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11 July 2011


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How old would you have to be to enjoy this book? High school?

I think high school at least. It's pretty quick moving, but still kind of long. Too long, as a matter of fact. I wonder if there's a better bio of Newton out there for younger readers, or even Leibniz--sounds like they were both, for lack of a better term, real "characters."

Ha! I like easy science books, but they are hard to come by. I read a book titled, "How to Explain Physics to your Dog", and apparently I am not as smart as a dog, because I still don't get string theory and particle whatever-it-is. When you find a book about physics and calculus for pet rocks, post it. That should be about my speed.

Don't believe people when they tell you Richard Feynman's "Six Easy Pieces" is easy, either. That's what everyone always told me, but recently I read somewhere that sure, SEP is easy, if you have a good understanding of science and physics already.
I'll keep watch for a good book on science for pet rocks for both of us. In the meantime, see if you can get your dog to explain physics to both of us, and remember that torque rhymes with fork.

I had a similar experience with Lunar Men: Five Friends Whose Curiosity Changed the World by Jennifer Uglow. I liked the first few chapters but then got bogged down by the frequent change of subject and the introduction of many more people than the five central characters - Matthew Boulton, James Watt, Josiah Wedgwood, Erasmus Darwin, and Joseph Priestly The science was not hard but the author was trying to tell us everything - which might be more than needed to evoke an age.

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