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Joel Levy is a writer and journalist specializing in history and science. He is the author of more than a dozen books, and has also written features and articles for newspapers and magazines.


This big hardback includes nifty analogies and cool graphics to explore scientific stuff you simply ought to know. Or at least will enjoy knowing... This is "info-graphics" at its finest, with good stuff about physics chemistry, biology, astronomy, the human body and more... What a gift for that geeky loved one or anybody with a natural curiosity!-- (12/16/2011) What a delightful book! I had a hard time putting it down.... Rich with authentic comparisons, pictures, graphs, and facts, it is a valuable compendium for teachers. I really liked the format of two pages per analogy. It made for a quick read of each topic and made it easy to go on to another. Written at a level that most people would understand, the analogies will help readers comprehend scientific topics that may be difficult for them to understand. This is a must-have book. [I] highly recommend it to anyone who wants to have a deeper understanding of science or convey a more interesting view to students. I think it should be in every science classroom.-- (10/06/2011) Educators, science communicators, and researchers have long used the x is like y construction with familiar objects and actions to make scientific ideas clear to their audiences. Writer and journalist Levy presents 100 such easy-to-understand comparisons that illuminate facts and principles from physical sciences, biology, human anatomy and physiology, and technology.... Two-page spreads effectively organize the short text and accompanying colorful graphics.-- (10/14/2011) One hundred analogies and metaphors make science more visual. Learn how chemical reactions are like school dances and how long it would take to type the human genome.-- (11/05/2011) By explaining complex scientific concepts using easier-to-grasp analogies, author Joel Levy has created a heavy book that treads lightly over many subjects.... For a browser, this book is great fun. ... The subjects and the vocabulary aim for a high-school-through-adult audience, and for readers who enjoy science-minded browsing, this may be just the thing.-- (02/01/2012)

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