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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

Currently reading

Life and Letters of Charles Darwin - Volume 1: By Charles Darwin - Illustrated
Charles Darwin
Progress: 176/346 pages
Ursula K. Le Guin: The Complete Orsinia: Malafrena / Stories and Songs (The Library of America)
Brian Attebery, Ursula K. Le Guin
Progress: 359/700 pages
Plasma physics
R.A. Cairns
Progress: 166/244 pages
Selected Short Stories - Conrad (Wordsworth Classics)
Keith Carabine, Joseph Conrad
Progress: 180/272 pages
A Student's Guide to Lagrangians and Hamiltonians
Patrick Hamill
Progress: 7/180 pages
Complete Poems, 1904-1962
E.E. Cummings
Progress: 108/1102 pages
The Complete Plays and Poems
E.D. Pendry, J.C. Maxwell, Christopher Marlowe
She Stoops to Conquer and Other Comedies (Oxford World's Classics)
Henry Fielding, David Garrick, Oliver Goldsmith
Progress: 76/448 pages
Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being
Ted Hughes
Progress: 511/517 pages
Gravitation (Physics Series)
Kip Thorne;Kip S. Thorne;Charles W. Misner;John Archibald Wheeler;John Wheeler
Progress: 48/1215 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 166 out of 244 pages.

Plasma physics - R.A. Cairns

The final chapter is on applications. This means fusion reactors and "space physics"; what he really means is naturally occurring plasmas, which, since they constitute ~99% of "normal" matter, makes them of great scientific interest.

Reading progress update: I've read 25 out of 42 pages.

The Feynman Lectures on Physics Vol 2: Mainly Electomagnetism & Matter - Matthew L. Sands, Robert B. Leighton, Richard P. Feynman The fact that classical electrodynamics did not need to be modified because of the advent of Special Relativity where-as Newtonian Mechanics did is fascinating. Feynman casually introduces tensors without bothering to tell you what they are until after the event - much like my school maths teacher explaining differentiation before telling us it what we were doing was known as Calculus.

Reading progress update: I've read 160 out of 244 pages.

Plasma physics - R.A. Cairns

A brief excursion into the realms of plasma instrumentation - exactly how does one measure what the density, temperature or electromagnetic field is in a plasma? Fairly superficial coverage but better than nothing.

Reading progress update: I've read 248 out of 400 pages.

The Burglar in the Library - Lawrence Block

Whodunnit? Bernie thinks he knows but won't tell anyone!

Reading progress update: I've read 192 out of 414 pages.

The Poems of the Pearl Manuscript: Pearl, Cleanness, Patience, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: - Ronald Waldron, Unknown

Jonah can't hide; God stirs up a storm!
Once again the Pearl Poet demonstrates great powers of description.

Reading progress update: I've read 124 out of 400 pages.

The Burglar in the Library - Lawrence Block

An inordinate amount of time and dialogue spent setting up Bernie's English Country House Mystery...

Reading progress update: I've read 176 out of 346 pages.

Life and Letters of Charles Darwin - Volume 1: By Charles Darwin - Illustrated - Charles Darwin

Religion; this debate doesn't seem to have changed at all between then and now.

Reading progress update: I've read 30 out of 400 pages.

The Burglar in the Library - Lawrence Block

Bernie has a cat, now!

The Burglar who Studied Spinoza, Lawrence Block

The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza - Lawrence Block

So I just picked up all the Burglar Books the 2nd hand bookshop in Fredericton had, which was the first and two other random members of the series. Circumstances have changed a bit between the first book and this; the supporting cast is completely different apart from Ray the corrupt cop, Bernie runs a 2nd hand bookshop of his own (a money-losing business) and seems to be less sexist. On the other hand he still burgles and still ends up having to solve a murder...

 

Bernie's adventures are still amusing but in this example are also a bit confusing...how did not end up arrested, again?

Reading progress update: I've read 1139 out of 1344 pages.

The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare) - William Shakespeare, John Jowett, Gary Taylor

Time comes along and eats up 16 years in less than a minute!

Reading progress update: I've read 511 out of 517 pages.

Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being - Ted Hughes

Almost there - which is a relief!

Reading progress update: I've read 24 out of 42 pages.

The Feynman Lectures on Physics Vol 2: Mainly Electomagnetism & Matter - Matthew L. Sands, Robert B. Leighton, Richard P. Feynman

And so I skip circuit theory, transmission lines and waveguides to move on to electromagnetism fromthe perspective of special relativity.

Reading progress update: I've read 20 out of 42 pages.

The Feynman Lectures on Physics Vol 2: Mainly Electomagnetism & Matter - Matthew L. Sands, Robert B. Leighton, Richard P. Feynman

A random aside on "scientific imagination."

Reading progress update: I've read 95 out of 244 pages.

Plasma physics - R.A. Cairns There was an interesting section on energy transport in plasma waves which feels like it ought to be practically useful but I can't actually think of an application...cogitation needed.

Reading progress update: I've read 180 out of 272 pages.

Selected Short Stories - Conrad (Wordsworth Classics) - Keith Carabine, Joseph Conrad

Il Conde.
Another mysterious character introduced at the dinner table.

Reading progress update: I've read 106 out of 320 pages.

The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza - Lawrence Block

Well, well! Rhodenbarr commits a burglary and ends up involved in a murder investigation - again! One has to ignore the preposterousness in order to enjoy these.