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Galileo's Finger: The Ten Great Ideas of Science [Kindle Edition]

Peter Atkins
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These days we have this worryingly facile expectation that everything can be easily explained in 20 seconds or 20 words. Many things, especially those in philosophy and science are not easily explained but are well worth the effort required to understand them. In Galileo's Finger: the Ten Great Ideas of Science, Peter Atkins gives those of us who are not specialist scientists a great opportunity to get to grips with some of the most interesting, important and generally complex scientific concepts which have emerged over the last 500 years or more since modern science began its renaissance. Galileo's Finger covers topics that impact our everyday lives such as evolution by natural selection, inheritance encoded in DNA, the conservation of energy, entropy, the atomic structure of matter, quantum theory, the idea of the expanding universe, spacetime and mathematical reasoning. No doubt some will be disappointed that their favourite concept is not included in Atkins' top ten but as Peter Atkins explains, he focuses on ideas rather than applications; his idea has been to identify the ideas that illuminate and, in most cases, provide the foundation for technological advance, concept-driven rather than tool-driven science. There are diagrams and some formulae but anyone who can text a message on a mobile phone or negotiate the complexities of the English language should get a pretty good idea of these concepts from Galileo's Finger. As with so many things in life, motivation is half the battle. Peter Atkins is very well qualified to write with authority about such a range of topics as he is Professor of Chemistry in the University of Oxford. And because he has written several widely used textbooks on the subject he knows how to explain clearly and engagingly without getting caught up in often misleading analogies as some popular science writers do. It needs confidence in your own grasp of a subject to write straightforwardly about it as Peter Atkins does. For anyone who has always wanted to try and get to grips with some proper understanding of entropy or all those links between DNA, proteins, amino acids, RNA or PCR, here is your chance, but do not expect a quick fix. --Douglas Palmer

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These days we have this worryingly facile expectation that everything can be easily explained in 20 seconds or 20 words. Many things, especially those in philosophy and science are not easily explained but are well worth the effort required to understand them. In Galileo's Finger: the Ten Great Ideas of Science, Peter Atkins gives those of us who are not specialist scientists a great opportunity to get to grips with some of the most interesting, important and generally complex scientific concepts which have emerged over the last 500 years or more since modern science began its renaissance. Galileo's Finger covers topics that impact our everyday lives such as evolution by natural selection, inheritance encoded in DNA, the conservation of energy, entropy, the atomic structure of matter, quantum theory, the idea of the expanding universe, spacetime and mathematical reasoning. No doubt some will be disappointed that their favourite concept is not included in Atkins' top ten but as Peter Atkins explains, he focuses on ideas rather than applications; his idea has been to identify the ideas that illuminate and, in most cases, provide the foundation for technological advance, concept-driven rather than tool-driven science. There are diagrams and some formulae but anyone who can text a message on a mobile phone or negotiate the complexities of the English language should get a pretty good idea of these concepts from Galileo's Finger. As with so many things in life, motivation is half the battle. Peter Atkins is very well qualified to write with authority about such a range of topics as he is Professor of Chemistry in the University of Oxford. And because he has written several widely used textbooks on the subject he knows how to explain clearly and engagingly without getting caught up in often misleading analogies as some popular science writers do. It needs confidence in your own grasp of a subject to write straightforwardly about it as Peter Atkins does. For anyone who has always wanted to try and get to grips with some proper understanding of entropy or all those links between DNA, proteins, amino acids, RNA or PCR, here is your chance, but do not expect a quick fix. --Douglas Palmer

