Search Results: "John D. Barrow"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Heady stuff this, caviar for the connoisseur—but not for the innumerate."
The Sussex astronomer (Theories of Everything, 1991, etc.) has done it again—i.e., wrought a brilliant summation of ideas about mathematics that shows a depth of scholarship and an analysis that will leave the reader more than a little shaken. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"A fascinating journey."
Can any one theory account for everything in the universe? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 21, 2003

"The innumerate will flee in terror, but those with an interest in mathematical history and the strange magic of numbers should find this a satisfying excursion."
Energy is mass times a constant squared. Patient mathematical explainer Barrow (The Book of Nothing, 2001, etc.) delivers a scholarly though always accessible account of the search for that constant—and for great big numbers generally. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 18, 2012

"An illuminating mix for sports fans and math buffs looking to hone their skills."
Entertaining deconstruction of the mathematics of sports. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 2011

"A solid overview of the evolution of cosmology, with illuminating coverage of the current state of the art. A useful complement to Roger Penrose's Cycles of Time (2011)."
A guided tour of conceptions of the universe, from the beginnings of modern science to the present. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 2, 2005

"Another pleasing popularization of science from an old hand."
Define the universe, and give two examples. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 12, 2001

"Elegant, learned, and far more accessible than much scientific discourse."
Much ado about, well, nothing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 1, 1982

"However, this falls short of the penetrating warmth and conviction of Byars at her best."
In this sharply cast but overly managed story, three kids, two of them sisters, are thrown together when the girls' divorced father decides to share their two-week island vacation with his widowed "friend" Delores, John D.'s mother. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 17, 2008

"A labor of love of great value to Yankees fans and hard-core baseball junkies, but not too many others."
Everything you need to know—and much, much more—about a baseball magnate you probably didn't know existed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PIG IN A BARROW by Bert Kitchen
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1991

"For admirers of Kitchens's splendid Animal Alphabet (1984), a disappointment. (Picture book. 4-8)"
As in Gorilla, Chinchilla (1990), some rather inane verse (``The hen in a bucket/Watches her chick,/Who's learning to balance—/A difficult trick'') serves to caption some odd pairings, in this case of animals and their containers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A BARROW BOY'S CADENZA by Pete Adams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"All credit to Adams (Irony in the Soul, 2013, etc.) for his fertile imagination but not for knowing when his muddle of bathroom jokes, sentimentality, slap and tickle, violence, and Jane Austen quotations gets tiresome."
A third adventure for an aging cockney copper and his colorful colleagues. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN by Niall Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Irish novelist Williams (Four Letters of Love, 1999, etc.) takes spiritual issues seriously—and continues to write compellingly about them."
John the Apostle, now a revered Master in exile with a small band of Christian brothers on the island of Patmos, confronts heresy, schism and doubt. Read full book review >