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Book Review – Cometography, A Catalog of Comets, Volume 6 – 1983-1993

Authors: Gary Kronk, Maik Meyer, and David Seargent Publisher:  Cambridge University Press – 845 pages Book Review by: Nano Khilnani Cometography is a multi-volume catalog of every comet observed from ancient times up to the 1990s, when the Internet took off as a medium of scientific record. The authors of the volumes of Cometography use the most reliable orbits known to determine the distances from the Earth and the Sun at the time of discovery and last observation. They also measure and record the largest and smallest angular distance to the Sun, most northerly and southerly declination, closest distance...

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Book Review – The Continental Drift Controversy, a 4-Volume Book

Author: Henry R. Frankel, PhD Publisher:  Cambridge University Press – 2,280 pages total Book Review by: Nano Khilnani Millions of years ago, there was a single continent on Earth known as Pangaea, consisting of several continents as we know them today (see image). Over many millennia, the continents drifted apart. There were several explanations for such a drift. These were presented and backed up with research undertaken during the decades of the 1920s up to the 1960s. This book of four volumes discusses the various explanations presented, along with the scientific research that backed them up. We present below...

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Book Review – Handbook of Bioelectronics

Editors: Sandro Carrara and Krysztof Iniewski Publisher:  Cambridge University Press – 577 pages Book Review by: Nano Khilnani The simplest meaning of bioelectronics is the relationship between biology and electronics. It is a means of using electronics to measure various data relating to a living body – human or  animal. The applications of electronics in biology, particularly in human anatomy and physiology so are numerous and varied, as you will learn just by reading the outline below of the book’s contents, much less than this book itself, are mind-boggling. This book was published in 2015, and it reveals interesting...

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Book Review – Quantum Field Theory for Economics and Finance

Editor: Belal Ehsaan Baauie Publisher:  Cambridge University Press – 690 pages Book Review by: Nano Khilnani In his Synopsis, the author of this book Professor Belal Ehsaan Baaquie explains that quantum field theory was initially developed to describe indeterminate and random phenomena, be they classical or random in origin. He writes that while quantum field theory typically explains the phenomena of high energy physics, condensed matter and solid state physics, the common thread of these applications was that the quantum system has a large number of degrees of freedom (independent variables) Quantum field theory is not tied to quantum...

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Book Review – Science in Medieval Jewish Cultures

Editor: Gad Freudenthal Publisher:  Cambridge University Press – 547 pages Book Review by: Nano Khilnani This book provides an overview of the scientific and other contributions of medieval Jewish people  to the world’s vast body of knowledge. There few, if any known books out there (that we’re aware of) that have put together the contributions of people of Hebrew and Jewish origin, to bodies of knowledge in these and related disciplines: astrology, astronomy, biology, culture (and the knowledge of various cultures, such a Arabic, Latin, and others), languages and linguistics, logic, mathematics, medicine, meteorology, philosophy, physics, psychology, and other...

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