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Are you a struggling math student? Then this is the perfect guide for you on how to learn Mathematics better.
How to win at mathematics is a clear and useful guide to help students in university or high school achieve better grades even if you have been a failing math student in the past.
With each chapter going into detail of how to apply the learning tactics, it can transform your grades from failing to outstanding without having to spend hours locked up in the library studying or resorting to rote memorization when you don’t understand a concept.
You will learn how to
Take math notes
Make sure you understand concepts
Efficiently complete tutorial/problem sets
Prepare and ace assessments
Reader Review: This book has really been my angel guardian ever since I bought it. I’m a student and I’ve been struggling with Math since forever. And then I came across this book and bought it in a jiffy. It has helped me so much since then. All of my friends (who were always better at Math than me) take extra Math classes and still don’t score as high as me. I’ve astounded everybody from friends to family to teachers.
This book is my savior. It really is. My Math skills have improved dramatically and I’m glad I bought this book. I just wish I’d bought it earlier. If you’re struggling with Mathematics (much like half the world) then go ahead and buy this book. You will be more grateful than ever. Take my word for it. Get this book even if you have a friend or family member in need of it. It would make a thoughtful gift.
All in all, a great book with clear cut instructions on how to improve your Math skills. Highly recommended.
This is a game. It works just fine on the plain vanilla kindles.
This is really not what I needed right now in my life – yet another very addictive game for my Kindle. I downloaded it and played it for 45 minutes straight during my lunch break at work, and it is fun, challenging, makes you think a bit and has you lose all sense of time. I will also be putting this on my children’s Kindles as this is a good one to get them to think creatively.
You are given a set of “blank” spots in a math equation (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) that you need to fill in with a set of pre-populated tiles of various numbers and math operators (the + and – signs, etc.). It gets progressively harder, and the game has 100 puzzles for you to play. It’s pretty straight forward to play with your eInk Kindle, as you use the 5-way controller and the page forward / backward keys. If you do get stuck or just can’t figure it out, there is a “hint” type of icon you can press that will give you the answer – use it as a last resort as it will reveal everything vs. giving you a hint for one of the empty spots on the puzzle.
As mentioned above, there are 100 puzzles, and in these categories:
Intro puzzles – 2
Addition puzzles – 20
Subtraction puzzles – 16
Addition and subtraction puzzles – 20
Multiplication or division puzzles – 12
Mixed puzzles – 30
As I type this review, the game is free for your Kindle – even if they charged a few bucks for it, I would say it is well worth it!
Another player review: Okay, but only has a limited number of equations. Once you finish a few puzzles, you can’t play anymore. Only uses simple operators, so would be good for school students as well as adults.
Me: This is what I like about it. There’s an end in sight.=)
Reader Review; This is just an old text but I enjoyed it. It’s well written and I found myself easily visualizing the concepts that it discussed.
It’s not a good beginner text if you are totally new to the subject, because there’s better updated primers out there, and this has a few things that are now dated and incorrect.
I read it because I wanted to consider the topics like they USED to be considered. There was some magic and excitement about electricity in the past that I think we’ve lost. Maybe it is the texts? As I said, I found myself daydreaming a bit about the topics in this book, visualizing them. That always helps when thinking about any subject. It’s very visually descriptive.
Reader review; Elisha Gray’s familiar talks on nature’s miracles reaches the pinnacle with this book on nature’s greatest wonders, electricity and magnetism. The author’s use of simple language and explanations gives a clear understanding of a fascinating subject. This will awaken the inner scientist in anyone and give an appreciation of the amazing science that makes our world function. A must-read for any learned person.
Excerpt from beginning: It will be plain to any one on seeing the size of the little book that it cannot be an exhaustive treatise on a subject so large as that of Electricity. This volume, like the others, is intended for popular reading, and technical terms are avoided as far as possible, or when used clearly explained. The subject is treated historically, theoretically, and practically.
