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    Dancing Wu Li Masters : An Overview of the New Physics (Perennial Classics)
    by Gary Zukav
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (24 July, 2001)
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    At an Esalen Institute meeting in 1976, tai chi master Al Huang said that the Chinese word for physics is Wu Li, "patterns of organic energy." Journalist Gary Zukav and the others present developed the idea of physics as the dance of the Wu Li Masters--the teachers of physical essence. Zukav explains the concept further:

    The Wu Li Master dances with his student. The Wu Li Master does not teach, but the student learns. The Wu Li Master always begins at the center, the heart of the matter.... This book deals not with knowledge, which is always past tense anyway, but with imagination, which is physics come alive, which is Wu Li.... Most people believe that physicists are explaining the world. Some physicists even believe that, but the Wu Li Masters know that they are only dancing with it.

    The "new physics" of Zukav's 1979 book comprises quantum theory, particle physics, and relativity. Even as these theories age they haven't percolated all that far into the collective consciousness; they're too far removed from mundane human experience not to need introduction. The Dancing Wu Li Masters remains an engaging, accessible way to meet the most profound and mind-altering insights of 20th-century science. --Mary Ellen Curtin ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Dancing Wu Li Masters...
    * TOOL'S RECOMMENDED READING LIST ITEM *
    Exposing and illustrating the synchronicities between Eastern mysticism and physics is common; Zukav does a fabulous job with this book.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Certain Considerations
    First let me start by saying that I, as a layman, enjoyed this book intensely. I don't have a degree in Physics by any stretch of the imagination, rather I have a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, which is a nice way of saying I have a little bit of knowledge about everything.

    I was given this book as a gift by a friend of mine who is deep into "New Age" writing. I was told that Zukav's writing style is dry, and though I can't confirm or deny that statement, I haven't read any of his other work, I found this book to be witty and engaging. I'll agree with certain other reviewers in saying that his attempts to unite certain Eastern philosophies with modern Quantum Mechanics seem somewhat contrived and at times bewildering. The world he describes is truly pure enchantment, but based on his credentials I now wonder if its his fantasy about Quantum Physics or a factual description of Quantum phenomena.

    In the end, the major thing this book accomplished is whetting my appetite. Due to the exquisite writing and poetic descriptions in this book, I've chosen to look into Quantum Mechanics more closely with books by actual Quantum Physicist. I'm steadily considering continuing my education in the field, perhaps choosing a career in it if it continues to fascinate.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A really good physics book without equations.
    Taking a subject like Quantum Mechanics and explaining what it is all about is a difficult task. The author has achieved that difficult task without the use of equations and symbols. When I first started reading the book my initial impression was that it was going to be a whole bunch of philosophical mumbo jumbo. By the time I finished reading it (it took me a couple of months), I was very much impressed with Gary Zukav's ability to cover all the major aspects of quantum mechanics and in covering the contributions of the physicists behind quantum theory in an easy to understand language without having to resort to equations and symbols. My only gripe about the book is that every chapter is numbered as chapter 1 in order to make some point about Chinese philosophers. Many people are used to keeping track of which chapter they have read or are reading by remembering chapter numbers. But using a bookmark solved that problem for me. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0060959681
    Subjects:  1. Eastern - General    2. Philosophy    3. Physics    4. Quantum Theory    5. Relativity    6. Science    7. Philosophy / Eastern   


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    Ideas & Opinions
    by ALBERT EINSTEIN
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (12 December, 1988)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars decent
    interesting work

