Auteur(s): R. Houwink
Genre: wetenschap, studie
Uitgave: hardcover met stofomslag, Engelstalig
Aantal bladzijden: 213
Uitgever: American Elsevier Publishing, New York/London/Amsterdam
1e Druk, Jaartal: 1970
Afmetingen: 233 x 158 x 22 mm
Gewicht: 558 g + 130 g (verpakking) = 688 g
Data: Mirrors of science – R. Houwink
The Odd Book of Data.
A book with the fascinating title ‘The Odd Book of Data’ recently arrived atop the pile on the desk. It is an English-language translation of a compilation by Dr. R. Houwink, the eminent Dutch chemist, published by Elsevier (New York, 1965, $5.00). Some may wish to revise the title to read ‘The Book of Odd Data’. It is a collection of items to serve the purpose, in the autor’s words, ‘… of simplifying and thereby to render more memorable – those quantitative data of Nature which we, and particulary the young student of science, are often at pains to absorb and retain’. It does this admirably. It is an arsenal of ammunition that the scientist can use to raise the level of cocktail-party conversation when it goes too far into the realm of the currently popular fad for obscure, useless information. Perhaps a more intellectually respectable use of some of the items would be to spark up the otherwise dull classroom lecture. Thus armed, the professor may be able to take advantage of the undeniable tendency students have of remembering the oddest things!