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4.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 5 4.30 (20 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert M. Hazen, James Trefil Narrator: Fred Sanders Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN: 9780307577177
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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.


Science Matters 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.
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Quotes & Awards

  • Ordered and accessible, never daunting, never jumping ahead of itself. . . . If you’ve always thought you could never understand science, Hazen and Trefil will show you you’re wrong. Washington Monthly
  • A thoughtful and concise overview of what the citizen needs to know about science. E. D. Hirsch, Jr.
  • Science does matter, as this book shows. Isaac Asimov
  • A model of clarity and coherence. Leon M. Lederman, winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics
  • Lucid. . . . Will cause readers to wonder what was so confusing about the Periodic Table of Elements they confronted in their school days. Publishers Weekly
  • A first rate exposition–thorough, accessible, and entertaining–of the rudiments of scientific knowledge. Kirkus Reviews
  • A confident overview of the fundamentals of science. . . . Comprehensible and carefully paced. Booklist
  • Lucid and lively. Hazen and Trefil have a particular genius for picturing even formidably abstract ideas in concrete images. . . . Science Matters is as good as they get The Washington Post Book World
  • Hazen and Trefil [are] unpretentious––good, down-to-earth, we-can-explain-anything science teachers, the kind you wish you had but never did. The New York Times
  • A book that even scientifically literate readers can consult . . . if they find their recollection of relativity or quantum mechanics getting shaky. New Scientist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheri | 1/17/2014

    " Great integrated understanding of the various disciplines of science. I really enjoyed filling in the gaps left by my less than enthusiastic attempts to absorb the sciences way back in college. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank | 11/28/2013

    " A great overview of a lot of fields. Extremely enjoyable and on my re-read list. I did this one as an audiobook and it made my commutes to and from work very enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Florence | 11/19/2013

    " Read this cover-to-cover twice and pass the AP General Sciences exam. It's provides a good, basic knowledge of the sciences. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 10/21/2013

    " This is the stuff you might have learned in school, but forgot, made interesting, clear and relevant to everyday life. It's the science background everyone should have. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faizal Aziz | 8/12/2013

    " literasi sains untuk orang awam..mudah dan senang dihadam, meliputi pelbagai topik, dari atom hinggalah mekanik kuantum "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Gilbert | 7/17/2013

    " Great introduction to all the major branches of science and the fundamental concepts of each one. The explanations are well done and understandable. The information contained in this book should be read and understood by everyone, especially those who affect national policy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Denkmire | 7/3/2013

    " I can already tell I'll be recommending this one wildly... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reuel | 8/29/2012

    " Very readable but not over-simplified overview of the sciences. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leanna Aker | 1/22/2012

    " This is a nice summary book for a layperson to read that includes a brief chapter on many important areas in science ranging from chemistry to physics to biology. Each chapter has a nice "frontiers" section that discusses what is the near future for studies/discoveries in each particular area. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric F Knox | 9/12/2011

    " Absolutely fantastic review and a little more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tomherndon | 8/25/2011

    " I hope to see a freshman science course built around this kind of text. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hohum | 5/8/2011

    " Best science book I've ever read - so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 4/18/2011

    " My 11-year grandson is doing better than Harvard graduates on everyday science! He knows why it is warmer in summer and the difference between atoms and molecules. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 12/9/2010

    " Great introduction to all the major branches of science and the fundamental concepts of each one. The explanations are well done and understandable. The information contained in this book should be read and understood by everyone, especially those who affect national policy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 11/7/2010

    " My 11-year grandson is doing better than Harvard graduates on everyday science! He knows why it is warmer in summer and the difference between atoms and molecules. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faizal | 7/13/2010

    " literasi sains untuk orang awam..mudah dan senang dihadam, meliputi pelbagai topik, dari atom hinggalah mekanik kuantum "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reuel | 3/9/2010

    " Very readable but not over-simplified overview of the sciences. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 6/20/2009

    " This book was a nice refresher on basic science. Took me forever to get through, kind of glad I'm done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tomherndon | 4/6/2008

    " I hope to see a freshman science course built around this kind of text. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 3/9/2008

    " This is the stuff you might have learned in school, but forgot, made interesting, clear and relevant to everyday life. It's the science background everyone should have. "

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About the Narrator

Fred Sanders, winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award, has received critics’ praise for his audio narrations that range from nonfiction and memoir to fiction and mystery and suspense.