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A picture can be worth a thousand words
5 January 2007
I like John Gribbin's writing style. He structures his books in a very logical manner (and this is no exception) and has a keen eye for leading the reader through the the story that he is telling. But...I found the lack of any illustrations regarding atoms, electrons, how atoms bind to each other to form molecules, etc a real problem. Its not his writing style that is at fault, its just that I just could not visualise what was going on, and after re-reading the relevant paragraphs three times I found that I had to look on the web to find some illustrations. And that helped - and I thought to myself - why didn't he include these in the book?.
The I dug out my 1966 3-volume set of Isaac Asimov's "Understanding Physics" - and you know what? - he didn't include any diagrams and illustrations either!!
Anyway, it is a good book and well worth the read if you have a curiosity about science. And, likewise, if you are not curious.......