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100 Most Important Science Ideas: Key Concepts in Genetics, Physics and Mathematics

100 Most Important Science Ideas: Key Concepts in Genetics, Physics and Mathematics

by Mark Henderson, Joanne Baker, Tony Crilly
     
 

"Highly recommended for high school, college, or university libraries. And since readers with no scientific background would also find the information fascinating, the book would be a great addition to the circulating collections in public libraries."
-- Library Journal

100 Most Important Science Ideas presents a selection of 100

Overview

"Highly recommended for high school, college, or university libraries. And since readers with no scientific background would also find the information fascinating, the book would be a great addition to the circulating collections in public libraries."
-- Library Journal

100 Most Important Science Ideas presents a selection of 100 key concepts in science in a series of concise and accessible essays that are understandable to the layperson. The authors explain the answers to the most exciting and important scientific questions, which have had a profound influence on our way of life. Helpful diagrams, everyday examples and enlightening quotations highlight the straightforward text.

All the big ideas that readers would expect to find are present, and each is discussed over two to four pages. The authors use concrete applications to describe many of the abstract ideas, and some entries have a timeline along the bottom showing when the idea originated and its development.

Examples are:

  • What can DNA reveal about the history of human evolution?
  • Why does the moon orbit the Earth while the Earth orbits the sun?
  • How will genetic medicine revolutionize healthcare?
  • How did chaos theory become so ordered?

100 Most Important Science Ideas also includes brief biographies of iconic scientists and entertaining anecdotes from the world of scientific discovery. It is an indispensable overview of science for anyone who wants to understand the world around them.

Editorial Reviews

Midland Mirror
An indispensable over view of science for anyone who wants to understand the world around them.
Library Journal
How large is infinity? Are designer babies really designed? Can a cat be alive and dead at the same time? All of these questions urge the reader to explore the 100 most important, groundbreaking ideas that have emerged from the scientific disciplines of genetics, physics, and mathematics. Divided into three sections, each written by one of the authors—Henderson is a specialist in genetics, Joanne Baker is editor of Nature and a physics major, and Tony Crilly is a former mathematics instructor who has written extensively in mathematics—this work presents complex scientific topics in a simple, understandable way. The introduction includes a time line that shows how the ideas are develped within each section. The entries, which range from two to four pages in length, explain concisely how each topic has profoundly influenced our lives. Text boxes, entertaining quotations, frequent diagrams, and everyday examples hold the reader's attention and make this work engaging to anyone interested in the world of science. BOTTOM LINE Unlike other popular science books, such as Peter Moore's Little Book of Big Ideas: Science (Chicago Review, 2006), which focuses on biography, this book concentrates instead on the interaction and development of these ideas over time. It is highly recommend for high school, college, or university libraries. And since readers with no scientific background would also find the information fascinating, the book would be a great addition to the circulating collections in public libraries.—Hazel Cameron, Overlake Hosp. Lib., Bellevue, WA\

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554079483
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
06/23/2011
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
735,849
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Mark Henderson is science editor of the Times (UK). He takes a particular interest in genetics and reproductive medicine, including IVF, PGD and stem cell research. He lives in London, England.

Joanne Baker studied natural sciences at the University of Cambridge and did her PhD at the University of Sydney. She is a physical science editor at Science magazine.

Tony Crilly he has written and edited many works on fractals, chaos and computing, and he is the author of the acclaimed biography of the English mathematician Arthur Cayley.

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