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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

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Basics of Plasma Astrophysics
Claudio Chiuderi, Marco Velli
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Melanie Windridge
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Patrick Hamill
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She Stoops to Conquer and Other Comedies (Oxford World's Classics)
Henry Fielding, David Garrick, Oliver Goldsmith
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Gravitation (Physics Series)
Kip Thorne;Kip S. Thorne;Charles W. Misner;John Archibald Wheeler;John Wheeler
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The Complete Novels of Jane Austen
Jane Austen
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The Dripping Faucet As A Model Chaotic System, Robert Shaw

The Dripping Faucet As A Model Chaotic System - Robert    Shaw

This is a delightful introduction to applied chaos theory and information theory, written by a physicist for other physicists. I found it very accessible, unlike my previous encounters with information theory which were entirely impenetrable.


It's something of a classic, apparently, and I can see why. Not only is it well thought out, planned and executed, there are some delightful turns of phrase, too. How often can you say that about something the author repeatedly refers to as a "paper"? (It's 111p of main text plus appendices...) It is also charmingly set in some ancient mechanical type-writer font with all the equations requiring Greek or integral signs hand-written in before going to press. It's both a shame and a testament to its usefulness that my copy is beaten up and verging on falling apart...