Trefil’s Book Reviews

Editorial Reviews of “Science Matters,” by James Trefil, as posted on

From Publishers Weekly
These 18 lucid essays on chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy and biology help readers comprehend today’s science news. “Hazen and Trefil . . . demystify many advanced topics with succinct, if often reductive analogies: Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle becomes a car wreck in a dark tunnel, for example,” said PW. Illustrated.
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“Easily one of the finest available  single-volume introductions to science.”–  Kirkus Review

“Comprehensible and  carefully paced.”–BooklistReview

“Lucid and lively. Hazen and Trefil have a particular genius for picturing even formidably abstract ideas in concrete images. . . . “Science Matters “is 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”
“A book that even scientifically literate readers can consult . . . if they find their recollection of relativity or quantum mechanics getting shaky.” –“New Scientist”
“Ordered and accessible, never daunting, never jumping ahead of itself. . . . If you’ve always thought you could never understand science, Hazen and Trefil will show you you’re wrong.” –“Washington Monthly”
“A thoughtful and concise overview of what the citizen needs to know about science.” –E. D. Hirsch, Jr.
“Science does matter, as this book shows.” –Isaac Asimov
“A model of clarity and coherence.” –Leon M. Lederman, winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics
“Lucid. . . . Will cause readers to wonder what was so confusing about the Periodic Table of Elements they confronted in their school days.” –“Publishers Weekly”
“A first rate exposition-thorough, accessible, and entertaining-of the rudiments of scientific knowledge.” -“Kirkus Reviews”
“A confident overview of the fundamentals of science. . . . Comprehensible and carefully paced.” -“Booklist