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UNDONE – Book Review

by: Slaughter, Karin

Publisher: Dell, Random House, Inc

Location: New York, NY

Copyright: 2009

Cover: Patrice Sheridan

Type: Paperback

 

reviewed by: Lynard Barnes 11/05/2011

Summary: Georgia Bureau of Investigation S/A Will Trent, Faith Mitchell, and doctor Sara Linton attempt to solve a horrific case of murder and mutilation while dealing with interpersonal complications.

Actually, there is no way to summarize really good fiction. The story itself of course is a sequence of linear events. Characters are either life-like or the stick figures of the author’s imagination. Taken as a whole and plopped down on a scale of meaning, a story either means something or it does not. Most stories, even those with semi-dimensional characters and predictable events, mean something. For the reader or, more likely, the viewer of a story’s events, the only real question is whether it is worthwhile, whether it is enjoyable to experience the story.

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Girl, Wanted: The Chase For Sarah Pender – Book Review

by: Steve Miller

Publisher: The Berkley Publishing Group

Location: Penguin Group (USA), Inc,New York

Copyright: 2011

Cover: Ron Hernandez, iofoto/Shutterstock

Type: Paperback

 

reviewed by: Lynard Barnes11/15/2011

Summary: Convicted of two murders in 2002, after serving eight years of a 110 year sentence, Sara Jo Pender escaped from Indiana Department of Correction’s Rockville Correctional Facility.

After reading the first ten chapters of this true-crime book, the reader is hit with a surprise in chapter 11 which radically changes the perspective on everything that was written before. Whether the author did this intentionally is up for debate. The springing of a surprise fact at the end of a fact book is rather unfair.

The basics here are straight forward.

According to Miller, Sara Jo Pender, a Mensa “grade”, pre-physics major dropout from Purdue University, got so caught-up in the drug subculture that she became part of that culture. Pender readily admits this. Despite the fact that she was a “productive” member of society form the time she left college to the time of her arrest in October 2000 when she was arrested for murder, Pender was heavily into drugs. In July 2000, she met Richard Hull, a former high school athlete who had “turned his life over to intoxicants of any strain.”

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Be A Wizard With Numbers – Book Comment

by: Jeffrey, Andrew

 

Publisher: Duncan Baird Publishers Ltd, Sixth Flr, Castle House,75-76 Wells St,London

Copyright: Clare Thorpe

comment by: Lynard Barnes, 11/07/2011

Summary: Primer on working with numbers, this little book offers techniques for enhancing basic math skills.

If you are old school mathematics, there is something to learn from this little book (136 pages). First off, Thorpe declares mathematics an art. Refreshing, though it does not help much in “developing your mental muscles”. That still requires learning the fundamentals. BE A WIZARD WITH NUMBERS puts you on the right track. The book presents a number of math tricks, most of which have been around a long time. Solutions to problems are listed in the final section of the book. The book also introduces us to “true dyscalculia”, an “emerging condition characterized by people struggle with the concepts of numbers. It is like dyslexia in which some people have trouble recognizing letters on paper

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Mathematics, The Big Questions – Book Comment

by: Crilly, Tony (Editor)

Publisher: Metro Books,122 Fifth Ave   New York,NY

Cover: Patrick Nugent

Copyright: 2011

comment  by: Lynard Barnes,11/18/2011

Summary:  Tony Crilly is Emeritus Reader in Mathematical Sciences at Middlesex University. The book is a history of mathematical concepts.     

This mathematics primer goes from defining mathematics to answering the question of whether there are any mathematical problems left to solve. There are problems left to solve of course as formulated in David Hilbert’s “23 Problem” which he set forth in 1900.

There are enough intriguing chapter titles to rise the curiosity of even the most mathematically challenged: “Are Statistics Lies?”, “Are Imaginary Numbers Truly Imaginary?”, “Can A Butterfly’s Wings Really Cause A Hurricane?”. Beyond the intrigue, the book does a fairly adequate job of familiarizing readers with the concept and language of mathematics.

A word about the design, layout of the book. For those who love “books” as books, this one is classic. Every book should be designed this way. It even has a built-in page marker–expandable rubber band glued into the cover.

Not a must read, but well worth it if done.

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Physics – Book Comment

by: McPhee, Isaac

Publisher:  Quid Publishing, Level 4, Sheridan House, 114 Western Rd, Hove BN3 IDD, England

Cover:       Lindsey Johns

Copyright: 2010

comment by:      Lynard Barnes, 11/10/2011

Summary: An historical look at the development of physics and the people responsible. A general reader with some technical information. A beginner’s guide.

This is book (176 pages) covers the movers and shakers of physics from Thales (ca. 624-546 BC) to Stephen Hawking (1942 to present). It is an entertaining and biographically informative introduction to investigations into our physical world. Within the eight chapters of this book, problems in physics are presented along with action-scenarios depicting the physicist who solved the problem. In general, the presentation of solutions is so condensed as to be of meager specfic use but do provide a general understanding. For instance, in the relatively extensive discusion of Albert Einstein and his theory of special relativity, we learn that the famous formula E=mc[2] assumes that the “object” with mass has a velocity of zero. The formula which factors in mass is slightly different. There is also a delightful discussion of Erwin Schrodinger’s quantum mechancis problem, aptly called “Schrodinger’s Cat”. In short, this book is an excellent introduction to the concepts involved in physics. Just don’t expect an “education”.

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