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Almost Everyone's Guide to Science: The Universe, Life and Everything (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – September 1999

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Science isn't for everyone, but if you have even the faintest trace of curiosity about the world around you, Almost Everyone's Guide to Science will be a delight. Author John Gribbin, a cosmologist by training, is better known for writing such popularizations of the freaky world of 20th-century physics as In Search of Schrödinger's Cat. His choice of subjects for this latest project reaches new territory, expanding in breadth to cover not just physics but chemistry, geology, meteorology, and the life sciences as well; in short, he introduces the world as we know it. Challenging but not intimidating, his writing presumes an actively intelligent reader willing to pause and think things out from time to time. Like the best science writers, he knows that his characters are people like Einstein and Darwin rather than theories like relativity and natural selection. This human-centered writing style is absorbing and a little sneaky--even those readers pathologically resistant to retaining scientific information will find themselves startled once or twice by an odd paradox or brilliant insight. This mastery of storytelling is ultimately what sets Gribbin apart from most other science writers; if you've decided that it's time to survey what we know about the world, Almost Everyone's Guide to Science is the best place to start. --Rob Lightner

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John Gribbin, visiting fellow in astronomy at the University of Sussex, is the author of many bestselling books of science and science fiction including In Search of Schrodinger's Cat: Quantum Physics and Reality and The Search for Superstrings, Symmetry and the Theory of Everything.
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This is a best-seller by an eminent scientist who doesn't believe the world is goverened by magic or the supernatural.He presents scientific evidence that everything is coherent and fits together. Gribbin starts with the smallest particle and goes to the birth of the universe including the origin of our species. This is an ambitious, never-tried-before book. It is breathtaking in scope.Don't bother to read it if you don't have a healthy curiosity or the patience to put up with complicated scientific concepts. And don't worry about not understanding all of it; what you do understand will stagger you.
Interesting ideas: People are the most complex systems in the known universe. No two are exactly alike. Studies confirm tha tNinety-eight per cent of the DNA in human beings, gorillas and chimpanzees is the same...the differences tha tmake us uniquely human amount to a little over one per cent. We are one per cent human and roughly 99 per cent ape.
If our planet were the size of a basketball, the thickness of the breathable atmosphere would be no more than one quarter of a millimeter, a barely noticeable 6-mile-high smear over the surface of the ball. The Earth is a ball of rock covered by a thin smear of atmosphere and ocean.
In about ten billion years the Sun will cool into a solid lump. About 440 billion years ago there was a massive extinction of life on earth. Stray pieces of cosmic debris still collide with planets and one impact contributed to the death of dinosaurs about 65 million years ago.
Fine-particle scientists predict the existence of different kinds of particles from anything we have seen yet. They have not been detected, but have been given names such as photonios.
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Science books are generally drab, inpenetrable, and long. Gribbins' book is none of these. I found the book quite readable. The most complex scientific concepts are described in sufficient detail to tell the story, yet with clarity. He avoids math, chemical formulae, and jargon.
Many scientific overview books, particularly those with sweeping titles such as this, are lengthy to the point of being imposing. At 220 pp, this is an easy read over a few days.
If you're interested in understanding science from strings at 10E-35 meters to the size/age of the universe, you'll enjoy this book. As a chemist, it was illuminating to get a perspective on the other disciplines and scales of our universe.
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John Gribbin is an excellent author and this book reflects his skill in writing. A better book that sums up everything in science and that I also recommend is THE BIBLE ACCORDING TO EINSTEIN
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I haven't read this book yet but if it is as good as all the other books of his I've read, I'll definately enjoy it. John is on my list of must buy authors.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Does what it sets out to do 17. Juni 2016
Von Joel Marks - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Gribbin is a reliable and enjoyable guide to science, so I was particularly eager to read his book that purports to sum up everything about science (and hence the world?). This book pretty much does what it sets out to do, which is to show, in layperson's terms, how all of science is related by both its content and its method. I don't give it a higher rating because, as gripping as some of the material and/or the telling is, the overall experience of reading the book felt to me like a bit of a chore. There is no reason why one should expect a book that sets out to do what this one does to be totally scintillating throughout; nevertheless, sometimes the teller of an immense story does display that kind of magic, and I don't feel Gribbin was inspired to do so in this book. Nevertheless, if you want a brief introduction to Everything, I can certainly recommend this book.

