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Catwatching by Desmond Morris
Catwatching by Desmond Morris
I have read several of Desmond Morris's books, always with great enjoyment at the insight he brings to whatever he writes about. As a cat owner, always fascinated by their behaviour, I read Catwatching when it first appeared and I enjoyed its explanations of the many aspects of cat behaviour. I recommend it to anybody who wants to understand cats better.

But there was one aspect of cat behaviour where I was not convinced by Desmond Morris's explanation. Why do cats present freshly caught prey to their human owners? Desmond Morris says it is because they consider their owners hopeless hunters. I was never convinced by this explanation.

A few weeks ago, my lawn was… Read more
The Nature of Mathematical Modeling by Neil Gershenfeld
I bought the book (hard copy form) in a second hand bookshop while on holiday in Ireland. It is well printed on good quality paper and my copy is noted as 'reprinted 2003'.

I have several criticisms:

- It is mistitled. It does not discuss "the *nature* of mathematical modeling" of physical systems. It does give a brief overview of numerous mathematical techniques relevant in mathematical modelling of physical systems. It also discusses a few relevant aspects of computer programming.

- The coverage of any individual topic is superficial, covering only a few pages. If you already know about a topic, what the author says makes sense. But if it's new… Read more
Renovating and Maintaining Your French Home by Joe Laredo
As other reviewers have stated this is a very useful book, dealing both with the practicalities of renovating a house in France. Also very helpful in interacting with the French system - notaires, the mairie, EDF, and so on.

Two minor things slightly marred my enjoyment of the book, although they have no impact on its usefulness.

- It contains a number of cartoons, obviously intended to be amusing, but which I find simply unfunny and therefore slightly irritating. (Examples: - Someone holding a paper titled "hard water area" turning on the tap and ice cubes come out. - A guy in the process of diving into his swimming pool notices a shark swimming in it.)… Read more