    check out something by Peter Kreeft for further reading

    5-0 out of 5 stars Other sides of the great scientific genius
    In some sense we all live in the age of Einstein. His major discoveries at the turn of the twentieth century in the papers published in his annus mirabilis 1905 totally changed the way mankind thought about the physical world. In these papers he helped lay the basis not only of special relativity but of quantum theory. Einstein later went on to extend our understanding of the universe with his more comprehensive theory of general relativity which was confirmed in the famous experiment of 1919. Einstein spent the latter years of his life looking apparently unsuccessfuly for a unified field theory which would unite all the forces of nature.
    Einstein was a legend in his own time, one of the icons of the twentieth century. He played an important historical role when he helped forward the Manhattan Project and the US effort to build an atomic bomb. This is a step he had great regrets about. And the irony and painful truth is that this gentle man was responsible for the discovery which helped give Mankind for the first time in its history the power to wholly destroy itself. The truth is however, however Einstein may have regretted this the conversion of matter to energy which made the bomb possible would have been discovered by someone else.
    These writings contain a wide variety of work on a wide variety of subjects. He writes on friends, and on freedom on education and on religion, on politics, government and pacifism.He writes on the Jewish people on Anti- Semitism on Zionism, and on his connection with the Jewish people.He writes on his relation to his native Germany. And he writes on his contributions to science.
    One does not have to always agree with him to respect his greatness, his humility, his intellectual integrity and his devotion to truth and to mankind.
    He like all scientists before him even Newton ' stands on the shoulders of giants' But in our time and for it seems the foreseeable future to come he is the greatest giant of all.
    And the consequences of his work, and the questions raised by him will be with us for so long as mankind seeks to comprehend the world.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Important texts from the most famous genius
    This is a good book to learn what Einstein really thought. It explains which ideas led him to special relativity as well as general relativity. It explains how important the insights of Maxwell, Lorentz, and Planck were for his physics.

    The book also reveals Einstein's opinions about religion and moral values; about peace, governments, human rights, and Nazists; about the nuclear bomb, and about many other topics.

    Einstein has revolutionized science several times, but he could not do it indefinitely. The book also illuminates Einstein's understanding of quantum mechanics, the origin of his "paradoxes", and the limitations of his purely classical quest for the unified theory. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0517003937
    Sales Rank: 2644
    Subjects:  1. American - General    2. Bargain Books    3. General    4. Philosophy & Social Aspects    5. Sale Adult - Science    6. Philosophy / General   


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    The God Particle : If the Universe Is the Answer, What Is the Question?
    by LEON LEDERMAN
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 January, 1994)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars An Fun Filled Gateway In To The Particle Accelerators
    Few years ago, as my engineering text books had told me, I firmly believed protons, electrons, neutrons and photons are the as lowest level as you can get and can't be broken down any further. On the other hand I kept hearing news about more particles being discovered every now and then, things called quarks and muons and even people trying to detect mass less particles like neutrinos. Press releases indicated that particles like electrons have been broken down further and I asked myself uh, is that real? Isn't that against "theory" my textbooks taught me? That got me curious and I knew that there was new physics being shaped which I was completely unaware of. Obviously I don't like that when the thing in question is physics. So I looked for a book that can introduce me with the latest developments in this area and I found this one and I haven't regretted it.

    I would agree with what the cover says, style of Leon Lederman is filled with clever humor, you won't feel tired and most of the time stay occupied and keep skimming through pages. There are pretty cool jokes and quotes (one of which has become my all time favorites) spread across the book. Slowly but steadily you will have an idea about all those new "fundamental" particles, inside stories and where this whole thing is heading. One of the big assets of this book is peak in to the world of particle physicist, their work place and the way they are.

    On the other hand there are several weak parts and loose ends: This book fails to give you a complete picture: after you finish the book you would have hard time to recollect where and how all those particle fit. I looked up on Internet and found a nice chart of Standard Model and suddenly lot of things made sense. I really wish this book had included this chart showing all particles in one picture. Next, this book talks lot about how particles are smashed and how the existence of new particles can be interpreted from trajectories - it's all very very confusing. You would obviously ask how one can really do that? It just doesn't make sense. After few searches on the Internet I found some really nice photographs of those experiments and curves made by those particles. I wish author could have included them and gave real example of how something in it indicates existence of that mysterious particle. Finally, if you are science/engineering graduate, everything until chapter 6 is routine history of atoms. I hate to go through this routine in almost every physics book I pick up - even if it's funny and engaging. So save yourself some time and boredom by directly jumping to almost halfway across the book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A thought-provoking book
    An interesting book, with quite a bit on the personalities and politics behind the SSC in Texas.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Ignores any addition to the science by Eastern nations
    I have read that book twice, a "should read book" for people who likes physics.But historical citation lacks for Chinese and Arabic contributions.Algebra is very important for the science, but not even mentioned in this book.To make this book complete, I guess, there should be at least few pages about developments in math and medicine by spain/endulis government.

