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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
Volvo 700/900 Series: The Essential Buyer's Guide &hellip by Tim A. Beavis
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I have owned a succession of rear wheel drive Volvos. My current diesel 940 estate has clocked up 320,000 miles, half of that during my ownership. If and when it needs major mechanical work such as an engine overhaul or replacement, I shall have to decide whether to have the work done, whether to replace the car with another 940, or whether to replace it with a different car altogether. I had been looking forward to the arrival of this book to help me decide, in advance, which would be my best option.

But the book disappointed me.

* Much of it is taken up with generic stuff applicable to the purchase of any used car, such as how to check the paperwork, how to… Read more