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Top Reviewer Ranking: 32 - Total Helpful Votes: 679 of 727
Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field: H&hellip by Nancy Forbes
In this most engaging book, the authors recount the work of two scientific giants of the nineteenth century: Faraday and Maxwell. The books main focus is the work towards understanding electricity and magnetism and hence the electromagnetic field. The approach taken by the authors is to show the evolution of thought on this topic, first through the work of Faraday and then that of Maxwell. Consequently, roughly the first half of the book focuses on Faraday and the second half on Maxwell. In addition to scientific matters, both experimental and theoretical, the main highlights of the personal lives of these individuals are also touched upon.

I found the writing style to be very… Read more
Superfreakonomics by Steven D. Levitt
Superfreakonomics by Steven D. Levitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Freakonomics Part II, Aug. 9 2014
This book is essentially a continuation of the same general theme as the earlier one  Freakonomics. However, this one includes color illustrations near the center of the book; I found these to be quite interesting and useful in illustrating certain sections of the main text. This book occasionally makes reference to some material covered in Freakonomics, so a reader may wish to read these two books in the order in which they were published. The only down side for me in this particular book was reading the Transcript from the First Freakonomics Radio Podcast, which is a small fourteen-page section near the end of the book. Although this may have been great to listen to on the radio,… Read more
Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt
Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt
As of this writing, there have been well over one thousand reviews of this book. I doubt very much that I can add anything new or significant that has not already been mentioned. So, I will simply state my own personal experience in reading it. I found the prose/writing style to be clear, very friendly, quite witty, authoritative, highly accessible and most captivating. The pages just flew by, making it a rather quick read (and I am a slow reader). I have also learned a few interesting and worthwhile facts that I intend to use to my advantage. I am certain that there is something here for one and all. As such, I do believe that this is a book that everyone can enjoy. (I have now started to… Read more