    Around 1200 BC in Egypt, people was using math to measure the length of walls, trees (and so on) by artimetics.And they had used the shadow of the sun to measure the radius of earth, and they used that in 2piR to see what happens by few percent error!That means they knew the world was round.Almost 2000 years before somepeople at north of them!But such things were ignored in this book.

    Also, chinese additions are almost ignored too.

    General belief of those era of 3000 years are gathered and made belong to Greeks.Ignoring other races like Egyptians and Hittities.

    Maybe it would be better not to be "so" exact on things happened 3000 years ago.

    Its name is God particle but God was also ignored :)You will not find any philosophy on the topic, but plain explaination for high school children.

    But, this book is still an "a must to read" for high school students and especially for politicans.
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    Isbn: 0385312113
    Sales Rank: 187882
    Subjects:  1. Astronomy - General    2. Constitution    3. Higgs bosons    4. Matter    5. Particles (Nuclear physics)    6. Philosophy    7. Physics    8. Science    9. Science/Mathematics    10. Science / Astronomy   


    The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
    by Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (25 February, 1997)
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    Carl Sagan muses on the current state of scientific thought, whichoffers him marvelous opportunities to entertain us with his own childhoodexperiences, the newspaper morgues, UFO stories,and the assorted flotsam and jetsam of pseudoscience.Along the way he debunks alien abduction, faith-healing, and channeling; refutes the arguments that science destroys spirituality, and provides a "baloney detection kit" for thinking through political, social, religious, and other issues. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Clarity and reason
    I have just finished reading this book and could not put it down. Dr Sagan has a brilliant way of explaining the complex issues that surround human superstitious behavior in a way that is both entertaining and informative. This book is simply magnificant, a triumph of crear thinking that humanity should be thankful for.

    Everyone should read this book. It should be studied in schools, it should be placed in hotel rooms in place of the bible.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Candle in the Dark
    This is a simply wonderful book. In the introduction, Carl Sagan recounts a conversation he had with a cab driver, whom he calls "William F. Buckley." "Mr. Buckley" is interested in things like the lost continent of Atlantis, UFO abductions, and other "pseudosciences" instead of real science.

    The book is a series of essays that seek to debunk some of these pseudosciences (UFO abductions, the Face on Mars, and faith healing, to name a few) and explain why people seem drawn to such things. In so doing, Dr. Sagan also explains how the scientific method is used to advance humanity's knowledge, and why science is the best (and only) way to understand the world around us. He explains how scientists must be both extremely imaginative and extremely skeptical, how scientific discovery always contains some uncertainty, and how even scientific mistakes can help advance knowledge.

    There's a particularly interesting essay called "The Fine Art of Baloney Detection," in which Dr. Sagan presents the "Baloney Detection Kit." The Baloney Detection Kit includes several tools that can be used to help winnow out the truth (Dr. Sagan uses these to ask pointed questions about J. Z. Knight, the channeler of "Ramtha"), and also lists many logical fallacies.

    The essays convey Dr. Sagan's awe and wonder at the natural world and his dedication to science, but are never cruel, dismissive, or condescending to the "Mr. Buckleys" of the world.

    5-0 out of 5 stars a must-read
    I read this 7 or 8 years ago.It's gotta be one of the best books I've ever read.I have never misplaced my copy of it.

    I would be hard-pressed to remember specifics about any other book I read so long ago, but Sagan's style (and his choice of examples) is so lucid that to this day I can recall many of his examples.

    I still dip into it from time to time to reread various hilarious or engrossing sections (e.g., "Carlos to appear in Australia, the discussion of how Lourdes water is actually harmful for you, the face in Mars, the crop circles, the primer on fallacies, etc.).

