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Red zone : China's challenge and Australia's future / Peter Hartcher.
Author: Hartcher, Peter, author.
Publisher: Carlton, VIC : Black Inc., 2021. -- ©2021
Review by: Loveday, Robert J. Mr.  on: 5/01/2022 3:10:49 PM
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China has long since ceased to be the elephant in the room. Especially since Xi Jinping took the helm of leadership in 2012, China is the behemoth that we must talk about.

Australia has belatedly realised that it had become too exclusively economically dependent upon China. In 2019, 38% of our foreign income came from China. To put this in perspective, our second most important export destination was Japan, with only 16% of export earnings. Over the past five years or so, we seem to have upset our favoured trading partner several times. First, we ban Hua Wei from providing our 5G network, then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull introduces anti-foreign interference legislation. Next, we criticise China for its treatment of Hong Kong democracy protesters and its Uighur minority followed by a call for an investigation into the source of COVID-19. Despite China's swingeing trade boycotts on various of our exports, our government has remained resilient in defending our sovereignty.

Peter Hartcher is the political editor for the Sydney Morning Herald. He has a one-page article in every weekend edition and covers not only Australian domestic politics, but also larger geopolitical issues when they impinge upon Australia. In this book, he certainly shows he has the experience and perception to analyse China's advance as it takes a more assertive role throughout the world.

This book has 23 chapters, each tackling a particular theme or aspect of the China equation. Some events or snippets of underlying ideology will crop up again and again in various chapters, probably indicating how foundational they have been. Best that I give you a sample of some of the topics.

The decision to ban Huawei from providing our 5G network was not a decision easily taken. A revelation to me was that we were the first nation to do so, followed soon by several other major nations. As the trailblazer though, we were the victim to suffer China's ire. This ban and Malcolm Turnbull's anti-foreign interference legislation were two elements that helped destabilise his leadership and led to his downfall as Prime Minister.

Hartcher charts China's rise as an economic power from the 1980s. Along the way, Australia has become overly dependent upon it as a trading partner. Hartcher shows how it has buttered-up our politicians, co-opted corporate allies and infiltrated some of our institutions and social organisations. We have only belatedly realised our mistake.

In this book, you will discover the vast extent of China's propaganda machine both domestically and internationally. It underpins the mindset and psychology of the Chinese Communist Party (which is also the Chinese State). Hartcher explains, despite its power and seemingly iron-grip on power, that it is also riven with insecurity, a doubt in its own legitimacy and a fear of collapse or overthrow. Through this prism, it is easy to understand its obsession with control of its media, its inability to grasp the concept of our free Western-style press and its influence over all state institutions and "private" corporations in China.

A chapter outlining Xi Jinping's family background and early years is enlightening. It adds perspective with which to understand his rise to power, but also, more importantly, the nature of his ruling philosophy which has be changing and developing over recent years.

Australia has not been the only country to suffer "punishment" for upsetting China. Hartcher recounts the tale of 10 nations that preceded us. China will even go so far as to impose hardship on its own citizens if it feels it must send a strong message of disapproval to an offending country.

Of course, the territorial disputes in the South China Sea and East China Sea, the Belt and Road Initiative and cyber-espionage do not escape scrutiny in this book.

Hartcher finishes with a to-do list and some cogent warnings for Australia in the decade to come. He is a strong proponent for Australia protecting its sovereignty, dignity and integrity.

This is a comprehensive coverage of our relationship with China, as well as China's place in the wider world today and into the near future. I cannot think of any relevant topic Hartcher has not broached. Crisp analysis, clear presentation of facts and issues, and opinions backed by sound argument.
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The good Muslim / Tahmima Anam.
Author: Anam, Tahmima, 1975-
Publisher: Melbourne : Text Publishing, 2011.
Review by: Loveday, Robert J. Mr.  on: 5/01/2022 3:10:01 PM
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This is Tahmima's second book. It could be considered a sequel to her first, A Golden Age, although you would not have to read the first to appreciate this second novel.

Her first novel was set in what was then East Pakistan in 1971. It was the year when civil war broke as East Pakistan sought separation for West Pakistan. The story centres on Rehana who is drawn into the conflict by her 19-year-old son Sohail and her 17-year-old daughter Maya.

In The Good Muslim, it is Maya who takes the lead role.

