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The Universe in a Nutshell
The Universe in a Nutshell
by Stephen Hawking
Edition: Hardcover
Prix : CDN$ 33.39
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Landmark in Science Education!, Dec 15 2001
In his book, The Universe In A Nutshell, acclaimed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking presents some of the most complex ideas of modern science in a way that is as enjoyable as it is informative. The book is also copiously illustrated in order to provide the reader with a better understanding of concepts that are better explained with pictures rather than words.
Hawking is a naturally gifted teacher and his gifts as a professor shine through even the most difficult theories. Hawking most important asset as a writer, however, is not his towering intellect, but his excellent sense of humor. Throughout the book, Hawking uses interesting antidotes that help to explain the topic at hand while keeping the reading interesting and involving. Through his excellent use of humor, Hawking provides abstract facts and figures in a way that is instantly accessible to everyone.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Universe In A Nutshell. Anyone with an interest in physics, science, or just curious about the world in which they live should give this book a try. Not only can it be enjoyed as an informative and entertaining read, but this publication can be placed alongside the encyclopedia as a reference to almost any science-related questions. It is this reusable value that makes this text well worth the price of the purchase.

Le Petit Prince: The Little Prince, French Edition
Le Petit Prince: The Little Prince, French Edition
by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 10.11
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A novel that adults and children will cherish forever!, Nov. 11 2001
Le Petit Prince, published more than half a century ago, endures into the twenty-first century as a beautifully written children's novel and a powerful philosophic work that speaks volumes about love and friendship. Written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery during World War II, Le Petit Prince was published as a children's story, but soon became recognized the world over as a profound introspective statement. By using the novel as a type of allegory, Saint-Exupery was able to write a commentary on life as he had lived it. The novel takes readers on a fantastic journey through the universe that, by the end, will have even the most hardened soul in tears.
The novel, although simply written, is not simple in style or in taste. Saint-Exupery uses powerful metaphors, similes, and analogies to address the very abstract themes of love and friendship. By personifying many of the personality traits that make up a true friend, Saint-Exupery makes these complicated issues so simple that even a child could understand. This is, of course, what Saint-Exupery had in mind all along.
I loved Le Petit Prince and have read many of my favorites parts to members of my family and just about anyone else who will listen. That is the magic of this novel. Beautifully written and illustrated, it will have you coming back to relive the adventures of the little prince time and time again. Through the eyes of Antoine de Saint-Exupery, this often-troubling world becomes a universe filled with the possibilities of true friendship and lasting love.

The Divine Comedy: Volume 1: The Inferno
The Divine Comedy: Volume 1: The Inferno
by Dante Alighieri
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An excellent translation of a classic poem, Sept. 12 2001
The Inferno, written by Dante Aligheri, and newly translated by John Cicardi is actually part of the larger epic poem, The Divine Comedy. The Inferno is centered on two of the great questions of humanity: is there an afterlife and what are the consequences of our life on earth.
Dante was a master poet, and perhaps his greatest skill was that he was able to bring together many different philosophies and connect and build upon them to construct a highly detailed and intricate story line. In The Inferno, every detail is meant to reinforce the major themes of the work, which include the eternal justice of God, the eternal glory of the Roman Catholic Church, and the eternal danger of politics. Dante achieves this artistic unity by employing many different styles, tones, and poetic devices. As the reader follows Dante through the realms of hell, the dismal and torturous eternity of the souls of the dammed is revealed.
I loved the dark, riveting, and driving style of the poem. After the conclusion of each Canto, I felt like I had actual seen the burning floor of hell. Dante's ironic wit and interesting combination of styles and language give the poem its enduring edge. Cicardi's excellent translation and linear notes helped tremendously in understanding the meanings behind the work as well as the many obscure historical references that are made. The Inferno is certainly a classic poem that is as dynamic and powerful now as it was when it was first written. Cicardi's lucid translation and helpful notes helped to make this version a superior reading experience.

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