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Chaos: Making a New Science
Chaos: Making a New Science
by James Gleick
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.16

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just a book!, 10 Dec. 2001
This book left me looking at the world in a radically different perspective. It seemed to suggest that in the late twentieth century we were begining to pin down the extremely subtle mathematics that underpinned almost everything and as a consequence were suddenly gaining an incredible insight into what's actually going on behind the scenes of the universe.
You enter this book knowing chaos as a buzzword occasionally touched upon by the media and gradually realise that it describes the 'forces at work' behind a whole array of things from something as trivial as the Newton-Raphson procedure (who'd have thought a simple piece of A-level maths could give rise to cutting adge research?) to matters as important as the weather, the interepherence in phone lines, the populations in an e-cology, indeed (without meaning to give away the book's climax) it's the very set of theories and idea's that keeps human beings alive!
An absolute must for anyone who's ever wondered why they wonder!


Littlewood's Miscellany
Littlewood's Miscellany
by John E. Littlewood
Edition: Paperback
Price: £32.39

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A mathematician would find this entertaining, 10 Dec. 2001
To illustrate my point, the anecdote's appearing in this book include the story of a lecturer who began a problem with the words "supose there are n childeren in a room" at which point he was promptly intereupted by a student asking, "What if there aren't n childeren in the room?"
This collection, first published in 1953, contains some wonderful insights into the development and lifestyle of a great mathematician as well as numerouse anecdotes, mathematical (Lion and man is excellent) and not-so-matematical. The latest edition contains several worthwhile additions, including a splendid lecture entitled 'The Mathematician's Art of Work', (as well as variouse items of interest mainly ot those who believe that the great court of Trinity college, Cambridge is the centre of the universe).


De Profundis, The Ballad of Reading Gaol & Others (Wordsworth Classics)
De Profundis, The Ballad of Reading Gaol & Others (Wordsworth Classics)
by Oscar Wilde
Edition: Paperback
Price: £2.43

5 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you will never look at prison in the same way again, 3 Sept. 2001
The ballad of Reading Gaol was Oscar Wilde's final work, written just 4 years before his death in 1901. Written shortly after his release from Reading Gaol story, this moving poem tells the story of his cellmate - flasely accused of murdering his wife. It tells of all the trials and tribulations of his time there and indeed of everyone in that prison as their view of a condemed man is graphicaly portrayed in this horrific ballad.
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The Ballad of Reading Gaol (Dover Thrift Editions)
The Ballad of Reading Gaol (Dover Thrift Editions)
by Oscar Wilde
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A depressingly beutiful piece, 12 Aug. 2001
To put it in its historical context this was the poem that was written by Oscare Wilde following his release from the prison Reading Gaol having served time there for soddomy. The book centeres on the man who was his cell mate whilst there, who had been sectenced to ddeath following the murder of his wife. Its is a highly moving and emotional piece, that was also to be his last work produced just 4 years before his death in 1901. It is a highly quotable work, with extracts such "yet each man kills the thing he loves to each let this be known some do it with a bitter look, some with a flattering word the coward with a kiss the brave man with a sword" i recommend this piec highly


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