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R. G. Oliver (St Albans, Herts, UK)

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Pathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science
Pathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science
by Jim Al-Khalili
Edition: Hardcover

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent but in need of a little light editing, 20 Dec. 2010
A stupendous piece of work by the author and a fascinating read once you get into it. And by putting the work of the scientists of this period into perspective the book also brings out and explains many of the basic scientific issues that have intrigued our species. It also illuminates historical aspects of the relationship between the Islamic world and "the west". I just wish the author had got stuck into the subject matter more quickly and saved us his personal history and photos of himself in Baghdad!


Complete French Grammar Review
Complete French Grammar Review
by Renee White
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but it's a pity about the errors!, 14 Dec. 2008
I've been working through this book for a few weeks now and I'm still persisting! I like its general approach but I have a few problems regarding its implementation. These are in no particular order.

1) It probably seemed a good idea to give the instructions to the exercises in French, but this was a bit of a challenge when this involved grammar or vocabulary not yet covered.

2) Similarly, examples of one aspect of grammar also contained grammatical details not yet covered, which was distracting (what could you safely ignore?)

3) There were a fair number of oddities in the text that had me puzzled, such as footnotes that didn't seem to relate to the text and arrows of uncertain meaning. My favourite was the comment that y in French was pronounced like an i .. such as in yogurt!

4) Sometimes the answers to exercises were missing and even less forgivable, wrong!

So maybe the next edition will be perfect?

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