Instant Science by Jennifer Crouch
Instant Science by Jennifer Crouch* is another book I received for a review. I’ve enjoyed this one too, almost as much as I did the other ones in the series. Why almost as much? Because this, unlike the others, deals with a few sciences and I can’t say that I’m interested in all equally. Even so, I gave the book 5 stars, because the information is interesting and nicely presented. Only one thing I would have liked to see in the book and it was not mentioned, the story of Mendeleev, in a sentence or two in the Periodic table page. I think that would have been fascinating for someone who does not know it.
In Instant Science, Crouch talks about: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology & Medicine, Geology & Ecology, Technology. My favourite topic was Chemistry. I took my A-levels (equivalent) in both Mathematics and Chemistry, so it’s not a huge surprise those were the ones I was very eager to read about. I loved reading and remembering from my high-school years.
On some of the pages are small snippets of one of the scientists’ personal history and I found those fascinating. I recommend this book, because it is interesting and because it’s also good to have, as a reference book, when you want to refresh your memory on a subject.
This is how a page looks like. I did not want to push the book open, so the picture is not as clear, but you can get a sense of how the information is shown.
Of course, I picked the page about Schrodinger, which, funnily enough, was the name my husband and I gave to the cat who decided to stay with us for a couple of months. I discovered that he had an owner, but, for some reason, he preferred to sleep in our conservatory, on the sofa. The door was open and he stayed there by choice, even starting to get along with our dog.
Instant Science by Jennifer Crouch
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My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: Welbeck Publishing
Year it was published: 2019
About the author: Jennifer Crouch is an artist, teacher, researcher and maker. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Portsmouth and artist in residence at UCL Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging (CABI).
Jennifer is a creator of illustrated dioramas; meticulous drawings; bright fleshy paintings; collaborations with scientists; interactive educational experiences, textiles and ceramic objects. Her work investigates the role of materials, objects and representation in knowledge production, having studied physics and illustration at university she considers the socio-political dimensions of scientific knowledge, to paraphrase Niels Bohr: science is not nature but what we can say about nature – science is a culturally and corporeal framed activity.
The fact that there is structure as well as genuine ambiguity and mystery in the universe, is something from which both physics and art thrive. Corporeal experience, gestures and techniques are points of reference in her work, as is the knowledge that exists between people, places and things.
Jennifer Crouch co-founded the Art/Physics collective Jiggling Atoms. She has worked with anatomists at Saint George’s University, the Gordon Museum of Pathology, with entomologists at the Natural History Museum and physicists at Queen Mary University and UCL. She trained as a medical illustrator and is tutor for Anatomical Drawing at Central Saint Martins; a qualified teacher (QTS and NQT status).
Website & Social Media Links: welbeckpublishing
*I was sent a copy of Instant Science by Jennifer Crouch for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.