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Dot, Dot, Dot: Infinity Plus God Equals Folly
Dot, Dot, Dot: Infinity Plus God Equals Folly
by James A Lindsay
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Helpful But!, 1 Mar. 2015
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This is quite a good book, but I learned more about the mathematics of infinity than any detailed critique of those metaphysically inclined philosophers of religion. The critique was basic (anti-realist, stating and not proving that on the basis of this philosophy of mathematics talk about god shares a similar metaphysical constructivism - thus one cannot realise god from sophisticated logic about god). While all this is good, I found it frustrating not addressing sophisticated arguments such as those provided by Dombrowski, Brian Leftlow and Michael Almeida.


Lindy's 5M871 9 Inch Stainless Steel Pie Pan
Lindy's 5M871 9 Inch Stainless Steel Pie Pan
Offered by M&E Store-UK
Price: £39.53

1.0 out of 5 stars Cheap tin, 2 Nov. 2013
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This pan, while is actually made out of stainless steel, is so thin it bends and buckles when pressed. It is completely useless as a serious pie pan.


Data Analysis for Database Design
Data Analysis for Database Design
by D. R. Howe
Edition: Paperback
Price: £32.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely helpful for professionals, 19 Dec. 2012
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I agree with other reviewers that this is the most readable and useful book on database design (although I always recommend C.J. Date too). I have never found a book so useful in its explanations of normalisation, functional dependencies and most importantly, a whole chapter on connection traps!!! This is such an important but highly neglected topic and it is in this book that I became to understand just how important it is.

For example, a few years after reading this book In one of my projects I did see the demise of a £3 million software project when I discovered, just before implementation, several very subtle but fatal connection traps in the underlying design, but after all the code had been written it was not possible for the software company to rectify the problem without a complete re-write. Had the designers being steeped in the material of Howe's excellent book this type of design would never happen.


Introducing Specification Using Z: A Practical Case Study Approach (McGraw-Hill International Series in Software Engineering)
Introducing Specification Using Z: A Practical Case Study Approach (McGraw-Hill International Series in Software Engineering)
by B. Ratcliff
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars The best of all the Z books, 31 Dec. 2010
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This book introduces Z specifications without hiding the important issue of bindings - the semantics of the Z schema. Bindings are incorporated into the core of the books explanation of Z as a state based specification language and not left as so many books to a special section at the end or as an after thought or aside. In this respect it is on par with Davies and Woodcock's "Using Z", the only other book I have seen treating the Z semantics with some seriousness.

Where Ratcliff's book surpasses all the others though is in his wonderful treatment of the heuristics required to actually create a model. In one of his case studies used throughout the book (the van hire system) he provides a build up of model sophistication starting with a Entity Relationship Model of the application. He carefully explains how one must provide additional state components above the bear entity model, but how one can abstract above the details of a full attribute list. By the end of the case study one is much better equipped to think about real world problems. Other books seem to miss all that important "how to" knowledge.

The book integrates Z and its underlying mathematics, thus progressing the mathematics as required as the book progresses. Some readers may not like this approach, preferring to have all the mathematical details laid out at the beginning. This is where Davies and Woodcock's book provides a great companion.

This book does not quite reach the same level of advanced material as Davies and Woodcock's (it misses detailed analysis of the refinement calculus) but it is none the less for this because what it does cover, it covers properly. I cannot understand why it is out of print.


WARWICK COILED PLASTIC CURTAIN TRACK & GLIDERS 4.5m / 177.2 inches. Enough for approx 3 average windows.
WARWICK COILED PLASTIC CURTAIN TRACK & GLIDERS 4.5m / 177.2 inches. Enough for approx 3 average windows.
Offered by BLINDS & CURTAINS MEGASTORE
Price: £12.99

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Complete rubbish, doesn't do anything the instructions say it would do, 7 Nov. 2010
We bought an identical (even to the product description) from B&Q, but thought it worth adding a review for this product on Amazon. It would be interesting to hear if anyone else had similar problems.

The instructions say to immerse the track in warm water for two minutes and it will straighten for assembly on the window. But alas, several attempts at this never worked. The rail kept curling and placing a huge force on the track brackets. To get the rail to even this level of serviceability we had to stretch it across the floor tied down at each end under two doors. Having kept it in this position for several hours it was *just* possible to assemble onto the brackets.

The track ends were also suppose to screw tight to avoid the curtains from sliding off the end of the track, but it was impossible to tighten them sufficiently to avoid this

We have managed to eventually assemble the track, but you can see the twist in the rail and the force it is exerting on its attachments. Whether or not it will last without the rail popping out of the supports only time will tell, but this product was a complete nightmare and I wouldn't recommend it at all. If it wasn't for the fact that we need the curtains in our bedroom we'd be returning the product back to the retailer.
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The Equality Illusion: The Truth about Women and Men Today
The Equality Illusion: The Truth about Women and Men Today
by Kat Banyard
Edition: Paperback

24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Depressing reality, 25 Mar. 2010
It is very difficult to enlarge or improve on the review of Damaskcat who provides a useful detail of the books contents. This book is very depressing, particularly as I realise that its synopsis of Women & Men today is shamefully true and while in some areas life is easier for women and their opportunities greater than earlier generations (women drivers, accountants, lawyers, trades women etc.) we are easily deluded into thinking that everything is OK now. But we need to think and act again and Kat Banyard and other authors like Natasha Walter have exposed a very ugly world and has put us back to the drawing board when it comes to working out anew how to respond. Part 2 of the book offers many ideas here, but I am not sure that activism alone is sufficient - there has to be major inner changes in peoples understanding and views of fellow human beings. This must be possible (I cannot hold the defeatist attitude of Ulrome in his comments on Damaskcat's review) and we owe a lot to those like Kat who are dedicated to this task.
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Kenwood KM400 750W silver Chef Classic
Kenwood KM400 750W silver Chef Classic
Offered by Luzern
Price: £269.86

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best machine around, 26 Aug. 2006
This is the best machine around and for those who find that the whisk is too far from the bottom of the bowl the instruction manual shows you how to adjust it with the screw at the top of the whisk (and the beater adjusts in the same way)


Irreplaceable
Irreplaceable
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.51

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Where is the guitar, 1 April 2005
This review is from: Irreplaceable (Audio CD)
While the individual songs in this LP are lovingly produced and George sounds like he is at his peak vocally, I was very disappointed to find his guitar work completely absent.
I was surprised to find that the American edition of this LP has three wonderful guitar instrumental tracks replacing three vocal tracks from the UK edition.


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