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Catch A Fire
Catch A Fire
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bob's reggae, March 31 2014
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I have been enjoying Marley's CD "Legend" since very long time, but it contains only one song from "Catch a Fire". If you enjoy Bob Marley, "Catch a Fire" will be a great addition for any reggae music fan.

Bankrupting Physics: How Today's Top Scientists are Gambling Away Their Credibility
Bankrupting Physics: How Today's Top Scientists are Gambling Away Their Credibility
by Alexander Unzicker
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars How cosmology became a science-fiction., March 18 2014
After reading total nonsense in Lawrence Krauss' "The Universe from Nothing", I decided to check what this book tells us.

In short - author pours the bucket of cold water over modern era theoretical astrophysicists, cosmologists, particle physicists, experimental particle physicists (particularly mania of applying symmetries and reductionism at LHC), even over the whole science establishment related to these fields. He follows physicists Peter Woit, Lee Smolin and John Moffat ("Reinventing Gravity") but not exactly. His criticism is more vitriolic and broadsided.

Unzicker is funny, consistent (he prefers Karl Popper over Thomas Kuhn), witty, very sarcastic and skeptical. He uses strong and hilarious wordings, text is mixed with well selected large number of citations taken from variety of smart and famous people. It is impossible to present here, and even harder to verify in 100%, large number of his claims/grumblings because Unzicker makes many short cuts assuming the reader possess at least 'popular' knowledge about astronomy, astrophysics, Big Bang 'concordance' model and Standard Model of particles. Nevertheless try to be an honest judge by yourself... .even if 20% of allegations are correct, physics is in the trouble indeed.
Standard Model is truly messy. I can hardly recall any simple and clear popular book that would describe it. Brian Greene once said that if theory cannot be explained to general public using simple analogies/comparisons, there must be something wrong with it.

What Unzicker often postulates is that modern science stopped trying to search for 'why' and is satisfied with just only 'how'.
For example just three random examples (and there are many, many more in the book) - on page 148 he writes: "quarks always appear as pairs or triplets..no one knows WHY.." Page 170: "The parallel worlds are perfectly suited for the nasty question of WHY fundamental constants have the numerical values we observe". Page 155: "No one has been able to explain the mass ratio of proton and electron which is about 1836... It is better for physics not to have that kind of 'progress' in understanding."
I think Unzicker is right. When we observe phenomenon of boiling water we know how it boils and WHY it happens. We cannot be sure the same way about plethora of phenomenon in particle physics or cosmology.

Unzicker shows no mercy and ridicules large cohort of scientists and their pop-cosmology books..
Really, really amusing facts. It happened that I have read most of these books and treated them as a true science progress. Unzicker forced me to re-evaluate my standing, created a change in my attitude. I consider them now as a good mix of science + SCIENCE-FICTION.

When I am leafing through the Scientific American special edition "Extreme Physics" (summer 2013) and see article "Black Stars not Holes" based on 'approximate quantum calculations', I cannot help myself and approve Unzicker's complains: no observations, too much artificial mathematics and modeling from behind the computer desk!!
What strongly corroborates Unzicker's acerbity for Standard Model, is lack of any proof of evidence for the so called WIMP model (dark matter particles).It was announced in January 2014 thanks to LUX experiment (Stanford Underground Research Facility). But afterward Juan Collar, a dark matter specialist commented: "We just have to be patient. At the end they promised to do so, and I have no doubts they will". Typical statement (how long patient, HOW MUCH much they want to succeed?), and you will know why after reading this book. For now..a quarter of the Universe is still missing in action.

Stray Dog (7 Bonus Tracks)
Stray Dog (7 Bonus Tracks)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gem, Nov. 27 2013
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I am always on the lookout for underrated/unknown/one LP rock bands from 70es. Stray Dog originated in States, but they do not play any southern rock, rather are influenced by British hard rockers of this era. This power trio is as much good as famous legendary T2 and totally surprized me. Get it !

Unleashed
Unleashed
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5.0 out of 5 stars New Leaf Hound rules !!, Nov. 21 2013
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This is amazing CD and very successful come back for Peter French and his young cats companions. Where have you been hiding for so many years Mr. French?
I definitely missed your great compositions, that appear on famous "Growers of Mushroom" and are not different on this CD.
Fantastic classic 70es hard rock, performance, sound as well, no weak spots. If you read this, it means you like bands like T2, Incredible Hog, May Blitz, Writing on the Wall, Indian Summer, Armageddon, Lucifer's Friend, Black Widow, Kin Ping Meh, Warhorse, Epitaph, Twenty Sixty Six and Then, Black Widow or Steel Mill..you will be amazed by "Unleashed" I am sure.

Fuzzy Duck (Ltd Ed)
Fuzzy Duck (Ltd Ed)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Obscure hard rock bands from 70s, Oct. 24 2013
This review is from: Fuzzy Duck (Ltd Ed) (Audio CD)
I agree with reviewers: if you like Deep Purple and Atomic Rooster, then this CD is a treasure, along with others like T2, Incredible Hog, May Blitz, Writing on the Wall, Indian Summer, Armageddon, Leaf Hound, Lucifer's Friend, Black Widow, Kin Ping Meh, Warhorse, Epitaph, Twenty Sixty Six and Then, Black Widow or Steel Mill..you will be amazed.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good product, Oct. 24 2013
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Solidly made, aesthetic, light and just fine softness (or hardness). Great for cars as well as portable. Same if not better than McKenzie rolls for a very competitive price. Recommended.

Grower Of Mushroom (digipack)
Grower Of Mushroom (digipack)
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a classic among the "forgotten" 70s rock bands!, Oct. 10 2013
Outstanding hard rock album, not much else can be said. Other great and recommended bands from the early 70s may include: T2, Toad, Incredible Hog, Kin Ping Meh, Fuzzy Duck, Writing on the Wall, Warhorse, Twenty Sixty Six and Then, Steel Mill, Andromeda, Black Widow, Lucifer's Friends, Badger, Mainhorse, Horse, May Blitz, Armageddon, Krokodil..just to name a few.

Flashback
Flashback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very well designed set., May 29 2013
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I replaced my old ELO compilation (single CD) with this one. It is a great art 'box', containing fixed/attached booklet about history of ELO. Three CDs have a great selection of songs, all what you need to hear.

Aura
Aura
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect songs.., May 14 2013
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This Asia's CD is full of them. It is a classic , greatly sounding rock with a perfect set of catchy and extremely melodious songs.

Suspicions Of Mr Whicher, The
Suspicions Of Mr Whicher, The
by Kate Summerscale
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Life and crime during Mid-Victorian times., March 27 2013
Coincidentally I read this book during the Jodi Arias trial in Phoenix, Arizona, and I could learn and compare it with happenings, investigation and 'law & justice' system development in England at that time. This is a twisted, not easy flowing, often grim story of many people (indeed, we are provided with plenty of details about life of middle class families along the way,) nevertheless having few surprising twists. If you manage to reach the mid point of this volume, the second half becomes truly engrossing

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