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Choices: Introduction to Decision Theory
Choices: Introduction to Decision Theory
von Michael D. Resnik
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 20,99

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A surprising book, 24. Juli 2000
I have to admit, this wasn't a book I thought I'd read, but I came across it in a college library, glanced through it and ultimately later decided to buy and read it. I was surprised at the odd ways that decisions are made by everyday people, and the misconceptions upon which those decisions are made. Once explained, the reality of some premises was quite clear, and I could even see where I myself had been led astray in my own decision making on more than one occasion. This is a clearly written work that even the average reader will understand and appreciate.


Ice Ages: Solving the Mystery
Ice Ages: Solving the Mystery
von John Imbrie
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 30,99

5.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting Book, 21. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Ice Ages: Solving the Mystery (Taschenbuch)
I found this a well written account of the subject. The authors include an extensive history of the intellectual development of the concept as well as scientific documentation of the cyclical nature of ice ages. This would be a good book to read along with The Ice Finders, which is a somewhat more intimate account of the early research on ice ages.


Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge
Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge
von Edward O. Wilson
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 15,99

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Incredible book, 20. Juli 2000
I was steered to this volume by two online friends who are also avid bibliophiles with very ecclectic interests, Roger McEvilly and Stephen Smith. Both were impressed with what Wilson had to say, and I have to agree with them. Consilience is a very densely packed work. The author covers at least in brief topics as diverse as French philosophers to recent advances in brain/mind science. He has included something of almost every conceivable interest which will leave nearly every reader feeling a degree of connectedness with the material. There are also topics in abundance for the curious to research and also the sources to further that personal investigation. I found myself as happily buried in the information in the author's end-volume footnotes as in the text itself! Here I found several sources, both in journals as well as books, in which to do future study--not that with friends like Roger and Stephen I will ever lack for titles to read! While I can believe that the social sciences and the physical sciences might acheive what Wilson calls consilience, I'm not certain that I agree with him that the arts will do so. Certainly the various branches of the physical sciences are already beginning to do so with very fruitful results. An interesting read, but plan on spending a fair amount of time in reflection!


Vital Dust: The Origin And Evolution Of Life On Earth
Vital Dust: The Origin And Evolution Of Life On Earth
von Christian De Duve
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 14,99

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A thorough study, 5. Juli 2000
I enjoyed this book, but it was a little more difficult than a more general text on the subject. A volume like Rare Earth seemed a little more accessible to the average reader, but DeDuve's book certainly covers a lot of ground and does so thoroughly.


Aztecs: Reign of Blood and Splendor: Reign of Blood and Splendour (Lost Civilization (Time Life))
Aztecs: Reign of Blood and Splendor: Reign of Blood and Splendour (Lost Civilization (Time Life))
von Dale M. Brown
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Aztecs, 5. Juli 2000
I wanted to read a general book on the Aztecs to round out some of my knowledged of Middle and South American Civilizations. This was a colorful though very general book on the subject, typical of other Time-Life books on selected topics. Wonderfully illustrated and with an extensive bibliography full of material for further investigation, it makes an adequate starting point for further research. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in the topic, in anthropology, or in Mexico.


Images of the Past
Images of the Past
von T. Douglas Price
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful book, 5. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Images of the Past (Taschenbuch)
This is a wonderful book on archaeology from a world wide perspective. Techniques and time periods are well illustrated with examples taken from work done all over the world. Some of the most famous archeological sites are discussed: Olduvai, Zhoukoudien, Sanidar Cave, Jericho, Cahokia, Teotihuacan, Tikal, Moche, Cuzco, Uruk, Giza, An-Yang, Great Zimbabwe, Knossos, and others possibly more familiar to those with other areas of archaeological interest. This would make a lovely addition to the library of those who have more specialized interests but who want to know more about other areas or who enjoy learning new things about archaeology itself. It's definitely a book I'll re-read, and I don't generally do that.


