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The Complete Guide to Absolutely Everything (Abridged): Adventures in Math and Science (English Edition) Kindle电子书
The complete story of the universe and absolutely everything in it (minus the boring parts).
Despite our clever linguistic abilities, humans are spectacularly ill-equipped to comprehend what’s happening in the universe. Our senses and intuition routinely mislead us. The Complete Guide to Absolutely Everything (Abridged) tells the story of how we came to suppress our monkey minds and perceive the true nature of reality. Written with wit and humor, this brief book tells the story of science—tales of fumbles and missteps, errors and egos, hard work, accidents, and some really bad decisions—all of which have created the sum total of human knowledge.
Geneticist Adam Rutherford and mathematician Hannah Fry guide readers through time and space, through our bodies and brains, showing how emotions shape our view of reality, how our minds tell us lies, and why a mostly bald and curious ape decided to begin poking at the fabric of the universe.
Rutherford and Fry shine as science sleuths, wrestling with some truly head-scratching questions: Where did time come from? Do we have free will? Does my dog love me? Hilarious sidebars present memorable scientific oddities: for example, hypnotized snails, human-sized ants, and the average time it takes most animals to evacuate their bladders. (A surprisingly consistent twenty-one seconds, if you must know.)
Both rigorous and playful, The Complete Guide to Absolutely Everything (Abridged) is a celebration of the weirdness of the cosmos, the strangeness of humans, and the joys and follies of scientific discovery.
- ASIN : B08X2Y9ZY6
- 出版社 : W. W. Norton & Company; 第 Abridged 版 (2022年1月25日)
- 出版日期 : 2022年1月25日
- 语言 : 英语
- 文件大小 : 4557 KB
- 标准语音朗读 : 已启用
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- 纸书页数 : 301页
- > ISBN : 0393881571
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Often superficial, poorly documented, at times sounding more like collected Twitter anecdotes than popular science writing, “The Complete Guide” reads as though it was written by Millennial sophomores in college for members of the iGen). The hoped for “tales of fumbles and missteps, errors and egos, hard work, accidents, and some really bad decisions” mentioned in Amazon’s hype often come across as simply snide ridicule and mocking. Or trivial attempts at humor to keep those iGeners happy, such as the following example during an attempt to discuss the subject of scaling, “triple the number of examples in a popular science book and you’re three times closer to your contractual word count.”
And sometimes what they tell their readers is just plain wrong. Writing about evolutionary issues of size illustrated by a prehistoric dinosaur, Argentinosaurus, with an extremely long neck, they write: “It looks as though their necks were so long they had to be lined with air sacs all the way down. This is a feature of giraffe necks too, without which they couldn’t get enough fresh air to the lungs in the body cavity.”
WHAT? Completely overlooking the interesting fact that the Argentinosaurus ventilatory problem was caused by dead space in those long necks, the authors focus on the possibility that dinosaurs, like birds which evolved from them, may have had air spaces in their vertebrae (Ibiricu, L., et.al. 2017. A novel form of postcranial skeletal pneumaticity in a sauropod dinosaur: implications for the paleobiology of Rebbachisauridae. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica. doi: 10.4202/app.00316.2016). It is conceivable that some O2 and CO2 exchange did take place in dinosaur cervical vertebrae, but it is only speculative that it did much to compensate for the very large dead space in those long tracheas. And I can find nothing in the extensive giraffe physiology literature to suggest anything similar occurs in those mammals.
After spotting that enormous giraffe gaffe I must admit I lost interest in trying to determine which stories the authors were telling their audience were true; it was painful enough to force myself to skim the remaining 218 pages of this sort of drivel, in order to qualify myself to write this absolutely awful review. Caveat lector!