Great Physicists: The Life and Times of Leading Physicists from Galileo to Hawking

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Great Physicists – The Life and Times of Leading Physicists from Galileo to Hawking: A non-fiction by William H. Cropper

The word of science and discovery might be boring for some, especially when both delivered by the wrong teacher and biographer. But, this book will erode such feeling and emotion. William H. Cropper is far from mediocre biographer on scientists, and he proofs it in his Great Physicists: The Life and Times of Leading Physicists from Galileo to Hawking.
As the title suggests, the book contains biographical records of some notable physicists. The full title is Great Physicists: The Life and Times of Leading Physicists from Galileo to Hawking. At first, the book looks like a compilation of Read more

Numerical Methods Using MATLAB

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Numerical Methods Using MATLAB: A textbook on MATLAB programming by George Lindfield and John Penny

Stands for Matrix Laboratory, MATLAB is a handy tool to solve mathematical problems using matrix operations as the base of its approach. The software is helpful to those who involve calculations and countings in their daily activities due to its broad range of usages. The fact that it has embedded Control Toolbox ensures control engineer to work with MATLAB. Among economists, the presence of MATLAB on their PCs or laptops is inevitable. And, I’m sure bankers and or accountants will find Financial Toolbox captivating. Then, other features such as Simulink, GUI and Symbolic Toolbox will lure engineers and even students to put MATLAB as their first and ultimate choice.

Surely, one needs to know how a matrix works first in order to maximize the value of MATLAB. Indeed, matrix operation is one of MATLAB’s distinguishing features. In addition to its matrix as the backbone, MATLAB I suitable partner for Read more

Transport Phenomena

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Transport Phenomena: A textbook by R. Byron Bird, Warren E. Stewart, and Edwin N. Lightfoot

A phenomenon may exist as it is, similar to the way our sensory tools comprehend. But, how does it look like when it is transformed into mathematical equation? The book entitled Transport Phenomena deals with such question and provides steps and paths in composing mathematical models for the system being studied.

Mathematical modeling is important in scientific and technological realms. By doing so, we can predict the future likelihood of a system in terms of its individual activities or Read more

Mapping Human History: Genes, Race and Our Common Origins

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Mapping Human History: Genes, Race and Our Common Origins A non-fiction by Steve Olson

Questions about human origin and ancestors will always be interesting for anyone who cares about historical identity. Those then divide into two groups of people: Pro-Darwinian approach and Pro-Biblical creationism approach. Both will take different path. Still, it is their conclusion upon their search that determines into which group they belong to.

This phenomenon drives some scholars or researchers to seriously pursue further studies on that matter. One of them is Steve Olson. Just like others, he puts and documents his treatise and theory into book. And, the book entitled Mapping Human History is of his works, which becomes the world’s most popular treatise on Read more

Einstein’s Dreams

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Einstein’s Dreams: A fiction based on the Theory of Relativity by Alan Lightman

People will find themselves familiar with science-fiction-based works in forms of movies or novels. However, most of them are explicitly shown as having scientific and technological contents. Such experience will be quite hard to get when one reads Einstein’s Dreams, a book written by Alan Lightman.

The book narrates relativity theory coined by Albert Einstein. It is written in a series of Read more

Biology: Unity and Diversity of Life

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Biology-The Unity and Diversity of Life: A textbook on biology by Cecie Starr, Ralph Taggart, Christine Evers, and Lisa Starr

I read this book when I was in high school and I discover Biology: Unity and Diversity of Life is still among the most comprehensive textbooks on biology. Up to now. There are some factors or variables that make it so.

First, Biology: Unity and Diversity of Life is rich in colorful illustrations. There is nothing more interesting to a high school student than a textbook with colorful pictures and illustrations. And, when it comes to subject such as biology, the presence of such thing is highly required to enrich readers’ experience and improve one’s understanding on the subject. Only that way a student will be able to Read more

A Beautiful Mind

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A Beautiful Mind: A non-fiction by Sylvia Nasar

The life of the late John Nash (1928-2015) is a vivid example of the transformation of rumor into world legend. There was a time in Princeton University people, who did not know his undertaking during his youth, called him ‘Phantom of the Fine Hall’. Died last May in a car accident with his beloved wife, Alicia Larde, whom he met while was in MIT, his existence has inspired many. It is easy to understand and follow the rise and fall of a businessman. But, it is difficult to comprehend and appreciate the rise and fall of a genius. Nash, who had spiraled into schizophrenia in 1950s, sparks controversy when Nobel committee refuses to grant him the prize. It takes 45 years for him to Read more

Antifragile

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Antifragile: A non-fiction by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Recent technological findings have created pseudo-reality to some extent. Since people use instinct and common sense less, and put emphasize on statistics and or plain fact, the world today has become more uncertain and through Antifragile Nassim Nicholas Taleb provides solution and explanations on how to thrive in an uncertain world like today.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb never stops promoting intriguing but captivating thought. In his previous book, The Black Swan, for example, heshows that highly improbable and unpredictable events underlie almost everything about our world. Taleb shows that we love making illusions either by making predictions Read more

Chemical Process Control

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Chemical Process Control: A chemical engineering textbook by George Stephanopoulos

My first interaction with Chemical Process Control written by George Stephanopoulos occurred on my 3rd year in college. And I was impressed, up to now. Stephanopoulos is so eloquent that I got crystal-clear understanding about what control system is and chemical engineering in general. I had compared it with other books on the same subject, still I consider his Chemical Process Control the best of all. I’m sure this book is still among those which contain relevant information.

I think beginners will find Stephanopoulos’ process control useful; not only on the topic of process control, but also the realm of chemical eng Read more