Science and sensibility: the elegant logic of the universe

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Prometheus Books, 2004 - Science - 233 pages
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This book is designed to provide a thorough grounding in science literacy for the general lay reader. Acclaimed science writer and chemistry professor Keith J Laidler reviews the major contributions of the different branches of science -- including biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, and geology -- and shows how they all lead to a unified conception of our place in the universe. He further asserts that by lifting the great veil of mystery through science, we can more fully appreciate the beauty of the universe. Although much still remains to be discovered, Laidler stresses that evidence from every field of science supports a consensus view, an elegantly logical and self-consistent picture of the formation and development of the universe and of life within it. This elegantly written and lucid explanation of science in contemporary life will not only spark an interest into the wonders of many fascinating scientific disciplines but will stimulate readers to think more critically and scientifically.

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Contents

Preface
9
Acknowledgments
13
A Few Points about Mathematics
15
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

Keith Laidler is Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at the University of Ottawa. He is the author of the award-winning The World of Physical Chemistry (OUP, 1993).

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