As the author has lived through the period during which the science of Electricity has had most of its growth, he naturally and necessarily deals somewhat in reminiscence. All he hopes to do is to plant a few seed-thoughts in the minds of his readers that will awaken an interest in the study of natural science; and especially in its most fascinating branch—Electricity.
Excerpt from an early chapter:
HISTORY OF ELECTRICAL SCIENCE.
Electricity as a well-developed science is not old. Those of us who have lived fifty years have seen nearly all its development so far as it has been applied to useful purposes, and those who have lived over twenty-five years have seen the major portion of its development.
Thales of Miletus, 600 B.C., discovered, or at least described, the properties of amber when rubbed, showing that it had the power to attract and repel light substances, such as straws, dry leaves, etc. And from the Greek word for amber—elektron—came the name electricity, denoting this peculiar property. Theophrastus and Pliny made the same observations; the former about 321 B.C., and the latter about 70 A.D. It is also said that the ancients had observed the effects of animal electricity, such as that of the fish called the torpedo. Pliny and Aristotle both speak of its power to paralyze the feet of men and animals, and to first benumb the fish which it then preyed upon. It is also recorded that a freed-[Pg 7]man of Tiberius was cured of the gout by the shocks of the torpedo. It is further recorded that Wolimer, the King of the Goths, was able to emit sparks from his body.
Coming down to more modern times—A.D. 1600—we find Dr. Gilbert, an Englishman, taking up the investigation of the electrical properties of various substances when submitted to friction, and formulating them in the order of their importance. In these experiments we have the beginnings of what has since developed into a great science. He made the discovery that when the air was dry he could soon electrify the substances rubbed, but when it was damp it took much longer and sometimes he failed altogether. In 1705 Francis Hawksbee, an experimental philosopher, discovered that mercury could be rendered luminous by agitating it in an exhausted receiver. (It is a question whether this phenomenon should not be classed with that of phosphorescence rather than electricity.) The number of investigators was so great that all of them cannot be mentioned. It often happens that those who do really most for a science are never known to fame. A number of people will make small contributions till the structure has by degrees assumed large proportions, when finally some one comes along and puts a gilded dome on it and the whole structure takes his name. This is eminently[Pg 8] true of many of the more important developments in the science and applications of electricity during the last twenty-five or thirty years.
By the same author:
Familiar Talks on Science-World-Building and Life. Earth, Air and Water.
Dear Reader: Please look through this “Introduction” before beginning with the regular chapters. It is always well to know the object, aim, and mode of treatment of a book before reading it, so as to be able to look at it from the author’s view-point.
First: A word about the title—”Nature’s Miracles.” Some may claim that it is unscientific to speak of the operations of nature as “miracles.” But the point of the title lies in the paradox of finding so many wonderful things—as wonderful as any miracle that was ever recorded—subservient to the rule of law.
“But,” you say, “a miracle does not come under any rule of law.”
Ah! are you sure of that? It is true that we may not understand the law that the so-called miracle comes under, but the Author of all natural law does. We do not pretend to dispute but that the Power that made nature’s laws can change them if He sees fit; but we cannot believe that He will ever see fit. It would destroy all order and harmony, all advancement[Pg vi] in science and knowledge of God’s works, not to be able to rely implicitly upon the laws of nature as consistent and continuous.
In putting out these little volumes, it is not to be understood that the subjects treated will be more than touched upon, at the most salient points. To do much more would require volumes of immense size, and life would be too short for me to write or for you to read them.
Again: these volumes are “familiar talks.” The Author wishes to sit down with you—so to speak—and not hold you at arm’s length.
It will be his aim to use the language of common life and to avoid all technical names so far as possible, or, when they are necessary, to explain their meaning. The object is to reach the thousands of readers who have not and cannot have the advantages of a scientific education, but who can by this means get at least a rudimentary idea of some of the natural laws with which they are coming in contact every hour, and through which the inner man has constant communication with the outer world. It may be, too, that many young students will be helped by these plain general views of topics which their text-books will give them in detail.
