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Feynman: A practical joking physicist, a paradigm of science

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While his scientific contribution may be too complex for many of us, it explains why he is considered one of the 20th century's top three theoretical physicists along with Albert Einstein and the recently-deceased Stephen Hawking, so let us focus on Feynman the person and the teacher to understand his real relevance.

The ignored, inconvenient truth about the Islamic State

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It is accounts of interactions with some of these people -- spread over Egypt, Japan, Australia, the Philippines' Mindanao, Britain, the US, including in Dallas (a short distance from the author's own childhood home), and spanning an Egyptian tailor, who once worked in New York and stitched a suit for Paul Newman, an Italian-origin Australian who is now the top Islamist firebrand Down Under, a mild Japanese academician, a British IS apologist -- though with no intention of travelling to its territory, among others, he uses in his bid to explain the IS phenomenon.

'Return to Jammu' : A coming of age novel with autobiographical interludes

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"Return to Jammu" is a first-person narration and with the timelines, places and real-life personalities and events, the reader gets a feeling that it is an autobiographical novel. The author clarifies that all characters and the story per se are fictional but confesses to borrowing liberally from many episodes of his childhood in telling the story

Fascism: Recognising the beast and what it feeds on

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Fascism existed even in the traditional homelands of democracy, where it still could come out most unexpectedly -- as the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump shows, contends former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in this book.

A murder most foul in the Delhi Durbar - but royal too?

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With the British monarch arriving the day after the next, the authorities have limited time to find solve the crime, and more importantly, ascertain if it portends any threat to his life. Involving police seems the obvious step, but in light of the simmering discontent and fear of the incident leaking and casting a scandalous shadow over the grand event, they take a gamble.

Truth, torture, Trump and more: James Comey's eventful career

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This is Comey's memoir with the parts on Clinton and Trump the highlights, but the good lawyer he is, he builds up to them, showing why he acted the way he did by detailing his formative influences and his career.

Exploring the heart of matter - and why atoms are important

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Why the atom is so important is what science journalist and space historian Piers Bizony tells us in this installment of the Icon Science series recounting the significance of key moment in science over the last few centuries.

Exploring the heart of matter - and why atoms are important

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Why the atom is so important is what science journalist and space historian Piers Bizony tells us in this installment of the Icon Science series recounting the significance of key moment in science over the last few centuries.

The French novelist who fought for justice - and the price he paid

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The French Revolution brought the ideas of liberty, equality and fraternity into modern political discourse, but the Dreyfus scandal of the 1890s raised the question whether these had permeated into their homeland. As this book tells us, the case exposed faultlines between France's monarchist, religious and anti-Semitic right and the liberal, republican, and (later) socialist sections -- a rift which would haunt the country in the coming century and cripple it in the face of aggression.

The 'home' of capitalism and the renovations it needs

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American financial journalist William D. Cohan leans largely towards the first as he seeks to make a case for Wall Street's importance to the world we have become used to. Many of today's innovations, from swanky mobile phones to credit cards to pension plans, he contends in this book, owe their genesis to it.

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