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by Henry Thomas

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I got this book on the Public Library sale. The premise was good, adventures in science. Plus the books was really old looking and I loved the old book smell (is tie for me between that and new book smell). But somehow it ended up in the library and I started other books. So the other day, when I finished Game of Thrones I saw the book again, and decided it was time to read it.

It started nicely, the introduction left me with a nice phrase to start my reading:

Practically every scrap of knowledge has been bought with human agony

You see, as a scientist, I know what that agony is all about, is a bitter sweet pain when you spend the whole day in the lab, and at the end you only have one tiny result, but oh boy, you love that result. And then I kept reading, and started learning, I learned that James Watt learned German, only so he could learn subjects in the original language; I learned that Louis Pasteur was the type of kid teachers sometimes dislike because they make questions, questions they cannot answer; I learn that poor Dr Noguchi worked and partied hard…but I also learned that there was only one woman who made it into this book, and that was Madame Curie…although her chapter was dedicated both to her and her husband.

It started as a nice book, but then…it wasn’t so adventurous. So I started having trouble reading it. I was really looking forward the Curie chapter, thinking it would show more about Mme Curie…but no.

So this is a short review for a book that took me long to read. I didn’t dislike the book…I just had bigger expectations for it. I mean, it was a book from 1954, so I knew it wouldn’t have 24/25 female based chapters…but half? And then, let’s face it, it wasn’t very adventurous, except for a couple of them (archeologists, pfff crazy people). So…that’s why this book is not getting high marks in my review. ( )
  CaroPg | Aug 29, 2012 |
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