A knowledge of the real things in the objective world about us and the laws that govern them in their inter-relations is of practical[Pg vii] value to every man, whatever his calling may be. Not only will it be of value practically, but it will also be a constant source of interest and pleasure. Man is so constituted that he must have something to be interested in, and if he has no resources within himself he looks elsewhere, and often to his hurt, mentally, morally, or otherwise. If he could have an interest awakened in him for the study and contemplation of the natural world he would then have a book to read that is always open, always fresh, always new. He is dealing with facts and not theory, except as he uses theory for getting at facts.
A man who is all theory is like “a rudderless ship on a shoreless sea.” All he really knows is that he is afloat, and if he lands at all it is likely to be in an insane asylum. The mind, in order to keep its balance, must have the solid foundation of real things. Theories and speculations may be indulged in with safety only so long as they are based on facts that we can go back to at all times and know that we are on solid ground.
It is the desire and aim of all good men to make their nation a truly great people, with a civilization the highest possible. The character of all kinds of growth is largely determined by the character of the material upon which it feeds. The study of natural law can never be harmful, but is always beneficial, for[Pg viii] the student is then working in harmony with law. It is the violation of law that makes all the trouble in the world—whether physical, moral, or social. When we speak of natural law we do not confine ourselves to what is commonly known as chemistry and physics, and the laws that govern the material world, but include as well the laws of our own being, as intellectual and spiritual units. For all law, physical, intellectual, and spiritual, is in a sense natural.
All departments of science are simply branches of one great science, and all phases of human activity are touched by it. The preacher is a better preacher, the doctor a better doctor, the lawyer a better lawyer, the editor a better editor, the business man a better merchant, and the mechanic a better workman, if they follow scientific methods. Indeed, any man will be a better husband, father, and citizen, if he has some trustworthy knowledge of the laws under which this great universe, down to his own little part of it, lives, moves, and has its being.
A network of proteins, specialized cells, organs and tissues make up the body’s immune system that fights foreign bodies (microorganisms and germs) that can invade it, hence protecting it. An improved immune system ensures that the body is free from infections and thus allowing a person to live a life that is healthy. Acting as the body’s defense, the immune system attacks invaders and infections through a process known as the immune response. Leukocytes, also known as white blood cells, are the most active elements of the immune system available in two kinds that fight germs and other foreign bodies entering the body head on. Through the blood and lymphatic vessels, these cells are able to reach all parts of the body from the cells to tissues to body organs such as the heart, skin and kidneys among others. This enables for proper coordination of the defense system to monitor the whole body for any infections or germs. The white blood cells comprise of lymphocytes and phagocytes that fight infections from antibodies previously used to eliminate similar invasion of the body and chew foreign bodies respectively. Neutrophil cells are an example of phagocytes that protect the body from bacterial infections.
An increased level of neutrophil cells in the body is an indication of a bacterial infection. Developed in the bone marrow, lymphocytes can either be of type B that matures where it is produced or type T that matures in the thymus gland. The role of the type B lymphocytes is to identify germs and other microorganisms that have invaded the body while type T destroys them. Some of the antigens that the immune systems fight include viruses, fungi, parasites and bacteria among others. Cancer cells can also be destroyed by the immune system though this is not always the case because they are more similar to normal body cells unlike foreign bodies; it might also not be strong enough to eliminate the cancer cells.
This is the reason people with strong immune systems can still develop cancer if they are at risk. With an improved immune system, one can enjoy a healthy life free from infections, reduced rate of aging as well as faster recovery from injuries and illnesses. This book explains why it is important to have an improved immune system, how the immune system works to protect the body from infections and ten great ways in which one can boost their immune system. It also looks into when a person should seek medical advice on matters concerning their immune system and final food for thought for those who are having problems with their immune system by often getting sick. It is a must-read for those looking to boost their immune systems.
