Search Results: "Pedro G. Ferreira"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Ferreira does not downplay relativity's complexity and avoids the easy route of oversimplifying it into a cosmic magic show. The result is one of the best popular accounts of how Einstein and his followers have been trying to explain the universe for decades."
Ferreira (Astrophysics/Univ. of Oxford; The State of the Universe: A Primer in Modern Cosmology, 2006, etc.) writes an enthusiastic and comprehensible popular account of how Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity continues to generate new knowledge as well as hints of more secrets to be revealed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"With wit, vision, and scholarship, Domingos describes how these scientists are creating programs that allow a computer to teach itself. Readers unfamiliar with logic and computer theory will have a difficult time, but those who persist will discover fascinating insights."
Traditionally, the only way to make a computer execute a task is to write precise instructions: an algorithm. As the author notes in this enthusiastic but not dumbed-down introduction to machine learning, it is impossible to "write a program to tell a computer how to drive a car or decipher handwriting, but if we give enough examples to a computer running a learning algorithm, it will figure out how to do it on its own." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEFIDDLED by Pedro de Alcantara
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 8, 2005

"For serious musicians who will concentrate on Becky's training and forget the rest. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Becky Cohen is a skilled violinist but struck by fear every time she has to perform at her weekly YMCA group lessons. Read full book review >

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Monster Fart Wars III: FartMONSTER FART WARS III: FARTS VS. PIMPLES s vs. Pimples by A.M. Shah
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 6, 2017

"For gross-out fans only, but they'll find it funny and full of action."
Once again, the brave mayor of Fartville defends his citizens from would-be invaders in Shah's (Adult Coloring Book Horror Land: Entrapment, 2017, etc.) middle-grade series installment.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2005

"Powerful ammunition for those who wish to reform or abolish the UN."
A veteran U.S. government official blasts the UN Secretariat for . . . well, see the subtitle. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ZULU DOG by Anton Ferreira
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 26, 2002

"A historical note precedes the story, contextualizing the tensions presented within. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Two children and a dog offer a tentative hope for a strife-ridden, modern South Africa in this debut from Ferreira, a Reuters correspondent who grew up there. Read full book review >

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THE INSATIABLE SPIDER MAN by Pedro Juan Gutierrez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 2006

"Pungent and pitiful."
Tales of Havana, from a native son. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WICKED WEEDS by Pedro  Cabiya
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A twisty, disorderly, but culturally resonant tale of zombie woe. Sleep tight, kids."
A fastidious and successful Caribbean zombie navigates the uncertain pathways of the human heart in this cerebral take on the undead. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

They Call Me Jake by Pedro Abreu
FICTION & LITERATURE

"An unfocused seafaring tale."
A young sailor tells a meandering tale of his voyages around the world in this debut novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FRIGID TALES by Pedro de Jesús
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Witty and accomplished—but thinly developed."
Sex is a preoccupation and, as the King of Siam would say, "a puzzlement" in this debut collection of six coy, elusive stories from a young Cuban fiction writer and translator. Read full book review >

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MIGRANT by José Manuel Mateo
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2014

"Breathtaking. (author and illustrator notes) (Picture book. 6-12)"
A family's arduous journey from a farm in Mexico to a crowded dwelling in Los Angeles unfolds, literally, as a ribbon is untied and accordion-style pages open to reveal one continuous, aesthetically astonishing scene. Read full book review >