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101 Things You Don't Know About Science and No One Else Does Either

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James Trefil takes the reader on a thrilling tour across the borders of current scientific knowledge-from astronomy to genetics, from information technology to cosmology, the great contested questions that preoccupy researchers today and will become headlines tomorrow. In elegant, witty three-page summations, Dr. Trefil "makes sense of science for the rest of us" (Washingt ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 14th 1997 by Mariner Books (first published October 24th 1996)
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Jan 18, 2012 Mark rated it liked it
As a mechanical engineer I wasn't impressed by this book. The author limits himself to three pages on each 'thing you don't know.' This prevents any in-depth analysis on some things, and stretching to fill three pages on others. This seems a poor choice to me, but it prevents it from being an overly technical book, thus a good choice for those without a strong technical/science background. References to further reading are presented in the appendix; I like that. However the author's editorializi ...more
Jul 08, 2007 Ryan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: science teachers
Shelves: sciencenmath, theory
No other book I have read outlines so many of our current open thoughts on science. The work is described in terms that we all can understand and relate to - something science literacy needs to do a better job on.
Nica  Noelle
This book is really for people who don't know much at all about science -- there wasn't much in here I didn't already know.
Apr 16, 2008 David rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
For the science ignoramus, this book can be a bit of fun.
Mei Yue
Numbers are accumulating to consummate the whole Universe but how about a tiniest atom like neutrino without a mass and chargeless be hurled into the void of numbers? Like so many thigs are consisted of numbers, including The Universe itself and the lives inside it.DNA is a product of numbers and it is twisting according to the rule of dimension which in turn, is also made up of ruling entites of numbers. The numbering of winding and unwinding of DNA is manipulated by the rule of the dimensional ...more
Jun 08, 2015 Natasha rated it liked it
I've had this book since it was first published in the 1990's and only just now decided to read it. Reading about predictions of the direction different fields in the natural and computer sciences would take was really enlightening and amusing almost 20 years after the fact. It would be interesting to have an updated version of what the author "got right" and what was way off.

Because this book is out of date at this point, I wouldn't really recommend it unless someone has an interest in science
Jan 03, 2011 Ashley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Took awhile to get through this one; thankfully the author kept each vignette short. I felt like a moron, though; even though Trefil was obviously dumbing down the material. It was also a little outdated, which had the added benefit of making me feel a teensy bit smarter.

If you like black holes, dark matter, or quarks you may like this one better than I did. For me, it was just meh.
At least, most of it was read in the bathroom. Sometimes an interesting part grabbed me and I took it with me.

It's fun to read slightly outdated science like this because it puts you at less of a disadvantage.
Beatrice (Camille)
Apr 12, 2012 Beatrice (Camille) rated it it was ok
Much of science has developed since this book was published. An okay piece touching upon its (science) different areas.
Aug 01, 2011 M rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A bit dated now even though it came out in 1996.
 Matt Kain
Jul 18, 2010 Matt Kain rated it liked it
Good one for the rest room.
Feb 19, 2008 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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James S. Trefil (born 9/10/1938) is an American physicist (Ph.D. in Physics at Stanford University in 1966) and author of more than thirty books. Much of his published work focuses on science for the general audience. Dr. Trefil has previously served as Professor of Physics at the University of Virginia and he now teaches as Robinson Professor of Physics at George Mason University. Among Trefil's ...more
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