Matthew Leitch

Top Reviewer Ranking: 7,010
Helpful votes received on reviews: 79% (245 of 309)
Location: Epsom, Surrey, England


Top Reviewer Ranking: 7,010 - Total Helpful Votes: 245 of 309
Wait: The useful art of procrastination by Frank Partnoy
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
First, I should admit that I haven't read the whole book and I won't read it all. I'm too disappointed to carry on, and not getting much out of the book.

The problem that keeps repeating so far is that the author doesn't acknowledge and deal with obvious alternative explanations of the research findings he uses.

In the first chapter we learn that having a heart rate that goes up and down quickly in response to events is associated with being a well adjusted person and successful later in life. So, the argument goes, having a responsive link between thinking and heart rate is a good thing. You've got a 'responsive' heart.

But wait, suppose the real source of… Read more
Reon 4.5W LED GU10 Energy Saving Spot Light (Repla&hellip by Reon
1.0 out of 5 stars Broken out of the box, 3 Mar 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
When we got this out of the box it rattled slightly. I tried to insert it into a light fitting but when fitted it produced no light at all. I took it out again and then my wife noticed that one of the metal contact posts was wobbly.

The Amazon packing was undamaged and sturdy. There was no sign of damage to the small box that the bulb itself was sold in.

I conclude that the bulb was faulty, and, though this could have happened during transportation, any impacts were probably within the normal range you might expect from postal delivery. Damage should not have happened.

Either way, not impressed, hence only one star given.
The Infinity Delusion by James R Meyer
The Infinity Delusion by James R Meyer
Some of the non-technical points made in the book about the nature of some mathematics are good points that need to be looked at more. Is there a world of academic maths that is funded by taxpayers and contributing nothing using, and nothing entertaining (except to the small clique of mathematicians with an interest in it)? Quite probably there is.

I also liked the fact that this book focuses on making most of its arguments using ordinary English language rather than diving into mathematical symbols after some cursory and inadequate text. The arguments about infinity and infinitesimals have been going on for a long time and a lot of the publications are virtually impossible to… Read more