Foundations of College Chemistry: 15th Edition

4 out of 5 stars

Foundations of College Chemistry Fifteenth Edition with Wiley Plus

By: Hein, Arena, Willard

foundations of college chemistry 15th edition  Synopsis: This college chemistry book has 20 chapters; significant figures, converting measurements, naming of elements and compounds, properties of matter, early and modern atomic theory and structure, writing formulas for various compounds, finding molar mass and percent composition of compounds, writing and calculating chemical equations, and gas laws are a few of the many topics covered.

Pro: This is a very comprehensive book for an intro course in chemistry. Every chapter is full of practice problems along with a chapter review full of more practice. If you buy WileyPlus, more examples are given for each type of problem you need. WileyPlus also has a personalized learning dashboard that will keep track of your progress for every chapter.

Con: This book dives straight into practice problems and ignores the conceptual side of chemistry. Only selected practice problems in the review have answers to them and some answers for the problems within the chapters only can be found in Wiley. So, if a student does not buy Wiley, many of these practice problems are useless.


Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynam

4 stars out of 5

"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!": Adventures of a Curious Character: Adventures of a Curious Character by [Feynman, Richard P., Ralph Leighton]  This book contains short stories about Richard Feynman’s life.

Pro: There are a plethora of great stories including him working on the Manhattan project, breaking into safes, playing a Brazilian instrument called a frigideira, and winning a Nobel Prize in physics. He talks about his travels, people he met, and how he solved different challenging problems. By reading this book, you will understand how his curiosity both led to some great discoveries and also put him in several pickles.

Con: Some may not like all of his anecdotes. This book is more for people who want to learn about his life rather than learn about physics. He does talk about physics, but he does not get technical about it at all which depending on what you’re looking for could be a positive or negative thing.

Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimension

4 stars out of 5

  Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimension  This book, as the name might imply, discusses different dimensions such as the 10th and the 26th dimension. Michio Kaku refers to another book called “Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions” in order to coherently explain why higher dimensions can simplify the laws of physics rather than complicating them. 

Pro: This book is great for people who want to learn more about higher dimensions and how it might affect future civilizations as we go from what we currently are a Type 0 civilization to what we potentially could be which would be a Type III civilization.

Con: Unfortunately, a lot of what he talks about cannot be proven in the lab. We simply do not have the technology or know how to show experimental evidence for higher dimensions. The author knows this but is still rather fascinated by the idea that there might be.



Work, Energy, and Power: An Introduction to Basic Energy Physics (Stick Figure Physics Tutorials)

4 stars out of 5

work,energy, power   The title says it all. This book is strictly for beginners learning physics. This book has 57 pages of stick figure drawings that illustrate what the different types of energy are. It shows you how to calculate gravitational potential energy using the equation PEg = mgh. It shows you how to calculate kinetic energy using this equation KE=1/2MV^2. There are more basic equations used in this book.

Pro: The problems are suitable for beginners. The stick figure drawings make learning easier and more fun.

Con: This book felt like a mini lesson. So, if you are searching for a book that covers more topics for beginners than this is not the book you are looking for.

Elon Musk: Inventing the Future

4 stars out of 5

elon musk inventing the future book.jpeg  This took me about 5 minutes to read, but it is full of facts about how Elon Musk was involved in Tesla Motors, internet companies, and SpaceX.

Pro: Does a great job discussing his life.

Con: The book contains some generic inspirational quotes. (However, some of the quotes are from Elon Musk which is awesome.)

Nikola Tesla: Imagination and the Man That Invented the 20th Century

3 stars out of 5

Nikola Tesla the man that book.jpeg  This quick read goes over how Nikola Tesla began working under Edison and why the feud between them started. It talks about the multiple times Nikola’s ideas were shot down, even though, they were absolutely brilliant at the time.

Pro: If you are looking for an easy and quick read about Tesla this book is for you.

Con: If you are looking for an in-depth novel on Tesla’s life. This book is not for you.

The Future of the Mind

4 stars out of 5

download (1)  Michio Kaku is a great author. I have many of his books. This book dives into consciousness and the evolving brain. It also describes Drake’s equation, talks about telepathy and telekinesis, and discusses Einstein’s brain, and much more. If you love these topics, then, you will enjoy this easy to read book.

Con: Although, he turns “complicated scientific theories and turns them into readable tales”, some people may not get a lot out of the book if they already know a thing or two about the mind, physics, or the future.