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Hidden In Plain Sight 7: The Fine-Tuned Universe
Hidden In Plain Sight 7: The Fine-Tuned Universe
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 18 May 2017
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My feeling is is about time some theoretical Physicists looked into the ideas contained in the Hidden in Plain Sight series. A fascinating read as usual with this series.


Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth six stars, 5 May 2017
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Kindle edition. Read it at a sitting , not because its short but I found it a real page turner and very entertainingly written. For a fast introduction to astrophysics and cosmology its hard to imagine anything better. Having once visited the Planetarium (which I imagine is the one Tyson is director of --1/2 way up Central Park on the left side) a very memorable experience, it makes sense that he should write so well.
Covers the Cosmos both in time and extent, the techniques used to observe it, historical developments , Dark Energy, Dark Matter, all in short easily digestible chapters and with a very philosophical final chapter which is beautifully written and contains a few warnings for humanity and as of 2017 its bang up to date.


Enigmas: Alan Turing and the Codebreakers of the World Wars
Enigmas: Alan Turing and the Codebreakers of the World Wars
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4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive overview of WW1, WW2 code breaking and of Turing's life and work, 28 April 2017
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Had already read quite a lot on Bletchley Park and found much of the content about this less detailed than in other publications. It is admittedly very difficult to write the details of how the codebreakers broke the codes, in fact i suspect that as is the case for me there are very few even capable of understanding it but I have read accounts with more detail.
The details on Turing's life and the codebreaking efforts of WW1 I was less familiar with and I found these of more interest.
I found the accounts well written and accurate but a somewhat "dry" account.


Celestron 18777-CGL PowerTank 17, 12 V 17 Ah Black
Celestron 18777-CGL PowerTank 17, 12 V 17 Ah Black
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3.0 out of 5 stars A few more pounds spent and it would have been really useful., 6 April 2017
Its OK and I agree its quality is not up to Celestron's usual standard. No instructions were included and at this price I would have expected it to start a small car, power tanks are available below this price to start cars, and its also unnecessarily larga for its capacity . It looks as if whoever designed it wanted a start car feature and included larger terminals (but not large enough) and then decided the cost of thick enough leads would put the price up whereas a few extra pounds would also have given a car start feature. Badly thought out but is OK for driving a telescope if not high quality.nd the extra features


The Beria Papers
The Beria Papers
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4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended, 22 Mar. 2017
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This review is from: The Beria Papers (Kindle Edition)
Read this about 3 months ago and can't remember much of the detail but what I do remember was that it was reasonably well written, interesting and that I enjoyed it.


The Fifth Gospel: An unputdownable conspiracy thriller
The Fifth Gospel: An unputdownable conspiracy thriller
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost as gripping as Dan Brown and far better researched and written., 22 Mar. 2017
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A real page turner that seemed to have a lot of accurate information on the current workings of both the Vatican and Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox religions the schism between them ,and the origins of this. I wish I had read it before visiting the Vatican and St. Peters a few years back. It would have been improved with a detailed map of the Vatican included.


Journals Captain Scott's Last Expedition (Oxford World's Classics)
Journals Captain Scott's Last Expedition (Oxford World's Classics)
by Robert Falcon Scott
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars First hand obviously but less interesting than modern accounts ., 22 Mar. 2017
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As advertised, Scott's journals ,so feel I have to give it 4 stars but on the whole disappointed as the several books I had already read on Scott's last expedition had already mined these journals and I was already aware of the more interesting bits of his journals. Far too much of the content consisted of Scott writing about his observations of natural phenomena in the Antartic and as he was not trained in any scientific discipline I found much of this uninformed speculation, much of it either obvious or inaccurate..Its almost as if Scott was determined to demonstrate the value of his expedition to scientific research as a contrast to Amundsen's lack of scientific interest. Just in case he was beaten to the pole ? More content on the humans under his command and how they reacted to their deprivations would have been more appropriate and interesting. Despite Ranulph Fiennes defence of Scott in the face of modern criticism of Scott, the journals do underline some of what I would consider mistakes by Scott. However the journals also underline Scott's coursge and that of his men and I think despite the mistakes few could have achieved their many successes. Scott was a competent writer but not as skilled as the many later authors whose accounts of this expedition are both more stirring and interesting.The mistakes and what he lacks as a writer are not intended by me a criticisms. He was n't a trained witer although he probably wrote dry and boring navy reports , and it was impossible for any of the Antarctic pioneers to avoid mistakes.


Three Complete Novels: Three Complete Novels : Berlin Game/Mexico Set/London Match
Three Complete Novels: Three Complete Novels : Berlin Game/Mexico Set/London Match
by Len Deighton
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Enter Bernard Samson's wonderful world, 5 Mar. 2017
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The first 3 novels in the wonderful Bernard Samson series. Despite being set in the Cold War the skill of the plotting, the characterisation, and the writing are IMO so good that the series will never become dated as it gives so much backgound which appears accurate to this fascinating period of history. Although I would give John Le Carre a slight edge in understanding human emotion and motivation and probably in knowledge of SIS procedures , Deighton produces a more gripping story and I found all the 9 Samsom novels real page turners ,with the exception of the add on background story "Winter". IMO Winter is far more poorly written,the characters less convincing and Deighton's feel for the period less sure.
I liked Breaking Bad , House of Cards, and the Sopranos and I would rate the 9 bernard Samson novels as worthy achievement on a par with these productions so if those appeal to you get on and read these first 3 novels about Samsons complicated domestic life,his world of espionage coupled with the often very funny office politics and colleagues he endures.


Charity (Samson Book 9)
Charity (Samson Book 9)
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5.0 out of 5 stars As excellent as the other 9 books in the Bernard Samson ..., 5 Mar. 2017
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As excellent as the other 9 books in the Bernard Samson series. I had always preferred Le Carre to Deighton previously but this final book and the series brought Deighton up to Le Carre's standards IMO. Still some things remain where Le Carre is better. Deighton has more plot holes although they are very minor and certainly not as serious as one of the reviews suggests, the writer of which has not read too deeply or allowed for non-spelled out possibilities. This series is a major achievement ,I found it more gripping ,and more of a page turner than practically all Le Carre and I became fully immersed in Bernard Samson's world of espionage ,his complicated domestic life , and the surrounding office politics.
The few negatives I have about this wonderful series are all personal issues. I do not share Deighton's obvious admiration of the Germans and Berlin. Its a prejudice I know but a nation which generated so many of the pains of the 20th century ,prolonged into the absolutely awful Stasi dominated East German regime will never have my love,admirable as their positive achievements are. Deighton is also a foodie and this is a minor characteristic in the novels but I dislike those who try to raise eating into an artform. I also dislike the dishonesty of the statement that each book is complete in itself . Technically this is true but "commercial" Deighton must have been aware that almost anyone reading and enjoying one of the novels would find it impossible to resist reading the other 9 plus Winter, for adiitional background.
However these are just prejudices that are unimportant beside the wonderful writing and plotting contained in this book and the entire Bernard Samson series. With the exception of the unnecessary "Winter" where I felt Deighton's writing was unchracteristically poor I would thoroughly recommend the reading of the entire Bernard Samson series


Buck B503 Prince Lock Knife
Buck B503 Prince Lock Knife

4.0 out of 5 stars High Quality, 12 Jun. 2016
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High quality,nuff sed


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