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Liked the subject matter, but when the book turned up it was a classic case of a very large hardback squeezed into a paperback. Type to small, too many words per page and generally crammed in. Therefore, found it too hard to read. also, subject matter was vey dry and a bit more technical/scientific than I had been led to believe.
Editor of Nature or not; This reminds more about a speaker in a Victorian hall - with his top hat at his side - trying to impress his audience with his prose instead of telling a good story. Each second sentence seems to exist only as an initiator to the next one: Only to impress together as an art. - One starts the book expecting to get a really good read, and expects this flowery speach to soon end. ...Then one starts to lift an eyebrow, and starts to read half a sentence in the middle of each paragraph. Then one jumps three pages per jump, so ten, then thirty... And it just goes on and on and on... And the "introductory" sentence(s) never ends. Perhaps there is something readable at the end? I don't have the stomach to read it yet; the style is so firmly set. - The author should have praise for using very short sentences in between. Of the kind a good fiction writer uses a couple of times throughout a novel. I guess that this is a positive result of the author's very high education. But one tires of eating 'chocolate' all the time. - I wonder just how much "lay"-man one should be to read this? Perhaps a very special breed from art school? - For a very good read, perhaps one should try "The Shocking History of Phosphorous" by John Emsley instead?