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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Physics for Game Developers
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: David M. Bourg
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Rather disappoints on the physics, lots of examples.


It would probably not be impossible to learn the physics you need for your game simulation from this book, but it would be difficult. The presentation often lacks much physical insight. This may be intentional as to make the book read easier to a non-specialist, but I think it is a mistake.
As an example, the simple trajectory problem, launch a particle in constant acceleration with no friction, is presented here as four separate problems; launch a particle with target at same height, launch a particle with target higher, launch a particle with target lower and launch a particle horizontally with target lower. No physicist would approach the problem this way, it is absolutely trivial to present them all as the same problem with the same general solution.
Occasionally the book lapses with just outright errors. The most serious so far I've seen is the cylinder rolling down a plane without slipping is solved by assuming the frictional force is the static coefficient of friction times the normal force. In fact, the force can be any amount less then this. As a result the solution given has the funny property that it will roll up the plane for small angles.
The book isn't all bad, and may well serve it's primary purpose, which I assume, is to give a litany of examples that game developers may paste into their games. It certainly has lots of examples, and most are correct physics, still, perhaps with my bias as a physics professor, I was hoping for a bit more physical insight into the problems.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCIE Routing and Switching Exam Certification Guide
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: A. Anthony Bruno, Anthony Bruno
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
3 1/2 Stars - needs a few updates.


Having been working with Cisco and networking over the past several years I found the exams to quite challenging and very tough. Having worked with 2 CCIE's over the past couple years the CCIE exam would have to be the toughest exam of all, this training guide maybe a bright light at the end of the tunnel.

What the author does in this book is create a prep guide of 70 plus pages for the written exam. His understanding of what it takes to pass the exam is what makes this book one of the best I have seen on the market today.

To ensure you best shot at passing the exam each chapter has both a pre and post assessment test. Also the book has you working with over 15 scenarios and judging from the content it would appear that the scenarios were taken from real life situations.

Covering the topics like the OSI model, number conversions, RIP, IGRP, EIRGP, OSPF, VLANs, BGP, MPLS, IS-IS, firewalls and NAT to name a few, you are given router screen shots and step by step instructions to help your learning experience.

There is also a cd included with over 200 practice questions, so overall you have a very good tool. With a few grammar errors that need fixing this book should provide a great of help either for the exam or for the real world.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Operating System Concepts
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Abraham Silberschatz, Greg Gagne, Peter Baer Galvin
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Clear, but can be more


I recommend the book to the CS students who start to learn about OS and want to learn the basic concepts.
It's the desired book of my professor when I take my first OS course. It's clear and u can understand what an OS looks like by reading it.
However, it can't tell u y the OS comes like this. Or i should say that it's not detailed enough. If u just want to understand the concepts, it's a great book. But if u want to know more, take it as one of ur reference book and buy another one called: Operating Systems: Internals and Design Principles by William Stallings.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins Of The Internet
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Authors: Katie Hafner
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Nicely captures the moods of the players and of the times.


This is a very nicely written book. what I especially liked was its choice of the details. The authors are able to choose and stress the important events and link them in a very meaningful and coherent way. Reader never looses the story inspite of its complexity and always feels involved. Great for non-techies and techies alike. Enjoy!