Henri C. Ransford

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Farewell to Reality: How Fairytale Physics Betrays&hellip by Jim Baggott
56 of 68 people found the following review helpful
This book is really an overview of the current themes and questions of Physics, with a twist. The overview makes up about 80% of the content, and the twist the rest.

As an overview of where Physics is at, it's outstanding and really quite complete. It effectively covers all of the important themes in Physics today.

The twist is a critique of what the author calls 'fairy tale physics' - the speculations straddling the outer edges of the envelope, as it were. As such, it directly echoes the wonderful collection of papers published by Dieter Zeh last year (mostly but not exclusively in German), under the title: 'Physik ohne Realität - Tiefsinn oder Wahnsinn?'… Read more
GRRR! ~ The Rolling Stones
GRRR! ~ The Rolling Stones
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Déjà vu ?, 13 Nov 2012
The Stones have sold us these selfsame songs over and over again over the years - in one form or another, be it compilations, boxed sets, live, live again, singles collections, digitally remastered, vinyl, you name it.

Their very first best-of, in 1966, featured songs that are virtually all in here again - as did their second compilation in 1969 ('Through the Past, Darkly'), their third, their fourth, and so on through no fewer than 31 retrospectives all the way to this latest repeat.

It's a pity, because it seems to reduce the genius of the Rolling Stones to these 50-odd songs - there is however so very much more, often more creative, to the Stones' vast body of work… Read more
The Myth of Sanity by Martha Stout
The Myth of Sanity by Martha Stout
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Let's first say perhaps that this book's title is a whit misleading. A book could certainly be written about how sanity really is a slippery concept and how ordinary people in ordinary circumstances may unwittingly stretch its envelope. This book however it isn't: it is narrowly, and competently, about how chidren survive unimaginably shattering childhoods, and the very steep cost they pay, and keep paying throughout their lives, for having stayed alive. It should perhaps have been titled something like: Abusive Childhoods: Adulthood Aftermath, or, less dryly, Why Some People in Your Life Sometimes Seem Like Strangers, or such.
Another slight issue is that the book inevitably looks… Read more

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