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Shame about the formulae,
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This review is from: The Theoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics (Kindle Edition)
Having an undergraduate background in maths from 45 years ago I was very pleased with the way the book reminded me and updated my understanding of the subject but, and it's a big but, the formulae have been reproduced at such a small size that for example the dot representing a time derivative is a single pixel. This and all the formulae cannot be easily read except in a very good light or by using the back light at maximum. (To forestall some obvious remarks, my eyesight is quite a lot better than standard and has been recently tested.) Some of the material requires concentration and puzzling over exactly which symbol has been used is a considerable distraction. Enlarging the font makes no difference, presumably because the formulae have been reproduced as images. I have not found any which could not have been reproduced at twice the size without upsetting the page layout. This is such a problem that I was tempted to assign two stars.
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Initial post: 17 Mar 2013 11:08:06 GMT
Laurent Stern says:
Formulas in Kindle editions seem to be a huge problem. Personally I wouldn't buy Kindle editions of scientific or technical books: this kind of book isn't read linearly but actively (you need to flip through the pages back and forth). You probably should have read the "physical" edition.
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Mar 2013 11:54:17 GMT
P. Smith says:
I find reading maths books on the Kindle to be considerably better than in hard copy because of the ease with which bookmarks and notes can be placed and retrieved, which is why it is such a disappointment that the formatting of formulae should be so poor in this edition. Adding bookmarks and notes to a hard copy book is much less convenient even if you have no problem with writing on a book or using stickers. Except for very short notes space is a problem. Finding the required item later is very easy on a Kindle but much less so and sometimes very difficult in hard copy.
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