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marsha l. reid
4.0 out of 5 starsThoroughly enjoyed
Reviewed in Canada on December 16, 2017
I really enjoyed Zapped. He did excellent job of breaking down the science behind the technology that we take for granted in our lives - our cell phones; our garage door openers, wifi etc. He traces the fascinating history of the people and their discoveries and provides a thoughtful analysis of the current concerns over the health hazards over cell phone use etc.
5.0 out of 5 starsIf I could deduct a quarter-star...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 29, 2018
...I might be tempted, but even that would seem a little mean. Will explain in due course.
This is an interesting an engaging journey through the history of discovery of wavelengths of light that we cannot 'see'. Many popular science books feel as though they overlap to one degree or another, but this feels like a book that genuinely needed writing and deserves a place on your shelves. I learned a lot more than I expected.
(I was tempted to dock something from the perfect five star rating because of a half page of speculation (which the author acknowledges is nothing more), the rationale for which seems to me far more easily explained in much more grounded ways. But having reflected (no pun intended there) that would just be mean-spirited!)
Reviewed in the United States on February 10, 2021
This is the third book by Bob Berman that I’ve purchased, and I’ve become a fan. His style reminds me of the non-fiction works of Isaac Asimov I devoured in my youth. He makes science exciting for the layman by presenting it in a clear, practical way that still conveys the wonder of the universe. An index or at least bibliography would have been nice, but I’ll keep the rating at five stars to not discourage anyone from being illuminated by this lively overview. Here, he examines the full spectrum of electromagnetic radiation, alphabetized into twenty-six short chapters. Each is a torrent of amazing facts leavened at times with a corny humour that adds to the informal tone. The treatment of colour vision and microwaves were particularly vivid. As with every topic, the facts are made memorable because they are relatable to everyday life: if you’ve ever been confused about the risks of UV light, or how your electronic screens and paint create colour differently, you will be… enlightened.
5.0 out of 5 starsGood read, enjoyable and as always interesting tidbits from ...
Reviewed in the United States on September 27, 2017
Good read, enjoyable and as always interesting tidbits from Berman. I wasn't sure about the rating for a confusing reason. Some of the tangential side trips that he posits are downright intriguing, and I thought that he was going too far afield from the subject topic. Then I realized that I would research the topic much further as the possibilities are very important to me and my family, especially the chapter on UV. So in the end Berman made me think and dig further into some topics. Kink of like homework, but purely voluntary so can't complain after all.