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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
These 18 lucid essays cover mainly life and physical sciences, connecting fresh presentations of basic chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy and biology to today's science news. Hazen and Trefil, professors of physical science at George Mason University in Virginia, demystify many advanced topics with succinct, if often reductive analogies: Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle becomes a car wreck in a dark tunnel, for example. ``Scientific literacy'' is defined by the authors to mean the ability to comprehend the science we read about daily, as well as to appreciate ``this exceedingly beautiful and elegant view of the world.'' The book's treatment will cause readers to wonder what was so confusing about the Periodic Table of Elements they confronted in their school days. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternates. Feb.
Library Journal
The idea of ``cultural literacy'' has received a great deal of public notice. Among the most important aspects of modern civilization is the impact of science and technology on our lives, yet most people are highly uneducated in this area. Nevertheless, it is essential that the average citizen be able to understand the debates over such things as recycling, use of nuclear energy, and the teaching of evolution. This book attempts to acquaint the educated or mis-educated layperson with the major concepts of modern science, that is, to start him or her on the road to ``scientific literacy.'' Although many concepts are, perforce, oversimplified, offering the reader only a superficial understanding of some of them, this book is a step in the right direction and is recommended for appropriate collections.-- Harold D. Shane, Baruch Coll., CUNY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385247962
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/1/1990
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 320

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