Can't praise this enough. Peter Atkins is a great writer and easy to read. So you should read this, and re-read it t get a good feel for the significance of the whole of physics... Read morePublished on 16 Feb. 2013 by ron murp
I can only surmise that the bulk of reviewers of this wonderful book are ersatz intellectuals - Galileo's Finger counts as one of the most exciting, lively and enlightening popular... Read morePublished on 10 Oct. 2007 by Mr. Simon Hunt
On amazon.com this book scores very highly, with all the reviews (with the exception of one repeated review) being 4 or 5 stars. Read morePublished on 31 Aug. 2007 by D. Thomas
Atkins may be a good chemist, but this book does a disservice to the world of science in general and physics in particular. Read morePublished on 22 Jan. 2007 by Catman
Galileo's Finger - it's all thumbs. I don't disagree that these may be ten of the greatest ideas of science, it's just the way they're presented. Read morePublished on 13 Oct. 2004 by "bazmac2"
Some of the press reviews suggest that this is for the general reader. However, even with a degree in Science, I found some the explanations quite hard-going, and I think the... Read morePublished on 13 July 2004 by Keith Appleyard
I agree with the first two reviewers, and especially with the acid but justified observation regarding the Dawkins quote on the back cover. Read morePublished on 2 Jan. 2004 by Matt McGrath