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Science + Imagination = Cool,
This review is from: Sciencia: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Astronomy for All (Wooden Books) (Hardcover)
I'm no boffin. The ideas and theories expressed in this book are not easily understood by me. From a young age I veered towards the arts. This is not to blame the quality of instruction at my school (although nobody in the history of education can hold a candle to the beautiful Miss Redhouse - she drank red wine, had long, lustrous coils of jet black hair, alluded to cool things like sex and hangovers and made listening to Chaucer a near transcendental experience). No, it had more to do with content. Science was not taught in context. I don't recall any mention of the philosophy which makes it so exciting (and contentious) nor any talk of the sense of wonder it can inspire. Perhaps I was dreaming too much of those "rockkes blake". I don't think so. It was all rather boring and this totally misses the point of science. It may be hard to comprehend, it may require serious brain stretching. It may drive you nuts as you try to get your head round quantum reality or the anthropic principle but it should never be boring. And here is a book written by people who understand this point precisely. The text is distilled and jargon-free. The illustrations, integral to each facing page of words, range from playful to exquisite. This is serious science with seductive style. Get it for anyone who loves learning. Get it for yourself. Better still, give a copy to your local secondary school.