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Ricky
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Posted - 01/09/2005 :  21:38:05  Show Profile  Send Ricky an AOL message Send Ricky a Private Message
Well, I just spent time looking at my college schedule for the next few years and it seems as if I will have almost no open slots for the science classes that I wanted to take. Even less if I double major in math. So I'm looking for some good science textbooks for:

Physics
Chemistry
Biology
Geology/Astronomy

Just the basic sciences. Was wondering if anyone had some recommendations for me?

Edit:

What is this "It will appear once it has been moderated"? First time I've seen that. Is it new, or only applied to this section of the forum?
[Moved to the General Discussion folder - Dave W.]

Why continue? Because we must. Because we have the call. Because it is nobler to fight for rationality without winning than to give up in the face of continued defeats. Because whatever true progress humanity makes is through the rationality of the occasional individual and because any one individual we may win for the cause may do more for humanity than a hundred thousand who hug their superstitions to their breast.
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Edited by - Ricky on 01/09/2005 21:39:39

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Posted - 01/09/2005 :  21:44:21   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message
Yeah, Ricky, the Book Reviews folder is the only moderated folder we've got, because we'd like to keep it just book reviews. Though I'm sorta open to renaming it simply, "Books" and lifting the moderation. Anyone have thoughts on that?

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Ricky
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Posted - 01/09/2005 :  22:05:31   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Ricky an AOL message Send Ricky a Private Message
I can see why you have it moderated now...

I think books may be too general, it is probably best to keep it as it is.

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satans_mom
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Posted - 01/09/2005 :  22:09:09   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send satans_mom an AOL message  Send satans_mom a Yahoo! Message Send satans_mom a Private Message
I always considered physics as a science......?

The Book Reviews folder doesn't have very many topics in it, so making it more broad and unmoderated would certainly add more posts, but I wouldn't want to change it, for I appreciate the moderation.

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Dude
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Posted - 01/09/2005 :  23:43:15   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Dude a Private Message
quote:
http://www.aw-bc.com/campbell/


The 6th edition is a very good text. Haven't seen the 7th, but probably very well done as well.

Easy to read, and very informationally dense. Excellent end of chapter reviews and a nice online study aid as well.


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Dr. Mabuse
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Posted - 01/10/2005 :  04:57:06   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Dr. Mabuse an ICQ Message Send Dr. Mabuse a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Ricky
Astronomy

Universe (sixth edition), by Freedman & Kaufmann
With the book is also an online site for students:
www.whfreeman.com/universe6e
This is one of the books I used at the university. It's easily accessible, and very pedagogic.

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Plyss
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Netherlands
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Posted - 01/10/2005 :  05:55:01   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Plyss a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Ricky

Physics
Chemistry
Biology
Geology/Astronomy

Just the basic sciences. Was wondering if anyone had some recommendations for me?




For physics i liked Ohanian's "Physics".
I'm afraid i can't really recommend anything for basic chemistry. The books we used were highly specific ones regarding subdivisions of chemistry, like organic synthesis or biochemistry or analytical chemistry. We didn't really have a book covering the entire discipline.
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BigPapaSmurf
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Posted - 01/10/2005 :  05:58:41   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send BigPapaSmurf a Private Message
The Structure of Evolutionary Theory is superb, Gould did make it a bit longer than nessissary but it is very detailed and a bit eaiser on the brain than most.

Feynman's Six easy peices/Not so easy peices

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"...They accept such things on faith alone, without any evidence. So if a fraudulent and cunning person who knows how to take advantage of a situation comes among them, he can make himself rich in a short time." -Lucian critical of early Christians c.166 AD From his book, De Morte Peregrini
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Dude
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Posted - 01/10/2005 :  16:38:24   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Dude a Private Message
Gould's book can also substitute for a serious brawling weapon... drop it in a pillowcase and you have an improvised crushing weapon capable of smashing down some doors...

It's THICK.


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Kilted_Warrior
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Canada
118 Posts

Posted - 01/11/2005 :  12:51:12   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Kilted_Warrior a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Dude

<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana,Arial,Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">http://www.aw-bc.com/campbell/


The 6th edition is a very good text. Haven't seen the 7th, but probably very well done as well.

Easy to read, and very informationally dense. Excellent end of chapter reviews and a nice online study aid as well.


[/quote]

I think i just sold my 6th edition I used for BIOL 100 last semester...it was really good and informative but i didn't find myself needing it much at all. Besides it was much too dry to read more then a few paragraphs at a time. (the CD-ROM included is poorly made too)

Though i will recommend Chemistry: The Central Science (9th Ed, Prentice Hall) since it saved my arse in chemistry more then once. Plus it illustrates a point with a Calvin and Hobbes comic strip; need i say more? :p

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