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Physics in Minutes
Physics in Minutes
by Giles Sparrow
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Neat little book, 15 July 2016
This review is from: Physics in Minutes (Paperback)
It takes a lot of guts to try to give a full account of physics at one page per topic. What is remarkable about this little book is that it almost succeeds. It is so compressed that on some topics it remains inevitably unclear and/or way too superficial, but still I think it is a neat read. The text is way better than the figures, which are often difficult to understand, especially toward the end of the book. And it would be a lot better if the pictures were in color, of course, but that would make the book more expensive. Still, like I said, if you're curious about physics this is a very good place to start.


1.75m Anti Kink Replacement Shower Hose (69' Inch) - Chrome Finish - Slim Line Light Weight Hose - 2 Years Warranty by ANSIO
1.75m Anti Kink Replacement Shower Hose (69' Inch) - Chrome Finish - Slim Line Light Weight Hose - 2 Years Warranty by ANSIO

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product. It comes with the rubber washers already ..., 29 May 2016
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Excellent product. It comes with the rubber washers already in, so I installed it in seconds. It's light, so if you're looking for 1.75m or longer it's really an ideal choice (others are too heavy at this length). Enjoy.


Read and Write Japanese Scripts: Teach Yourself
Read and Write Japanese Scripts: Teach Yourself
by Helen Gilhooly
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 23 May 2016
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Teaches kanji from the very beginning, which is a great idea since it is really he heart of the matter. Kana syllabaries are also introduced, of course, but later. The result is great: you get to grips with kanji that you meet everyday, develop basic reading ability straight away, and learn the syllabaries as a secondary item (what they really are in Japanese). Japanese children learn kana first, but that's not a good approach for adult foreign learners. It must have been very hard to write this book, but the outcome is truly remarkable. Without question the best intro into Japanese writing.


A Heart so White (Penguin Modern Classics)
A Heart so White (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Javier Marías
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

1.0 out of 5 stars I would spare myself, 17 April 2016
I read about a third and had to give up. I was expecting a lot since the author is so famous but I was completely underwhelmed. There is no plot development, the prose meanders in endless disquisitions about matters that may or may not end up being relevant to the story (but one has to have the patience to follow to the end all of the pseudo-philosophizing tirades, such as the one on the impossibility of translating adequately the speeches of politicians of different nationalities, and beyond the impossibility the very pointlessness of such an exercise, even in a fictional context such as this novel, which in spite of its occasional and mostly failed attempts at insightful commentary remains a narrative nevertheless ...) You get the idea. I fell asleep. You have to be Proust or Mann to sustain the reader with this sort of style, and Marias is far from either.


El camino del corazón
El camino del corazón
by Fernando Sánchez Dragó
Edition: Hardcover

1.0 out of 5 stars One Star, 18 Jan. 2016
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This review is from: El camino del corazón (Hardcover)
Este hombre no sabe escribir.


Higgs: The invention and discovery of the 'God Particle'
Higgs: The invention and discovery of the 'God Particle'
by Jim Baggott
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Expeerts only, 21 July 2015
Probably incomprehensible unless you already know what particles physics is about. If you don't know what e.g. U(1) and SU(2) stand for, you will find yourself reading for the historical bits (who went to what school, when they wrote their dissertations, etc.), Disappointing.


Metro Manila [DVD]
Metro Manila [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jake Macapagal
Price: £12.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie. Very realistic depiction of life in Manila ..., 29 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Metro Manila [DVD] (DVD)
Excellent movie. Very realistic depiction of life in Manila barely at survival level, and a first-rate thriller. Always shocking to me (even though I know Manila) how little value is attached to human life and dignity in some parts of the world, and how unwilling and/or unable some governments are to do something about it. Don't miss it.


Observational Cosmology
Observational Cosmology
by Stephen Serjeant
Edition: Paperback
Price: £34.54

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Read the wikipedia article about the Cosmic Microwave Background and you will probably understand it better than from this book, 4 Oct. 2014
The author is incapable of explaining anvthing properly. Instead, he avoids the effort by referring to later chapters or to mathematical methods that are neither assumed nor explained. How this book was ever approved as a distance learning text is totally beyond me. Read the wikipedia article about the Cosmic Microwave Background and you will probably understand it better than from this book. Awful.


50 Quantum Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know (50 Ideas You Really Need to Know series)
50 Quantum Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know (50 Ideas You Really Need to Know series)
by Joanne Baker
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.99

0 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another failed attempt at the impossible, 7 Jan. 2014
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This book tries to explain quantum mechanics without mathematics or even graphics describing the experiments. The result is a big failure to add to the many that have tried to do the same thing before. You have been warned. I suggest Ohanian's Modern Physics instead. My true rating is ZERO Stars.
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Restless Empire: China and the World Since 1750
Restless Empire: China and the World Since 1750
by Odd Arne Westad
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.00

10 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing, 8 Jan. 2013
The author is obviously knowledgeable about international affairs but I am afraid this book is little more than a long series of newscast-type generalities about China's external relations, and does not contain much new information beyond the occasional anecdotal piece (e.g. Barack Obama attended the same school in Honolulu where Sun Yat Sen had been a student a hundred years earlier)or a few paragraphs cited from already published material or official memos. On the basis of my own experience in China and other readings (and movies-don't miss "China: A Century of Revolution"), I agree in the main with the author's general assessment but I mostly felt like I was having a chat with him over coffee instead of poring over several hundred pages of a historical treatise, which the book purports to be. In some instances, the book falls very short of expectations, as when the author states that China has a better historical case with regard to the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands, but provides no explanation of why. I also expected lots more about recent developments and future prospects for Hong Kong and the SEZs, Taiwan, relations with Singapore, Chinese diaspora and public diplomacy (Confucius Institutes all over the world- what are they doing?), and current European interests in China. They get little or no coverage. In sum, another example of a book with the word China in the title but very little analysis inside. Honestly, I even wonder whether the author knows Mandarin well. Can you imagine a book about the history of the last 200 of the US by someone who didn't know English?
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