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A beginners guide to scientific fun,
This review is from: Magic Universe: A Grand Tour of Modern Science (Paperback)
Nigel Calder offers up a clear, concise, interesting and insightful tour of some of the big issues in science today. He takes the reader on a rollercoaster journey through psychology, physics, biology and paleontology - covering a diversity of topics from the Big Bang, black holes and brain images, onto the Cambrian Explosion and primate behaviour and including Time Machines, Superstring Theory and much, much more.
Chapters are linked together by ideas, and handy cross referencs are provided throughout the book. As Calder's work unfolds the reader develops a gradual idea of how different facets of science link together.
If you have read (and understood!) Stephen Hawkins, Richard Dawkins and Robert Winston, this book may prove too superficial to really challenge your thinking.
In contrast, The Magic Universe is more like a chunky magazine or a really good set of newspaper articles than a book.
With that in mind, if you're looking for a relaxed and enjoyeable introduction to a diveristy of scientific topics, you won't go far wrong with this choice.