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Super Simple Guide to Koi
Super Simple Guide to Koi
Price: £7.33

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and authoritative, 6 Nov. 2013
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I have downloaded nearly every book on koi to my kindle.
This is my favourite.
It is lively enjoyable and makes sense. It has pictures and classifies koi in detail describing physiology and anatomy relevant to koi keepers without overdoing the detail.The advice is in keeping with the best i have read to date. Its hard to put the kindle down! A real pleasure to read. Highly recommended.


The Sublime Revelation (al-fath Ar-rabbani): A Collection of Sixty-two Discourses
The Sublime Revelation (al-fath Ar-rabbani): A Collection of Sixty-two Discourses
by Shaikh 'Abd Al-Qadir Al-Jilani
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Inspiration, 5 Mar. 2013
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Deeply emotional and profound discourses.
Great for everyone to reflect on, not just muslims.
The principles are universal.

A true gem.


Topics in Analytic Number Theory
Topics in Analytic Number Theory
by Sidney W. Graham
Edition: Paperback
Price: £23.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection of paper, 5 Mar. 2013
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Some great number theorists and their work - though older papers these are of interets to research mathematicians in analytic nuimber theory today.


Introduction to Analytic Number Theory (Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics)
Introduction to Analytic Number Theory (Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics)
by Tom M. Apostol
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £32.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best, 22 Sept. 2009
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This book gives a thorough grounding in those parts of number theory which involves analytic methods. Despite this a fairly complete treatment of elementary methods is also provided to develop firm basis for the analyic methods. The most significant results are Dirichlet Theorem on Primes in Arithmetic progressions and a thorough treatment of the Analytic Proof of the Prime Number Theorem. As a text book I have not found one that is as complete as this for a higher undergraduate or Masters level postgraduate course. The choice of material is well considered and given that no textbook can cover every aspect of a subject as vast as number theory, this book does an admirable job of providing a superb basis on which to progress to further more advanced treatise such as the classic books by Davenport (Multiplicative Number Theory) and Titchmarsh (The Theory of the Riemann Zeta Function) or Iwaniec ( Analytic Number Theory). It also provides sufficient preparation to pave the way for more advanced analytic methods such as Sieve Methods and exponential sums (see for example Cojocaru and Murty 'Introduction to Sieve methods and applications' or Harman 'Prime-Detecting Sieves')

I found that by combining this book with Burton `Elementary Number Theory' or Hardy and Wrights `Introduction to the theory of Numbers' this textbook provides an excellent introduction for anyone with an interest in Analytic Number Theory.
A highly recommended textbook.


The Qur'an (Oxford World's Classics)
The Qur'an (Oxford World's Classics)
by Muhammad Abdel Haleem
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.19

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptionally clear translation into modern English, 11 Sept. 2009
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I have virtually every translation in English and this text without doubt ranks as one of the most direct and lucid translations for the modern English reader.

I was particularly impressed by the linguistic accuracy of several of the subtle points which other translators have often misrepresented and consequently have lost some of the fully magnificence and emotional impact of the original text. Not so in this text. The parenthesised sections, included to enhance the reader's comprehension, are used sparingly and in an appropriate context. The brief summary at the heading of each chapter is creditworthy and for me was a great joy as it is really nice to see a summary of the chapters key message before reading the text.

All in all a really scholarly work and beautifully translated. A real must have for anyone interested in getting a flavour of the real meaning of the Quran.


God the Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist
God the Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist
by Victor J. Stenger
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

6 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a universally accepted viewpoint by scientists, 2 Jun. 2008
"God" is clearly important enough to have generated a vast plethora of literature for and against "Him".

Whilst quite clearly presented and logical, Hitchens axiomatic basis for existence is for physical "obersvability" in some sense. Yet this is the the longest standing argument of asthestic philosophy, not something new.

I would love to see Hitchens expand his axiomatic basis for existence to encompass arguments that were new and more convincing that 'I cannot see(observe)' so 'I dont believe'

Our own existence is confounding enough - I am not sure humanity has truly solved this mystery.Why are we self aware? Who and what are we?
All this before what is "God"?

Paul Davies 'Goldilocks Enigma' and the 'Mind of God' present an alternative scientific viewpoint - he is a theortical physicist and comologist- the axiomatic basis for his arguments here are different. Why are we who we are and what exactly are we produces deep questions as to existence and in my view more fruitful than the 'prove he doesn't exist' approach of the God Hypothesis which is essentialy based on only one line of argument.

All in all great to see so much God talk like in this book.Its definitely the way forward but this book does not indicate the end of the road.
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String Theory and M-Theory: A Modern Introduction
String Theory and M-Theory: A Modern Introduction
by Katrin Becker
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £57.55

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible Introduction for the graduate, 21 Mar. 2007
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I have so far found this new string theory book comprehensible and clear.With a knowlege of quantum mechanics , general relativity and some standard undergraduate mathematics especially variational principles, group theory,topology etc.. this book looks like it might be the the way into strings for thousands of students like myself who like myself have wanted to get an actual understanding of the flavour of this highly exciting and controvertial theoretical framework. For self study I think its fabulous as there are many fully worked solution.

I think for a mathematician or a phyics graduate this is a better start point than Zweibach.


General Relativity (Springer Undergraduate Mathematics Series)
General Relativity (Springer Undergraduate Mathematics Series)
by N. M. J. Woodhouse
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.45

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully presented, 21 Mar. 2007
Its a real pleasure to see a clearly laid out undergraduate-oientated introduction to GR hich is predominantly aimed at those with a mathematical background. Consequently it is uncluttered and easy to follow.Most importantly the guidance notes on the solutions are a dream especially for students self-studying who do not have access to a tutor.

I can see myself using this and referring to it frequently.Definitely an instant favourite. A great start point for further and higher studies in GR and theoretical/mathematical physics.


Quantum Mechanics Demystified
Quantum Mechanics Demystified
by David Mcmahon
Edition: Paperback

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent hands on practise in QM, 10 Nov. 2006
Despite the large number of typographical errors ( which could be off putting for some) this is the first blow-by-blow hands on theory-example-solution(fully worked) approach to learning QM and I thoroughly recommend it for self study or as preparation for a more detailed study from the 'standard' texts on QM.

I really think this is a significant addition to texts on QM and if you do all the problems yourself before reading the solutions it could serve as a very powerful learning tool in this otherwise very challenging subject. For more on the full physical significance I guess further reading would be necessary as it has predominantly a mathematical approach. Great stuff......

I'd like more in this series!


The End Of Time: The Next Revolution in Our Understanding of the Universe
The End Of Time: The Next Revolution in Our Understanding of the Universe
by Dr Julian Barbour
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Einsteins own view 'Time is a stubborn illusion', 3 Nov. 2006
I am reading this a present so apologies for writing a review before completeing this but it was irresistable. As readers currently may know Hawking had worked on the idea that time and space had no actual beigining because of quantum uncertainty when the universe was smaller than plancks length - so that the question of a beginning was not relevant. However Einstein had already gone a 'quantum leap further by saying "the concept of past present and future are an illusion and a stubborn one at that.....". Perhaps he was ahead of the game.Hence I was very interested in this book. I am looking forward to completeing this book as much of our confusion about the nature of reality is based upon our failure to confront issues about the nature of time and a healthy open minded study of this beguiling human perception is welcomed.


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