A good read and well worth the effort.
At the same time, the writing is clear and understandable to a non-specialist, and the examples given in the book will stimulate the interest of most readers.
I really can't find a better thing to say about this book than what The Economist said: "An intellectual rollercoaster".
good book. it started well andinterseting and it is good going
past the half it gets deeoer requiring slower reading
As a student (not a very good one, arguably :) of social sciences, I've been more than a little disturbed by what I've seen as trying to "prescribe" how people "must" behave using... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Anastasia
I am very impressed with this book. It is dense but the writer's style keeps the text engaging.
I enjoyed how the author managed to link social science to physics historically... Read more
Considerable (and maybe correct) research on history of physics which collects huge amount of (somehow) arbitrary selected citations. Read morePublished on August 6, 2011 by KA
This book was offered me and - it was hit on the nail.
Philip Ball is obviously a very experienced writer. Read more
For the popular-science book reader, this is a gratifying book that never confuses you but still manages to surprise with fresh perspective and new ideas. Read morePublished on January 9, 2011 by harshcritic
I was looking forward to reading this book but I find it hard to read. I read a few pages, and find it interesting, but can't really say what I learned. Maybe its just me. Read morePublished on July 11, 2010 by Tunes Plus
How are we (readers) affected by Ball's book ? Such question (although not this particular one) is what the book addresses. Read morePublished on June 3, 2010 by Astrobob
Ball is indeed a skilled writer, and as a physicist he has a good grasp of the maths involved in the assorted topics he broaches. Read morePublished on April 12, 2010 by Ronald Davis