    I have also discovered that I am not alone in thinking this book should be required reading for American high school students.

    A sublime effort. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0345409469
    Subjects:  1. Controversial Knowledge    2. General    3. Literacy    4. Methodology    5. Philosophy & Social Aspects    6. Popular works    7. Science    8. Science/Mathematics    9. Study and teaching    10. Science / Philosophy & Social Aspects   


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    Broca's Brain: Reflections on the Romance of Science
    by Carl Sagan
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (12 February, 1986)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Not Quite 5 Stars
    This book is certainly thought-provoking. There are many great topics, and they make up for the boring ones. I liked the chapter on near-death experiences was most. The book really makes you interested in science. I think the low point of the book was the Velikovsky chapter, the chapter about naming craters, and some dry info about the solar system. I liked the beginning, and then end of the book the most. Despite it's age, it is still an amazing book.

    This is an awesome book that is certainly worth reading. However, I recommend skipping the Velikovsky chapter. I also liked the explanation of math, behind some of the facts, in the back of the book. It makes you want to start calculating things.

    BTW I loved the comment on this site that someone made that Sagan is currently in hell. Hahaha!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A time to think
    The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think. Sagan is a master of distilling scientific complexity for a layman's understanding.

    A fascinating journey through various aspects of science. There are few books in the world which can instill such wonderment for the meaning of things.

    Sagan was always opinionated, but seldom shows bias. He lets the reader make up his mind by asking the questions, not giving the answers.

    One of the pillars of any good book collection.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Sagan all over the place
    Broca's brain is a difficult book to rate, because Sagan is really all over the place with it, covering tons of different topics. I gave it four stars because a lot of it is fascinating and amazingly written (easily 5 stars), but some of the other sections really pull it down. By and large, it's all good stuff, with two exceptions - he goes on for a couple dozen pages about the names of various craters on various planets and moons in our solar system. Maybe I missed the point, but I just couldn't get interested in it. The second thing, which is what really lost the book that last star, is the chapter on Velikovskian Catastrophism. Apparently around the time this book was written (about thirty years ago, but it's all still interesting and relevant information), there was a book going around by someone named Velikovsky, who pretty much claimed that the book of Exodus, and all of the fantastic things that happen in it (the plagues, the parting of the red sea, etc.) where caused by some six comets or meteors that passed so close to the earth as to gravitationally (or magnetically, apparently this Velikovsky isn't quite sure) affect various things (i.e. somehow the gravitational pull of the nearby comet caused the water of the red sea to rise up in two different directions, therefor allowing the israelites to pass in between). Now I have a great deal of respect for Carl Sagan and his work, and I don't know what the climate of popular science was like thirty years ago. Clearly he felt a need to strongly discredit this theory - maybe a lot of people believed it then. But today, it seems pretty silly - I'm not a student of physics, astronomy or anything like that and the sum of my knowledge on the subject comes from popular science books that I enjoy reading. But the idea of six meteors flying that close to the earth, over the course of a couple months, plus the effects that Velikovsky claims would result, seem completely impossible - requiring maybe a page or two to respectfully discredit, but definitely not the fifty or so pages that Sagan uses to completely (and, it's important to note, respectfully) demolish the theory. I found it very tedious. I know that I've gone on for a while on this, but it really bothered me and detracted from an otherwise excellent book. Also highly recommended is Dragons of Eden, also by Sagan. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0345336895
    Sales Rank: 160815
    Subjects:  1. Cosmology    2. General    3. Philosophy & Social Aspects    4. Science    5. Science/Mathematics    6. Science / Cosmology   


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    101 Things You Don't Know About Science and No One Else Does Either
    by James Trefil
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (14 November, 1997)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Technical but fascinating
    Someone gave this book to me as a gift.I like the way it is organized into sections according to sub-categories in science, such as biology, physics, medicine, etc... Some sections are quite technical and take effort to envision, but other sections offer a great view much more complicated subjects like quantum mechanics.This book makes a great gift.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Facts can be fun
    I've always been interested in science but I cringe at reading boring scientific papers.

