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Achilles Healing: Achilles Tendinitis Relief and Prevention in 4 Easy Phases
Achilles Healing: Achilles Tendinitis Relief and Prevention in 4 Easy Phases
by Patrick Hafner
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.00

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tendinopathy not tendinitis, 1 Aug. 2011
It may also be worth mentioning that the term 'tendinopathy' is used to more accurately describe this condition. Originally this injury was known as Achilles tendinitis or tendinosis, as it was thought to be caused by an inflammation of the Achilles tendon. These days, after further research into the pathology, it is realised that the condition is associated with a degeneracy of the fibrils that make up the tendon, and that inflammation is not the primary issue.
Overall the book contains mostly useful advice, written in a user friendly style. Its main value is in alerting the reader to the seriousness of the injury and how to avoid it developing into a more debilitating condition. However much of what is stated is well known basic health care and although the more specific advise given in Phase 2, will help rehabilitate mild cases of the ailment, I do not think it would be effective for curing long term chronic injuries. In particular his view on the "World's Worst Calf Stretch", flies in the face of more modern treatments that rely on such `drop step' techniques. I myself have benefitted from this enormously and would invite others to check out the extensive online literature (e.g. lulu.com/My Achilles Heel:), regarding such eccentric contractions and mechanotransduction.
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The Quantum Story: A history in 40 moments
The Quantum Story: A history in 40 moments
by Jim Baggott
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars God's Dice, 22 April 2011
An interesting and accessible account of a physical theory which dominated the 20th century. The book skilfully guides the reader through the subtleties that mark the historical developments of quantum theory. Adhering to the dictum that `every extra equation, halves sales', much of the technical detail is explained via the use of diagrams. A pity therefore that this approach was not used on pages 14 & 15, where some simple energy diagrams (showing rearrangements of a small assembly of oscillators), may have avoided misunderstanding. Consequently, the explanation of Planck and Boltzmann's reasoning is confusing, as is the distinction between the statistical thermodynamics of classical and quantum particles. With indistinguishable quanta such as photons, we count the number of allowable combinations, whereas for the distinguishable molecules of Boltzmann, we also have to consider permutations of each of these combinations (there are therefore more `fine grained' microstates). Unlike Boltzmann, Planck introduced quantized oscillators but they were still distinguishable, while the much later Bose/Fermi statistics introduced the notion of indistinguishable particle states. [A more pictorial approach to this subjects can be found for example on lulu.com/"Quantum Theory: A concise guide for beginners"]
As well as discussing the various important landmarks in the understanding of quantum theory, the book also contains much detail upon developments in high energy particle physics, as well as cosmology. Overall a very good popular science book, which reveals the somewhat tortuous route to our current understanding of the microcosm and honours the remarkable men who contributed to it.


Shadows of the Mind: A Search for the Missing Science of Consciousness
Shadows of the Mind: A Search for the Missing Science of Consciousness
by Roger Penrose
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The search for consciousness; Erudite, Promethean, 3 Jun. 2001
Penrose's book expels the myths surrounding artificial intelligence and in doing so also reveals a great deal of physics to the layman. He gives an expose of the twin pillars of modern theoretical physics, namely quantum theory and relativity and uses this scientific knowledge to justify his views on the nature of consciousness. A sequel to his previous book "The Emperor's New Mind", Penrose covers subjects as diverse as superstring theory and brain neurology, in an attempt to justify his conviction that algorithmic computers cannot truly achieve artificial intelligence or consciousness. Along the way, "Shadows of the Mind" also offers tentative suggestions for the way forward in fundamental physics and much of its contents would therefore be of interest to students of the subject.[A more pictorial approach to some of these subjects can be found for example on lulu.com/"Special Relativity: A concise guide for beginners."]


Relativity Visualized: The Gold Nugget of Relativity Books
Relativity Visualized: The Gold Nugget of Relativity Books
by Lewis Carroll Epstein
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining look at Einsteins legacy Relativity on a napkin, 30 May 2001
Einstein once remarked that space and time are modes by which we think rather than conditions in which we live and Relativity Visualized is one of the best books on the market at introducing the neophyte to such a radical change in our 'common sense' perspective of the physical world. Epstein's delightful book adheres to the philosophy that, when writing science for the layman, every equation that is included, will half the sales. As the title suggests, the explanations are predominantly done by means of simple but effective diagrams, which gradually lead the reader through the ideas and historical developments of one of the greatest intellectual achievements of the last millennium. Starting with the constancy of the speed of light, Epstein develops the special theory of relativity and poses some puzzles, the answers to which are quite revealing. He then goes on to develop the general theory (which incorporates gravity), without resorting to the formidable tensor calculus that is indispensable to student textbooks. However even the serious student of physics may well be surprised at how the book can increase their insight into the subject. When Einstein emigrated to the USA, every afternoon during the course of the long sea voyage, he would explain to a friend the theory of relativity. After a fortnight, the friend remarked that he was convinced that Einstein understood the theory. Relativity Visualized demonstrates that such an iconoclastic theory can be explained to the general public, without resorting to mathematics or relying on prior physical knowledge or aptitude.[Incidentally, another good pictorial introduction is the book "Special Relativity: A concise guide for beginners" available from Lulu.com]


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