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: 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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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. 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: 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: 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: 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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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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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 >

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THE LONG LAVENDER LOOK by John D. MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 27, 1972

"McGee is as muy macho as ever which is all his advocates and Heidi — she's back at the end — want."
. . . is deep purple and dark red in Cypress County (Florida) when a girl, one of Travis McGee's youthful voluptuaries, runs across the road and puts his car underwater while he ends up in the inflexible hands of the local sheriff. Read full book review >