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Galileo's Finger: The 10 Great Ideas of Science,
This review is from: Galileo's Finger: The Ten Great Ideas of Science (Hardcover)Galileo's Finger: The Ten Great Ideas of Science written by Peter Atkins is an excellently written book that gets to the heart of science ideas. "Galileo's Finger" takes us on a journey through the sciences on a broader context and embraces the ten central ideas of current science.
There are ten chapters taking us on a challenging but ultimately deeply satisfying journey. Science is the apotheosis of the spirit of the renaissance, an extraordinary monument to the human spirit and the power of comprehension of the puny human brain. This book is highly readable and the author makes the subject matter intelligable to the modest reader, making for an understanding of complex subject matter.
The chapters are as follows:
Evolution: The Emergence of Complexity
There is an epilogue for the future of understanding. The author has written the chapters in a way that you can either read them in order or read them out of order as they are free standing subjects. But, I found that that I could skim read the book and later reread in depth the subjects that piqued my interest.
This is an excellent book to be used as a introduction to scientific concepts and puts the reader into a logical approach to the scientific concepts, as you read on you'll find that you'll arrive at an emergence of understanding. This book is written well and the author uses the English language to describe concepts in a way that opens our minds through our eyes of the ways of deep science.
Galileo's Finger is a solid 5 star introduction to scientific concepts written in a manor to educate the reader. This book deserves a good read and a place on your bookshelf.
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Initial post: Apr 30, 2012 12:33:54 AM PDT
Five stars given to a book you "skim read'? You don't even tell us how many chapters you went back to read in depth.
I understand withholding praise of a book because parts of the book were unreadable, but giving fulsome praise to a book that you only read in part is ridiculous, unless it's a table of facts, etc. that is meant for reference, not reading.
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