Science Matters

  • by Robert M. Hazen, James Trefil
  • Narrated by Fred Sanders
  • 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

These 18 lucid essays on chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy and biology will help listeners comprehend today's science news.


What the Critics Say

"Lucid and lively. Hazen and Trefil have a particular genius for picturing even formidably abstract ideas in concrete images.... Science Mattersis 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)
"Easily one of the finest available single-volume introductions to science." (Kirkus Review)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Everything I thought I knew, brilliantly told.

When I graduated MIT in 1984 with a degree in Biology, mine was the first class to be offered a laboratory course in genetic engineering. The rest, as they say, is history. This is the best, most fascinating intro and review of the highlights of all branchs of modern sciences since Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything. Compared to that wonderful book, this one has less history and more theory - and is more current and succinct, but never dry. This is the book for the curious mind, whether or not you've every studied the laws of thermodynamics or plate tectonics. As the authors point out, even professional scientists rarely know the latest theories that are outside their own narrow field of study. Here's the chance for layman and scientist to get up to speed. C'mon, now, its the 21st century, and with this book there's no excuse not to be up-to-date.
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- Joshua


You won't believe how interesting science is until you're introduced to it by the likes of Trefil and Hazen! If you want to inspire someone in the area of the sciences, or even of the great potential and value of learning and education, convince them to just give this a try! You'll be doing them a real favor.

I've given away 4-5 copies of the book and everyone has been surprised by how much they like it. I have both the audio and paperback for myself.

The narration fits the book perfectly.
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- Daniel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-02-2009
  • Publisher: Random House Audio