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Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
by J. M. Smith
Edition: Hardcover
11 used & new from CDN$ 30.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Useless, May 9 2004
Ok, so i am a chemical engineering student, and this is supposed to be the textbook. Which allegedly would later on make it a forced reference for a student. However, the only useful information is the steam tables, because the properties and other things are insufficient, trust me, the book has sitted on my shelf unused for a year and a half. I have not sold it because no one here would buy it. The explanations are poor. If you want to know about thermodynamics, this is really not your book, I would rather recommend a Fisicochemistry book.
As for properties tables and the such, well, the information you are really going to use is all summed up in the Chemical Engineer's Handbook, which is a must for any ChE, even if you're just a student (believe me, it has saved me a lot of times).

Relativity: The Special and the General Theory
Relativity: The Special and the General Theory
by Albert Einstein
Edition: Paperback
67 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just science, Nov. 29 2003
I won't lie to you, the theory of relativity is not simple. The special relativty is easily understood, yet it is a topic covered in university as an speciality in majors more involved with physics, and general relativity is coverd in masters. Both topics can be quite esoteric, and the mathematical explanation for the relativistic deformation of the time-space due to speed uses Fourier's transforms, so most people will have to just have faith in what Einstein is trying to explain. However, he does simplify the subject enough, so anyone with a basis of physics could grasp some of the most important ideas behind his theory.
Furthermore, this book is important in the fact that by proving that relativity was a real fact in physics, the shape of the world in the twentieth century took a great change. I believe that without Einstein's work, the nihilism porfethized by Nietzsche, toghether with the despotic regimes that the will of power would create guided by deviations of the "übermensch" might not have com in such strenght as it did.

Hitlers Pope
Hitlers Pope
by John Cornwell
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars For those who like history., Nov. 29 2003
This review is from: Hitlers Pope (Paperback)
This book is quite clear on the real history of Pius XII, I believe the name in english is not quite fair, the translation to spanish ends up meaning "the true history of Pius XII" which would do more justice to the book. The book has nothing of a prejudice, in fact the author begins explaining that his belief was that he would redeem the historical paper of Pius XII, yet he found that the church itself had been infected by some of the moral relativism that was profetized by Nietzsche, initiated by Einstein's theory, and gave rise to the despotic regimes of the twentieth century.

Homo Videns - La Sociedad Teledirigida
Homo Videns - La Sociedad Teledirigida
by Giovanni Sartori
Edition: Paperback
4 used & new from CDN$ 83.17

5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight, Nov. 29 2003
This book provides great insight on the real consequences of mass media. It is free of the prejudices commonly generated by Huxley's "A brave new world", yet it considers the real consecuences of media in our world, the clear dissolution of read knowledge and the discrimination of an elite. This, as Sartori's book, requieres some knowledge, yet it is quite simple and it is a good introduction to understanding some conflicts in our current society, a light and simple book full of meaning.

Que Es la Democracia?
Que Es la Democracia?
by Giovanni Sartori
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent Politica Theory, Nov. 29 2003
This review is from: Que Es la Democracia? (Paperback)
Elemental for furthermore understanding the full consequences of the fall of the steel wal in 1989. It has a clear understanding of common misconceptions of democracy and the clear interpretations of the events of social engineering that took place behind the idealistic veil of the communist regimes. This book, however, is not lightly read. One must have a clear understanding of the multiple historical events that took place during the twentieth century.

Aztec
Aztec
by Gary Jennings
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
33 used & new from CDN$ 0.78

5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous, Aug. 6 2003
This review is from: Aztec (Mass Market Paperback)
Truly, Gary Jennings has a light prose, great descriptive and the book is well researched. It also treats a civilization of great importance in the history of America, and especially Mexico. I believe the best thing about this book is how through the eyes of Tilelic Mixtli, the author fully represents the full collision between two cultures with so different paradigms.
The book isn't good just as history, but it is also filled with romance and adventure, without loosing it's sense of history. There is however one thing that could diminish it's greatness, and that is the tragic sense of Jennings. The whole book is filled with tragedies, and Jennings tends to do this a lot, however, in this particular case, the whole momentum of the book is tragedy.
Strongly recommended, yet not for the faint of heart.

The Naked Ape: A Zoologist's Study of the Human Animal
The Naked Ape: A Zoologist's Study of the Human Animal
by Desmond Morris
Edition: Paperback
35 used & new from CDN$ 5.96

5.0 out of 5 stars A Turning point, June 17 2003
As a paradigm of the human race it depicts our most unique characteristics, lowest instincts and highest aspirations in a unique way. It strips man and civilization of it's alledged superiority making all the work of mankind and its subtulties a simple consequence of evolution. It isn't a simplistic job, and it doesn't take a reductionist approach, but rather takes every aspect of the human conditiona dn behavior and explains it as a consequence of our unique condition of carnivore monkeys, so to speak. I would consider this book a must read.

The Color of Magic: A Discworld Novel
The Color of Magic: A Discworld Novel
by Terry Pratchett
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A marveouls satiric Fantasy, June 17 2003
This is a great book by many things, for one, the whole world and characters are a cartoon of our own world and beliefs, and then Pratchett uses simple, intriguing plots without undermining the strenght of the characters. This has an important effect in avoiding a simple uneventful plot as a way to make the book light and funny.
What Pratchett creates is a hilarious story in which he portrays and exagerates many of the situations of our modern world in a world filled with magic and fantasy. This is a must read for anyone who enjoys a good satire.

Uncommon Grounds the History Of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World
Uncommon Grounds the History Of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World
by Mark Pendergrast
Edition: Paperback
23 used & new from CDN$ 2.18

5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent, May 8 2003
Ok, I admitt that if you do know about coffee you'll probably find it somewhat incomplete, specially in the terms of how to get a great cup of it. However, what makes this book great is the fact that it clearly states the way coffee had an influence in the world and how coffee was influenced by different historical events. This book is not about coffee, but as the title states, it is about the influence of masses and advertizing over a product, as well as the influence of a product in the shaping of society.
This book won't specify a lot about the plant or the drink in itself, but rather as it was brought to it's consumers and how separated is the origin from the end user of an agricultural product. It will help you understand more about economics than about coffee, yet it is not a bad book. If you like to know how different products or scientifical theories influenced the world and helped shape society, then this is a must read. If you want to know a lot about coffee and all of it's subtleties, then, this is not your book.

The Testament
The Testament
by John Grisham
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book., April 30 2003
John Grisham makes a great description of a family rotten by excess of money. The first character in the book is Troy Phelan, excentric 78 yr old millionaire who committs suicide leaving a handwritten testament in which he leaves noting to his sons, obviously spread amongst different families of his multiple marriages, and spoiled by himself. Despite the eccentricity of the character of Troy Phelan, or the many defects of those who follow the plot as the testament gets to be questioned by his son's to get some part of his fortune, Grisham uses a great description. This creates round characters most readers could identify themselves with in the way they percieve the world. This gets the reader fully entangled in the plot, making it an excellent book.

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