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These 18 lucid essays on chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy and biology help readers comprehend today's science news. "Hazen and Trefil . . . demystify many advanced topics with succinct, if often reductive analogies: Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle becomes a car wreck in a dark tunnel, for example," said PW. Illustrated.
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“Lucid and lively. Hazen and Trefil have a particular genius for picturing even formidably abstract ideas in concrete images. . . . Science Matters is 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 Book Review
“A book that even scientifically literate readers can consult . . . if they find their recollection of relativity or quantum mechanics getting shaky.”
“Ordered and accessible, never daunting, never jumping ahead of itself. . . . If you've always thought you could never understand science, Hazen and Trefil will show you you're wrong.”
“A thoughtful and concise overview of what the citizen needs to know about science.”
—E. D. Hirsch, Jr.
“Science does matter, as this book shows.”
“A model of clarity and coherence.”
—Leon M. Lederman, winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics
“Lucid. . . . Will cause readers to wonder what was so confusing about the Periodic Table of Elements they confronted in their school days.”
“A first rate exposition-thorough, accessible, and entertaining-of the rudiments of scientific knowledge.”
“A confident overview of the fundamentals of science. . . . Comprehensible and carefully paced.”
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This book contains most basic knowledge and skills that almost any average person needs to get through life. This would make an excellent co-text at the middle school level.Published on Nov. 2 1999