Search Results: "Amir D. Aczel"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"An entertaining introduction to one of the most universally relevant and most widely misunderstood branches of mathematics."
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BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"A compulsively readable investigation, as attracting as the magnetic north."
Talented popular-science writer Aczel (God's Equation, 1999, etc.) enthusiastically delves into the story of the magnetic compass. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 30, 1998

"Lively writing and the ability to work scientific history smoothly into the narrative make this a very useful addition to the growing body of work on a fascinating subject. (Author tour)"
Life on other worlds, long a staple of sci-fi thrillers, is now the stuff of serious science. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2006

"A fascinating topic, despite the author's sometimes plodding approach."
The greatest mathematician of the 20th century was actually a committee. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"No-frills intellectual history for the lay reader."
A priest/paleontologist's fraught efforts to reconcile the theory of evolution with his faith. Read full book review >

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WHY SCIENCE DOES NOT DISPROVE GOD by Amir D. Aczel
NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 2014

"Aczel dislikes atheists and often descends to their derisive debating points (e.g., religions sponsor charities; atheists don't), but he skillfully combines his specialty and good science to support, without actually proving, the existence of a Creator."
Mathematician Aczel (A Strange Wilderness: The Lives of the Great Mathematicians, 2011, etc.) debated atheist Richard Dawkins in 2010. Here, he presents his arguments, and prominent atheists, Dawkins above all, do not come out well. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 1999

"While the actual math is heavy going, Aczel gives a very readable account of the science and the scientists involved."
In 1912, Albert Einstein wrote down an equation that describes the structure of the universe. Read full book review >

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PENDULUM by Amir D. Aczel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 19, 2003

"A good summary of an important era in science and one of its underrated stars."
Everyone knows about Foucault's pendulum, but who knows anything about the man himself? Read full book review >

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FINDING ZERO by Amir D. Aczel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"If readers can avoid getting bogged down in the side trips through Eastern philosophy, the journey to zero is an adventure worth joining."
The author of the best-selling Fermat's Enigma (1996) and other popular books on mathematics and science takes readers through a history of zero and takes himself on a journey through the jungles of Cambodia to find its earliest use. Read full book review >

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CRAZY LOVE by Amir Abrams
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 1, 2012

"A thought-provoking and timely tale, told in an up-to-date, believable voice. (Fiction. 12-16)"
"[W]hen I was your age," Kamiyah's older sister Erika explains in this engaging, well-paced cautionary tale, "…we used to call that kind of love 'crazy love'—becoming obsessed with a relationship." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 31, 1989

Tahari (The Spirit of Allah: Khomeini and the Islamic Revolution and Holy Terror: The Inside Story of Islamic Terrorism) documents the history of America's relations with Iran from FDR through Irangate. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 10, 1999

"While the book can seem a little shrill at times, the point is well made that Israel could do more for at least those East Jerusalem Arabs who who don—t openly oppose the state, and there is much here that informs the debate on Israel's ground zero. (4 maps)"
Cheshin and Melamed, onetime aides to former Jerusalem mayor Teddy Kollek, and Hutman, formerly of the Jerusalem Post, offer a scathing exposÇ of persistent Israeli discriminatory practices against Jerusalem Arabs. Read full book review >