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Old January 6 2011, 03:23 AM   #1
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A General Science Refresher

After more than 12 years being outside of a science class, and realizing my information may be sorely out of date or erroneous over time, I'm looking for a general science refresher, something that lays everything out to be easily read and assimilated, but is still on an adult level. I'd prefer book format, but if you know of a website that does this, it would be greatly appreciated!
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Old January 6 2011, 03:54 AM   #2
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Re: A General Science Refresher

I think you should just ask us questions and see what answers we come up with!
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Old January 6 2011, 04:08 AM   #3
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Re: A General Science Refresher

Honestly, surf around Amazon.com on various topics. You'll find what you're looking for.
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Old January 6 2011, 04:48 AM   #4
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Re: A General Science Refresher

Jolly Ole Saint RoJo wrote: View Post
I think you should just ask us questions and see what answers we come up with!
That might not end well.

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Honestly, surf around Amazon.com on various topics. You'll find what you're looking for.
Sure, I could search on Amazon or Google, but what I want are the suggestions of people I'm more familiar with. TBBS is filled with scientists, teachers, professors, and researchers of all types, and I'd like to draw on that experience and knowledge.
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Old January 6 2011, 04:57 AM   #5
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Re: A General Science Refresher

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I think you should just ask us questions and see what answers we come up with!
That might not end well.

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Honestly, surf around Amazon.com on various topics. You'll find what you're looking for.
Sure, I could search on Amazon or Google, but what I want are the suggestions of people I'm more familiar with. TBBS is filled with scientists, teachers, professors, and researchers of all types, and I'd like to draw on that experience and knowledge.
This post is very contradictory.

That said, what are you interested in? Science is HUGE. Computers? Communication? Astronomy? Quantum Physics? Genetics? Nanotech? There are so many different fields I'm not sure you're going to find a good and handy resource for all of them.
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Old January 6 2011, 05:02 AM   #6
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Re: A General Science Refresher

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I think you should just ask us questions and see what answers we come up with!
That might not end well.

kes7 wrote: View Post
Honestly, surf around Amazon.com on various topics. You'll find what you're looking for.
Sure, I could search on Amazon or Google, but what I want are the suggestions of people I'm more familiar with. TBBS is filled with scientists, teachers, professors, and researchers of all types, and I'd like to draw on that experience and knowledge.
This post is very contradictory.
In what way?

That said, what are you interested in? Science is HUGE. Computers? Communication? Astronomy? Quantum Physics? Genetics? Nanotech? There are so many different fields I'm not sure you're going to find a good and handy resource for all of them.
This is why I said General Science. We're talking something that touches on a variety of subjects. Astronomy, Biology, Geology, Climatology, etc. It doesn't have to dive too deep into each subject, but a good grasp on each would be optimal.
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Old January 6 2011, 05:14 AM   #7
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Re: A General Science Refresher

So you basically want an elementary school Science book...for grown-ups...
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Old January 6 2011, 05:15 AM   #8
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Re: A General Science Refresher

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So you basically want an elementary school Science book...for grown-ups...
No. I want a general science refresher for adults, with a layman's reading.
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Old January 6 2011, 05:17 AM   #9
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I don't understand the difference.
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Old January 6 2011, 05:21 AM   #10
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I don't understand the difference.
I don't want something on the elementary school level, I want something that is more informative. It just doesn't have to be comprehensive, as it needs to cover the general science spectrum. Closer to, say, the college level.
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Old January 6 2011, 05:22 AM   #11
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So you basically want an elementary school Science book...for grown-ups...
Yep.
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Old January 6 2011, 05:32 AM   #12
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So you basically want an elementary school Science book...for grown-ups...
Yep.
On the college level. I mean, it doesn't need to talk down to me like an elementary school science book. If that's what you mean, then yes.
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Old January 6 2011, 06:00 AM   #13
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Re: A General Science Refresher

Maybe there is a "for dummies" or "idiots guide" that will work?
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Old January 6 2011, 06:02 AM   #14
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Maybe there is a "for dummies" or "idiots guide" that will work?
I was thinking about that, but I don't know how reliable they are when it comes to science. Plus, I can't seem to find a general version, although they have several individual fields of study.

Edited to add: I did find an "Idiot's Guide to the Science of Everything". While it seems okay, I'm more interested in another book I saw while I was searching B&N by an author named Bill Bryson, entitled, "A Short History of Nearly Everything".
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Old January 6 2011, 09:25 AM   #15
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Re: A General Science Refresher

I wouldn't discount media other than books. Try the BBC documentary "The Story of Science" on DVD or Blu-ray. http://www.amazon.com/Story-Science-...4302046&sr=1-1
There is also a book that goes with the series.

Alternatively, there are a large number of free science videos on iTunes.
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