A friend once said to me: You can revisit a place where you once lived but you can never return in time. So too Maya must have found when she returns home (Dhaka) in 1984 after a seven year absence working as a doctor in a remote regional clinic.

The Good Muslim moves back and forth between 1972, the immediate aftermath of the war, and the present - 1984. Even in 1972, Maya could see nascent changes in her brother. Once a fervent Maxist atheist, he seems to be discovering Islam and religion. There are also some skeletons in the war closet that she her brother, and his surviving friends, are dealing with. It seems to be this that at least contributed to her taking herself away for seven years to work in a rural clinic.

Returning to Dhaka in 1984, she finds her brother has become a respected Muslim preacher and her home converted into a meeting place for Islamic devotees. She becomes attached to his neglected six-year-old son Zaid. She discovers her mother has cancer (only a temporary crisis). Then an old acquaintance from the war years reappears and is drawn into her life. Add to this, a few sensitive secrets from the war years begin to be revealed.

Towards the end of the novel, Maya tries to save Zaid from the good Muslim upbringing her brother has consigned him to. Her efforts end in tragedy and injustice. However, in the epilogue it seems that a type of national catharsis may be unfolding.

An insightful novel dealing with the scars of war. A novel that delves into changed relationships fomented by war's aftermath. A novel filled with uncomfortable life dilemmas. Well worth a read for a window into human nature in a setting we are unlikely to experience in our own, more certain, lives.
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A golden age / Tahmima Anam.
Author: Anam, Tahmima, 1975-
Publisher: Melbourne : Text Publishing, 2012, 2007.
Review by: Loveday, Robert J. Mr.  on: 4/01/2022 1:31:16 PM
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This is a story of revolution. Or, more accurately, it is a story of a family swept up in revolution.

Prior to 1971, Pakistan existed as two non-contiguous regions of West Pakistan and East Pakistan, today's Bangladesh. In early 1971, a Bengali won the general election for the post of prime minister. West Pakistan had always controlled politics, the military and the lion's share of the economy. The east always felt discriminated against and aggrieved. The west was not going to accept a Bengali as prime minister and the east had had enough of its second class status. Civil war ensued.

Civil war tests loyalties, divides friends and families, and throws up moral and ideological dilemmas. All these elements are evident in this novel.

The story centres around Rehana and her son and daughter. Rehana lives for her children, in part due to guilt when she lost custody of them for a short period after her husband died a decade ago. Sohail and Maya, at 19 and 17 years old, are like bees to the honeypot of ideological revolution, patriotism, ethnic rights and independence.

Rehana is dragged deeper and deeper into this revolution through her children. When one operation fails, she is left caring for a wounded major for three months. Their feelings for each other deepen over this time. Towards the end, the major makes the ultimate sacrifice to save her son, with silent complicity but regret for Rehana.

This may not be an action novel but there are certainly periods of tension. We experience the operations of a guerrilla force in Bangladesh itself. When Rehana has to flee Dhaka for safety in Calcutta, we also experience the lives of the detritus of revolution in a refugee camp. There are the expected physically wounded but also the psychologically wounded.

