Book Review: Make It Stick

“Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning” is a book by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, Mark A. McDaniel. I have listened to the audio version of this book. Its a well written and researched book. The authors discuss on the various aspects of improving the cognitive ability. They are more concerned with cognitive science or the science of learning. They  tell stories, share experiences and research in this field. At first I thought its going to be great book. But realized soon that many things I knew. One thing actually learnt – keeping something in memory through mnemonics is not equivalent to learnings. It only mean one is organizing information for retrieval. The authors discuss about some strategies like mental model (mental palaces), interleaving, recalling, teaching, relating etc. will improve the learning ability.

Rating: 4/5. Its a good book discussion on the science of learning. It provides good useful tips for students, teachers and professionals involved in the field of learning, school and academics.

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Book Review : Everyday Ayurveda

“Everyday Ayurveda: Daily Habits That Can Change Your Life in a Day” is written by Bhaswati Bhattacharya. I have read a print version of this. I felt like its a realy nice good advice book. I myself was facing some health issue so reading this kept in a sort of positive mindset and made me to think how I could make my life better just by following some good advice in the book. The author intertwines her childhood memories, her present situation in life, her experience with how ayurveda help her and how she helped others to get better. Its seems that she has good understanding of ayurveda, may not be very deep though. She limits the discussion in book to mostly daily routines and natural treatment or remedies to certain illness. Mostly she is concerned with ways Ayurveda could help to improve one’s well-being on day-to-day basis.

Rating: 3/5. Its a good book for someone who’s just looking for ways to help revitalize their daily life and how that would propagate into a better fullfilled life eventualy. Its a book of advice.

Course Review : An Economic History of the World since 1400

“An Economic History of the World since 1400” is a series of lectures presented by Professor Donald J. Harreld, Ph.D. It is a great coures production. The link to the course could be found here. Its a  series of around 48 lecture session of half hour each. I got to know about world economy from a historical sense. There were various tides of change that lead to development of some part of world like Europe and America into a development path. Also I got to know how situations made bad for developement of Asia, though asian countries like India and China had very good potential. I got to know that Asian economy was much advanced in earlier days than European. The lectures touch upon political history and its economic consequences e.g like world war and great depression, how America helped rebuild Europe after war.

Rating: 5/5. To someone who does not know about history or economy this great course. There are sufficient images included, and lot of aspects of history and economy are discussed and covered.

Book Review : The China Study

“The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health” is written by T. Colin Campbell, Thomas M. Campbell II. This is a book on nutrition which has been derived by author Colin Campbell from his study on the china population. Right from the onset, the author strongly indicates that the vegetarian diet is the most best way to be healthy. This he is suggesting out of his experiements and studies of other individuals. Other diet like high protein and fat, are observed to  promote cancer, diabetes, heart problems, and other major illness. The food and diary industry, in order to mint money have brain washed the public in buying processed products. He recommends whole foods as compared to refined, with many greens and a variety of vegetables.

Rating: 4/5. This seems to be informative and a bold book as it does condemn the authories in misguiding the public and modifying research data. A disappointment for those who are accustomed to non-veg diet.

Book Review : The Laws of Medicine

“The Laws of Medicine: Field Notes from an Uncertain Science” is wrtten by Siddhartha Mukherjee. I have listened to the audio version of this book. Its a very short book of around 2 hours of listening. The author seems to be very much influenced by the book “The Youngest Science”. It has 3 laws of medicine that author has discovered and has guided him throughtout his career. 1st law – Trusting intuition is better in some cases than examination. 2nd law – normal patient teach rules whereas outliers teach laws. 3rd law – For every experiment there is a bias.

Rating: 3/5. Not much discussion on all aspects of the laws. Very less example but seem to be solid laws.

Book Review : Ayurveda- The Science of Self-Healing

“Ayurveda: The Science of Self-Healing” is written by Vasant Dattatray Lad. Its a very good book for anyone who might be interested in pursuing a career in Ayurvedic healing and would want to know the basic principle and the diagnosis methods employed towards treatment. It also expands on yoga, everyday routines, diet and many home remedies. Personally, I have some health issues going so thought I should have a try at this holistic practice. The take away for me would be that ayurveda unlike allopathy functions more towards the harmonization of human as a system/universe in itself. Its practices are aligned with this treatment mode.

Rating: 4/5. Concise and precise, a good introductory on ayurveda, addresses everyone, professional and layman.

Book Review : The Case Against Sugar

“The Case Against Sugar” is written by Gary Taubes. I have listened to an audio version of this book. It discuss in length the modern western diet, history of sugar and its role in the modern diet. The author discusses on the ill-effects of sugar in the tobacco industry, association with the various other human diseases like cancer, diabetes, obesity, etc. He accounts various studies to support his theory, advertisement and politics has supported sugar industry.

Rating: 3/5. The topic is interesting in many respect, but the book seems to have stretched on topic of sugar by associating it with lot of diseases. The discussion on the later topics not seem so convincing.