An Instant Guide to Small Pets

3 out of 5 stars

Instant Guide to Small Pets by Cecilia Fitzsimons  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.

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The Mayflower: A History from Beginning to End

3 stars out of 5

Mayflower: A History From Beginning to End  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.

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

4 out of 5 stars

Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott  Tip: *Read the illustrated version. The text refers to the pictures as means of explaining the overall story. If you read the text only version, you will be robbed of the full experience of this wonderful book.

Prior to Reading: This book is fantastic if you understand that it is a satire of Victorian England’s class system. It is also important to understand that this book is a metaphor for higher dimensions which is an extremely important topic in both physics and mathematics.

Pro: The book,”Flatland”, does a terrific job explaining how difficult it is for people to comprehend higher dimensions as most of us have no real concept of dimensions higher than our own. This is a great book for people who want to read something quickly and understand more about both lower and higher dimensions.

Con: If you don’t know anything about different dimensions, this book may seem like utter nonsense. If you don’t know anything about Victorian England’s class system, then, you will not catch and enjoy all of the indirect references to it. 

 

Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimension

4 stars out of 5

  Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimension  This book, as the name might imply, discusses different dimensions such as the 10th and the 26th dimension. Michio Kaku refers to another book called “Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions” in order to coherently explain why higher dimensions can simplify the laws of physics rather than complicating them. 

Pro: This book is great for people who want to learn more about higher dimensions and how it might affect future civilizations as we go from what we currently are a Type 0 civilization to what we potentially could be which would be a Type III civilization.

Con: Unfortunately, a lot of what he talks about cannot be proven in the lab. We simply do not have the technology or know how to show experimental evidence for higher dimensions. The author knows this but is still rather fascinated by the idea that there might be.

 

 

Cracking the SAT Biology E/M Subject Test, 15th edition

5 out of 5 stars

Cracking the SAT Biology E/M Subject Test, 15th Edition  Pro: This book will definitely help prepare you for the SAT Biology exam. Before reading it, though, choose if you want to study molecular biology or ecology first. This will save you an immense amount of time. The book covered practically everything that was on the exam. I would recommend this book to someone studying for either of the two versions of the exam.

Con: It would have been better if there were more scenario-based facts and questions. Most of the exam was scenario-based. When I took the exam, I did not feel prepared for those type of questions.

Beyond Einstein

5 stars out of 5

Beyond Einstein: The Cosmic Quest for the Theory of the Universe  Pro: Readers can learn about different types of elementary particles such as the different types of quarks and leptons. In this book, I learned that there were up, down, strange, charm, top, and bottom quarks that were not all part of the same family. Page 110 shows a chart with up and down quarks in the electron family, the strange and charm quarks in the muon family, and the top and bottom quarks in the tau family. Michio’s book talks about supersymmetry, string theory, and the grand unified theory or GUT.

Con: Some readers familiar with particle physics may find that this book is unsatisfying. Others may note that this book is one of Michio’s earlier efforts in writing. Meaning his writing skills may not be as great as they are today. Personally, I really enjoyed the book, especially since I learned from it.