    James Trefil does a real service for the rest of us by digesting significant scientific advances into a small 330 page book.

    What I especially like is how the author doesn't drone on and on; He breaks down the topics and even breaks down the topics to questions such as "How many other stars have planets?"Even the questions are answered in an informal manner that makes for engaging reading.

    Excellent book for anyone interested in science.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating reading, even a few years on
    It's fascinating to read this book just a few years after it was written and to see how things have changed in just that short period of time. It's essentially a snapshot of the state of science at the time, covering 101 open questions in three pages each. One wonders how much of it will need to be rewritten 25 or 50 or 100 years down the line.

    The biggest short-term changes are in genetics: Trefil devotes one of his short chapters the Human Genome Project, then well underway and some years from completion. Now, of course, the "first draft" has been completed and geneticists are contemplating the next step. One obsolete fact has come out already: Trefil states that the human genome has about 80,000 genes when the HGP (and the private counterpart Celera) has discovered, surprisingly, that there are only 30,000.

    Also, Trefil discusses the possibility of past or present life on Mars without mentioning the controversial Mars meteorite ALH84001, in which, some scientists claim, there are traces of life.

    And the last chapter discusses the Y2K problem, then still looming on the horizon, now safely past (thanks to the hard work of many computer programmers, including me).

    Other chapters, I think, will be much the same for many years: we still have a long way to go to understand consciousness, to figure out how life began, and to come up with a fundamental theory that covers all of basic physics, both relativity and quantum mechanics. Not surprisingly, all three of these Trefil puts in his "top ten" problems.

    All in all, it's a fascinating read and a great bathroom book with its short chapters - for the nerds, at least. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0395877407
    Sales Rank: 106647
    Subjects:  1. General    2. Miscellanea    3. Reference    4. Science    5. Science/Mathematics    6. Science / Reference   


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    The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
    by Brian Greene
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    There is an ill-concealed skeleton in the closet of physics: "As they are currently formulated, general relativity and quantum mechanics cannot both be right." Each is exceedingly accurate in its field: general relativity explains the behavior of the universe at large scales, while quantum mechanics describes the behavior of subatomic particles. Yet the theories collide horribly under extreme conditions such as black holes or times close to the big bang. Brian Greene, a specialist in quantum field theory, believes that the two pillars of physics can be reconciled in superstring theory, a theory of everything.

    Superstring theory has been called "a part of 21st-century physics that fell by chance into the 20th century." In other words, it isn't all worked out yet. Despite the uncertainties--"string theorists work to find approximate solutions to approximate equations"--Greene gives a tour of string theory solid enough to satisfy the scientifically literate.

    Though Ed Witten of the Institute for Advanced Study is in many ways the human hero of The Elegant Universe, it is not a human-side-of-physics story. Greene's focus throughout is the science, and he gives the nonspecialist at least an illusion of understanding--or the sense of knowing what it is that you don't know. And that is traditionally the first step on the road to knowledge. --Mary Ellen Curtin ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars beautifuly written
    Very good peice of work. Probably his best yet in fact. The book was illustrated so proportionaly and explicit, its very good updated peice of biblical refrence .. may be overwhelming at times but none the less an enjoyment.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Distorted history, bad physics...
    The Elegant Universe was nicely written but, unfortunately, this is not a novel and therefore I cannot give five stars.

    Greene begins with rather discussible statements on the status of string theory and its relationship with the rest of physics. Next , his explanation of general relativity is rather wrong in several crucial details and just shows that Greene has an insignificant understanding on those topics. This is not so strange since Greene is not a relativist. On quantum mechanics, the book is still poor and does irrelvant attempts to explain quantum phenomena by means of incorrect examples that when interpreted correctly just point to the contrary way!

    On the central chapters, Greene ruminates about String theory, a supposed theory that supposedly explains everything of our universe. In popular books string theory look really cool and elegant. THE problem is with real science published in journals. There, string theory loses all of its supposed elegancy and fails into an inconsistent stuff of mathematical theories, newer proved conjectures, and modifications and corrections ad hoc.

