Science Matters: Achieving Scientific Literacy

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jun 9, 2009 - Science
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Knowledge of the basic ideas and principles of science is fundamental to cultural literacy. But most books on science are often too obscure or too specialized to do the general reader much good.

Science Matters is a rare exception-a science book for the general reader that is informative enough to be a popular textbook for introductory courses in high school and college, and yet well-written enough to appeal to general readers uncomfortable with scientific jargon and complicated mathematics. And now, revised and expanded for the first time in nearly two decades, it is up-to-date, so that readers can enjoy Hazen and Trefil's refreshingly accessible explanations of the most recent developments in science, from particle physics to biotechnology.

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A great overview of a lot of fields. - Goodreads
The explanations are well done and understandable. - Goodreads
Very very good overview of many aspects of science. - Goodreads

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This book was a decent overview of the main branches of Science. It's a bit old by now, but still valuab Read full review

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Great survey of state of knowledge in many areas of nature. Read full review


ONE Knowing
TWO Energy
THREE Electricity and Magnetism
FOUR The Atom
FIVE The World of the Quantum
SIX Chemical Bonding
SEVEN Atomic Architecture
NINE The Fundamental Structure of Matter
TWELVE Relativity
THIRTEEN The Restless Earth
FOURTEEN Earth Cycles
FIFTEEN The Ladder of Life
SIXTEEN The Code of Life
EIGHTEEN Evolution
NINETEEN Ecosystems

TEN Astronomy
ELEVEN The Cosmos

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About the author (2009)

ROBERT M. HAZEN is the author of more than 350 articles and 20 books on earth science, materials science, origins of life, history and music. A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he received the Mineralogical Society of America Award, the Ipatief Prize, the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award, and other awards for his research and writing. Hazen is a researcher at the Carnegie Institution for Science and is Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences at George Mason University. His recent books include Genesis: The Scientific Quest for Life's Origins and The Sciences: An Integrated Approach (with James Trefil).

JAMES TREFIL, Robinson Professor of Physics at George Mason University, is the author of over 40 books and 100 articles in professional journals. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the World Economic Forum. He is the recipient of the Andrew Gemant Award (American institute of Physics), the Westinghouse and Subaru Awards (American Association for the Advancement of Science) and the 2008 Science Writing Award (American Physical Society). His most recent books are Why Science and The Sciences: An Integrated Approach (with Robert Hazen).

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