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The advancement of technology has allowed our society to grow in leaps and bounds. The fields of medicine, engineering, agriculture and countless others have benefited from the applied science of high tech microprocessors and their data processing capabilities.
This technology helps power our homes, cars, laptops, and phones. It is involved in every aspect of our lives, but as powerful and complex as these systems are there is one device that can cripple everything and bring the world as we know it to a standstill: EMP blast.
Mike Grant, a veteran welder for a Pittsburgh steel company, is at work when an EMP blast wrecks the entire country. With no transportation and no way to contact his loved ones, Mike has to combat the panic stricken city to find his father, reach his wife and children in the suburbs, and escape to their cabin in Ohio.
This fast-paced, adrenaline filled thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat as we all find out what happens when the lights go out.
Reader review: Broken Lines hooked me right away and, yes, an EMP is more plausible than you might think. Do some research and you’ll discover government reports that suggest that terrorists nations could very easily use and devastate our country with an EMP. The main character knows what has happened and knows what to do because he made sure he was Prepared for unexpected events. He obviously took the effort to ensure that he’d know what to do IF whatever happened. The book is a bit short but I couldn’t turn the pages quickly enough. The minute I finished it, I purchased Broken Road and it was even better. I’m now anxiously awaiting the next book in the series.
DHM: Other reader reviews point out that this is really a short story, basically a prelude to the second book (which you have to purchase).
Reader Review: I just finished reading an online version of this book at [...] and it has greatly changed my outlook on health. Using a common-sense, physiological approach to address the causes of disease, the author presents methods for overcoming various afflictions — major arthritis, high blood pressure, and even cancers, just to name a few. More importantly, though, she addresses what she believes to be the root cause of disease, a fact that many people do not want to face: unhealthy living.
She argues that standard medical professionals fail to address the true causes of disease, instead opting for prescriptions or even disfiguring surgery to remove what amounts to symptoms of other underlying problems. By treating only the symptoms, the true disease (a toxic body) only gets worse and manifests its internal imbalances in increasingly more serious ways. Part of the cause of this “toxemia” is the declining nutrition in the food that we eat on an everyday basis.
She posits that the only thing capable of healing the body is the body itself, and the best approach for overcoming nearly all ailments is giving the body the opportunity to do that. By discovering minor food allergies, imposing a more healthy diet, fasting, and colon cleansing, she puts forward methods for allowing that process to occur. One gem of advice was that of fasting: food digestion burns 30-50% of the energy in the food we eat. By fasting for even short periods of time, this energy (and the toxin-filtering efforts of the liver) can instead be used for purifying and restoring our bodies. She then points out that when we are sick, we lose our appetites for just this reason: we would be much better off to not eat at all, drink plenty of water, and rest, allowing our body the energy to fight the disease, instead of overworking our bodies by eating, fueling the disease with additional food stores, and introducing poisonous antibiotics into our system. It is against-conventional-wisdom-but-highly-sensible (after all, sick animals don’t eat) advice like this that make this book really stand out.
I must say that much of the evidence is not up to “scientific snuff”, but that is almost to be expected with a work like this. When the main treatment advocated for serious detoxification (and tremendous benefits of various sorts) is a long-term water fast, there is not much profit to be made in promoting or researching it. She does cite various studies throughout, appeals to common sense and history, and presents a slew of anecdotal evidence from her decades of work running Great Oaks School of Health (an alternative healing clinic, for all intents and purposes) in Oregon. She herself even survived two bouts with breast cancer without ever having a mastectomy, chemotherapy, or radiation treatment.
Most importantly, she presents a balanced, realistic view of hygienic healing and healthy living. She does not “religiously” adhere to any one technique, instead presenting the positives and negatives of various methods. She is not overly-optimistic, but truthful instead, accepting and discussing various cases that she could not help. Her descriptions of food in particular, that organic foods are not necessarily any better (in nutrition) than industrial foods, are particularly enlightening. Even while discussing more healthy ways to eat, she accepts that we will sometimes depart from an otherwise healthy diet, and even relates an instance of doing that herself. It is her down-to-earth, pragmatic, truthful, realistic, case-study-driven approach that makes this book worthwhile, and I highly suggest it to anyone.
