Alvin Silverstein Harry C. Stubbs - Essay

Harry C. Stubbs

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

When I meet a student who has passed a high-school chemistry course but cannot tell me what happens when sodium is dropped into water,… I look around for a nice, old-fashioned, descriptive science book nicely loaded with facts…. I settle down and try to read the book with my brain shut off except for the recording portion—no effort to calculate the cooling power of the skin or the horsepower of the heart. The trouble is, most books make one think even if they are purely factual; brains are hard to shut off.

Three small volumes by Dr. Alvin Silverstein and his wife Virginia seemed worth trying at one of these moments. They are The Respiratory System: How Living Creatures Breathe; Circulatory...

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