Most books on algebra are pretty much alike. For self study you can almost always find decent algebra books for sale at large bookstores (closing out inventory for various schools). Algebra at this level is a basic tool, and it is critical to do many problems until doing them becomes automatic. It is also critical to move on to calculus with out much delay. For the student who has already reached calculus I suggest Gullberg as a reference.
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In his article "Doubting 'Darwin's Doubt'" published in The New Yorker ,  Gareth Cook says that this book is another attempt by the creationist to rekindle the intelligent design movement. Decades of fossil discovery around the world, aided by new computational analytical techniques enable scientists to construct a more complete portrait of the tree of life which was not available to Darwin (hence his "doubt" in Meyer's words). The contemporary scientific consensus is that there was no "explosion". Cook cites Nick Matzke 's analysis that the major gaps identified by Meyer are derived from his lack of understanding of the field's key statistical techniques (among other things) and his misleading rearrangement of the tree of life.  Cook references scientific literature  to refute Meyer's argument that the genetic machinery of life is incapable of big leaps therefore any major biological advancement must be the result of intervention by the 'intelligent designer'. Like Prothero, Cook also criticizes Meyer's proposal that if something cannot be fully explained by today's science, it must be the work of a supreme deity. Calling it a 'masterwork of pseudoscience ', Cook warns that the influence of this book should not be underestimated. Cook opines that the book, with Meyer sewing skillfully together the trappings of science, wielding his credential of a . (in history of science ) from the University of Cambridge , writing in a seemingly serious and reasonable manner, will appeal to a large audience who is hungry for material evidence of God or considers science a conspiracy against spirituality.
It was explicitly for this discovery, not relativity, that Einstein was awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize for Physics: