Science Matters: Achieving Scientific Literacy
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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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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
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
thirteen The Restless Earth
fourteen Earth Cycles
fifteen The Ladder of Life
sixteen The Code of Life
eleven The Cosmos
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