Almost the Real Thing: Simulation in Your High-Tech World

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Often as astounding as science fiction, Almost the Real Thing is exciting, information-packed nonfiction that explores the cutting-edge thrill of simulation in your high-tech world.

An introduction to physical and computer simulations, focusing on the use of wind tunnels, air and automotive safety testing, astronaut training, and current and future uses of images created by computer simulation.

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Overview

Often as astounding as science fiction, Almost the Real Thing is exciting, information-packed nonfiction that explores the cutting-edge thrill of simulation in your high-tech world.

An introduction to physical and computer simulations, focusing on the use of wind tunnels, air and automotive safety testing, astronaut training, and current and future uses of images created by computer simulation.

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Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
When studying astronomy-related topics, highlight robotics and simulation, two of the technologies upon which space research relies - and let Gloria Skurzynski bring you and your youngsters up to date on both. In Almost the Real Thing, she traces the evolution of replicating devices from the Wright brothers' primitive wind tunnel to the sophisticated video simulations called virtual reality - devoting, en route, a chapter plus to astronauts in training.
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Gr 5-8-- From weightlessness to molecular structures to computer animation, this book describes how engineers and scientists simulate real and fanciful events. It's a wonderful concept, covered with clarity and intelligence. For instance, the section on wind tunnels includes a history of the subject, a discussion of current facilities and their limitations, and examples of how wind tunnels can also be used for studying pollution and improving sports equipment. Other topics include astronaut and pilot training, crash and earthquake testing, and computer modeling. High-quality, full-color photographs and computer-generated graphics illustrate the six chapters. An excellent and lively book on an offbeat topic. --Alan Newman, American Chemical Society, Washington, DC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780027780727
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1991
  • Edition description: 1st American ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.44 (w) x 8.33 (h) x 0.47 (d)

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