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

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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Series: Wooden Books
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books; 1St Edition edition (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802778992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802778994
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.5 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I love this book! My girlfriend gave it to me as a present for my birthday. I read at least 2 little stories per night and I enjoy it a TON! I learn (and remember some) things every night and next morning I stay intrigued about the story I read and how the fact was discovered or invented. Awesome book!!
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This is all-around a great book to have for anyone with a passion for all things science. For the first time ever, I actually learned where those geometric formulas I learned in ninth grade originate.

Beyond that, however, some of the text in the right hand illustration pages is very hard to read. Also, the cartoon script that is used is even harder to read. The publisher should seriously consider improving the legibility of these parts of the book.
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This is a great book with a little bit of everything. I really like the way the book is organized, and I can read about just a topic or two, and sit for a longer read. It has great coverage with interesting topic, it's well written, and is bound well. The cover is beautiful. The photo doesn't do it justice. But better still it's contents are great.
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It contains short and concise explanations of natural events, forces, and environments that humans can observe empirically. Formulas are included along with explanations of their functions. The illustrations are very nice, but they tend to be a bit "cute" in some places, and there were a few times that I encountered over-simplified images that left out important details that will lead to misinformation, though this was very rare, probably one in five or so.

There's not much like this out there. If the illustrations that were lacking could be cleaned up/redone in a better manner, I'd have no problem with this book. I haven't the heart to give it a four though, as it's very useful a guide. I'd recommend this to anyone.

tl:dr ?

It's around 400 pages of beautiful, wonderful natural science and math. :)
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My only complaint is the size of the text. I didn't get it just as a coffee table book, and I hoped to be able to read it WITHOUT resorting to reading glasses or a magnifying glass. Great book, however.
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