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Sciencia: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Astronomy for All (Wooden Books) Hardcover – October 25, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Series: Wooden Books
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Walker & Company; 1St Edition edition (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780802778994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802778994
  • ASIN: 0802778992
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 6.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Matthew Watkins, Ph.D. is a musician and mathematician. He lives in England. Matt Tweed is an artist and musician. He lives in England. Burkard Polster is a professor of mathematics at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Gerard Cheshire is is a professional science writer. He lives in England. Moff Betts, M.D. lives and practices medicine in Wales.

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I am learning so much and every page is fun reading !
Bruce Flint
I think this is a very good book for what it is, Something to whet the appetites of those who may be just getting started in their own journey of knowledge.
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One could go out and buy each of the books that make up this compilation.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Robert on January 18, 2012
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I bought this as a gift for a friend I recently inducted into the world of engineering. I wanted to read it before I sent it off, and wow... I really need to get my own. Since I was old enough to bike to my hometown's university bookstore, I have LOVED Wooden Books; the sames goes nearly 10 years later. This is a straight reprinting of 6 books rebound into one volume, all which would be ~$10 each:
1) QED
2) Useful Mathematical & Physical Formulae
3) Essential Elements
4) Evolution
5) The Human Body
6) The Compact Cosmos
How could you do better for $12?
I'm getting a copy of Quadrivium too. So should you.
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One could go out and buy each of the books that make up this compilation. However, this collection is very affordable ( $20.00 ) and looks great on any coffee table, certain to inspire great intellectual conversations.
The overall construction and design is an epitome of the eclectic qualities that define the Wooden Book series.
The material that is presented is targeted towards those that are reflective and assumes one is prepared to ponder ideas and "play" with them. However, you don't need to be a
graduate student in mathematics to understand the material. It is very accessible to a general reader, and serves as a good intro to the subjects in preparation for further study. Even if you don't plan on actually studying these subjects, it is still an interesting book to have and will leave its readers amazed in awe of our beautifully complex universe.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Caleb Whitehead on October 12, 2012
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This contans the basics necessary to understanding the vast majority of empirical knowledge currently known to humanity. Also, the illustrations rock at explaining the concepts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 22, 2013
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One of the best books that has caught my eye. Its concise but to the point about many topics that are fundamental.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 20, 2013
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I think this is a very good book for what it is, Something to whet the appetites of those who may be just getting started in their own journey of knowledge. It serves as a primer rather than the final authority on the topics within. I enjoy just jumping in and having it at the ready to keep my brain moving. That being said is does fall short in some topics and does not flow well. But again for what it is, it fits the bill also it's very cheap.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deb Nam-Krane VINE VOICE on November 4, 2013
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I was very excited when I picked this up. I love the idea of an elegant reference for math and science, and since some of our earliest scientists were also talented artists, I don't think artistic renderings of these topics "dumbs them down".

The first two sections on Geometry and Math and Physics Formulas lived up to my expectations. While it wasn't exhaustive and didn't go through everything formulation step-by-step, what was included provided enough clues and food for thought to work out the problems for ourselves.

Unfortunately, the treatments for the more concrete sciences of Chemistry, Biology and Astronomy weren't as successful. It's a combination of small, overly florid fonts, ineffective graphics and/or trying to cram too much information onto one page. While in some cases it may be a question of dividing subjects up, some, such as biology, in general might require more space than the short pages of this book provide.

While this is useful for math and physics, I wouldn't recommend it for general science enthusiasts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jaelene Morris on July 15, 2013
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GOT THIS AS A GIFT FOR MY BROTHER. ALSO GOT HIM SCIENTIFICA. HE USES BOTH BOOKS AS REFERENCES AND CROSS REFERENCES. HE TELLS ME HE CAN SPEND HOURS UPON HOURS GOING FROM SUBJECT TO SUBJECT. HE WOULD NOT PART WAYS WITH EITHER OF THESE BOOKS AND HIGHLY RECOMMENDS THEM TO ANYONE WHOSE INTERESTS ARE OF HOW THE EARTH, GALAXY, PHYSICS, MATHEMATICAL RULES USED TO UNDERSTAND HOW THINGS WORK IN OUR WORLD AND BEYOND. A MUST HAVE FOR YOUR LIBRARY!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ashleymanning on May 22, 2013
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thought these were large coffee table type books... they are quite small, but very attractive to look at. we enjoy them very much.
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