©2009 James Trefil and Robert M. Hazen; (P)2009 Random House
"Lucid and lively. Hazen and Trefil have a particular genius for picturing even formidably abstract ideas in concrete images.... Science Mattersis as good as they get." (The Washington Post Book World)
"Hazen and Trefil are unpretentious, good, down-to-earth, we-can-explain-anything science teachers, the kind you wish you had but never did." (The New York Times)
"Easily one of the finest available single-volume introductions to science." (Kirkus Review)
Should be required "reading" for all adults. A must on all book lists. Science does matter and this book presents a well done and easy to understand overview on many scientific concepts.
This book was a good refresher of some basic principles and ideas and is okay for first year science classes for high school students.
the tone and pacing of the book were just right. I listened to it with my 7 year old
Everything is subjective.
Words cannot fully sum of the vast importance of this audiobook. In it is first explained why every single citizen should be scientifically literate. It is quite literally of paramount importance. I cannot sum it quite as well as the book elaborates.
Additionally, I found out that I was not quite as literate as I had thought. I learned some new concepts, and at the end felt so much more enlightened by all this SCIENCE!
As a scientist, books like this make me smile, not only because of the data and facts, but because of the noble attempt to teach the world the basics, and sum it all up in one book.
Do not let this idea scare you, nothing is delved into in vast detail. This is an incredibly broad set of descriptions to bring you up to speed on basic science and how some things work. America's future depends on science, as well as every other technologically competant country!
yes,excellent for one such as myself with a low IQ for basic science
just overall info
This was a uninteresting read.
I recommend The Logical Leap for something similar but with better narrative.
"Good book for understanding general science."
Got this book as I am interested in some areas of Science but did not feel my school education had left me with a good base on which to build on. I would often be reading about a subject and then a concept would be thrown in to which I was not familiar. Funnily enough the book introduction talks about how some experts in one field of science can often be near clueless on subjects outside their own field of study! So it seems I'm not the only one!
The book is reasonably easy to follow and explains everything you'd need to know to get by in reading most scientific articles.
The only minor criticism I have with it is that it frequently uses imperial measurements, which is something that I feel should be avoided. The reason they have done this is that the book is targeted towards an American audience who will be more familiar with imperial measures.
The above aside I would recommend this to anyone looking to brush up on their knowledge of science in general.
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