20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
As an interested layman I found this book stimulating and beautifully produced with interesting maps and illustrations. Its presentation and similar format and makes it a complementary companion to the earlier "Europe Between the Oceans" which provides a wider geographical context.
However like another reviewer I did find at even my level of knowledge some obvious errors in Chapter 2 which somewhat shattered my confidence in the editorial checking of the work, hence my docking of one star.
My examples are:
p.47 "So much water was tied up in these ice-caps that the sea-level sank to 150 kilometres below its present level..." Presumably for 'kilometres' read 'metres'… Read more
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The scope of the first edition of this "classic" has been increased by including more chemicals (including new ones such as "viagra" and "prozac"!); to this extent the second edition is to be commended.
But I question the improvement of the molecule illustrations themselves. Although now produced by computer and including also stick models, the scale is smaller and the colours often hard to distinguish. For example it is often difficult to differentiate between the black of carbon atoms and the blue of nitrogen atoms.