Bite-Size Science: Everything You Need to Know About Science in Small, Easily-Digestible Portions

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This compelling collection of facts, theories, and general scientific information is presented in clear, jargon-free language for all non-scientists who want to keep abreast of the latest developments. Two chapters that open the book explain the very small and the very large, starting with the structure of atoms and then going on to describe the composition of the solar system, stars, galaxies and black holes. Author Robert Dinwiddie next describes modern science's understanding of the Big Bang, which scientists...
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Overview


This compelling collection of facts, theories, and general scientific information is presented in clear, jargon-free language for all non-scientists who want to keep abreast of the latest developments. Two chapters that open the book explain the very small and the very large, starting with the structure of atoms and then going on to describe the composition of the solar system, stars, galaxies and black holes. Author Robert Dinwiddie next describes modern science's understanding of the Big Bang, which scientists believe first brought all of physical reality into existence. A chapter on the planet Earth discusses plate tectonics, continental drift, volcanoes, earthquakes, and extreme weather systems. An overview of the Earth's environment explains the hazards of pollution, the challenges posed by global warming, and the efforts to reverse those patterns by developing renewable energy sources and alternative fuels. Two chapters that follow carry science to a more personal level describing human body functions, the components of good health, disease prevention and control, DNA, the human genome, cloning, and DNA profiling. A concluding chapter translates Einstein's relativity, quantum mechanics, and science's general theories of everything into terms understandable to laypersons. The author's goal in every chapter is to bring his readers up to speed on modern science's most important issues. His intensely readable text is supplemented with more than 400 color illustrations.
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"The witty diagrams and crisp explanations make the book ideal for 4th through 12th grade students.... an ideal book for a reading or enrichment corner. It will capture both science buffs and reluctant readers and is bound to entice some to look further."
--The Science Teacher

"Plain-language science explanations are supported by appealing color illustrations on every page in theis reference for general readers in middle school and up. There is a special focus on topics that provoke controversy, such as stem-cell research and causes of climate change, with material presented from each side."
--Book News Inc.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764144226
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 940,119
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Chapter 1 Very Small Stuff, or the Nature of Matter 10

Atoms and Elements 12

What Holds Atoms Together? 14

Radioactivity 16

Crystals and Molecules 20

Particle Physics 22

Dark Matter 24

Chapter 2 Energy Stuff 26

Forms of Energy 28

Your Personal Energy Expenditure 30

Electromagnetic Radiation 32

Mass-Energy and Splitting the Atom 34

Chapter 3 Very Big Stuff, or the Observable Universe 36

Our Backyard in Space 38

Our Galaxy and Beyond 40

The Visible Stare 42

The Sun and its Cycles 44

When Stars Die 46

Black Holes 48

Orbits and Gravity 50

Space Probes 52

The Expansion of the Universe 54

Extraterrestrial Life 56

Chapter 4 Origins Stuff 58

The Big Bang 60

Origins of the Solar System 64

Origin of Earth and the Moon 66

Origin of Life on Earth 68

Earth's History 70

Darwinian Evolution 74

The Fossil Record 76

Tree of Life 78

Chapter 5 Earth Stuff 80

Earth's Structure 82

Plate Tectonics 84

Earthquakes and Volcanoes 86

Ocean Currents 88

Tides 90

Sea-Level Rise 92

Earth's Atmosphere 94

Weather 96

Lightning 98

Chapter 6 Environment Stuff 100

Air Pollution 102

Ozone Depletion 104

Biomagnification 106

Global Warming 108

Sources of Greenhouse Gases 110

Renewable Energy 112

Nuclear Energy Waste 114

Biofuels 116

Electric Vehicles 118

Recycling 120

Chapter 7 Health Stuff 122

Influences on Health 124

Nutrition, Diet, and Obesity 126

Bugs and Superbugs 130

Flu Pandemics 132

Vaccines 134

Relative Health Risks 136

Sun and Skin 138

Drugs and Sport 140

Animal Testing of Medicines 142

Chapter 8 Genes Stuff 144

What are Genes? 146

Genes and Inheritance 148

Genetic Clues to Human Past 150

Gene Therapy 152

GM Foods 154

Cloning 156

DNA Fingerprinting 158

Stem-Cell Research 160

Chapter 9 Harder Stuff 162

Einstein's Relativity 164

Quantum Theory 168

Theories of Everything 170

Index 172

Credits 176

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