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Brief Book Review: The Imjin War: Japan’s Sixteenth-Century Invasion of Korea and Attempt to Conquer China by Samuel Hawley

Pros: All aspects of the entire war were covered. Background information about the protagonists, Korea, Japan, China, put the war in historical context. Complicated political maneuvering of all three combatants were described well. Cons: The author is a journalist. At … Continue reading

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Thousands of early English books released online to public by Bodleian Libraries and partners

‘More than 25,000 early English texts from 1473-1700 have been released online to members of the public as part of a collaborative initiative led by the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries and the University of Michigan Library. From Shakespeare and … Continue reading

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Brief Book Review of The Gap: The Science of What Separates Us from Other Animals by Thomas Suddendorf

I dislike writing book reviews but I enjoyed reading The Gap: The Science of What Separates Us from Other Animals, written by Thomas Suddendorf, sufficiently to motivate me to write a short review. From the book description: ‘There exists an … Continue reading

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Free Book: Neuronal Dynamics: From single neurons to networks and models of cognition

An online version of Neuronal Dynamics: From single neurons to networks and models of cognition by Wulfram Gerstner, Werner M. Kistler, Richard Naud and Liam Paninski is available for free. From the website: ‘What happens in our brain when we … Continue reading

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English Translations of Ancient Greek Plays

I stumbled upon two sites with English translations of ancient Greek plays: Bacchicstage Poetry in Translation

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Inside Interesting Integrals by Paul Nahin

Nahin, a prolific writer of popular and semi-poplular books on math and engineering, authored Inside Interesting Integrals which was published a couple of weeks ago. The book is a collection of methods for finding closed form solutions of definite integrals, … Continue reading

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A Plea to All Authors: Please Self Publish

There are few aspects of modern life that I find more frustrating than finding an interesting book on an academic topic that is priced outrageously. An example is The Fed at One Hundred: A Critical View on the Federal Reserve … Continue reading

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