Science & Math
Review: One really should read this book to see how an opportunist like Rachel Carson can take vague statements and innuendo while mixing facts and fantasy until it is not only believable, but downright frightening! If you wonder how Greenpeace got so carried away that the original founder quit, and children are frightened and brainwashed by their parents and well-meaning teachers, read this!
It is impossible to calculate the negative effect this particular book has had on the world. This is where ... Read more
Review: This is science history framed as a biography about Albert Einstein's famous equation, and an especially good read. Bodanis begins with Einstein in the Bern Patent Office in 1905, and then goes back in time to examine each of the elements in Einstein's equation in turn, starting with energy, followed by the equals sign, then mass, and then the speed of light (where I learned that the "c" is for "celeritas," from the Latin for "swiftness" and not for centimeters--silly me, I always thought "c" r... Read more
Review: I'd heard the story first on Art Bell, did a little investigating then found the book. I can't say that the book was what I expected. I had thought, or I should say, I had assumed the author would've talked more about the actually incidents, but instead the book seemed to revolve around other cases and side research. Read more
Review: So good, I re-reading it again and telling all my friends about. (I actually stayed up at night reading it.)
My Daughter recommended it to me. Read more
Review: This is a great book. Quick read. Funny at times. Interesting in all cases. Personally, I always considered myself much more comfortable with numbers than most people, while at the same time understanding that I still only understood a very small part of mathematical knowledge available. Reading this book, I realized that although I didn't fall into all the math-traps other people seem to fall into, I still were way off when it came to understanding certain every day numbers.
I would reco... Read more
Review: Most people are aware that we are consuming our natural resources at a pace that is not sustainable. We are contaminating our planet in so many different and destructive ways. I believe that the core message of this book is important and if we want to planet and the people who inhabit it to survive, we need to change our ways.
However I believe that instead of getting more people on board with her message, her writing style actually alienates the audience she needs to attract. We all n... Read more
Review: Mr. Johnson embarked on a quest to explain topics he doesn't know or understand. The first chapters, in which he merely describes the activities and methods that expert scholars use to understand emergence were clear, illustrative and thought provoking. Yet, as soon as the author starts to expand on the concepts introduced, he demonstrates his utter incompetence in the matter.
To put his reasoning in some sort of simple representation, a typical chapter of this book would boil down to :
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