©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)
"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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