Search Results: "Mario Livio"


BOOK REVIEW

IS GOD A MATHEMATICIAN? by Mario Livio
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 6, 2009

"The conclusion falls a bit flat, but Livio's trip through mathematical history is thoroughly enjoyable and requires no special training to follow it."
Why does math describe reality so well? A scientist offers tentative answers. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"A lively companion to Bulent Atalay's Math and the Mona Lisa (2004), John Barrow's Book of Nothing (2001) and other recent popular studies in mathematical thought."
Evolution favors symmetry. So do people. So does just about everything in the universe. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 29, 2002

"A shining example of the aesthetics of mathematics. (Illustrations)"
The harmonious qualities of the golden ratio—phi—are pleasingly scanned in this history of the number, and, by extension, a historical tour of numbers in general. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHY by Mario Livio
Released: July 11, 2017

"The concept of curiosity is a tough nut to crack. Livio is not shy about admitting its difficulties, and he makes an admirable effort to explain complex and still-not-well-understood ideas."
An astrophysicist asks, "what are the underlying mechanisms of curiosity and exploration?" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 14, 2013

"An absorbing, persuasive reminder that science is not a direct march to the truth."
Astrophysicist and popular science writer Livio (Is God a Mathematician?, 2009, etc.) delivers entertaining accounts of how five celebrated scientists went wrong. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUPER MARIO by Jeff Ryan
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 4, 2011

"Late stumbles aside, an effective and entertaining overview of the video-game industry's history and Nintendo's essential role in shaping it."
A gaming journalist retraces Nintendo's unlikely shaping of video-game history through a pudgy Italian plumber named Mario. Read full book review >

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MARIO MAKES A MOVE by Jill McElmurry
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2012

"A charming story of friendship, dance moves, artistic fervor and squirrels. (And squirrel facts!) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mario is a squirrel who loves his dance moves, from the "Bowling Ball" to "Twirly Ballet Arms," and his relatives assure him he is amazing. Read full book review >

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MARIO & BABY GIA by Mario Lopez
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A good choice for children with younger siblings and cousins, especially Latinos. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Returning with his second picture book, Lopez (Mud Tacos, 2009) stresses the importance of family. Read full book review >

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THE LONG SILENCE OF MARIO SALVIATI by Etienne van Heerden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Ambitious but diffuse."
Van Heerden offers a lyrical but underpowered interpretation of his country's history as a young woman visits an isolated village that's trapped in the past. Read full book review >

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THE GODFATHER by Mario Puzo
Released: March 10, 1969

"A Mafia Whiteoaks, bound for popularity, once you get past the author's barely concealed admiration for the 'ethics' and postulates of primitive power plays."
Ten years in the workaday progress of a New York Mafia sort of family dynasty tale with all the attendant flurries of great houses at war. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

China: The Big Lie? by Mario Cavolo
NON-FICTION
Released: May 21, 2014

"A breezy overview of Chinese spending habits that predicts a rosy future for the world's fastest-growing economy."
A commentary on the cash economy of China that intersperses economic discussions with personal asides from Cavolo's (Catalysts to Change, 2013) experiences living and working in the Far East country. Read full book review >