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Not from the Apes: A History of Man's Origin and Evolution
Not from the Apes: A History of Man's Origin and Evolution
by Bjorn Kurten
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars Parallel to the Apes, June 26 2004
This is an helpful book if you want to understand the decent of man.
But he is not an expert in this field and he doesn't cover some major areas very well.
His title and subsequent text make you think that apes and men aren't directly related. But they are by all
rational interpretations of the fossil record. It is worth the
price as a paper back but is seriously dated.

Kiln People
Kiln People
by David Brin
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.99
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2.0 out of 5 stars Gumby Soul is metaphysics not science, Nov. 1 2003
A clay fiber that can act like a muscle isn't possible
by today's science and probably not by tomorrow's either.
A clay that will form neural networks that can learn is even less scientific.
So instead of science we have the metaphysics of "souls"
as quantum mechanics. The characterization is beautiful
and the permutations of personalities is very well done.
The book is after all entertainment, but it is unlike most of Brin's work,
not really science fiction; more in the line of metaphysical speculation
about the nature of intelligent waveforms.

Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos: With Applications to Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Engineering
Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos: With Applications to Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Engineering
by Steven H. Strogatz
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 72.00
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4.0 out of 5 stars Following some hard acts, Aug. 22 2003
Good problems,
Good equations,
Good diagrams,
Good discussions,
Good coverage,
but following "Chaos and Fractals" is very difficult even for the best writer and scientist. As a text this is one I might choose to use, except for the price. So I give it four stars as people
are still poor when it comes to anything in physics and mathematics.

Principles Of Mathematics
Principles Of Mathematics
by Bertrand Russell
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spliting Hairs Infinitesimally, May 7 2003
He doesn't do much theorem proving, but he tackles
head on all the basic problem of mathematics that were known
a hundred years ago. It was how well he did everything
that makes this still a must read if you love mathematics.
There is actually only one equation in his book that I can think of:
and it is of a Clifford geometry measure! This man was a mathematician's
mathematician and a metamathematics master in the language of
philosophy as well! The pages are falling out and I still
go to this and Sommerville when I want inspiration or understanding of really hard issues.

Quantum Mechanics
Quantum Mechanics
by Albert Messiah
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As an introduction this is a very good book, May 7 2003
This review is from: Quantum Mechanics (Paperback)
For years I have come back again and again to the section on
field quantization and radiation theory.
I bought this at the same time I bought Weinberg's Cosmology.
I had many of the same unitary problems I had with that book.
If someone would just publish in simple cgs or mks units?
The U(1) electromagnetic gauge equations and the coverage of Maxwell and Dirac theory
are exceptional. I was a poor student who had to sell
his books back each semester to afford the next one.
I bought this book as a long term reference and
it has delivered not theorems but accessibility and understandability.

Accordion Crimes
Accordion Crimes
by Annie Proulx
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ends with a Thump, April 28 2003
This review is from: Accordion Crimes (Paperback)
Eggs fried in motor oil and cases of increasingly stupid vegetable matter with a taste for battery acid masquerading as humanity...
all of who own and variously misuse the green accordion over a hundred years. A nihilistic attitude combine with a misanthropic view of the human condition to give a realistic Greek tragedy as a set of serial short stories. When you are done reading it , you feel like you have been run over by a truck. I'd call it great original shock writing.

The Shipping News
The Shipping News
by Annie Proulx
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 18.90
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5.0 out of 5 stars To Inherit the Desolate Heritage or The Juice of a Turnip, April 28 2003
This review is from: The Shipping News (Paperback)
Newfoundland is very much an unpleasant smelling vegetable: a Newfie joke with a sharp spine.
"The Shipping News" is a crafted piece that like a Shakespearean play has standard devices: one of a kind people and places, haunting history, pathos and improbability. I'm glad I read it and I think I'll probably have to read it again to really get it. This novel is one of those rare things: The Great American Novel. People and novels are not always what they seem to be on the surface.

The Theory of Sound, Volume One
The Theory of Sound, Volume One
by J. W. S. Rayleigh
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 26.24
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sofie Germain, Willmore and Chladni all live on in sound, March 10 2003
Vibrating plates, rods, membranes , their equations and the solutions are here in these books.
About the only real place that I've ever found anything on Chladni standing waves.
Since much of this work isn't his originally, presenting it in a way that even a beginner can follow is very much one of the master works of classic physics.
That the book could be more readable is my only complaint.

by William Shakespeare
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars In Threes They Come, Dec 10 2002
This review is from: Macbeth (Mass Market Paperback)
I first read this play in high school
but have never seen it played.
It has lost none of the bite it takes from you by time.
After reading Cymbeline which takes place in even earlier times,
one grows to appreciate the beauty of the poetry and
the craft of the writing in this master work.
I think that Shakespeare must have changed much in his
productions at the actors requests, so that one part has more speaking
length than another even when it doesn't seem to do the play any real good,
but I think it is the witches and the ghost who steal the show
in Macbeth. What chance have mere mortals when spirits compete?

King Lear
King Lear
by William Shakespeare
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Tragedy with Modern Implications, Dec 10 2002
This review is from: King Lear (Mass Market Paperback)
With many people living much longer than they did in Shakespeare's time
and their children putting them in ratty nursing homes
where they are usually or even generally treated badly
and given the minimum of nursing care... going there
mainly to die, this play has something to say to modern man.
We like his daughters too often betray our patents and
they so often mistake our good intentions.
Is madness the cost of old age? Are greed and
envy any less despicable in modern children than
they were in the children of kings?
We all live better than the kings of the past in America today,
but treat our elderly worse than even the worst impoverished of Shakespeare's time.
And we still have homeless mad people ( like Edgar pretends to be)
on our streets and back roads. We haven't learned any lessons from our literature.

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