Aug 25, 2019

Review: Thamizhaga Varalatril Kalapirar Kaalam

Thamizhaga Varalatril Kalapirar Kaalam Thamizhaga Varalatril Kalapirar Kaalam by T.K.Raveendran
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The author has given some insight into the dark ages of South Indian history. A good read.

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Aug 6, 2019

Review: The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything The Theory of Everything by Stephen Hawking
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is the compilation of seven lectures given by Stephen Hawking. The first lecture is the outline of history of the universe from the big bang to black holes. He briefly describes the previous ideas about the universe.

The second lecture he describes theories of gravity of Newton and Einstein that the universe is either expanding or contracting but not be static. A detailed explanation of the big bang in layman's language finds place in the lecture.

The 3rd lecture the author talks about black holes. How a black hole is formed and some information on the singularity and quantum mechanics.

The 4th lecture is about black holes are not black holes and elaborates on the quantum mechanics of energy leaking out of black holes.

In the 5th lecture the author applies his quantum mechanical ideas to the big bang and the origin of the universe, and he proposes that the space-time is finite and its extent is without boundary. (Needs second time reading to understand).

In the 6th lecture he questions why the laws of physics is time symmetric and why the past is so different from the future. I find it little bit difficult to grasp at first. If some one posts a video for this principle it will be much appreciated.

In the 7th and final lecture is about the most famed Unified Theory. He closes that lecture with an optimistic view of science which I quote below.

"However, if we do discover a complete theory, it should in time be understandable in broad principle by everyone, not just a few scientists. Then we shall all be able to take part in the discussion of why the universe exists. If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason. For then we would know the mind of God."


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Jul 16, 2019

Celtic Empire - Clive Cussler

One of my favourite hero "Dirk Pitt" latest adventure "Celtic Empire" wirtten by Clive has been released couple of weeks back. Below is the blurb.
 
Clive Cussler, "The Grand Master of Adventure," sends his intrepid heroes Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino on their wildest, boldest mission into the ancient world, unlocking extraordinary secrets and solving hideous crimes. Another fabulous read from the most beloved series from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author.
 


The murders of a team of United Nations scientists in El Salvador. . . A deadly collision in the waterways off the city of Detroit. . . An attack by tomb raiders on an archaeological site along the banks of the Nile. . . Is there a link between these violent events? The answer may lie in the tale of an Egyptian princess forced to flee the armies of her father three thousand years ago.

During what was supposed to be a routine investigation in South America, NUMA Director Dirk Pitt finds himself embroiled in an international mystery, one that will lead him across the world and which will threaten everyone and everything he knows--most importantly, his own family. Pitt travels to Scotland in search of answers about the spread of an unknown disease and the shadowy bio remediation company that may be behind it. Meanwhile, his son and daughter face a threat of their own when the discoveries they have made in an Egyptian tomb put killers on their trail. These seemingly unrelated riddles come together in a stunning showdown on the rocky isles of Ireland, where only the Pitts can unravel the secrets of an ancient enigma that could change the very future of mankind.

May 14, 2019

Review: The Critical Years Of An Immortal Legend

The Critical Years Of An Immortal Legend The Critical Years Of An Immortal Legend by Dr. H.V.Hande
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A tear jerker book on three-month critical period of MGR life in 1984. This book is a treasure trove of information pertaining to the treatment given to MGR in India and abroad.

I was little astonished that how MGR's doctor did not took any steps from September 15th to October 4th on health issues that have arised during the function in Thanjavur, Dr. Hande has clearly stated that in the blood test the creatinine Puratchi Thalaivar MGR blood on September 15th. In medical terms the urine should have high level of creatinine and blood should have low level, it means the kidney is not functioning properly, it was a clear message that MGR's doctor should have checked his kidneys, unfortunately nothing was done.

This book can be developed into a wed series so much info packed nicely. The author who was also the Health Minister in MGR's cabinet his role on timely intervention of assembling not only doctors but also engineers who gave crucial advice of how to make air travel of MGR safely are neatly given.

MGR fans will shed tears in couple of chapters for sure. In two chapters my eyes welled up and I was not able to continue my read.

The help MGR has given to many took shape in helping him back when the situation was worse. Timely diagnostic help of Dr. Kanu from Japan his episode of single passenger flight through Singapore airlines, which I already know during my IATA studies are worth to mention.

In all Dr. Hande has beautifully recorded the extraordinary come back of the legendary MGR from his illness. A collector's edition, a must book for MGR fans.


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Review: புரட்சி தலைவர் எம். ஜி.ஆர். மறுபிறவியெடுத்த வரலாறு

புரட்சி தலைவர் எம். ஜி.ஆர். மறுபிறவியெடுத்த வரலாறு புரட்சி தலைவர் எம். ஜி.ஆர். மறுபிறவியெடுத்த வரலாறு by டாக்டர் எச் வி ஹண்டே
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A tear jerker book on three-month critical period of MGR life in 1984. This book is a treasure trove of information pertaining to the treatment given to MGR in India and abroad.

I was little astonished that how MGR's doctor did not took any steps from September 15th to October 4th on health issues that have arised during the function in Thanjavur, Dr. Hande has clearly stated that in the blood test the creatinine Puratchi Thalaivar MGR blood on September 15th. In medical terms the urine should have high level of creatinine and blood should have low level, it means the kidney is not functioning properly, it was a clear message that MGR's doctor should have checked his kidneys, unfortunately nothing was done.

This book can be developed into a wed series so much info packed nicely. The author who was also the Health Minister in MGR's cabinet his role on timely intervention of assembling not only doctors but also engineers who gave crucial advice of how to make air travel of MGR safely are neatly given.

MGR fans will shed tears in couple of chapters for sure. In two chapters my eyes welled up and I was not able to continue my read.

The help MGR has given to many took shape in helping him back when the situation was worse. Timely diagnostic help of Dr. Kanu from Japan his episode of single passenger flight through Singapore airlines, which I already know during my IATA studies are worth to mention.

In all Dr. Hande has beautifully recorded the extraordinary come back of the legendary MGR from his illness. A collector's edition, a must book for MGR fans.


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