Knowledge of the basic ideas and principles of science is fundamental to
cultural literacy. But most books on science are often too obscure or
too specialized to do the general reader much good.
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is a rare exception—a science book for the general reader that is
informative enough to be a popular textbook for introductory courses in
high school and college, and yet well-written enough to appeal to
general readers uncomfortable with scientific jargon and complicated
mathematics. And now, revised and expanded for the first time in nearly
two decades, it is up-to-date, so that readers can enjoy Hazen and
Trefil’s refreshingly accessible explanations of the most recent
developments in science, from particle physics to biotechnology.