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Captain Horatio Hornblower (El Hidalgo De Los Mares) Spanish import
Captain Horatio Hornblower (El Hidalgo De Los Mares) Spanish import
Dvd ~ Gregory Peck
Offered by Topbilliger
Price: £10.15

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hornblower review, 12 Nov. 2009
I had some doubts about the fact that the product came from outside the UK, but the DVD arrived in good time and the quality was very good. It offered the opportunity to choose the language used, though I did not try out any other language! Given that the film was made over 50 years ago, the quality was very good indeed.
The film itself is a conflation of three C.S.Forester's novels, "The Happy Return", "A Ship of the Line" and "Flying Colours", and the makers have done a great job of creating a fast moving adventure story with a touch of romance. It does not pretend to be a work of art, but provides excellent if rather old fashioned entertainment, particularly for anyone interested in history or the sea.

by Michael Spivak
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £35.99

76 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of very few 5 star books on Calculus., 24 July 2007
This review is from: Calculus (Hardcover)
Mathematics is not an easy subject. Some people say it is, but they are wrong. Even the best mathematicians eventually encounter problems which test their ability to the full. When learning advanced topics it is not uncommon to spend hours trying to solve a problem or understand an exposition, and often one needs to talk it over with a teacher or colleague. If you only have a book to consult, you need a very good one, and this is such a book. It is carefully constructed, the subject is developed logically, it has many examples, varying from the straightforward to the demanding, and it is written by someone with a huge enthusiasm, even a passion for the subject.

It is, of course, not an easy book. It took some of the brightest people in the world about two and a half thousand years to develop the calculus, and we have only had it for less than five hundred. If you read this book, you will be on the way to understanding what mathematics is all about. Do not try to do all the examples, but make sure you can do a fair sample.

The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature (Penguin Press Science)
The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature (Penguin Press Science)
by Steven Pinker
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

54 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tabula not so rasa, 11 Oct. 2003
The 'blank slate' of the title is the human mind at birth, a view held, often implicitly, by our modern society, which has been conditioned to accept this by religions, progressive educationists, and the left in general. Those who hold the opposing view, that much of our nature is inherited, are subjected to frequent and vicious personal attacks (see the reviews of this book).
Pinker, however, is made of stern stuff, and has put a large explosive device under his opponents with this book based, as it is, on carefully documented research and grounded in appropriate theory. He ranges from genetics to computational linguistics via neurology and statistical theory in dazzling fashion.
It might seem that the weight of evidence gathered might cause the book to be heavy going, but the writing is sharper, and the touch is lighter and more humorous than anyone has a right to expect. As an example, consider the following, after a discussion on the effects of ageing: "Forget 'As the twig is bent, so the tree grows', think 'Omigod, I'm turning into my parents'".
While there are parts to the book which some will question, Pinker has turned the searchlights of reason and common sense on much of the political correctness of our time, showing how ludicrous most of it is, and showing also how science is beginning to give us a better understanding of what is meant by 'human nature'. If 'the proper study of mankind is man' then this is the essential primer.

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