A story of family and a story of war. The characters are deep and well rounded. The atmosphere and dilemmas well portrayed. A good read to experience an historical episode on the Indian subcontinent.
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The truth about language : what it is and where it came from / Michael C. Corballis.
Author: Corballis, Michael C., author.
Publisher: Auckland, New Zealand : Auckland University Press, 2017. -- �2017.
Review by: Loveday, Robert J. Mr.  on: 13/12/2021 1:23:43 PM
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Despite the title, this book is about much more than just language. While considering how central language is to our cultures and identity, how definitive it is of our species, it is probably not surprising that it spills over into many other disciplines. The author is an emeritus professor of psychology, although after reading this book, you will be convinced he is a polymath. Corballis divides his book into three parts. He begins by exploring the nature of language. What exactly is language? How does it differ from the much more formulated, and limited animal communication? Are the two actually different in type, or is human language just a more developed, more evolved form of earlier species' forms of communication? Did language suddenly explode onto the scene in a relatively recent period of Homo Sapiens' existence, or did it develop more gradually over a much longer period of evolution? Corballis favours the latter, and after attempting to answer all these questions, proceeds to reinforce his leaning. Of course if we go for a gradual, evolutionary (Darwinian) development of language, what rewiring of the brain would have been necessary for this? And how would this make us "fitter" for survival? These last two questions segue into the second part of the book, the nature of our minds. Is language a mental faculty separate from other cognitive functions? Or is it a part of, and integrated with other general cognitive abilities? Following the second line of thought, Corballis explores the nature of thought to seek the roots from which language may have evolved. He explores the nature of thought. When you think, do you think in words? Can you think without language, and what type of thinking does this encompass? He expounds upon episodic memory, mind wandering, "theory of mind", abstraction and "displacement". It seems that thought can be separate from language, but language is always connected with thought. Corballis places significant importance upon story telling. He devotes an entire chapter to it. This is story telling in its broadest sense... from recounting a recent hunt to planning the next hunt, to social gossip, to morality tales. His exposé takes him into the fields of childhood development and the evolution of the Hominin species. He proposes that story telling was a seminal force propelling the evolution of language. In the third part of his book, Corballis propounds upon his favoured theory for the development of language, that is, that it developed first as gestures and mime, and from there evolved to the dominant form today i.e. speech. This is opposed to the alternative hypothesis that speech evolved from animal vocalisations (hoots, screeches, songs, howls). He puts forward a strong argument from a number of perspectives e.g. anatomica,l evolutionary, neurologica,l anthropological and sociological. However, on some points, I felt he was drawing a long bow. Although I remain to be totally convinced, I have been forced to give his theory serious thought. This is a highly readable book for the layman. Corballis begins by stating theories and hypotheses, then in a logical, step-by-step basis, presents evidence both for and against them. He also shows a sense of humour with the occasional tongue-in-cheek quip about our present world. You will be informed. You will finish the book with a greater understanding of the nature of language. You will also be able to evaluate the various theories presented, and reassess the central role language played in our evolution and in society today.
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The gift from darkness : how I escaped with my daughter from Boko Haram / Patience Ibrahim with Andrea C. Hoffmann ; translated by Shaun Whiteside.
Author: Ibrahim, Patience, author. -- Hoffmann, Andrea Claudia, author. -- Whiteside, Shaun, translator.
Publisher: London, UK Little Brown (us & Uk) 2017. -- London : Little Brown, 2017 -- ©2017
Review by: Loveday, Robert J. Mr.  on: 7/12/2021 2:08:53 PM
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Over the past 30 years, an uneasy, often violent divide has grown between the Islamic world and the rest. The conflict also splits the Islamic world itself, with faction fighting faction. We hear much about the Middle East and the region from there to SE Asia, but we hear little of what is happening in Africa. For almost two decades, a fundamentalist, militant Islamic sect, Boko Haram has been waging a war of succession and oppression in northern Nigeria. This book is a story from that region. The story is told from two perspectives. The central story and its raison dêtre is that of Patience Ibrahim, a Christian Nigerian of the northern Ngoshe tribe. After losing her first husband (I presume murdered by Boko Haram although this is not stated directly), she remarries and becomes pregnant. Very early in the pregnancy, before it shows, she is kidnapped by Boko Haram. Her situation is precarious. A Christian who refuses to convert, and carrying an 'infidel' child in her womb, is unlikely to survive. This fear is confirmed by what she witnesses while a hostage. Hope is briefly raised when she discovers an uncle is a senior member of Boko Haram. But his religious commitments quickly dashes support from this direction. This is one lesson to be drawn from this sectarian conflict...how it divides formerly united communities, friends and families. Patience escapes, is reunited with her husband, only to be captured again and suffer further familial disaster. Maybe her name should be 'Persistence', because she manages to escape a second time. But this time, all she has is herself, and not long after, a new-born baby. What future for a single mother in a war-torn region? Alongside the Boko Haram element, a window is also opened onto Nigerian culture, at least the culture that exists in this region of Nigeria (there are numerous tribes). Although committed to their worship and doctrinal beliefs, the Christianity (and I suspect Islam) that exists is a syncretic version, mixing in much of their pre-Christian animism. There is also much to be observed of cultural traditions, their social mores and norms. Polygamy is practiced in this male-dominated society. The second perspective is that of a German journalist, responsible for the compilation and publishing of Patience's story. Andrea Hoffmann gives the background information, necessary to give Patients story context. She gives us the history of this conflict, and paints a broader national picture in which Patience's story plays out. She also comes across other participants, such as a long serving missionary, who provide yet other perspectives and information. There are quite a number of books out there about former child soldiers, or the wives of Islamic militants. This is a story of an unwilling hostage. All of these stories are harrowing to say the least. All challenge you to comprehend how sectors of our species can commit themselves, so whole-heartedly, to such inhuman convictions and actions. This book, both Patience's first-hand account and the western journalist's fly-on-the-wall observations is told in simple, straight-forward narrative. You will feel Patience's plight as she retells it. What you will find difficult is to fathom the degree of injustice that exists in some parts of our world.
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A time for swords / Matthew Harffy.
Author: Harffy, Matthew.
Publisher: London, UK Head of Zeus 2021. -- London : Head of Zeus, 2021. -- ©2020
Review by: Loveday, Robert J. Mr.  on: 29/11/2021 4:16:29 PM
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I first came across Matthew Harffy reading his octet Bernicia Chronicles. This series is set in 7th century England when the land was divided into several rival, and periodically warring, kingdoms. For the record, the titles of the octet in order are
The Serpent Sword
The Cross and the Curse
Blood and Blade
Killer of Kings
Warrior of Woden
Storm of Steel
Fortress of Fury
For Lord and Land
I have read the first seven of these and intend reading the eighth soon.