    The best proof against string theory is the proper theory since that notwithstanding decades of exaggerated claims, string theory predicts and explains nothing of the reality yet. This cv doesn't appear a good attribute for the supposed theory of everything.

    Some previous reader said that this is the new cold fusion scandal. I cannot agree. When premature claims of fusion were shown to be incorrect by scientific community, Pons and coworkers leave the field. But, with each new demonstration of that string theory is a completely wrong approach (since that famous first demonstration in the early 70s) string theorists launch a new version called "revolution" and new pretentious announcements.

    Scientists that have heard talks by Greene, Witten, Vafa, Schwartz, and others member of this new-age cult will agree with me in that finally their names will be in the hall of fame.

    Unfortunately future generations will record they like we chronicle alchemists.

    Unhealthy book on a topic to be rapidly forgotten.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction/Skims the Top
    The Elegant Universe was nicely written and fairly easy to stay interested in, however; anyone looking for deep explanation or justification need not look here.Greene's explanation of general relativity and quantum mechanics are excellent and easily comprehensible, with analogies that translate normally complex topics.

    String theory, the book's topic, remains a mystery even after Greene's explanations.He uses a laundry list of facts rather than the insightful explanations that had made the earlier sections on Quantum Mechanics and General Relativity an enlightening experience.As a high school student with a particular interest in Physics, I can say that anyone longing for the how and why will find no solace in this book. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0375708111
    Subjects:  1. Astronomy - Universe    2. Cosmology    3. General    4. Physics    5. Science    6. Science/Mathematics    7. Superstring theories    8. Science / Physics    9. String Theory   


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    The Pessimist's Guide To History : An Irresistible Compendium Of Catastrophes, Barbarities, Massacres And Mayhem From The Big Bang To The New Millennium
    by Stuart Berg Flexner, Doris Flexner
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars An easy read of horrible events
    One would expect to feel some guilt from reading this book, since I found myself being entertained by stories of terrible tragedies that happened to millions of people throughout history, but the authors tend to poke fun at the causes, not the victims, of such events.Another striking thing is that after a while, you feel like you're reading a book about general World History (unfortunately it often seems to go hand-in-hand with misery).

    I was amused, yet angered at the human follies that lead to the majority of major disasters - stupid governments, big dumb ideas, racial bigotry, religious wars, etc.,.I also felt fortunate that I'm living in these relatively modern times.Certainly our world is still no stranger to tragedy, but at least modern cities are not in danger of burning down due to a knocked-over lantern or such.

    After reading about the variety and volume of major natural disasters, one is amazed at just how little control people have over this world, even now, particularly after witnessing the recent, massively damaging Asian tsunami disaster.

    The truly interesting, though tragic, parts of the book deal with man-made disasters; unfortunately, there are plenty of examples both small-scale (e.g. psychotic killers) and large-scale (e.g. psychotic governments).This is where the authors inject most of their wry humor, directed at history's monsters and idiots.

    All in all, it may not be something to read while at the beach with the family, but it is an interesting and easy-reading diversion for casual history buffs.

    4-0 out of 5 stars laughing all the way to the grave
    This is pretty good stuff. You get a lot of humor for a nice price. I think it's healthy to be able to laugh a little at the multitudinous ways in which chaos brings us bad fortune. You can't take things too seriously, can you?

    3-0 out of 5 stars For the sporadic reader...
    The chronology is fun...the accuracy, dubious... the occasional follow-up commentary, slightly amusing...the objectivity, mild...the compilation, notably broad...I read this book over the course of a couple of months, whenever I had to sit down.If you are looking for factual historical record, you'll need a supplement.I did enjoy it. ... Read more

    Isbn: 006095745X
    Sales Rank: 146409
    Subjects:  1. Chronology, Historical    2. Disasters    3. General    4. Historical chronology    5. History    6. History - General History    7. History: World    8. Reference    9. World - General    10. History / General   


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    The Great Pyramid: Prophecy in Stone
    by N. W. Hutchings
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    1-0 out of 5 stars don't be fooled!
    This book is a great example of how facts and history can be twisted and fabricated to suit anybody's ideology, no matter how convoluted that ideology may be. This book is an insult to your intellect, to the Egyptians, and to serious Bible scholars.

