From basic mathematical and physical formulas that govern much of our world to the components of matter; from the structure of the cosmos to that of the human body-the discoveries of scientists over the last millennium have been remarkable.
Sciencia gathers together Useful Mathematical and Physical Formulae, Q.E.D, Essential Elements, Evolution, The Human Body, and The Compact Cosmos, six elegant and insightful short volumes spanning the realms of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, evolution, and astronomy, offering invaluable information to today's readers. Lavishly illustrated with engravings, woodcuts, and original drawings and diagrams, Sciencia will inspire readers of all ages to take an interest in the interconnected knowledge of the modern sciences.
Beautifully produced in thirteen different colors of ink, Sciencia is an essential reference and an elegant gift.
Wooden Books was founded in 1999 by designer John Martineau near Hay-on-Wye. The aim was to produce a beautiful series of recycled books based on the classical philosophies, arts and sciences. Using the Beatrix Potter formula of text facing picture pages, and old-styles fonts, along with hand-drawn illustrations and 19th century engravings, the books are designed not to date. Small but stuffed with information. Eco friendly and educational. Big ideas in a tiny space. There are over 1,000,000 Wooden Books now in print worldwide and growing.
About the Author
Matthew Watkins, Ph.D. is a musician and mathematician. He lives in England. Matt Tweed is an artist and musician. He lives in England. Burkard Polster is a professor of mathematics at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Gerard Cheshire is is a professional science writer. He lives in England. Moff Betts, M.D. lives and practices medicine in Wales.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As the title suggests, this is a compendium of six popular scientific titles from the Wooden Books series. Edited by John Martineau, the various scientific topics are presented in snapshot format - one page (the left hand page of the book) containing text touching on a specific topic with corresponding charts, diagrams,picture and images to exemplify the topic displayed on the right hand page. Efforts have been made by the various authors to present the scientific topics in layman's terms, and the visuals do help with this.This has its pros and cons. On the pro side, the book is great for quick overviews of various topics of interest. on the cons side, if you want to delve into a topic in greater detail, you will need other resources to do so. As mentioned by Moff Betts in the introduction to Book V - the Human Body: "So when asked to write a tiny book about the human body, I protested that the topic was too large and complex to fit into such a small space. As it turned out, the book had ideas of its own, but is necessarily dense and in places a fairly simple version of what we now." One of my favorite quotes from the book, and a great example of the layman's explanatory approach to science is the following quote from the topic on Immunology: "The shapes that identify cells as yours are mainly MHC proteins, and lymphocytes brandish other proteins which dock with these. If docking falters, the lymphocyte smells a rat, and sends messages that amplify far and wide to bring the white cavalry. To avoid whimsical wars being waged, several white cells agree to arouse each others' martial sides before letting full hostilities commence."My takeaway from this book and the various 'little' books contained in it is I found parts of it to be a great refresher for stuff I had learned back in my school days, parts of it difficult to grasp - like quantum theory - as being over my head and some parts -like the great detailed run through on the periodic table - absolutely fascinating as I now finally understand the elements of the periodic table in relation to one another! Why couldn't my high school teacher explained it to me this way!
For the beginning scientist or for anyone with an interest in science, this book is an incredible look into all things scientific,, an amazing introduction. I bought it for my 14-year-old daughter and she is devouring it. I have found it interesting to browse through as well: not enough information to overwhelm, but just enough to invite more reading and study and questions. Can't get better than that.
Excellent Exposition of the rudiments of the Sciences. The detail and drawings are maverlous. For those of us not necessarily "Scientific" this book provides what I think is a wonderful explanation of what Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and others are bascally all about. I heartily recommend it to those curious about "Existence".