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Vesuvius A.D.79: The Destruction of Pompeii and He&hellip by Ernesto De Carolis
5.0 out of 5 stars The end of a city, 29 Sep 2013
Everyone knows the story of the Roman city of Pompeii, which in 79 A.D. was buried in ashes and lava by the volcano Vesuvius. This was at the time when the Roman Empire was at its apogee, and Pompeii thus offers to the archeologists a snapshot view of life at that time.

Pompeii has been excavated over the last 200 years, and many spectacular finds have been made. Famous are the ghoulish casts made of the people who died in the eruption and were buried in the ashes. When their remains rotted away, they left behind empty spaces, and by pouring in plaster of Paris very lifelike replicas have been obtained of their bodies.

Books on Pompeii normally focus on all the finds,… Read more
Rhinoceros Giants: The Paleobiology of Indricother&hellip by Donald R. Prothero
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4.0 out of 5 stars A huge rhino, 29 Sep 2013
Knowing the author from a couple of his previous books, one may rest assured to be in good and competent hands in this little book on the indricothere, related to the rhino and claimed to be the largest land mammal known to have existed.

The book - including many excellent illustrations - is primarily written for the layperson. Hence we are spared the detailed anatomical descriptions of bones found. Obviously, the book is in no way a scientific monograph on the giant rhino. On the other hand, here and there we are not spared some scientific heavy going, like in chapter 3 where the timing of the geology is discussed in detail.

Since there is not so much to say about the… Read more
Web Games by Lior Samson
Web Games by Lior Samson
4.0 out of 5 stars Entangled Web, 26 Feb 2013
The theme of "Web Games" is cyber crime; we find ourselves among hackers, geeks and a generous allotment of cynical bigwigs with shady motives. Everyone, maybe except the heroine, Des, has something to hide.

The plot centres on a scheme to take over industrial control systems via malicious software: "Trojans", over the internet. The purpose, of course, is large-scale destruction.

The author mentions in a postscript that, while he was completing the book, the news of the Stuxnet worm came out. Stuxnet in real life apparently succeeded in knocking out a number of Iran's uranium-enrichment centrifuges, after having penetrated their control systems virally via flash drives… Read more