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Gail

Merrimac, MA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Science Matters: Achieving Science Literacy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert M. Hazen, James Trefil
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (98)

    These 18 lucid essays on chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy and biology will help listeners comprehend today's science news.

    Joshua says: "Everything I thought I knew, brilliantly told."
    "A useful and intersting skim over important info"
    Overall

    There are three kinds of knowledge: what we know; what we know that we don't know; and, what we don't know that we don't know. It's the last kind that will bite you where it hurts. Science Matters is an extremely useful tool for finding out what we don't know about the massively complex world we live in. It's well written, easy to understand, and covers a broad array of subjects just deeply enough to give us a plausible shot at coming to sound conclusions about where we are and where we are headed, ready or not...

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Medieval Science

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dr. Jack Sanders
    • Narrated By Edwin Newman
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    Many believe the "Middle Ages" lacked progress, yet during this time algebra was developed, and Islamic scholars preserved and extended Greek thought (which otherwise was lost). Metallurgy (and its speculative counterpart, alchemy) led to a deeper understanding of materials. These advances set the stage for the Renaissance and a scientific revolution.

    Gail says: "An interesting read about the not-so-dark ages"
    "An interesting read about the not-so-dark ages"
    Overall

    Medieval Science will blow the dust off of a few of those cob-webbed corners left over from everything you've been taught to believe about the dark ages. Not only is the work interesting in it's own right, as an exposition about science in an age where I was taught there was nothing but dirt, death and bad dental hygiene, but also interesting because, through it, I discovered greater and deeper links between East, Middle East and West, far more and far more interesting than just those my (north) American education would have me understand. AND... it's a good read too!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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