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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Access 2000 Bible
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Cary N. Prague, Michael R. Irwin
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Thought the book was comprehensive and detailed

This is my fourth full-length book on Access and the first that covered forms and reports completely. It used a great example that built from chapter to chapter. I was impressed with the detailed example and free software on the CD. The Check Writer worked fine for me, I simply had to change the printer to my network printer.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Publisher: Basic Books
Authors: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A shower of sparks

This book surely is a must-read for computer science students, especially undergraduates. GEB explains the most important research topic in 20th century mathematics - "self-reference." The explanation is succinct and his writing style is very attractive. I think the value of this book should be evaluated on his `theory of intelligence' based on self-reference, but the popularity of this book seems to stem from the fact that it explains the abstruse topic "self-reference" understandably. But be warned. If you are reading this book just for the understanding of Goedel's theorems or computabilty thoery (just as I once was) and you are a CS graduate, I'd like to recommend that you should read more rigorous mathematics books, such as Kleene's or Barwise's logic book, rather than this "general science" book. GEB does not give us a full or rigorous understanding of the subject just like Steven Hawking's "History of Time" does not give us a rigorous understanding of the theory of relativity.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: John L. Hennessy, David A. Patterson, David Goldberg
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
good for calculations

But not so for coverage of computer architecture as a subject.Has good chapters on memory organization.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: How the Internet Works, Seventh Edition
Publisher: Que
Authors: Preston Gralla
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great for beginners

If you're trying to explain basic concepts about how the Internet works to newbies, this book will be your best friend. The illustrations make it very easy to understand in no time at all.