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Top Reviewer Ranking: 40 - Total Helpful Votes: 640 of 687
Earthquake Storms by John Dvorak
Earthquake Storms by John Dvorak
4.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting History, April 11 2014
In this enjoyable book, the author recounts what is currently known about the history of the San Andreas Fault in California and the mechanics of earthquakes in general. Adjacent faults are also discussed and explanations are provided as to how these faults are related to each other, how they behave and, of course, the damage that associated earthquakes have caused. The author also provides brief yet quite captivating accounts of the contributions of dedicated individuals who have done pioneering research into the scientific understanding of earthquakes. Included are: the types of faults, how earthquake magnitudes are measured, important considerations for building structures, efforts at… Read more
1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric H. Cline
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The end of the Bronze Age, which has been estimated to have occurred c. 1200 B.C., has been the subject of much discussion among scholars for many years. The main issue being: How could several thriving empires  the civilized world at the time - all suddenly collapse within just a few years/decades? In this fascinating book, the author, an archaeologist and expert on this topic, attempts to answer this intriguing question.

Starting a few centuries earlier (fifteenth century B.C.), the author sets the scene. He describes the empires/civilizations that existed at the time, how they evolved and how they interacted with each other, especially through trade. He then describes the… Read more
Wizards, Aliens, and Starships: Physics and Math i&hellip by Charles L. Adler
I found this to be a truly amazing book! The author, a professor of physics and a long-time science fiction aficionado, provides a scientifically critical look at science fiction and fantasy stories. The book is divided into four main parts: fantasy (wizards, etc.), space travel, other worlds/aliens, and the survival of humanity (world building, possible future capabilities, etc.). The author does not shy away from the mathematics involved. Consequently, (and to the joy of math/science enthusiasts like me) the book contains plenty of formulas that are immensely helpful in better understanding the various points that the author makes. These formulas are kept simple, are not generally derived… Read more