbert books i own, it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside.


Galileo's Finger: The Ten Great Ideas of Science
Galileo's Finger: The Ten Great Ideas of Science
by Professor Peter Atkins
Edition: Hardcover

9 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What a first "popular" science book to read., 22 Nov 2003
As a student doing a degree in chemistry, Peter Atkins name is hallowed ground. Therefore I went out and bought his book, mainly for the reviews it had on it's cover.
Ten great ideas of science? They are the authors choice, but I had a hard time getting through this (In case it got better)and looked forward to finishing it.
The chapters that i had some previous knowledge about where easier to follow than the ones i didn't, but saying that they quickly got difficult. It is not the fact that the ideas as such are complicated, it is the heavy way that Mr Atkins feels he must describe them. A weight which i am finding more and more in his textbooks. He is not the easiest author to read when he is writing in a textbook, but he brings this to a new level when he is writing a general science book.
This is not a book for the faint hearted and should surely come with a warning that you should have a degree, or better, several. Then you may enjoy it more. If it is a popular science book you want to read, which has a few jokes get "How to clone the perfect blonde" It is faster paced and a hell of a lot funnier.
Peter Atkins has gonen down in my eyes.


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