The Science Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained Kindle Edition
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Discover 80 trail-blazing scientific ideas, which underpin our modern world, giving us everything from antibiotics to gene therapy, electricity to space rockets and batteries to smart phones.
What is string theory or black holes? And who discovered gravity and radiation? The Science Book presents the fascinating story behind these and other of the world's most important concepts in maths, chemistry, physics and biology in plain English, with easy to grasp "mind maps" and eye-catching artworks.
Albert Einstein once quoted Isaac Newton: "If I have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." Follow context panels in The Science Book to trace how one scientist's ideas informed the next. See, for example, how Alan Turing's "universal computing machine" in the 1940s led to smart phones, or how Carl Linnaeus's classifications led to Darwin's theory of evolution, the sequencing of the human genome and lifesaving gene therapies.
Part of the popular Big Ideas series, The Science Book is the perfect way to explore this fascinating subject.
Series Overview: Big Ideas Simply Explained series uses creative design and innovative graphics along with straightforward and engaging writing to make complex subjects easier to understand. With over 7 million copies worldwide sold to date, these award-winning books provide just the information needed for students, families, or anyone interested in concise, thought-provoking refreshers on a single subject.
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"This book will appeal to and be an effective resource for those with a scientific bent who enjoy examining the big picture, especially high school or undergraduate students." – Library Journal
"This book offers brief explanations of scientific theories, focusing on their history, progression and the people involved. The short summaries of complex thoughts have led to many an "Aha!" moment(s)." – Yakima Herald--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00TK7S6EG
- Publisher : DK (February 2, 2015)
- Publication date : February 2, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 163311 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 756 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #92,413 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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By Peggy on January 9, 2020
This book is entertaining, educational, and well written. I especially enjoy the cross referencing among scientists and research subjects.
very clear and understandable
our grand kids, who are in high school and college, love the book as a great resource to support their courses
This is another excellent DK book with superior illustrations and easy-to-follow text. Great for all ages!
This text is readable, detailed, and covers a lot of interesting themes. And the concept is great.
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Love the layout of the book and the way the science is placed in its historical and chronological context - makes it all tie together and makes the study of science seem like a single communal progression rather than a series of unconnected discoveries.
Well worth having and dipping into or reading all the way through.
If you would like to understand science better, and get to grips with what may seem like a daunting subject, this could work well for you.
If you think you understand science already, but would like to be able to boil it down to its essentials, or want help to teach it to others, or your children or to your class, this could be an invaluable resource.
Don’t buy this for Kindle.
The book covers a vast variety of topics though which is quite good as its easy for a kid to pick it up and readup on a topic for a quick overview.
This book didn't have a preview so I got it delivered to my address to check it before sending it out. It is marked as 5 year and above, so I was a bit apprehensive about this being a glorified picture book masquerading as a science book. But boy was I wrong. It is basically a book that tries to explain the various concepts and ideas in science, which goes beyond the big three - physics, chemistry and biology. The book is divided into many sections (sorry I don't remember them) based on a theme. It starts off with the usual primary school level Archimedes and co stuff and gradually ramps up to advanced level of Einstein and co, but without being scary. Every concept is about a page and has a good amount of historical perspective. At the end there is a descent glossary of scientific terms and list of scientists with small bio. The book is colorful but not gaudy. I bought the hard bound copy which just adds to the charm.
The book seems really interesting. In fact, I being a 35+ man was tempted to keep it for myself, but I am glad that sanity prevailed! There was also nothing quite new for me in there. Granted, I only glanced the book for a few minutes but I can safely say that this is a good book to have for any science enthusiast. It makes an even better gift to precocious 14 year olds who love science as this expands their horizons beyond what their curriculum could muster. Its a book that will last for 3 to 5 years depending on the maturity of the reader.
[The only minus point I like to mention concerns not the book itself but Amazon, so I won't cut a star. On June 20th when I ordered it, I payed close to a thousand rupees including delivery charges. But now, just two week later, it is available for a mere 650 odd rupees with free delivery. Not sure if Amazon is at fault for bad recommendation or the price dropped sharply, but nonetheless a point to bear in mind.]