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The World Treasury of Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics: From Albert Einstein to Stephen W. Hawking and From Annie Dillard to John Updike - an ... Than 90 of This Century's Best-Known Writers

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ISBN-13: 978-0316281331
ISBN-10: 0316281336
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 880 pages
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books (June 30, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316281336
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316281331
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,576,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Brandt R. A. Miles (Brandt8@juno.com) on July 27, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book is obviously only geared towards those remotely interested in physics, so that's what it does: cater to the contemplative individual. Believe it or not, this collection of writings grabbed me from the first subtitle, 'Atoms in Motion', and literally propelled me through the next 800 pages of lectures and dissertations, ranging from Mr. Isaac Asimov to Albert Einstein. If you've been looking for a comprehensive and sometimes exhaustively extensive glimpse into the universe of physics and mathematics, Mr. Ferris' treasury will not disappoint. What's more, if you buy it here at Amazon, you definitely get every penny's worth. I mean, c'mon, 18 bucks? This sucker is hard-bound. Don't pass this one up.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 31, 1997
Format: Paperback
This is a well-chosen collection of delightful writings, mostly written by scientists. In this book, one can learn the thought processes of great minds such as Feynman, Planck, Hardy, Turing, etc., in their own words. This reasonably-priced book will serve as a source of inspiration and ideas to an intelligent reader.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. It brings together the writings of some of the worlds greatest minds on the subject of science. This is a most read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Metallurgist TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book contains 97 essays written by the giants of 20th century physics and mathematics. These include essays by Einstein, Planck, Bohr, Dirac, von Neumann, Feynman, Hawking, Penrose and Bertrand Russell. Almost all are non-mathematical, but a few (for instance, the essay by Dirac) do require some mathematical expertise. The essays are, on the whole, quite good. My only reservation is that many of the selections are quite dated. This is to be expected, since many of the authors are deceased, and some have been dead for a half-century or more. Furthermore, being compiled in 1989 (the publication date for the original hard cover edition) even the essays by living authors, such as Hawking and Penrose, are somewhat obsolete, hence I can only give this book four-stars. However, even if they do not reflect the most up-to-date understanding of the subject matter that they cover, they are still well worth reading.
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Format: Hardcover
Two of the worlds' most odious clichés relate to the scientific elite and are unfortunately often perpetrated by non-scientific academics. The first is that scientists crawl into an artificial environment and create monstrous things without regard to the consequences. The second is that the scientific upper-echelon finds it impossible to "lower" themselves to the level of everyone else. This collection of over 90 essays, written by the prime scientists of the 19th and 20th centuries, demolishes those beliefs.
The pioneers of modern understanding have often been the vanguard of those trying to educate the public about what the newest scientific discoveries really mean. And scientists have always written for the masses, such as they were. Even Kepler and Galileo wrote popular works to explain their positions.
The material in this book represents scientists at their best. You read of joy, anguish, fulfillment, shock, puzzlement, success and failure. In short, you read about humans experiencing the world. The level of difficulty is very low, suitable for high school on up.
Showing scientists at their human best, this book will convince all but the stone-minded that scientists really are at home in the world.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
An excellent book to read on science and mathematic related ideas. It's easy to understand and fun to read. It doesn't only stop at the scientists' and mathematicians' lives and their work. Read it and find out... More!
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Within this one volume you’ll find the work of many of the most important brains of the 20th century. Sure, some material will be considered dated; but you need to know where we started in order to appreciate where knowledge and new thinking is taking us. It’s a big thick book. It will be at the top of your bedside reading stack for some time. If you were in college in the late fifties and did graduate work in the sixties, you’ll be familiar with many of the authors and their work. And there will be authors that are less well known to you but equally as important. If you are as old as me, you’ll remember Cliffton Fadiman, the book’s editor, from his numerous appearances on television. The name Timothy Ferris should be well known to you. You may even have Ferris’s “The Whole Shebang” in your collection.
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