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 3540 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 380 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0198609418
  • Verlag: OUP Oxford (27. Mai 2004)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B006OIRRJE
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ein toller Überblick über viele Sachgebiete. Leider ist die Schriftgröße in der engl. Version etwas klein geraten. Ist serh zu empfehlen.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Galileo's Finger: The 10 Great Ideas of Science 2. Februar 2004
Von Joe Zika - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Galileo's Finger: The Ten Great Ideas of Science written by Peter Atkins is an excellently written book that gets to the heart of science ideas. "Galileo's Finger" takes us on a journey through the sciences on a broader context and embraces the ten central ideas of current science.
There are ten chapters taking us on a challenging but ultimately deeply satisfying journey. Science is the apotheosis of the spirit of the renaissance, an extraordinary monument to the human spirit and the power of comprehension of the puny human brain. This book is highly readable and the author makes the subject matter intelligable to the modest reader, making for an understanding of complex subject matter.
The chapters are as follows:
Evolution: The Emergence of Complexity
DNA: The Rationalization of Biology
Energy: The Universalization of Accountancy
Entropy: The Spring of Change
Atoms: The Reduction of Matter
Symmetry: The Quantification of Beauty
Quanta: The Simplification of Understanding
Cosmology: The Globalization of Reality
Spacetime: The Arena of Action
Arithmetic: The Limits of Reason
There is an epilogue for the future of understanding. The author has written the chapters in a way that you can either read them in order or read them out of order as they are free standing subjects. But, I found that that I could skim read the book and later reread in depth the subjects that piqued my interest.
This is an excellent book to be used as a introduction to scientific concepts and puts the reader into a logical approach to the scientific concepts, as you read on you'll find that you'll arrive at an emergence of understanding. This book is written well and the author uses the English language to describe concepts in a way that opens our minds through our eyes of the ways of deep science.
Galileo's Finger is a solid 5 star introduction to scientific concepts written in a manor to educate the reader. This book deserves a good read and a place on your bookshelf.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Not Popular Science 21. Dezember 2011
Von Anna Rees - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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As a science graduate and experienced teacher of A level Chemistry and GCSE Science I thought this book would be a nice overview of what is going on (and has gone on) in science. How wrong I was.

This book flips from some nice historical detail and context to some very complex ideas in a wide range of disciplines. The transition is not smooth and I felt in the turn of a page I went from being firmly in my comfort zone to being completely out of my depth.

Atkins can describe things with skill but he has bitten off more than he can chew in trying to cram so much into one book and the bits that he misses out were the links between school level and graduate level science, which unfortunately are likely to be the bits that his readership will be most interested in.

With better editing (or choosing of content level). This could have been a good and informative book. Unfortunately, it was interesting in parts but unreachable in others.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good Overview of Science 22. Februar 2005
Von e uva - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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P.W.(Peter) Atkins is the author of the excellent textbook "Physical Chemistry", "Molecules", a general overview of nature's chemicals from the Scientific American Library, and the imaginative "Periodic Kingdom". In his latest popularization, "Galileo's Finger", Atkins outlines what he considers are the ten central ideas of science. Without bias, he only chooses two from his own area of expertise. The rest are from the realms of biology, physics and astronomy. Given that only two to three of the chapters are part of a high school curriculum, the book is essential reading for anyone who has not studied science past that point. His writing neither oversimplifies nor bores the reader, reminiscent of the way the late Stephen Jay Gould practised his craft. I love Atkins' definition of chemistry, " It is the bridge between the perceived world of substances and the imagined world of atoms."
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Popularized science but not a For Dummies book 7. Dezember 2004
Von John Matlock - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Galileo, as he was sentenced to recant what he had seen with his own eyes is reputed to have said under his breath something like, "but I saw what I saw." Trying to see evolution or quanta or the spacetime continuum is more difficult.

Galileo was then sentenced to house arrest for the rest of his life. No more questioning the unbridled power of the church. But the church was not all powerful, in places other than Italy observations continued. And the instruments used for observation became better and better, scientists could see further, and smaller, and with a better understanding of what they were seeing.

Dr. Atkins has selected ten key central ideas of today's science and described them for the general public. But having said that, I must also say that this isn't a For Dummies book. His explanation, for instance, of some of the modern thinking in the physics of symmetry, quanta, cosmology and spacetime reaches the point where you either have to accept it on faith or spend a considersible amount of time with very high level mathematics.

This is a book that presents the modern thinking at a level that most of it is understandable to most of us. Combine that with an elegent writing style, and reading it makes for a great deal of enjoyment.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good, but uneven 19. Juni 2012
Von Mec - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Atkins follows in the tradition of Gamow and Asimov but with more depth.

Unfortunately, the narrative thread skips frequently. Atkins introduces an idea (for example, Turing machines), then quickly jumps to Universal Turing Machines and a diagonalization proof that the Halting Problem has no solution. The essays would have benefitted from a smoother, more continuous exposition, even at the expense of advanced material.
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