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Asimov's New Guide to Science Hardcover – October, 1984

ISBN-13: 978-0465004737 ISBN-10: 0465004733 Edition: Rev Sub

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; Rev Sub edition (October 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465004733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465004737
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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62 of 67 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I was a young reader and my personality was still not set. So many "bad" books kept pulling me in the wrong directions. I read all bestsellers though they taught me nothing. A day came when I had nothing to read and I happened to come across this book in my elder brother's library. It was written long before I was born. Yet, as I was truly bored, I began to read it and I was hooked before long. The world of Science was visible to me and, for the first time in my life, it looked attractive. I can truly say that this book changed my life. I now am completing my pre-med degree and will be off to medical school before long. I have never been happier; Science has become my life. Thank you Isaac Asimov.

Update for anyone interested 12/20/2011:
Ha! I cannot believe that was me! I had such an odd, self-important way of writing back then. I graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in biology with minors in chemistry and English. Managed to get sidetracked, became somewhat of a hippie, and did not go to medical school. Don't freak out yet! Science is still my religion, but now it is specifically environmental science. I was accepted into a lovely graduate program and am on the verge of finishing my thesis. Have sent out a few applications for phd programs in ecology. Overall: toss aside your Da Vinci Codes and whatnots, kids, because science will rock your world!
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Munier Parker on April 9, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I have a personal small "library" of scientific books. This book has to be, by far, the most well structured, well explained, systematic and exhilarating read. I would rate this book as number 1 among possibly 50 similar books that I have read. If you are technically enthusiastic, would like to know about anything and everything pertaining to science and have a jolly good read at that, I would highly recommend this book. Asimov is gifted as a writer, in that he takes the most complex concepts and explains it in such a way, that a first-time reader on the subject feels confident of his/her understanding. If you have lots of time (900 pages of size 10 text!), are a thinker and want to begin to understand the great works of genii ranging from archimedes, galileo, newton and einstein, this book is for you! Well done to a man long gone. He leaves a legacy of genius !
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 23, 2002
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In my opinion, Asimov provided the most entertaining and readable scientific "texts" around, and this comprehensive volume is his best. Despite the fact that I am a layperson, and this book is nearly 1000 pages, I devoured it and longed for more. If you are not a lover of the sciences when you begin Asimov's Guide to Science, you will be when you finish! Anyone 12 years and older should read this book. It will change the way you look at the universe.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 2003
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As a science teacher, I give this book my highest possible recommendation! It tells the stories behind the science: the men and women who made the important discoveries and how they did it. My only complaint is that the text is now 20 years old. I wish someone could recommend a more recent text--written with as wide a scope--that was more up-to-date.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Jennings on August 19, 2012
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If you want to understand the natural sciences from the beginning to the mid 1970's, this is your book. It is all in here written in a style as appealing as any novel. This is written for the person who wants a complete and understandable summery of scientific achievement. Not too many diagrams and fewer formulas. More than one scientific career began by reading this book!
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By Amazon Customer on November 6, 2013
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Better than most current books. Covers lots of interesting topics. Good reference for anyone with a taste for science for sure.
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