Friday, May 28, 2010

From Atoms To Infinity: 88 Great Ideas In Science / by Mary and John Gribbin

"Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of ideas." --John Dewey (1859-1952)
So just what is infinity, really? At what speed exactly do nerve impulses in your brain move? What's on the other side of a black hole? What is the strongest (per pound) animal on the planet? These questions and more are answered in this inquisitive and thought provoking book on all things science, which in addition to answering some of the most commonly asked questions (like is the weather in New York City really affected by a butterfly flapping its wings thousands of miles away in Indonesia?), helps the casual reader understand the basic elements which make up our daily lives and the world we live in. And in simple enough terms so that yes, anyone, can understand it.
Authors Mary and John Gribbin, two of the most world-renowned science authors, have developed a great little tool for answering some of the most commonly asked questions about science. In brief, concise sections, usually one page excerpts, From Atoms to Infinity deftly explains the biggest (and smallest) ideas which comprise life, from the most miniscule quark of an atom to the physics behind the 27 km particle accelerator in Switzerland known as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) which can produce energy capacities equivalent to full scale aircraft carriers. The book is an informative read, presenting the realm of science, in all its expansive proportions and dimensions, with easily consumable explanations of its fascinating dynamics.

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