In this comment text, I will share the reason why I read this book, my ideas after reading, and my suggestions about this book for natural science students.
1. What makes me to decide to read this book?
The reason is my supervisor emphasizes the importance of the training about critical thinking ability for a postgraduate student. Thus, I'm not only curious about what is critical thinking, but also about how to practice this ability when I read or write an article.
2. My ideas after reading
Firstly, I marked three stars for this book. It does not mean the book is not good enough. I cannot mark four or five stars, because I'm a natural science student but the target readers of the book is the social science students. Thus, I can hardly appreciate the detailed examples in the book.
Secondly, this book is useful for me. For example, "Identifying flaws in arguments" (Table 3.1, P36) emphasizes the relationship between conclusion and warrenting. "Form of a critical synopsis of text" helps me to focus on my target and find out drawbacks when I read articles.
Thirdly, no matter the social science or others, the basic philosophy is same. Thus, when I read this book, I tried to connect it with my research. Then, I understand how to take advantages from table and figures of an article to find out the major logic of the authors. Besides, the comparative reading helps me to organise different but relevant articles together.
3. My suggestions for natural science students
If you are a natural science students like me, I think the first part of this book can give you some help. The second and third part may have little help. I just scanned and skipped them quickly. I think "A High-Quality Dessertation: 'Top-Ten Features' " in page 170 is very good.