A Time for Swords promises to be the first of a new series by the same name. For this series, we move 150 years forward to the end of the 8th century. The Viking attack on the monastery at Lindisfarne, off the coast of Northumbria, in AD 793 is considered the beginning of the Viking era - an era that continued with raids and settlement over the following two centuries. It is with this raid that this novel opens.

The hero of this novel is a monk, Hunlaf, visiting Lindisfarne when the Vikings attack. But a swashbuckling novel set in the Dark Ages isn't going to run on a man of God for a protagonist. During this attack, Hunlaf shows he has a warrior spirit in his genes. In a grisly confrontation with two murderous marauders, he finds an unlikely ally in a more conscience-driven Viking, Runolf. Runolf displays his humanity again on the trip south in captivity to face justice before the king of Northumbria.

Further Viking attacks are inevitable. Hunlaf's own monastery at Werceworthe, just south of Lindisfarne, is an obvious target. Both he and Runolf convince the king of the need to provide protection. However, manpower is short. They are given only one other Saxon warrior who is to head this seemingly impossible mission to protect Werceworthe. Along the way, they collect a motely band including an axe-wielding Welshman, a Pictish street fighter and a wannabe Irish youth almost as green to fighting as Hunlaf. Still, with the seasoned Saxon to lead, Hunlaf displaying evermore warrior tendencies and the giant Viking Runolf, they may just forge a formidable defence force.

Of course, it will take more than a band of half-a-dozen misfits to fend of two to three score marauding Vikings. The plot is reminiscent of The Magnificent Seven, where the experienced fighters train the local villagers into a ragtag force capable of offering stiff resistance. Planning, strategy and tactics are also honed.

A climatic battle ends the novel. Who will survive and who will die? And what secrets will be revealed? Two new tasks are left hanging. But as the author says in his notes, they will be for another day. And other books.

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Blood and silk : power and conflict in modern Southeast Asia / Michael Vatikiotis.
Author: Vatikiotis, Michael R. J., 1957- author.
Publisher: London, UK Weidenfeld & Nicolson (UK) 2017. -- London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2017. -- ©2017
Review by: Loveday, Robert J. Mr.  on: 24/11/2021 12:13:17 PM
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Southeast Asia. You could think of it as an Oriental EU on our doorstep. It has more than twice the population of the European Union, a kaleidoscope of cultures and vibrant economies ripe for opportunity. Of course, its styles of government are a world apart from those of Europe. And one should avoid homogenising it under the generic category of Asian. Each nation is a study in its own right. Negotiating diplomatic and economic relations with these nations requires knowledge and skills particular to this region.

Michael Vatikiotis has spent almost 40 years living and working in Southeast Asia - first as a student, then a journalist and finally as an independent negotiator between governments and insurgent groups. In Blood and Silk, he shows he is more than qualified to provide the knowledge with which one could hone one's skills or merely satisfy one's curiosity, if intending to engage this region.

In the first couple of chapters, Vatikiotis gives us a precolonial, pre-European history. Such knowledge is essential in order to understand the cultures that exist in this region and the influences their histories exert on present-day socio-political dynamics. Vatikiotis does spend a chapter on the role of traditional kingship in four of the nations in this region, although I felt he placed too much weight on the influence this may have on present day politics and power. However, the rest of the book does focus on post-colonial S-E Asia. In this analysis, Vatikiotis would be hard to beat.

