2 out of 5 stars
The main premise of this book is that everyone is capable of learning mathematics.
Pros: This book is intended for a general audience which makes it an easy read. This book can be good for people who believe they are not “math people” and could potentially help them.
Cons: Parts of this book gets away from mathematical thinking and goes into linguistic evolution which I believe takes away from the main points in the book. The author tends to repeat himself often and gets lost supporting his ideas. This book is mainly an argument on why everyone is a math person. So, if you are looking mainly for an informative book about genes or how to think like a mathematician, this isn’t for you.
4 stars out of 5
This book contains short stories about Richard Feynman’s life.
Pro: There are a plethora of great stories including him working on the Manhattan project, breaking into safes, playing a Brazilian instrument called a frigideira, and winning a Nobel Prize in physics. He talks about his travels, people he met, and how he solved different challenging problems. By reading this book, you will understand how his curiosity both led to some great discoveries and also put him in several pickles.
Con: Some may not like all of his anecdotes. This book is more for people who want to learn about his life rather than learn about physics. He does talk about physics, but he does not get technical about it at all which depending on what you’re looking for could be a positive or negative thing.
3 stars out of 5
This book covers some attractions of Berlin and goes over some of the histories of it, as well.
Pro: It makes for a great quick read about different places you could visit and explores some of the more memorable parts of Berlin such as the disappearing Berlin Wall. There are a bunch of great photos, and the authors are very positive about the city as they show it off. In the back of the book, there is a very brief timeline of Berlin from 8,000 B.C. to 1995 for you to enjoy.
Con: When reading it for information rather than a trip around the city, I found it rather boring. This book is more of a coffee table read which could be a positive thing depending on what you are looking for.
3 out of 5 stars
This book, “An Instant Guide to Small Pets: A complete guide to the wide range of small pets, from the most common to the exotic, described and illustrated in full color”, is by Cecilia Fitzsimons. It goes over some of the more common pets that are kept such as dogs, cats, birds, and some more exotic pets like snakes for instance.
Pro: It is very well put together as far as the general outline of the book. It is reader friendly and has some nice illustrations within it. It is a great beginner book if you are wanting to learn a little bit more about the origin of a pet, what to feed it, and how to take care of it.
Con: This book is a very brief reference book. It is not meant to be an in-depth book. I personally didn’t get a whole lot out of it.
3 stars out of 5
Pro: This book is around 53 pages long, so, it is a quick read. It contains brief information on the Puritans and Pilgrims. For the most part, the book celebrates how brave the passengers on the Mayflower were when they adventured out to sea and arrived at their destination. Although, of course, not all of them made it alive.
Con: This book is far too short to really explain religious differences of the passengers or to go into any if not some fine details on the main topic at hand. Some of the facts given in this book also does not match any history book I have read thus far which makes me conclude that the author may have reinterpreted some of the details. I did like this book, but I would not recommend this book as it lacks a lot of significant information.