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Only One Earth - The Care and Maintenance of a Small Planet
Only One Earth - The Care and Maintenance of a Small Planet
by Barbara Ward
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wishy-washy, 8 Jan. 2015
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A wishy-washy non-scientific non-quantitative book. Interesting for historical reasons.


Sandisk 16GB MicroSDHC (MicroSD) Memory Card For Samsung Galaxy S II S2 4G | Galaxy i9103 R | Conquer 4G | Exhibit 4G | Dart Mobile Phone
Sandisk 16GB MicroSDHC (MicroSD) Memory Card For Samsung Galaxy S II S2 4G | Galaxy i9103 R | Conquer 4G | Exhibit 4G | Dart Mobile Phone
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Price: £9.95

1.0 out of 5 stars NO ADAPTOR INCLUDED! And then after 7 months' use, the memory card failed, 8 Jan. 2015
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First review: 2 stars because NO ADAPTOR INCLUDED! The page http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005G7PH0U?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00 quite clearly shows an SD card AND an SD card adaptor in the photo. But I received only the SD card.
Follow-up review: after 7 months' use, the memory card failed (when I was uploading a large bunch of mp3 files), and I lost 6 months of photographs. The memory card is unreadable when inserted in another samsung phone, and causes system crashes when I try to read the card on the original samsung phone. Very disappointed.


Classical Mechanics
Classical Mechanics
by T. W. B. Kibble
Edition: Paperback

7 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK for timid students, 20 Sept. 2000
This review is from: Classical Mechanics (Paperback)
I recommend Hand and Finch above this book, but for a student who only wants 2nd-year-level exposition, Kibble and B might be preferred. The contents are bland and ordinary and straightforward, and at times wrong. For example, K+B perpetuate the nonsense that gyroscopic effects are important when a bicycle is going round a corner. Anyone who has ridden a scooter, or bikes with very light wheels, indeed any bike at all, will know this is rubbish. The fact that they get this wrong makes me mistrust the whole of the rest of the book. Go with Hand and Finch. H+F is cheaper and takes you to graduate level!


The Selfish Gene
The Selfish Gene
by Richard Dawkins
Edition: Paperback

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars everyone must read this book, 16 Sept. 2000
This review is from: The Selfish Gene (Paperback)
Clear, clear, crystal clear. Dawkins explains the idea of evolution through natural selection, and shows how to assess whether it could be true. Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand why we are here and why we are the way we are.


Cryptonomicon
Cryptonomicon
by Neal Stephenson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping but has major flaws, 16 Sept. 2000
This review is from: Cryptonomicon (Paperback)
I love information theory, wwII, U-boats, and internet startups - so what a fantastic book! I especially liked the moral message conveyed by the old Japanese father-figure at the end. (I thought that he should have got his way, and didn't enjoy the clumsy greedy ending.) There are some things that really bugged me. (1) When he's cracking a wwII Japanese code, it's said that he was using the known prevalence of the letters E, T, etc. in the plaintext. But surely it would have been in JAPANESE! (2) The dwarves who destroyed everyone's computers, and the Rube-Goldberg method for secretly communicating with his laptop seemed too contrived to me. (3) I didn't like the self-conscious gratuitous mildly obscene bits. And why on earth did the hero get the tomboy at the end?


Launch - Ensemble Bash
Launch - Ensemble Bash

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but they can do better, 16 Sept. 2000
This review is from: Launch - Ensemble Bash (Audio CD)
I was drawn to Ensemble Bash by a superb track of Graham Fitkin's they recorded on another disc. This disc is full of pieces with equal technical brilliance; what's more, the sense of humour of these charismatic performers comes through too. The only weakness of this disc, in my view, is that they have included too many lightweight pieces.


An Equal Music
An Equal Music
by Vikram Seth
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great first half, 16 Sept. 2000
This review is from: An Equal Music (Paperback)
Loved the first half - the tiny, two page chapters that convey so much in so few words, and the half-time climax... later, the musician who was unable to play owing to personal anxiety was very real; but I found what Michael did with his life in the 2nd half of the book implausible.


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