What actually prompted me to write a review at all, however, was one curious and amazing fact: The year this book was first published -- 1998 -- a discovery was made in astronomy that led to the realization that three quarters of the universe consists of something completely mysterious to us, so-called dark energy. So I am delighted that a book which really did seem to be encompassing Everything (including what today we call dark matter) was so utterly up-ended as soon as it became available.

I don't think Gribbin would feel his essential messages were refuted thereby, however. Probably it is the same scientific method and even the same overall scheme and unity of the universe that will prevail. But, then again, who knows? We do live in interesting times.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Book 19. Mai 2014
Von Jason Lee - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Great Book thats easy to follow and serves as a very informative learning tool for all ages. I recommend it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Comprehensive and accessible guide to contemporary science 18. Januar 2008
Von Jerry Saperstein - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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John Gribbin quotes Einstein at one point, saying "the eternal mystery of the world is its comprehnsibility . . . the fact that it is comprehensible is a miracle."

Too few of us take the time to look at the world and the universe around us and simply gasp in amazement. It all works. Not only are you an amazing work but so is everything else.

John Gribbin sets out to explain everything: atoms, molecules, living things, rocks, dirt, stars and more. And he does a pretty good job of it.

As he states in his introduction, he takes you from the world of the very, very small to and then into the Universe. Along the way he covers life in general, DNA, evolution, stars, planets and lots more.

For the dedicated reader, Gribbin makes science accessible and comprehensible. On occasion, you may have to reread a paragraph or even an entire section, but Gribbin never goes beyond a layperson's capability even when explaining the most complex subjects.

Jerry
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Book Review No. 32 24. Februar 2000
Von James L. Grubb - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is a best-seller by an eminent scientist who doesn't believe the world is goverened by magic or the supernatural.He presents scientific evidence that everything is coherent and fits together. Gribbin starts with the smallest particle and goes to the birth of the universe including the origin of our species. This is an ambitious, never-tried-before book. It is breathtaking in scope.Don't bother to read it if you don't have a healthy curiosity or the patience to put up with complicated scientific concepts. And don't worry about not understanding all of it; what you do understand will stagger you.
Interesting ideas: People are the most complex systems in the known universe. No two are exactly alike. Studies confirm tha tNinety-eight per cent of the DNA in human beings, gorillas and chimpanzees is the same...the differences tha tmake us uniquely human amount to a little over one per cent. We are one per cent human and roughly 99 per cent ape.
If our planet were the size of a basketball, the thickness of the breathable atmosphere would be no more than one quarter of a millimeter, a barely noticeable 6-mile-high smear over the surface of the ball. The Earth is a ball of rock covered by a thin smear of atmosphere and ocean.
In about ten billion years the Sun will cool into a solid lump. About 440 billion years ago there was a massive extinction of life on earth. Stray pieces of cosmic debris still collide with planets and one impact contributed to the death of dinosaurs about 65 million years ago.
Fine-particle scientists predict the existence of different kinds of particles from anything we have seen yet. They have not been detected, but have been given names such as photonios. This class of objects is referred to as Weakly Interacting Massive Particles or WIMPs because they have mass, but don't interact very strongly with everyday matter.Astronometers and Particle Scientists would like to detect these mysterious particles directly and this may happen within the next few years. Models suggest we are swimming in a sea of WIMPs, possibly a plausible explanation of the so-called spirit world.
This work is a monumental job of setting down that which, in scientific circles, is called the "Theory of Everything" (TOE) for all to understand. Gribbin has summed up the last 400 years of scientific thinking on where we came from, and where we are going, if that is of interest to you.
Jim Grubb grubb@uswest.net
5.0 von 5 Sternen Almost everyone should read it! 6. Juni 2014
Von A - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Gribbin's works are thoughtful and inspiring. Drawing on a wealth of scientific expertise, he brings life to the smallest atoms and the biggest galaxies, while reminding us of how gifted we are to be humans living in the middle. A wonderful book full of anecdotes, surprises, and inspirations to last your entire life.
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