How to Speak Science by Bruce Benamran
TITLE: How to Speak Science: Gravity, Relativity, and Other Ideas That Were Crazy Until Proven Brilliant
AUTHOR: Bruce Benamran
DATE PUBLISHED: 2018
"A math-free introduction to the greatest scientific ideas of the last 2,000 years
As smartphones, supercomputers, supercolliders, and AI propel us into an ever more unfamiliar future, How to Speak Science takes us on a rollicking historical tour of the greatest discoveries and ideas that make today’s cutting–edge technologies possible.
Wanting everyone to be able to “speak” science, YouTube science guru Bruce Benamran explains–as accessibly and wittily as in his acclaimed videos–the fundamental ideas of the physical world: matter, life, the solar system, light, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, special and general relativity, and much more.
Along the way, Benamran guides us through the wildest hypotheses and most ingenious ideas of Galileo, Newton, Curie, Einstein, and science’s other greatest minds, reminding us that while they weren’t always exactly right, they were always curious. How to Speak Science acquaints us not only with what scientists know, but how they think, so that each of us can reason like a physicist–and appreciate the world in all its beautiful chaos."
Benamran has written a book that broadly (extremely broadly) covers most of the important discoveries in science, in what is supposed to be a fun and entertaining manner. Personally, the attempts at humour didn't really appeal to me. Each chapter is a mish-mash of history and science, with some chapters being more historical or biographical and others being more science-y. The chapters each deal with a particular topic and are incredibly brief, and by default, simplistic and shallow in terms of covering that particular topic. I am, however, unsure how much of these simplified explanations make sense to anyone not at least vaguely familiar with the concepts. This is an easy to read, introductory book to the subject that might appeal to teenagers that know nothing about science. Also, no illustrations and no useful equations.