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Manny Rayner's book reviews

I love reviewing books - have been doing it at Goodreads, but considering moving here.

Currently reading

The Greatest Show On Earth: The Evidence For Evolution
Richard Dawkins
R in Action
Robert Kabacoff
Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies
Douglas R. Hofstadter
McGee on Food and Cooking: An Encyclopedia of Kitchen Science, History and Culture
Harold McGee
Epistemic Dimensions of Personhood
Simon Evnine
Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning (Information Science and Statistics)
Christopher M. Bishop
Relativity, Thermodynamics and Cosmology
Richard C. Tolman
The Cambridge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition
Julia Herschensohn, Martha Young-Scholten
Cassell's German Dictionary: German-English, English-German - Harold T. Betteridge Switzerland's quite amazingly multilingual, and every day I pick up some bizarre piece of useless information about language. I just have to pass on the following, which came up at lunch recently. We were talking about Mary Poppins, and it turned out that the French for "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" is, wait for it, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

But German is different! In that language, it's superkalifragilistischexpiallegetisch. So now you know too.