Love the book review. As an engineer at heart, I found the review of the material I learned in a college chemistry class (long ago) very interesting and it sounds like Sam has a winner on his hands. I will have to put his book on my reading list.
Thanks for the kind words Dave. The scary thing is that I read books faster than I can review them ... but I've read some really great books recently so I'm going to make a determined effort to do at least two or three reviews a week (this will still leave me falling behind, but at least I'll get to spread the word about the really good ones)
Yes I am in the midst of this book right now. Very interesting read! I would also recommend (though 8 and 18 years older now, respectively) "Atom: A Single Oxygen Atom's Journey from the Big Bang to Life on Earth...and Beyond" by Lawrence M. Krauss (what is it with great books having long titles?). Shortly after reading "Atom", I read "The Big Bang Never Happened: A Startling Refutation of the Dominant Theory of the Origin of the Universe" by Eric J. Lerner. I blogged about the mindbending experience of these two books here: http://tao-of-pow.blogspot.com/2008/08/deep-thoughts.html.
I should have known it was you, Max! Good to see you in (figurative here) ink again. This book looks to be great! I grew up with a chem professor for a dad, but after doing a few labs in college, I switched to EE and (almost) never looked back. I've been studying up on my solid state electronics in preparation for going back for a masters next year, and I'm actually finding the chemistry and physics really interesting. Can't wait to get the Disappearing Spoon! Thanks.
Hi Jim -- i know what you mean when you say "I'm actually finding the chemistry and physics interesting" -- the underlying message is that you're surprised -- I agree, a few years ago I wouldn't have been so interested, now i can't get enough of this stuff. Keep your eye on Programmable Logic Designline because I'll be posting more book reviews in the very near future. Cheers -- Max
@Rcurl: I'm just wondering what you could store it in?
It talked about this in the book -- unfortunately I can't find it in my shelves (I must have loaned it to someone) - -as I recall it disolves glass like water disolves sugar -- but there was something that would hold it...