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Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic
Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic
by Tom Holland
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 9 Nov. 2011
A great depiction of an important period in history, brought to life through entertaining prose. I enjoyed the story-telling aspect of the book and liked drawing parallels with modern culture throughout. If only we could all learn from mistakes made by others in the past.


QED - The Strange Theory of Light and Matter (Penguin Press Science)
QED - The Strange Theory of Light and Matter (Penguin Press Science)
by Richard P Feynman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Think again about what you know about light and matter!, 6 Oct. 2011
First thing first, through your classical physics workbook out the window (well some of it anyway).

Ever wondered why some of those physical laws that you take for granted don't always seem to be quite right. Well, one or two of these are explained very well in this book.

A collation of 5 lectures Feynman gave to people not in-the-know about the subject. Following on from one another in a style unique and captivating, such as was his style, Feynman describes the weird and wonderful world of QED that anyone wth a slight degree of determination/interest should pick up easy enough.

A great insight into a complicated subject as dervied by a great man.


Persian Fire: The First World Empire, Battle for the West
Persian Fire: The First World Empire, Battle for the West
by Tom Holland
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but more about Greece than Persia, 6 Oct. 2011
This book is fantastically written. I enjoyed ever word from start to finish. However, i was under the impression i was going to read about the Persian Empire. The book starts well by introducing the rise and consolidation of the Persian Empire but then quickly turns its full attention to mainly Athens, Sparta, and the proceeding wars/battles. I found this thoroughly interesting, although a little dismayed by the lack of attention to other factors affecting the Empire.

Recommeded as a good read on Persian-Greek relations from a neutral point-of-view but is missing alot on other aspects of the Empire, which was what i was hoping to read about.


The Strangest Man: The hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Quantum Genius
The Strangest Man: The hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Quantum Genius
by Graham Farmelo
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Insight into an Intriguing Character, 12 Aug. 2011
Until reading this book i was unaware of how influential PAM Dirac has been on the history of physical science, but the reason for this was quickly unveiled by delving into the life of this astonishing man.

This book gives a great account of all the factors that attributed both to Dirac's intelligence and 'strangeness'. However, i do feel the label of strange is unjust - in my opinion Dirac was only thoroughly interested in the subject matter at hand.

Not only are the technical subjects of Dirac's career covered but his interests into other aspects of early 20th century life are covered. Leaving the reader with a well rounded impression of the great man himself.

As i'm sure Dirac would have appreciated the book is well articulated with the occasional inclusion of humour. This is a must read forthe layman of interest in quantum theory history.


Six Easy Pieces: Fundamentals of Physics Explained (Penguin Press Science)
Six Easy Pieces: Fundamentals of Physics Explained (Penguin Press Science)
by Richard P Feynman
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Like Relearning Physics Again, 10 May 2011
Having spend most of my adult life in the science and engineering community it was great to recieve insight/inspiration from a new source. I can't believe i had never read this book before; but i guarantee you i'll be reading it again.


Seven Wonders of the Industrial World
Seven Wonders of the Industrial World
by Deborah Cadbury
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well covered, 10 May 2011
I bought this book with the intention of gaining an insight into some industrial engineering and the associated innovations of the time. The book covered all the aspects i desired and gave a good idea of secondary effects associated with engineering during that period.


Introducing Quantum Theory: A Graphic Guide
Introducing Quantum Theory: A Graphic Guide
by J.P. McEvoy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 10 May 2011
Picked this book up a few years ago now when i was looking for an introduction to Quantum theory/Physics. Describes the basic principles in clear, sometime ammusing, words and pictures. I would extremely recommend this book for anyone who wants a quick overview of the subject with little or no mathematical content.


The Unfolding Of Language
The Unfolding Of Language
by Guy Deutscher
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction, 10 May 2011
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As an individual who is trying to learn a few different languages i was looking for a grounding in where all language originates. The book provided a good introduction to the subject for me but i got a little lost in the semantics of language evolution later on.


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