Dr. C. G. Oakley

Helpful votes received on reviews: 56% (65 of 116)
Location: Dunstable, Bedfordshire United Kingdom
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Massive: The Missing Particle That Sparked the Gre&hellip by Ian Sample
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Repulsive hype, 11 Nov 2010
One can tell very easily that the author of this book is not a physicist. A physicist would never come up with a phrase like "It was time for a new generation of physicists to go further into the quantum world and discover the origin of mass" in reference to the attempts to progress fundamental physics immediately after the war (end of chapter 2).

Finding "the origin of mass" was not, repeat not the motivation of the scientists involved. Allow me to explain: by 1948 physicists had the impressive and experimentally-verified achievements of quantum mechanics and special relativity under their belts. Quantum mechanics provided a framework for describing the sub-atomic world in great… Read more
Lady Chatterley's Lover: Cartoons by Hunt Emerson
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
When I first saw this in W H Smith in Hemel Hempstead God knows how many years ago, I knew that it was my kind of book. The original cover had Lady Chatterley riding Mellors like a jockey, complete with riding crop, and the title had the word "Lover!" in enormous red letters above her head. But what really clinched it for me was the legend "Not for sale to wives and servants" at the top. Open the cover, and you will then see a bee tripping out on the nectar from a ridiculously-sensuous-looking lily-like flower. This sets the whole tone of the graphic novel. D H Lawrence, in my humble one, was a man whose ego was vastly bigger than his talent - the opposite of Hunt Emerson, and the original… Read more
A Colossal Failure of Common Sense: The Inside Sto&hellip by Lawrence G. McDonald
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
First, the bad news: (1) The author's pre-Lehman life story, although much more interesting than average, is not really relevant. (2) The book is somewhat repetitive. (3) A bit more emotional detachment on the author's part would have been appreciated. (4) He was not *that* much of an insider, having, for example, never met the firm's chairman and CEO. (5) Shorting stocks and corporate bonds is not a philanthropic activity: the author gives the impression that somehow it is OK provided that the target is not his own company. (6) The style, which is breathless and full of cliches, can be annoying.

All minor gripes - especially as I thoroughly enjoyed the account of the author's… Read more

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