Search Results: "John D. Barrow"


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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

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

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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 >

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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 >

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ON THE RUN WITH MARY by Jonathan Barrow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Whether the book comes off as mad satire or just sickening juvenilia, Barrow suggests a writer who might in time have joined the ranks of William Burroughs, William Kotzwinkle, or John Kennedy Toole."
This crude, nightmarish picaresque describes the gross adventures of a teenage boy and a talking dachshund named Mary as they travel in and around London. Read full book review >

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CONTRARY PLEASURE by John D. MacDonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 23, 1954

"Rentals, certainly (but without censure), and a women's market as well."
Not quite as tight a narrative as Cancel All Our Vows (1953), this spreads its interest over the lives and loves of the four Delevans- and their children, and is an assured and accomplished reconnaissance of a middle western, middle class community- with the comforts- but not the security- which money can buy. Read full book review >

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THE LAST ONE LEFT by John D. MacDonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 20, 1966

This is one of John MacDonald's long-playing accounts of crime and punishment, heavily plotted, thinly characterized, well timed while supporting some five stories simultaneously. Read full book review >