Search Results: "Ian Stewart"


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JIMMY STEWART by Marc Eliot
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2006

"Stout, readable story about how a nice guy got his acting chops and became one of Hollywood's greats."
An actor's life, presented admiringly—after all, the subject is a plain-spoken American beau ideal. Read full book review >

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IAN FLEMING by Andrew Lycett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A solid scholarly biography with little to savor for general readers. Lycett's subject remains an aloof, disagreeable enigma."
An exhaustive and exhausting biography of Ian Fleming (1908-1964), the creator of secret agent James Bond. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Not a wonderful account of a life. (50 b&w photos, not seen) (First printing of 50,000)"
Readers interested in finding out more about Stewart and his distinguished career, his signal roles in movies such as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Winchester '73, Harvey, and Vertigo, should steer far wide of this stunningly inept work. Read full book review >

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JAMES STEWART by Donald Dewey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A model of how to do a serious but entertaining Hollywood biography; Dewey never loses sight of the work, which is what makes Stewart important in the first place. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Biographer and novelist Dewey (Marcello Mastroianni, 1993; Reasonable Doubts, 1991) offers a voluminous, highly intelligent look at one of the richest and most complex of Hollywood star personas, not incidentally, one of the industry's most beloved actors. Read full book review >

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JIMMY STEWART by Roy Pickard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 22, 1993

"Slim pickings on a tasty bird. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Largely scissors-and-paste celebio of Stewart, spiced with two interviews that Pickard, a British film scholar, conducted with the actor over the years. Read full book review >

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IAN PENNEY'S ABC by Ian Penney
ABC BOOKS
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Elegant and illuminating. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Each page of Penney's alphabet resembles a piece of stained glass, not in the precious sense, but in its composition and light. Read full book review >

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PROFESSOR STEWART’S INCREDIBLE NUMBERS by Ian Stewart
NON-FICTION
Released: April 7, 2015

"Stewart receives an A for telling us how vast, wonderful and useful are all the members of the world of numbers but a lower grade for his explanation of the whys and wherefores."
The erudite British math professor revels in the wonders of numbers. Read full book review >

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CALCULATING THE COSMOS by Ian Stewart
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A word to the wise: this is not cosmology for dummies. Parts of the text are nearly impenetrable, and Stewart's compact style provides few diagrams or even equations. However, he effectively shows that time and technology will evolve ever better calculations of the cosmos."
Stewart (Mathematics/Univ. of Warwick; Professor Stewart's Incredible Numbers, 2015, etc.) tackles the universe in this latest compendium of facts and fancy. Read full book review >

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SIGNIFICANT FIGURES by Ian Stewart
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A text for teachers, precocious students, and intellectually curious readers unafraid to tread unfamiliar territory and learn what mad pursuits inspire mathematicians."
Summarizing 2,500 years of mathematics milestones and the mathematicians who made them. Read full book review >

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THE MATHEMATICS OF LIFE by Ian Stewart
NON-FICTION
Released: June 7, 2011

"An ingenious overview of biology with emphasis on mathematical ideas—stimulating but requiring careful reading despite the lack of equations."
In the past, students who loved science but hated math studied biology. That won't work today, writes the prolific emeritus professor of Mathematics at Britain's Warwick University, who explains why in his usual enthusiastic but definitely not dumbed-down style. Read full book review >