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The Little Book of Scientific Principles Theories Things explains 175 laws principles euations theories and things that form the foundations of science It features all the great names in science including Pythagoras Galileo Newton Darwin and Einstein as well as recent contributors such as Rachel Carson James Lovelock and Stephen HawkingThis little book presents serious science simply answering uestions likeWhat is Pythagorean Theorem? What is the difference between circadian rhythms and the popular concept of biorhythms? What is Hawking’s Black Hole Theory? Who developed the World Wide Web?

10 thoughts on “The Little Book of Scientific Principles Theories and Things

  1. says:

    A fun and interesting light read The author sums up as the title says over 175 'scientific principles theories and things' from the 6th century BC to the 21st century it was published in 2005I'd have given it stars but I caught a significant error in a subject I know which makes me wonder whether there are in areas I don't know as well he described the hydrogen isotope tritium as having 2 protons and one neutron He got protons and neutrons backward two protons would make it a different element helium A pretty important differenceI did like the fact that he included some whimsical entries eg Murphy's Law and the Tumbling Toast TheoryAgain fun light reading One fact that he didn't specifically note that jumped out in the first part of the book new discoveries are centuries apart By the end they were coming almost every year and sometimes several per year showing the acceleration of scientific knowledge's growth

  2. says:

    The timeline is really well explained and very useful but the descriptions aren't as insightful as you'd expect sometimes

  3. says:

    The chronology makes the material much interesting than it would be if arranged according to a plan of say like principles of mathematics At first I didn't like how short all the references were but then I realized that I would likely not have kept on reading if the entries had been longer And since I read it I have realized how many references in the world I had been missing in particular the Turing test must have come across my path now a dozen times since I have finished the bookand I bet I would not have even noticed the reference or spent the time when reading out there in the big wide world to find out what the reference meantSo now that I have read the book I have a lot respect for it than while I was reading it as reading lite during lunches

  4. says:

    I have three major complaints with this book1This is not a book I recommend reading linearly Especially from front to back If you are determined to do a full read through I suggest back to front There was a not a lot of info for each entry but they were fairly entertaining It is sort of like Halloween though if you eat too much candy you will likely feel ill and want to go to bed Replace candy with entries and there you have it That may sound odd but after reading 28 wildly different slightly complex theories or things in a row your brain gets a bit full of good stuff and needs to have an antacid I suggest reading a page once in a while over a topic you heard of recently or in fields you find interesting I have put color coded sticky notes in mine to mark favorite entries or to mark the exact page where there is a person that should have been added the very crucial2 ROSALIND FRANKLIN Where is she in this book? Watson and Crick get their mention and there is no mention of the woman who laid the nearly complete groundwork through observation and research of the double helix? I'm sorry what? The poor woman was subjected to misogyny in her lifetime written off as the mildly attractive Rosy who had her research used by Watson and Crick with not so much as a thanks Read The Dark Lady of DNA by Brenda Maddox She should not be overlooked There were about 6 female scientists mentioned in the book and most had a fair mention but I took off a star because I am tired of seeing books leave Rosalind Franklin out of history 3 The reason I took off the second star is that I heard that there may have been some serious factual errors in some entries Several reviewers have pointed them out but I am not ualified to say if there are possibly It always makes me sad that I can't trust what I read in a nonfiction book presenting facts Despite what I have said I think the book is a perfect gift for science history enthusiasts and budding teenage scientists but if you are not remotely interested in science or theories of any kind don't read it I am actually both a budding teenage scientist and a science history enthusiast so I was expecting a bit from this book

  5. says:

    I enjoyed this book It's concise and easy to read At times it also offers a glimpse into some fascinating lives A fun little science book to have It's a good spring board book where you get a little bit of information on a personscientific principles and want to go off and learn

  6. says:

    This is a difficult book to read but not for the usual reasons First of all the collection of items is brilliant For that Mr Verma gets 4 But the discussions are all over the map ranging from mediocre to abominable I should caveat this by saying I am a physicist and so I am holding the content to my standard of discussion Mr Verma's discussion may be good for a non scientist but I cannot rate that and I also cannot give the hypothesis much credence So for content he gets 0 One of the reasons the book is hard to read is that because the discussions are so bad often negative I freuently stop and try to fix them with marginalia or sticky notes Often that is nothing than a crucial point or euation that I fear would only have meaning to me The next time Mr Verma writes a science book I hope he partners with someone who understands and can express the content As I said the outline is excellent In fact I am using the book for an adult education seminar We usually do about five topics per meeting Because adults tend not to read assignments I can assign the five or so and they will at most scan the titles before class Then I can go through in class and do a proper job of explaining the topics accuratelyAnyone wishing to teach themselves science overview can use the book as an outline but read the topic write ups in credible sources like encyclopedias or college texts The book is inexpensive enough that such is not a waste But be very careful of imbibing the content of the topics they are almost as untrustworthy as the internet

  7. says:

    This is a good reference book for any science student It bestows anyone interested in science with knowledge on various scientific laws theories etc It is prepared in a manner which is very easy to read and understand It is also arranged in ascending form in years So it covers important scientific hypothesis laws theories from Pythagoras' Theorem to the most recent run against a Theory of Everything The pages include the information such as law theory hypothesis name inventor discoverer year and place of discovery etc Although it does have a lot of information it misses a lot of theories laws Other than that and a bit of bad proofreading the book is a fine read for the knowledge thirsty

  8. says:

    Don't expect to actually learn anything scientific from this book It consists of one page summaries of scientific discoveries over the past 2000 yearsWhat it does do is make you aware of the amazing strides man has made in understanding the world Its beyond imagining the ingenuity these scientiststhinkers had in being able to observe the workings of the universe

  9. says:

    This book was very interesting and informative It shows many great discoveries My favorite of these is Nuclear Fission discovered 1938 in Germany The Uranium nucleus after absorbing a neutron had split into two roughly eual pieces Barium and Krypton also when the atomic number is even it is a stable element when the atomic number is odd is is an unstable radioactive element

  10. says:

    This book was really a finding With short description of many scientific achievements ordered as a time line this book was a real pleasure to be read You can read one or two pages every now and then and at the end you have the big picture of science throughout human history