7 of 8 people found the following review helpful

I managed to get my hands on one of the first copies of this book, and I half expected something esoteric and technical (which is the usual for writings on hermetic magick). I was pleasantly surprised to find, instead, a gentle but firm introduction to Thelema. He goes into both philosophy and practise in multiple, easy pieces, and covers the most basic rituals in a manner that's accessible without skimping on the details. Del Campo doesn't put on airs in this book and will make you feel right at home. This is not an encylopedic work on magick; rather, this could be treated as a good starting point. Definitely recommended for the beginner and for more experienced magician-types (Wiccans etc.) who are curious about Thelema.

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful

This album is considerd by many to be Slayer's best. It's fast, heavy, brutal and evil, some of the songs on here are classics, and for many, this is the album that represents everything Slayer's supposed to be. I completely disagree. I've been a Slayer fan for almost ten years and to me, this album is the most boring of the bunch. The album starts off sweet, with Angel of Death -- a crunching anthem about the horrors of the holocaust -- and ends with Raining Blood, which is typical of Slayer's Clive Barker type horror metal (which is cheesy but never gets old for some reason). In between there's not much to offer. Not only is this album very short (at about 30 mins) but there's nothing very original going from song to song. I don't regret buying this album, I just regret that it's not better.

I took the regular Abstract Algebra course at Purdue as a sophomore, and this book made me decide to switch majors from Physics into Mathematics. Gallian's treatment of algebra is NOT the most thorough. On the other hand, this book is a relatively gentle introduction to the topic, with plenty of good examples included. This would be a good book to base a 'gifted' Algebra course on. I would strongly suggest that very strong students supplement this with Thomas Hungerford's _Algebra_; similarly I recommend that first year graduate students get this book as a 'softer' perspective for when (not if ;)) they get lost. Profs should pick up this book as an example of how to write a palatible math book in the unfortunate academic climate we have today (although I wouldn't sacrifice rigor); teaching assistants should use this for anecdotal material to throw at students. I especially enjoyed the biographies of famous mathematicians and the background that Gallian provides on topics in Algebra (such as his description of the Twenty Five Years' War), which made this book quite pleasant even in the grueling moments.

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful

This book is a very difficult read, and that's putting it mildly. However, once you get through the flash and the flare, you begin to realize that Crowley had a real insight into the workings and fundamentals of magick. If you can find a copy of this book, snatch it up, it's worth every penny and worth all the time and trouble.

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful

On its own, this is not a good book to learn topology from. When combined with a standard textbook in topology (such as Baum's book) it makes an invaluable guide for the student. For the mathematician, this is an excellent handbook.

24 of 26 people found the following review helpful

Most books on topology start with topology on the Rn and then introduce the finer points of topology. Baum's book starts right out with abstract point-set topology without skipping a beat. I learned general topology from this book and I'd absolutely recommend this to any student and instructor, along with Counterexamples In Topology by Steen and Seebach.

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful

A cursory examination of this book reveals that it is poorly researched and full of falsehoods and in some cases fabrications. A thourough examination of this book reveals the extent to which Larson has not done his homework. To wit: Dungeons and Dragons is NOT a game in which characters kill EACH OTHER with poisons and spells. Anthrax and Metallica are NOT Satanic bands. Practisioners of Wicca DO NOT worship Satan. The list goes on and on. This is nothing new to Larson; apparently he has a reputation amoungst fundamentalist Christians as a liar and a fake. DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK. Instead check it out at the local library. Read it and understand what kind of junk people are willing to believe out of xenophobia and paranoia.

8 of 12 people found the following review helpful

It's a shame this book is no longer in print, because it's a wonderful book and I rather wish more people could read it.

36 of 37 people found the following review helpful

This book is a dictionary for the art of Gematria, or interpreting numbers as standing for words. This is not an easy pursuit, but this book helps a great deal. The first part is an article on Gematria (which takes its name from the fact that the Hebrew letter Gema, equivalent to Gamma or C/G, stands for the number 3), a basic description of how it works and why it's important. The third part is a dictionary of commonly used Hebrew magickal words, listed by number. The second part is the meat of the work: Liber 777, a magickal dictionary. Here we find that every number from one to 32 corresponds to a particular name, scent, element, tarot card, &c. An experienced magus can use these correspondicies to create a spell more effectively.

A warning to beginners: this book will NOT teach you the basics of spellcasting or magick. To learn that, I'd recommend starting, perhaps, with Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki's Ceremonial Magick Workbook.

A warning to beginners: this book will NOT teach you the basics of spellcasting or magick. To learn that, I'd recommend starting, perhaps, with Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki's Ceremonial Magick Workbook.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful

This book, which is actually a revised and expanded version of the Book of Black Magic and Pacts, is a valuable beginners' guide to European magick systems of the middle ages. This book comes in two parts. The first part is Waite's analysis of various books, along with some excerpts. The second part is a complete grimorie, a synthesis of all the other grimories he analyzes in part one. For a person who is just getting started in magick, this is an invaluable book and SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ESSENTIAL BASIC READING. The big problem I have with this book is Waite's attitude. Waite considers all of this material hogwash, devilish garbage. In his review of The Book Of The Sacred Magick of Abramelin The Mage, he slams the translator, Mathers, by stating, "no doubt the translator will continue to regard (Abramelin) as a work of great 'importance' from the occult standpoint, and its existance in English as 'a real benefit' to students. I leave it to him." This same haughty attitude pervades the entire of the first part, and the comments are boring. It's like reading instructions for a microwave where the instructions insult the reader for buying the microwave!! If the reader can get around this, then the book becomes quite a bit more valuable as a resource.

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful

Nobody can guarantee that a book of magick is going to have techniques that work for everyone. But for people looking for a real magickal text, this is the real thing. No 1970's camp, no new-age creation or H P Lovecraft ripoff, Abramelin dates back to the Middle Ages and its magick has been used by members of the Golden Dawn. Aleister Crowley recommends this book as an essential part of a magickal library; Waite mentions this book as a true tome, although he questions whether it was really made by a Jew named Abraham. Nonetheless this is genuine mideval European magick. A must for any student of the occult.