If you still aren’t convinced, at least read Chapter 2: The Nature and Cause of Disease ([...] It simply makes so much sense that it’s really hard to ignore, and this is true of the book in general.
Reader Review; “The world needs milk today as badly as wheat. All that we can
possibly spare is needed in Europe for starving little ones. In
any shortage slogan must be “children first.” (loc 80-83)
“Everyday Foods in War Time” is an interesting little tract written for World War I moms.
I found it particularly interesting not only because it tells us about what the then-current thinking was on scientific nutrition and ‘vitamines’, but also because of what it shows us about home life at that time: what the average family was likely to have for their meals.
The author is, for example, a huge fan of milk, which she advises everyone partake in. Milk being the ‘perfect food’. But in lieu of milk being needed by the starving babies of Europe, she suggests vegetables and grains, even bananas.
Those of us who enjoy looking into the past will enjoy this book. There is a great deal of information of all sorts, as well as terms that are spelled differently, and which have different meanings. [The author uses "Spring Fever" for example to mean a sort of illness, and not as we currently do, to imply that someone feels the urge to kick up their heels.]
Excellent edition. I saw no formatting problems.
Blub; Can You Survive? Don’t Get Caught Unprepared!
Do you know what to do in a natural disaster?
Do you have the correct supplies for your family to survive?
Do you know how to communicate with your loved ones if all phone systems are down?
Do you know how to get shelter or provide shelter for your family if your home is destroyed?
Do you know how to get clean water and food when the food supply runs short?
Do you know simple ways to stay clean and bathroom tricks in case there are no bathrooms or running water for weeks?
If you answered NO to any of these questions, you must read this book NOW!
Shelter and Protection
Food and Water
General and Advanced Skills
Blurb; In this collection of humorous and heartfelt essays, Stephen Altrogge takes a close look at various aspects of Christian culture, including:
- The insanity and pressure of parenting
- The rise and fall of Contemporary Christian Music
- The Amish romance novel phenomenon
- Reality television
- The Tim Tebow effect
- The statistical odds of finding your soul mate
- And a number of other topics
In the vein of writers such as David Sedaris and Dave Barry, Altrogge tackles topics with self-deprecating humor, sarcasm, and a thorough grasp of scripture. This book will cause you to laugh at yourself, laugh at others, and perhaps think a little deeper about certain subjects.
Review; “The Inmates are Running the Asylum” is a collection of short, humorous vignettes about a variety of observations regarding parenting, sports, politics, etc. It’s a relatively short, funny read with plenty of goofy, scatological humor (and for me personally it was a nice transition to having just finished Eric Metaxas’s exhaustive biographical tome on the life of Bonhoeffer). The narrative in Stephen’s book is a light, sometimes rambling manner with lots of silliness while making some good and sound points.
The parenting section that opens the book was cute although a little chaotic, with he idea being that despite our failings to be perfect parents ultimately our children will remember if we loved Jesus, and if we labored to teach them about Jesus in the home. One observation is that sometimes an idea is introduced and I would have been curious to hear a little more resolution, such as how Stephen mentions growing up home schooled yet his own kids are apparently in a school, and as a homeschooling father I would have been curious to learn more about why he decided to pursue that direction.
The section on christian music featured interesting bit of nostalgia, particularly about the early days of the compact disk (that I too remember vividly.) I honestly don’t know much about Christian rock so the section was informative, and did have me curious to stream some dc Talk. The details of Stephen’s own rock ambitions were pretty funny.
The Amish romance section was a riot, and I’ve shared the same puzzlement of the Christian bookstore being packed with shelves of these titles. I see no reason why his sample wouldn’t be a potential best-seller. Only observation about the text. Read more ›