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. 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: 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: 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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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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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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SHERIFF GUS by John D DeSain
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 16, 2013

"A promisingly complex detective story too often sidelined by editorializing."
In DeSain's (Prometheus Ignored, 2012) latest novel, a corrupt sheriff facing re-election tracks a serial killer in a rural California county where mysterious forces hold sway. Read full book review >

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PERSONAL INTELLIGENCE by John D. Mayer
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"Those looking to win friends and influence people should turn to Dale Carnegie and his cheerful disciples. Mayer confines himself to invariably stimulating insights backed by solid scientific research, so readers looking to understand the human condition will certainly enjoy this book."
There is more to brainpower than IQ, writes Mayer (Psychology/Univ. of New Hampshire; Personality: A Systems Approach, 2006, etc.) in this astute exploration of a different form of intelligence: the ability to understand the personalities of other human beings as well as our own. Read full book review >