So after World War II the European masters depart some resignedly willingly (the British), others only after a stiff fight (the French and Dutch). They leave an illusion (not fully practiced) of Western-style democracy. But what will the new nations of Southeast Asia do with this legacy? Their style of democracy (belaboured, faltering, on again, off again, in the letter but not the spirit) was to be worlds apart from the European style.

Vatikiotis exposes political violence and repression and the rivalry of elites; a lack of justice and dysfunctional justice systems; autocratic leaders who rule with a sense of impunity and lack of accountability; endemic nepotism and corruption. Modernity and wealth sits cheek by jowl with decay and poverty.

Vatikiotis asks pertinent questions and after providing all the necessary background knowledge, provides clear and plausible answers. Why, despite impressive economic growth over the past half century, do vast inequalities in wealth income and wellbeing still exist? Why is it so hard for S-E Asia to progress politically and democratically? Why so politically unstable given the great strides made in education and a growing middle class? Why does Western-style democracy find it so hard to take root?

Part two of the book looks specifically at conflict. Regardless of its endemic and chronic nature, occurring as we speak, it is sorely underpublicized. It hovers beneath the radar of most Western media. Differences in ethnicity are complicated and acerbated by a religious divide. Religious intolerance, discrimination, persecution, fundamentalism and extremism have seen a sharp rise in the past two decades.

And then there is the elephant in the room that can no longer be ignored: China. Economically, diplomatically, militarily - how is China engaging with individual nations of S-E Asia and with respect to the region as a whole? Perhaps there are some lessons to be learned in how Australia needs to manage its relationship with this rising behemoth.

Vatikiotis finishes his book with a little crystal ball gazing. Five years after writing, you may be tempted to judge some of his predictions. But many still have yet to be played out.

Vatikiotis's experience and knowledge makes him more than qualified to tackle his subject. He presents his theories and observations in a clear and systematic fashion. He asks pertinent questions and gives feasible answers. Truly an expert in his field.
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Life and fate / Vasily Grossman ; translated by Robert Chandler.
Author: Grossman, Vasiliæi, author. -- Chandler, Robert, 1953-, translator.
Publisher: London Vintage, 2006. -- ©1985
Review by: Loveday, Robert J. Mr.  on: 8/11/2021 12:31:07 PM
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This novel has been described as a 20th century War and Peace. War it definitely has. But it finishes before the peace arrives. However, this novel is called Life and Fate. Life there is throughout on a number of fronts, both civilian and military. And towards the end, some of the main characters face a grisly fate trying to survive the Stalinist regime.

Life and Fate is set during the German invasion of Soviet Russia during World War II. War is ever-present and glaringly overt in the lives of the novel's characters. But it is only one of the themes. A more subtle and profound theme is life in a totalitarian regime. Here is where the true conflict arises and on both sides of the battlefields. Should the pawns in this powerplay dedicate themselves wholeheartedly to the Fatherland and Nazism (for the Germans) or Mother Russia and Communism (for the Russians)? Or, on the other hand, is it appropriate (and safe) to question the infallibility of their leaders and the righteousness of their ideologies?

At 850 pages, this book is an epic. It differs in style and layout from that of most popular novels. Most novels pursue a single plotline with a limited number of characters, establishing a conflict or goal early in the piece, then working towards some sort of resolution at the end. However, Life and Fate is a collection of many subplots with a huge cast of characters.

It opens in a German concentration camp before moving to a temporary capital where research scientists have taken refuge after being evacuated from Moscow. Other scenes include the battlefront at Stalingrad, a Russian labour camp, a fighter squadron held in reserve, a tank corps, a power station, a Russian prison and an isolated battalion of Russian soldiers holding out against overwhelming enemy odds and fighting their own private war. We spend two or three chapters with each of these groups sharing their lives and tribulations before jumping to another setting. This can be a little disconcerting. I would find myself just beginning to become immersed with one group when I would suddenly be reefed to another setting. Without warning, I would have to reorient myself. However, there is a long list of characters at the back of the novel - eight pages of them! As soon as I suspected such a shift, I quickly consulted this list to see where the author had taken me.

There is supposed to be a loose relational connection between some of the characters in the different settings but this does not become obvious in the novel itself until towards the end. I only became aware earlier through the description of the characters in the list at the back of the book. It is more the war and totalitarianism that unites the characters than any personal relationships.

