Search Results: "Mario Livio"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

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 >

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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: 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 >

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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 >

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SHOT IN THE CATHEDRAL by Mario Bencastro
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

Shot In The Cathedral ($18.95; Sept. 1, 1996; 220 pp.; 1-55885- 164-X): A skillful balance between journalistic reportage and a subjective focus on the lives of ordinary people afflicted by political upheaval distinguishes this otherwise familiar (and somewhat melodramatic) picture of El Salvador under siege in the late 1970s. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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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A FISH IN THE WATER by Mario Vargas Llosa
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"Essential political as well as literary reading."
In this artful political and literary memoir, the 57-year-old Peruvian author (In Praise of the Stepmother, 1990, etc.) and presidential candidate demonstrates the conflict between ideals and politics, art and power. Read full book review >

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THE WAR OF THE END OF THE WORLD by Mario Vargas Llosa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 1984

"In sum, then: an odd combination of cardboard and passionate horror—with grim, rich rewards for those readers willing to plow through the book's early, stodgy chapters."
With few of the sly narrative flourishes that distinguish most of his fiction, Vargas Llosa now offers a vast historical novel tightly focused on an 1890s rebellion in the Bahia state of Brazil—by followers (called jagunÇos) of an apocalyptic religious figure, dubbed "The Counselor," in the little town of Canudos. Read full book review >