Zapotec Civilization: How Urban Society Evolved: How Urban Society Evolved in Mexico's Oaxaca Valley (New Aspects of Antiquity)
Zapotec Civilization: How Urban Society Evolved: How Urban Society Evolved in Mexico's Oaxaca Valley (New Aspects of Antiquity)
von Joyce Marcus
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful book, 5. Juli 2000
I really, really, really liked this book. If I could have given it 6 stars I probably would have! The authors of Zapotec Civilization have covered the field nicely for this small segment of the perhistoric Middle American world and have set it clearly amidst the other contemporary cultures of the region, most notably that at Teotihuacan. Kent Flannery is one of THE names in the field of Middle American anthropology and archaeology and the quality of the volume shows why. I am less knowledgeable about Ms Marcus, although the vita provided by the book itself suggests an impressive intellectual treasure here as well. I enjoyed the volume enough to keep it to read another time. A rare kudo, believe me.


Emergence of Agriculture ("Scientific American" Library)
Emergence of Agriculture ("Scientific American" Library)
von Bruce D. Smith
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting account of the origins, 5. Juli 2000
The book was a little slow going. The topic is probably not noted for its exciting appeal. I did enjoy the new information that it provided. The concept of an almost natural change from wild harvested to domesticated cultigen by virtue of an interface of plant and human needs rather than by conscious efforts on the part of the harvester was interesting. It almost made the process seem inevitable. The information regarding wild plant ancestors of modern domestics, the likely site of origin for and the path of spread of these plants were also interesting. For some reason I found the domestication process of animals somewhat less so. Overall I think the book would be best used as a resource for information rather than an afternoon read.


The Practical Geologist: The Introductory Guide to the Basics of Geology and to Collecting and Identifying Rocks
The Practical Geologist: The Introductory Guide to the Basics of Geology and to Collecting and Identifying Rocks
von Dougal Dixon
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Preis: EUR 16,99

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Nice book for the beginner, 5. Juli 2000
I have the habit of buying anything with geology, paleontology, history, etc. in the title, sometimes without thought to where I'm at with my knowledge base. This was one of those times! The book is a lovely, well illustrated, practical guide to geology for the beginner. Much of what the authors dedicate a single paragraph or page to I have had whole courses in already, so needless to say, I was not quite as enthused over the material as a new comer to the field might be. Certainly for the beginner, especially the Junior High natural science enthusiast, this would be a wonderful gift. It might even make a good text for a high school natual science course, as it covers considerable information on the earth sciences. I plan on giving my copy to a close friend with children interested in these subjects.


Beyond Death: The Chinchorro Mummies of Ancient Chile: Chincorro Mummies of Ancient Chile
Beyond Death: The Chinchorro Mummies of Ancient Chile: Chincorro Mummies of Ancient Chile
von Bernardo T. Arriaza
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Mummies, 5. Juli 2000
I have to admit to a fascination with mummies that dates to when I first saw one at the Chicago museum as a child. I remember purchasing a slender volume at that time about mummies and their preparation, making myself a young "expert" on the subject. Over the years I have had the opportunity to see and read about other types of mummiform bodies including the wonderful collection of pharonic aristocracy at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo and the Inca collection in Lima, Peru. I've read with interest the discovery of the Chalcolithic Tyrolean mummy, Otzi the Iceman, of Jaunita and her "siblings" abandoned on the peaks of the Andes, and of the Tarium mummies of the China deserts. The Chinchorro mummies of Chile are an even earlier group of preserved human remains with which I was only vaguely familiar by virtue of a mention of them on an educational program on TV. Arriaza's book elaborates on the subject in considerable detail. It discusses their accidental discovery, their place in the history of South America, the methods of their creation, and of considerable interest to me as a nurse, their health as a population. In particular I learned that naturally occuring arsenic may have seriously affected the health of the people of the area. I had recently read of efforts made decades ago to improve the safety of water in India that had inadvertently gone awry, subjecting the population using the wells created to provide biotically pure water to increased levels of arsenic from ground water. Issues of public health are of interest to me and both of these and the possible introduction of lead into the Roman water system by it's efforts to improve public access to water are similar.


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