Steven Mason

Helpful votes received on reviews: 64% (7 of 11)
Location: California
In My Own Words:
When someone writes, paints, composes, or creates, he is sharing his thoughts, feelings, and perspectives. What a gift to all of us! I like anything that makes me think and feel. I am not one of those who buys the idea that people in the digital age are alienated. It really is too bad that life is so short. By the time we gain any real wisdom, we're gone.

I like reading history, biography, fiction, and science, and I like music, musicals, and good films.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 466,170 - Total Helpful Votes: 7 of 11
Picture Atlas of the World by Brian Delf
5.0 out of 5 stars A great kids' atlas, May 27 2004
This is one of the best children's atlases I have ever seen. It's too bad it's out of print and there are no revised editions. The maps are wonderfully illustrated, the front section is filled with interesting geographical information, and each continent has an introduction. The table of contents and the index make it easy to find whatever you're looking for. It's the atlas I use most, and I'm an adult.
The World That Trade Created: Society, Culture, an&hellip by Kenneth Pomeranz
There are different approaches to taking on the challenging task of writing a world history in a short book, and one of them is the anecdotal approach. This approach may work well in maintaining interest, skipping from one story to another, providing variety but no depth. But then, sometimes, the anecdotes are so short that they almost become inaccurate or misleading. I think this book suffered for that, but some of the anecdotes, especially the longer ones, offer fresh and honest insights that many of the longer textbooks lack. This book would be OK as a supplement in an AP World History class.
Calculus for Cats by Kenn Amdahl
Calculus for Cats by Kenn Amdahl
According to the authors, cats want to keep people confused about calculus, and I think that cats helped to write this book. Actually, I have been reading a lot of math and science concept books, trying to find any that really clarify the ideas, processes, and applications; technique is best learned with a good textbook. I did not find the analogies in Calculus for Cats to be particularly engaging or enlightening, but this short book does act as a primer of sorts. I would have enjoyed this book more if the authors had focused on interesting real-world examples rather than on mouse-catching examples.