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We Need to Talk About Kelvin: What everyday things tell us about the universe Paperback – Feb 9 2010

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (Feb. 9 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571244033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571244034
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #774,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fun, Popular Science Aug. 2 2012
By J. Smallridge - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a fun book for those of us who remember scientific principles, but have forgotten a lot of what we were taught in school. Chown does a good job of relating how science -- and bigger questions on the universe -- relate to the everyday. I would recommend this for generalists.
Informative, complex and fun to read Jan. 3 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Marcus Chown has an engaging and easy to read manner that is conducive to relaying complex topics.
This book contains an excellent level of detail, it considers both historical content as well as some very recent discoveries.
If you're a new reader of scientific literature then this is a GREAT place to start. I feel I can now take a bigger bite of the physics of the universe.
To improve readability of a difficult subject and complex ideas, the book contains comic quips and anecdotes of some of the 'giants of science' and their theories.
But that is not to belittle Chown's ability to add depth of concept, above and beyond what you'll find in most basic physics texts.
Finally this wouldn't be an honest review without some constructive criticisms, whilst Chown does a very good job of linking and putting logical proofs into the building of the theories in the book, there are quite a few leaps of faith required of the reader. Perhaps my knowledge of physics is too basic to 'get' some of these specific concepts but I felt that these leaps were definitely present in this book. Keep in mind, it may well be some of the content was condensed by editing and these passages have suffered from it.
All in all a great read. This book has enriched my palette for science factual reading and my further personal study in the subject.
Now I Get It! Dec 17 2014
By John Little - Published on
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If you struggled with, but more or less got "Brief History of Time," you'll find this to your liking. Chown does an excellent job of relating truly abstract ideas to familiar situations. Like Hawkings', Chown's writing requires some mental gymnastics, but it's well worth the effort; not at all stodgy or pedantic. Good book!
Great July 17 2015
By John Newton - Published on
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Very informative, consistent and easy to read. A good way to keep up to date on current quantum and Cosmo theory.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Sloppy Sept. 16 2010
By Michael - Published on
Format: Paperback
Chown shows little skepticism and is rather sloppy with the facts. Just to mention one, there is the statement on page 186 that 2^1000 is approximately 1 billion. In fact it is approximately 10^301 (1 billion with another 292 zeros added)! Makes the rest of the chapter rather hard to understand. Maybe I'm missing something.

One star for his enthusiasm though.

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