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Chasing Science: Science as a Spectator Sport

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Join science fiction master Frederik Pohl as he takes readers on a wonder-filled non-fictional journey from the ends of the earth to the edges of the universe. Part memoir, part travel guide, and part science primer, Chasing Science is Pohl's way of sharing the thrills and excitement of his life-long love affair with science. With the skill and storytelling zest that has m ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 19th 2003 by Tor Books (first published 1980)
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Laura
Sep 01, 2016 Laura rated it liked it
This is a fun easy read of popular science. I almost didn't finish, because the first couple of chapters are pretty basic and frankly kind of boring if you already have some kind of background in science. But it was worth it to get to the mind-blowing story about the Italian neutrino detector.

So neutrinos are super small subatomic particles. They are abundant but so small they actually pass through the empty space that is most matter (passing easily through billions of atoms without actually hit
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Nov 07, 2010 Booknerd Fraser rated it liked it
Interesting as a guidebook to science and the natural world. A bit simplistic in its tone, but fine for those unfamiliar with the topics. Only encountered one or two real errors (the space shuttle did not land at the deserts of Vandenberg. That's on the coast. Edwards is the one in the desert).
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Frederik George Pohl, Jr. was an American science fiction writer, editor and fan, with a career spanning over seventy years. From about 1959 until 1969, Pohl edited Galaxy magazine and its sister magazine IF winning the Hugo for IF three years in a row. His writing also won him three Hugos and multiple Nebula Awards. He became a Nebula Grand Master in 1993.
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