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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

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The Weather Experiment: The Pioneers Who Sought to See the Future
Peter Moore
Progress: 255/416 pages
Basics of Plasma Astrophysics
Claudio Chiuderi, Marco Velli
Progress: 58/250 pages
Ursula K. Le Guin: The Complete Orsinia: Malafrena / Stories and Songs (The Library of America)
Brian Attebery, Ursula K. Le Guin
Progress: 415/700 pages
A Student's Guide to Lagrangians and Hamiltonians
Patrick Hamill
Progress: 7/180 pages
Complete Poems, 1904-1962
E.E. Cummings
Progress: 113/1102 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
Gravitation (Physics Series)
Kip Thorne;Kip S. Thorne;Charles W. Misner;John Archibald Wheeler;John Wheeler
Progress: 48/1215 pages
I Am a Cat
Graeme Wilson, Aiko Ito, Sōseki Natsume
Progress: 357/638 pages
The Complete Novels of Jane Austen
Jane Austen
Progress: 651/1220 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 255 out of 416 pages.

The Weather Experiment: The Pioneers Who Sought to See the Future - Peter Moore

FitzRoy creates the first storm warning system and flips his lid when Origin of Species is published. Meanwhile, balloons are starting to be used for atmospheric research.

Reading progress update: I've read 415 out of 700 pages.

Ursula K. Le Guin: The Complete Orsinia: Malafrena / Stories and Songs (The Library of America) - Brian Attebery, Ursula K. Le Guin

In this story the protagonists read a novel written by a character in another Le Guin novel who's protagonist is a fictionalised version of another character in that real novel. Got that?

Collected Plays for Children - Ted Hughes

The Tiger's Bones

 

A bizarrely political tale that takes a side-swipe at Colonial-industrial exploitation of less developed nations in passing. A hubristic scientist is astonishingly idiotic - and not, in my opinion, an accurate stereotype except in terms of egotism. Deeply sceptical of science and engineering at the same time as taking advantage of both in order to produce mass market copies of the book itself...

Reading progress update: I've read 199 out of 416 pages.

The Weather Experiment: The Pioneers Who Sought to See the Future - Peter Moore Glaisher shakes up meteorology by founding the Meteorological Society, standardising instrumentation and reporting, creating the first newspaper weather reports and producing the first synoptic charts of recent weather.

Reading progress update: I've read 27 out of 144 pages.

Collected Plays for Children - Ted Hughes

The Coming of the Kings

 

The Nativity, Ted Hughes style! (An interesting choice since he wasn't Christian, or formally religious at all.) Ever wondered what the innkeepers thought about events in Bethlehem that night? Read here to find out. Try to ignore the dumb mistake where they decide to cook a pig...

Reading progress update: I've read 212 out of 1327 pages.

The Riverside Chaucer - Geoffrey Chaucer

The Prioress's Tale


A short and simple story that fits into the Lives of Martyrs and Miracle of the Virgin genres. Hits just about every negative stereotype about Jewish people in less than four pages, using Jews as boogeymen in similar fashion to the way Islam/Muslims often are in Romances of the period.

Reading progress update: I've read 138 out of 144 pages.

Collected Plays for Children - Ted Hughes

The Pig Organ

 

A bizarre opera about musical pigs and love across the class divide!

Reading progress update: I've read 386 out of 700 pages.

Ursula K. Le Guin: The Complete Orsinia: Malafrena / Stories and Songs (The Library of America) - Brian Attebery, Ursula K. Le Guin

Ile Forest: A "family secret" story, 1920. It doesn't really tell you anything about the history of Orsinia but it's a good story.

Reading progress update: I've read 371 out of 700 pages.

Ursula K. Le Guin: The Complete Orsinia: Malafrena / Stories and Songs (The Library of America) - Brian Attebery, Ursula K. Le Guin

From 1960 to 1150 and a much more interesting story of the clash between Paganism and Christianity in Europe.

Reading progress update: I've read 169 out of 416 pages.

The Weather Experiment: The Pioneers Who Sought to See the Future - Peter Moore

The only point of the lengthy sections on semaphore and the electrical telegraph seems to be that they afforded the means to transmit data from disparate locations for use in forecasts and then to distribute the forecasts themselves.

Nonlinear Time Series Analysis, Holger Kantz and Thomas Schreiber

Nonlinear Time Series Analysis - Thomas Schreiber, Holger Kantz

This book makes an excellent attempt to clearly explain a topic that is conceptually difficult, mathematically obscure (and potentially difficult...) and fraught with pitfalls that have trapped many, many unwary but enthusiastic scientists. The early chapters build on each other logically and provide a usable entry into the field and its practicalities. The later "advanced topics" represent a significant jump in difficulty, requiring a wide range of mathematical techniques that are assumed rather than explained, and are really only a good jumping off point into the wider literature on some really esoteric subjects...

Reading progress update: I've read 109 out of 144 pages.

Collected Plays for Children - Ted Hughes

Orpheus


This version of the tale of Orpheus and Eurydice does not have the Classical ending!

Reading progress update: I've read 360 out of 700 pages.

Ursula K. Le Guin: The Complete Orsinia: Malafrena / Stories and Songs (The Library of America) - Brian Attebery, Ursula K. Le Guin

Episodes from the imagined history of an imagined central European state. The first story is set in 1960 and we appear to be behind the Iron Curtain.

Reading progress update: I've read 93 out of 144 pages.

Collected Poems For Children - Ted Hughes

Sean, the Fool, the Devil and the Cats
Never forget the Devil's Cat!

Reading progress update: I've read 141 out of 416 pages.

The Weather Experiment: The Pioneers Who Sought to See the Future - Peter Moore

Espy explains cloud formation by thermal updraft. He concludes that storm winds should therefore point radially towards the eye instead of rotating round it, in order to fill in the low pressure there. He is wrong on this point in terms of observational fact. Redfield is already groping towards the solution of the contradiction, thinking that storm rotation has to do with Earth's rotation. Reid observes that storms rotate opposite ways in the northern and southern hemispheres. The missing concept is the Coriolis Effect.

Reading progress update: I've read 51 out of 160 pages.

The Earliest English Poems - Michael     Alexander, Various Extracts from Beowulf.