    The illogic of Hutchings' logic is so insidious as to beguile the unwary into the same arrogant and sanctimonious pride as many extreme non-tolerant Christians suffer from. Make no mistake this author uses the fascination people have in this ancient edifice to promote his own conclusions and agenda, imposing his prejudices against non-Christian belief structures. I found this book highly offensive and insufferably arrogant.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Amazing
    Everyone should read this book!!I was astounded when I learned of the details of the Great Pyramid.Hutchings states facts and statistics regarding the Great Pyramid that are compelling to say the least.This book certainly leaves no doubt that "ancient" man was WAY more sophisticated than modern scientists give them credit for...This is a book that you will want to recommend and even loan to a friend.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to read
    I found the book to be very interesting.Some people think that if a man has faith in God nowadays or he correlates the scientific and archaeological evidence to biblical patriachs having a hand in the direct or indirect building of the Cheops pyramid that such good men as Hutchings does they are somehow religious whackos.It's obvious that the ancient heathen nation of Egypt had virtually nothing to do with this pyramid except maybe than manual labor.The heathen markings aren't to be found in this pyramid like all the others along the equatorial Nile region.Hutchings is just trying to find out & relate the truth as Piazzi Smyth, Taylor, and others have done.This is a good read for somewhat of a novice on Cheops pyramid as myself for a first book.I'm reading Smyth's book on the pyramid and it's more detailed and has more in-depth facets but is a difficult to read.I tried to read it ten years ago and it was to difficult for me to keep interest in it then, but Hutchings book is highly recommended for beginners.I always try to read books from different viewpoints on pyramids. Hutchings views are creditable. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1575580071
    Sales Rank: 614955
    Subjects:  1. Bible - Controversial Speculation    2. Bible - Prophecies    3. Religion    4. Religion - Biblical Studies - Predictive Prophecy   


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    An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics
    by Bradley W. Carroll, Dale A. Ostlie
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (11 December, 1995)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars An introduction to modern astrophysics
    The problems are very challanging, with out an instructor and a good foundation in pure math its nearly impossible for a self learner to solve the end-chapter questions from this book. Im currenlty stuck in many of these problems. If any one happens to have a complete solutions manual, I would give $250.00 for it.
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Very difficult to teach from
    After surveying available undergraduate texts in astrophysics and consulting colleagues, I settled on this as the best available despite qualms about its size and cost.My students are finding its size and sheer length overwhelming; we are forced to leave out so much material that they are questioning whether it's worth it.The system of units used (cgs) is becoming (if it is not already) obsolete in most areas of astrophysics.In every chapter there are references to material yet to be covered, requiring one to flip back and forth, often over hundreds of pages.Finally, with a 1996 publication date, much of the material is becoming dated (I know, a new edition will be even more expensive).

    All that said, there are remarkably few errors in the text, figures, and problems for a work of this size.The instructor's solution manual is clear, comprehensive, and generally correct.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent and encyclopedic
    There are very few comprehensive astrophysics text books at the junior/senior level.In trying to find a book which surveys most of the field I found only three possibilities.Two were good (Astrophysical Concepts by Harwitt and Astrophysics by Bowers and Deeming) but this one isEXCELLENT. The level of presentation is mathematically accessible toadvanced undergrads in physics, math, comp sci, and engineering while theunderlying physics is reviewed before it is applied.The exercises areinteresting and complete and include several nice computer based problemsin each chapter.

    For a one semester survey class the size and scope ofthis book will induce heart attacks in your students but the organizationand clear layout of the text allows the instructor to select a set oftopics which (a) cover a wide range of astrophysical ideas and (b) don'tdepend strongly on the omitted material.

    Highly recommended. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0201547309
    Sales Rank: 46089
    Subjects:  1. Astronomy - General    2. Astrophysics    3. Astrophysics & Space Science    4. Physics    5. Science    6. Science/Mathematics    7. Science / Physics   


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