After entering the profession â€˜by defaultâ€™, Steve Smith worked his way up from office boyâ€™s assistant (â€˜my first job was to blow up a rugby ball for the senior partnerâ€™s sonâ€™) to co-founder of the criminal law practice Wilford Smith, based in Rotherham in South Yorkshire.
Boozers, Ballcocks & Bail â€“ the first book in Steveâ€™s comic legal series - was originally self-published, and said to be â€˜the most shoplifted book in Yorkshire.â€™
A professional public speaker in his spare time, Steve is married with a daughter and lives in Rotherham. He was awarded an MBE in the 2006 Queenâ€™s Birthday Honours List for his services to charity, and is president of Rotherham Town Cricket Club.
This is the second in the series form this highly popular lawyer. Smith draws on the stories from his legal career to offer up another genius comic memoir (although I believe there is some artistic license in there). Described as the ‘Rumpole of Rotherham’ he will make you laugh and be amazed at what goes on in the legal world.
Stephen Smith does for the Rotherham legal system in the Eighties what James Alfred Wight (aka James Herriot) did for Vets in the 40’s and 50’s. At times hilarious, at times tragic and just bizarre for the rest of it his memoir of the mainly lowlife of this Northern town is a easy and entertaining read.
Classification of Finite Simple Groups (CFSG) is a major project involving work by hundreds of researchers. The work was largely completed by about 1983, although final publication of the ``quasithin'' part was delayed until 2004. Since the 1980s, CFSG has had a huge influence on work in finite group theory and in many adjacent fields of mathematics. This book attempts to survey and sample a number of such topics from the very large and increasingly active research area of applications of CFSG. The book is based on the author's lectures at the September 2015 Venice Summer School on Finite Groups. With about 50 exercises from original lectures, it can serve as a second-year graduate course for students who have had first-year graduate algebra. It may be of particular interest to students looking for a dissertation topic around group theory. It can also be useful as an introduction and basic reference; in addition, it indicates fuller citations to the appropriate literature for readers who wish to go on to more detailed sources.
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