Life and Fate does not work towards a resolution. Instead, it is an encyclopaedic lesson of life in wartime and of how people - civilians, soldiers, scientists, prisoners and minorities - negotiate totalitarian regimes. Politics and ideology pervade the lives of all. It is a reminder of how easy it is to fall foul of a system that demands unquestioning loyalty. Any hint of dissidence is crushed brutally.

Grossman completed this novel in 1960. The KGB confiscated it and told him it would not be published for 200 years. However, a copy was smuggled to the West and published posthumously in 1980. Grossman seems to have remained loyal to the Soviet system until his death in 1964. When his manuscript was confiscated in 1961 he wrote to Khrushchev: "I have written what I believed and continue to believe to be the truth. I have written only what I have thought through, felt through and suffered through". Read the novel and you may be able to detect what caused the KGB to ban its publication.
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Scientifica : the comprehensive guide to the world of science : mathematics, physics, astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, medicine / chief consultant, Allan R. Glanville ; foreword, David Ellyard.
Author: Glanville, Allan R.
Publisher: Elanora Heights, N.S.W. : Millenium House, c2008.
Review by: Loveday, Robert J. Mr.  on: 29/10/2021 11:34:39 AM
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Are you a lay science buff? Perhaps you have an interest in science but feel that your knowledge of fundamental concepts needs reinforcement. Perhaps there are gaps that you feel need filling. If so, Scientifica would be a good starting point.

This is a book of history as well as science. You are introduced to some of the fathers of modern science. They were responsible for foundational laws and axioms that still hold and guide science today. You will also be able to trace the development of the sciences over time.

The content is presented in seven sections one for each major branch of science viz. mathematics, physics, astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology and medicine. Each of these disciplines has a dozen or so major principles or theorems, an understanding of which is necessary in order to facilitate that branch of science. Each of these principles/theorems is given a two-to-four-page coverage. This format makes Scientifica an ideal dipping book. You can cherry-pick and ponder those areas of greatest interest, skim though those of minor curiosity and maybe even ignore those with little allure.

Astronomy is one of my lesser interests. However, I was amazed at the vast variety of matter and energy that our university holds. From our solar system to galaxies and nebulae; from satellites, telescopes and space stations to robots in space; from red dwarfs, brown dwarfs, white dwarfs and black dwarfs to super giants, black holes, pulsars, neutron stars (all types of stars) and quasars - these, and more, will be found in this section.

I approached biology, my keenest area of interest, with anticipation. I was not disappointed. You will be amazed at the complexity of the machinery that keeps an organism, including us, alive. Even the smallest building block, an individual cell, is like a complex, multi-tiered factory receiving inputs and transforming them into a multitude of products. The new and broad field of genetics gets a showing, as do the entire six kingdoms of life viz. plants, animals, fungi, bacteria, protista and archaea.

Biology segues into medicine. Given that modern medicine keeps us patched-up to live longer and healthier, despite any self-destructive habits we may have, this is a must-read section. From diagnosis to treatment and prognosis, there is a myriad of methods and techniques. Take a tour of our anatomy with all its organs and associated biochemical systems.

Just as biology and medicine tell us how organisms work, so does the last section, that on geology, tell us how the Earth works. Although not a living organism, Earth is no less dynamic. Perhaps there is something to Lovelace's Gaia theory.

This is introductory material for the layman. Given the vast span of science, and the limited size of a single book, one could only expect a relatively superficial coverage of each individual concept. The advantage is that you don't bog down in the excessive detail you would need if you were to become a practicing scientist. The disadvantage is that some of the explanations seem to require some prior knowledge in order to understand. It was probably this personal lack of prior familiarity that caused me to fail to grasp some of the short and quick explanations given.

A HEAVY coffee table book. Not one for reading while lying in bed. But given the nature of the content, it is not conducive to sleep anyway. So be stimulated. Have your curiosity tweaked as well as, to some extent, satisfied. This is what you will get if you open this book.


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Hollowpox / Jessica Townsend.
Author: Townsend, Jessica. -- Madsen, James, illustrator.
Publisher: : Hachette Australia, 2020 -- Sydney, N.S.W. : Lothian Children's Books, 2020. -- ©2020
Review by: Rodda, Harry  on: 26/10/2021 3:44:06 PM
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Love her stories. They just amaze me and interesting how they're all about mysteries and magic.
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