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Old January 6 2011, 07:32 PM   #19
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Re: A General Science Refresher

Jadzia wrote: View Post
What about an Encyclopedia of Science?

It would cover most areas, and there will be some with an adult reading level.


Here's an internet version:

http://www.daviddarling.info/encyclopedia/ETEmain.html

It looks quite comprehensive. The three articles I've just clicked though only introduce the basics of the topics, but do read at an adult level.
Oh, that is awesome! Thanks Jadzia! I can use this, and it's the perfect price: free.

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Great Mambo Chicken wrote: View Post
I wouldn't discount media other than books. Try the BBC documentary "The Story of Science" on DVD or Blu-ray.
That looks good. It's pricey for me right now, but something I can bookmark and check out later. I don't really discount other media, but a reason I like books is that I can put them in a backpack and carry them with me. You can sort of do this with DVD and Blu-ray, and that does look like something I would enjoy. I guess it's just nice to have that book in your hands. You know what I mean? Again, though, thank you Great Mambo Chicken, that does look interesting, and I've bookmarked it.
Yeah, $70 is too expensive for the Blu-ray -- although another seller lists it for $30. It doesn't look like the DVD is available in the US. There's also The Ascent of Man by Jacob Bronowski, but it's about 36-years old now and so doesn't include a lot of recent discoveries. I would suggest picking a few areas of interest, such as Genetics, Cosmology, High Energy Physics, or Quantum Theory, and finding popular introductory books in these fields. Science nowadays is probably too vast for a generalist tome to cover in anything but the sketchiest of detail.
You're right on that one. I started browsing around and suddenly realized that science has apparently made massive leaps since my high school days! It's just this past decade+ has been so busy, I failed to notice the changes in how it's presented.
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