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Play Klezmer! - Violin
4.0 out of 5 stars Generally recommended, 25 Nov 2013
I can't say I am a big expert on Klezmer - or fiddling for that matter! This book presents fairly easy settings of Klezmer music. These pieces are straightforward to get to grips with if you're around grade four/five or above. The CD is useful, as it also has tracks with just the accompaniment, but I must say that the accompaniment sounds a bit "cheesy" to me. With Klezmer I always think of a more "earthy" type of music, not the somewhat polished orchestra on this CD. Also, this is very much just a book with Klezmer tunes, it is not really a book which teaches you what Klezmer actually is. For that purpose it is probably better to look at Ilana Cravitz's "Klezmer Fiddle - a how-to Guide":… Read more
Principles of Planetary Climate by Raymond T. Pierrehumbert
Principles of Planetary Climate by Raymond T. Pierrehumbert
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow - what a book!, 9 Nov 2012
Ray Pierrehumbert is a giant in the field and I am grateful he decided to write this expansive work. This is not an easy read; not because it is too complex, but simply because it is so big: there is an awful lot in here to enjoy, but in practice, you would probably end up just dipping in this book at various points. You will learn an awful lot about the climate of our own planet, but with the continued discovery of new exoplanets the subject matter of this book becomes even more important. Pierrehumbert's writing style is lucid and pleasant. A truly impressive book.
Equilibrium Thermodynamics by C. J. Adkins
Equilibrium Thermodynamics by C. J. Adkins
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally clear, 9 Nov 2012
Perhaps not worth writing a review, because I mostly agree with other reviewers: this is truly an excellent book. It is clear, simple, and concise, yet it achieves a very high level in classical thermodynamics.

One of the key advantages is that this book has, to my taste, exactly the right length: it is expansive enough to contain all relevant material for a physicist trying to learn classical thermodynamics, but it is short enough to be practically readable in full. Make it shorter and you wouldn't be doing justice to the field; make it longer and you simply wouldn't want to read it all in detail.

The treatment is modern but sticks to the classical subjects of… Read more

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