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Guest Review: Exploring the World of Chemistry by John Hudson Tiner

“Chemistry is an amazing branch of science that affects us every day, yet few people realize it, or even give it much thought. Without chemistry, there would be nothing made of plastic, there would be no rubber tires, no tin cans, no televisions, no microwave ovens, or something as simple as wax paper.”

Exploring the World of Chemistry by John Hudson Tiner attempts to teach people about the history of chemistry and also quite a few basic chemistry facts. The book is divided into 16 chapters with subjects in chronological order from asteroids to silicone.

Tiner gives a good overview of the history of chemistry from the ancient Egyptians to modern life. The book deals with each subject chronologically, but adds all relevant content from every other time period as well so you don?t need to flip through the book to get every little thing explained. Though the book is fairly basic, the basics are all there.

Though the author is usually grammatically correct in his writings, his sentences and phrases are choppy and don?t flow well. Here?s an example:
“Slow oxidization releases only small amounts of heat. Rusting is an example of slow oxidization. So is the decay of dead plants and animals. Should the heat of slow oxidization not escape, fire can result. A pile of oily rags may burst into flame of its own accord as heat builds up.”
This style gives you information fast and simply and since this book is written mostly for children it isn?t necessarily a bad thing even though it can get frustrating.

Exploring the World of Chemistry by John Hudson Tiner is a fascinating book for younger children to study from and older people to read for a quick refresher on the subject of chemistry.

Teen Geek’s Disclosure: I received no compensation for this review.

Thanks to Mr. 15 of Teen Geek for writing this review.

Note:  This is the kind of book I would recommend for your teen’s science and math reading.

One Comment

  1. kympossible says:

    Good review and I agree. We used this book (and others in the series) when my boys were upper elementary and middle school age and they loved it. Would ask for more, in fact.

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