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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Cascading Style Sheets 2.0 Programmer's Reference
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Eric A. Meyer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A truly complete reference of CSS.


This is a wonderfully organized reference of CSS. It covers every aspect of CSS. There are both short and clear explanations and examples for every feature, so even if you not familiar with the specific feature about which you are reading, The feature details would tell you in short: what it does, how it does it, and where, when and how you can and should use it.The indexs of the book would direct you to the feature you are looking for in a few seconds at most !As I already said, it is a great reference and now an indespensible tool for my web development work.I recommend it to anyone with even a little experience in CSS, that takes web development seriously.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Graphic Java 2, Volume 2: Swing (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: David Geary
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book, a must for all Java UI developers.


If you use Swing to develop your Java UI's, and who doesn't, unless maybe you're developing an applet, you must get this book. I have several books dedicated to using JFC and none compare to this one. When you need detailed answers as to how or why Swing controls behave as they do you can rely on getting the correct answer from this book. You may read the first couple of chapters then I recommend using the book as a reference. Read what you need as you need it. This is a huge book, 1600+ pages, dense with information and code samples. I refer to this book often. I give this one a strongly recommended. I hope this helps :)



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
Mandatory reading


It's a classic book and it's becoming old. I've read it when I'm in High Scholl. After 20 years it is amazingly refreshing. But I think that some parts is becoming outdated ( However, a classic book never loses its charm). Being an unsual work, between Knuth's "The Art of Computer Programming" and Carl Sagan's "Broca's Brain", it's somewhat difficult to read. Written in a pre-internet (as we use today), it loses some appeal for the young ones ( except for the gifted ones). I hope that Mr. Hofstadter has some plans to update and refresh with new format, new insights and appeal to the young ones.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Authors: Richard Phillips Feynman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
insights only a genius can provide


Enigma - this term best describes QED, the notoriously non-intuitive basis of fundamental physics. But 'enigma" equally applies to this book, QED. Why is it so popular? Four lectures on quantum electrodynamics? Why would anyone, other than a physicist, rave about such a book?
Feynman cautions the audience that they may not understand what he will be saying. Not because of technical difficulty, but because they may be unable to believe it, unable to accept what he is saying. "The theory of quantum electrodynamics describes Nature as absurd from the point of view of common sense. And it fully agrees with experiment. So I hope you can accept Nature as She is - absurd."
I long had this problem. I wanted to understand why, in addition to how nature works. I wanted some philosophical understanding, some underlying meaning. I have come to accept that the fundamental laws (rules, behavior, whatever) of physics are not intuitive, but are incomprehensible in terms of common sense.
To appreciate Feynman's QED lectures, you must have patience, some commitment (its not really difficult), but more than anything else you need a willingness to set aside disbelief and simply listen to a physicist talk about quantum electrodynamics. A willingness to accept that nature refuses to be understood. Analyzed, dissected, mathematically described (in a probabilistic sense), but not fundamentally understood. QED.
I am largely unsatisfied by books for laymen on quantum physics, string theory, cosmology, and the like. My background includes some physics and I find that a bit of mathematics is more helpful than a great many analogies, no matter how cleverly constructed. QED should have been disappointing. But I gave it five stars.
Feynman did not rely on analogies. He talks physics and experiments. Feynman had a wonderful clarity of thought, an ability to explain advanced physics, and all with a sense of humor. No math symbols, no complex numbers, no matrices, no wave mechanics, no advanced probability analysis - just simple addition of little arrows that shrink and turn.
Feynman was unpredictable. He saw the world in unexpected ways. In a footnote he mentions that Heisenberg's uncertainty principle is really no longer a necessary construct. "If you can get rid of all the old-fashioned ideas and instead use the ideas that I am explaining in these lectures - adding arrows for all the ways an event can happen - there is no need for an uncertainty principle." Heisenberg relegated to a footnote!
The casual reader may find some short sections a bit strenuous, particularly some of the more involved manipulations of arrows, but stay with it. As Feynman points out in the preface, these lectures represent physics accurately without distortions for simplicity. Nothing would need to be unlearned if you later majored in physics. Think about it. QED may lead you down a path heretofore not taken.