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Product Details

  • Series: Knowledge in a Flash
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1623650062
  • ISBN-13: 978-1623650063
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Hazel Muir is a freelance science writer for magazines including BBC Sky at Night and New Scientist, where she worked as a staff editor/writer from 1994 to 2008.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Geoff Cowan on February 22, 2013
Format: Paperback
We sceptics are an intelligent bunch. Go to any Sceptics conference and you will see and meet a large number of people that have a range of experience, qualifications and skills. It is impossible to keep up with everyone. But now you can ! Well, you can try.

Hazel Muir has written an interesting little book of over 400 pages that deal with all the "key concepts" of science. Collated into the basic areas of physics, chemistry, biology and 9 other areas, the book provides a useful background to all the great things in science.

Written in a clear and concise manner, it is not the type of book that can pass for a text book or other academic publication, but it can provide that primer for such debates on climate science and sustainability. My concern is the explanation of concepts cannot be done in two pages. For example, Muir attempts to explain the electromagnetic spectrum in two pages, the explanation is clear, but does not do the actual subject justice. But the subject of photosynthesis with the simple diagram does. This is one of the disadvantages of the book, not be used as a standalone authority on concepts on science, but it does provide a start. Muir writes all explanations in a maximum of 200 words, a big ask for some of the concepts that are put forward. No doubt something could be missed in the reading.

But then, this book would be a great little gift for that young sceptic in your life that loves science, or as an introduction to the field of science. The style is very journalistic, which is not surprising when Muir is a former staffer on the magazine New Scientist. An astrophysicist by trade, her academic credibility is high, hence I see her bringing science to people that normally would not read a science textbook. Something all good sceptics would appreciate.

So, I do recommend this book to readers, something that can be read on the train or late at night, just don't tell your sceptic mates !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By brumbi on January 20, 2013
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Reading this book is fun :) You could look at a random page and read and learn something. Interesting concepts and ideas are explained in brief, still the scientific spirit is there :)
The illustrations look great on kindle and also on screen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nate on May 14, 2014
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From basic concepts to complex physics, this book is FANTASTIC.
ANYONE can read and understand this. You will learn, no doubt about it.

Whether you're only semi-interested in science or you're a born physicist looking for a great refresher, this book is a fantastic addition to your life.
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By Colleen on May 19, 2014
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Excellent little summary of some of science's more commonly misunderstood topics. Impress your friends...or just brush up on that stuff you learned at some point and forgot.
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