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Science: The Definitive Visual Guide [Hardcover]

Adam Hart-Davis
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1 Oct 2009

The complete illustrated science encyclopedia covering the history, key discoveries, inventions and people

This remarkable reference book reveals the story of scientific progress from the invention of the wheel to 21st-century climate solutions, including everything from ancient Greek geometry and quantum physics to the worldwide web.

Explore every key moment of scientific discovery and find out how the concepts, inventions and the individuals behind them have changed our world.

With stunning artworks and authoritative information this makes even complex scientific subjects easily comprehensible.

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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405322470
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405322478
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 26.4 x 31 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 261,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A visual delight for the general reader... a triumph of science communication. (Chemistry World) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Adam Hart-Davis has worked and presented on major TV series including Local Heroes, Top Ten Treasures, Tomorrow's World, What The Stuarts Did For Us, What The Victorians Did For Us, What The Romans Did For Us, and What The Ancients Did For Us. He lives in the West of England.

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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The really is a fantastic book! 7 Dec 2009
By Sussex by the Sea VINE VOICE
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I have bought many of the DK "Definitive Visual Guide" books over the past few years. These have ranged in quality from the excellent (Earth, Animal: The Definitive Visual Guide to the World's Wildlife, Human: The Definitive Guide to Our Species), through the solid (History: The Definitive Visual Guide - from the Dawn of Civilization to the Present Day, Ocean: The World's Last Wilderness Revealed) to the occasional below-par effort (Plant (Royal Botanic Gardens Kew)).

I am very happy to say that Science is probably the best book of the the entire series. It is packed with information, both technical and historical, and does an excellent job of explaining the complex in diagrams and text. My science-loving son was enthralled, and eager to read more of it.

Best of all was the reference section near the back of the book, which summarises a great deal of human knowledge in a few pages - and includes the equations on which science is built. I can't find fault with this book, and it certainly deserves much recommendation!
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect present! 27 Nov 2009
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`Science' is a full-colour, large format book with glorious illustrations, a logical arrangement and authoritative consultants such as John Gribbin, Jeremy Cherfas and Douglas Palmer. All fine communicators of science. The editor-in-chief is Adam Hart-Davis, the greatest UK science and invention communicator of them all.

It uses a historical narrative, subdivided by the disciplines of science and technology. It ends with valuable Reference, Who's Who and Glossary sections. However, `Science' is much more than a reference book with great artwork.

Although it has a useful Index and good `findability' for particular topics and scientists, I don't think that is the best way to use it. Try another method: start at the beginning and read to the end! If you do that you will find `Science' uniquely rewarding because it communicates brilliantly the discovery process of all science through of all its history. It gradually unfolds the pattern of science as an amazing, evolving, historically-grounded global culture.

`Science' will make an excellent present for many young - or young at heart - people. It might just change their life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet Again, An Amazing Book From DK 30 Oct 2010
By zx50
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This book is utterly amazing! It's absolutely packed FULL of all the scientific knowledge your brain could ever need to take in. I've browsed through the book and know that I'm going to love this once I start reading it. I don't know whether these could be a COMPLETE substitute for other books (bit of a contradiction here, I know), but by hell, they come very close though. Anyone wanting to know about science, DEFINITLEY get this. I'm so pleased I did.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Frank D
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DK over the years has perfected the pictorially driven, graphically sumptuous genre of reference type books, and this glorious book is a supreme example.

Captured between these covers is the simplified sum of man's scientific understanding of nature, life and the universe - stunningly presented with thousand of photos, cut-away diagrams and thoughtful full-colour illustrations, backed-up with comprehensible and useful text.

Typically, the book teems with time-lines, info-boxes and cameo pieces which help fill the gaps usually ignored by standard treatments, and help fix the knowledge in one's mind.

DK is also to be credited with treating science as a human story as well, giving welcome space to the personal details of the thousands of men (and women) across the ages, who with extraordinary ingenuity and perseverance have unlocked Nature's secrets - arguably mankind's greatest achievement.

Inevitably on such a vast subject there will be some carping about lack of depth and detail, and a bias (PC?) in material selection which seems to short-change the German contribution in favour of a wider spread of individuals from other nations.....for which as a payoff, I learnt about Spanish scientists (to name only one group) that I had never even heard of.....

In an instance of un-PC contrast though, Einstein's wife Mileva who apparently did the maths and co-authored several of his early papers, still remains unacknowledged even here, in one imagines is deference to the image of the icon....

But all this is a pretty trifling detraction from what is overall a brilliant, entertaining, enlightening and beautifully presented book.

Worth every penny.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise but rewarding 14 Jan 2010
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I have a general interest in science and this book is excellent for dipping into. It covers discoveries, inventions and applications in the scientific world in chronological order with a double page spread for each topic. There are also biographies of the great scientists. All in all a very good general reference book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Book 24 Sep 2012
By John
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Last year I bought the book Universe which is from the same publishers and in the same vein as this one. When I saw this book I simply had to get it. I am not disappointed the book is fantastic, it has enough information about each subject to give the reader an understanding without too much to bore the reader.

Not much point describing the inside of the book as you can look inside the book in the description.

I cannot praise this book highly enough and would recommend it to anyone. It is suitable for adults and older children.

Nothing to do with the book but I have to say that Amazon's delivery was brilliant, ordered Friday Pm and the book arrived Monday Am and that was with super saver delivery!
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Published 7 days ago by Kevin Boroduwicz
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Bought this for my eleven year old grandson and it is a wonderful book for introducing young people into science
Published 6 months ago by Veronica di Mambro
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for my 12 Year Old
My son hasn't put it down since Christmas morning, looks like i can learn a thing or two as well.
Published 6 months ago by LEE MITCHELSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Great - really detailes
This is definitely an adult/teenage book although I bought this for my seven year old daughter and she loves it. Brilliantly detailed and very comprehensive. Excellent.
Published 7 months ago by T. T. Andrews
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This book is excellent and very good value for money. Look at the index as the scale and scope of coverage is vast. For the price it is excellent value for money. Read more
Published 8 months ago by CJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
We bought this for my almost 12 year old grandson as he did so well in his SATS. It is a brilliant book,every home should have one. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Heather B-P
5.0 out of 5 stars Well put together but easy to understand
Very very informative and interesting at the same time. Reading 2 pages a day so I can retain the information. Well done AHD.
Published 15 months ago by Jennyhallauthor
5.0 out of 5 stars Science
I actally bought this book for a friend but read it first! When I gave it to him (at Christmas) his grandson,a teenager
was very interested in it and as I had given him an... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Beryl
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book, everyone should have it in their house
bought it for my daughter - she loves it - she is doing her english degree, but loves science as well
Published 17 months ago by Spange (Yorkley)
5.0 out of 5 stars Well balanced, beautifully printed
I got this book for 12.79 quid. It is a bargain price and the book is really well written. It explains so many things and does it easily digestible. Read more
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