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Almost Everyone's Guide to Science: The Universe, Life, and Everything
     

Almost Everyone's Guide to Science: The Universe, Life, and Everything

by John Gribbin, Mary Gribbin
 

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ISBN-10: 0300084609

ISBN-13: 9780300084603

Pub. Date: 08/28/2000

Publisher: Yale University Press

This fascinating book is a guide for the perplexed—those who are interested in science but are scared off by the technical detail. John Gribbin, an award-winning writer, now stands back from the details and offers us a broad picture of scientific achievement at the end of the twentieth century. He describes the structure of particles within the atom, the

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This fascinating book is a guide for the perplexed—those who are interested in science but are scared off by the technical detail. John Gribbin, an award-winning writer, now stands back from the details and offers us a broad picture of scientific achievement at the end of the twentieth century. He describes the structure of particles within the atom, the origins of our own species, the birth of the universe, and much more, presenting science as a way of thinking about things, an honest view of the world in which no idea is accepted unless it is confirmed by experiment rather than wishful thinking.

Modern scientific inquiry has developed over the past 400 years, turning away from the belief that the world is governed by magic and the supernatural and emerging instead as a coherent worldview in which everything fits together. This worldview, says Gribbin, is the greatest achievement of the human intellect. With eloquence and clarity he relates what scientists have learned about the nature of things, conveying the excitement of their discoveries as they investigate our place in the universe.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300084603
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
689,777
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Scientific notationviii
Introduction: If it disagrees with experiment it is wrong1
1Atoms and elements9
2Inside the atom27
3Particles and fields48
4Chemistry66
5Molecules of life85
6Evolution104
7Our changing planet122
8Winds of change144
9The Sun and its family162
10The lives of the stars183
11The large and the small201
Further Reading221
Index222

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