Flanagan's Version

Dennis Flanagan, Author Alfred A. Knopf $18.95 (272p) ISBN 978-0-394-55547-8
Flanagan, who was editor of Scientific American for 35 years, has written a very general survey of the achievements of science. His analysis of physics, astronomy, geology, biology and technology relies on the insight that everythingthe galaxies, Earth, life, our technical prowessevolves and has a history. He uses that history to show how we got to where we are and to illuminate the problems that still puzzle scientists. However, Flanagan mars this otherwise creditable approach by concluding with a political argument against strategic defenses. Nevertheless, his easy, genial style combined with a knack for simple but exact explanations make this book a pleasure to read. Natural Science Book Club alternate. (April)
Reviewed on: 04/01/1988
Release date: 04/01/1988
Paperback - 272 pages - 978-0-679-72156-7
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