It gives you an idea of why things work the way they do, instead of someway else.
Segre writes with such elegance, clarity and charm that it is easy to forget that this is a work we read for self-improvement rather than self-indulgence.
The book is excellent, both an entertaining reading for people interested in the relationahip of ScieNce and history and also for teaching purposes.
Fantastic for those with or without scientific backgrounds. Would be a superb text for a liberal arts course in science and science history.Published 3 months ago by Ray B.
I really liked this book, it goes into not just how things are discovered/invented;
but the wrong turns they made in getting there. Read more
I was interested in both the topic and the author. The book is excellent, both an entertaining reading for people interested in the relationahip of ScieNce and history and also for... Read morePublished on May 2, 2009 by Susan V. Meschel
The book starts off promising with a chapter on temperature and the human body, and I have to admit I learned one thing from the book (why you feel cold when you have a fever). Read morePublished on January 20, 2009 by Book Worm
As someone who barely made it through thermodynamics at the U getting a title of mechanical engineer, I'm glad of reading this wonderful book. Read morePublished on June 15, 2006 by Humberto Mejia
For me this was an excellent book and recommend it to everyone interested in always learning new things. Segre's easy way of explaining tough matters is admirable. Read morePublished on April 8, 2006 by Luis Mansilla M
This book is a fantastic read for any of us who has gone through their science courses in school and wondered if there is more to science than the cut and dry information they got... Read morePublished on January 4, 2006 by laleph
I read this book after reading John Gribbin's "Deep Simplicity" and "Ice Age". If I hadn't read Gribbin's books I would not have been able to put some of Segre's political bias... Read morePublished on December 10, 2005 by L. Dwight