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The Britannica Illustrated Science Library is a visually compelling set that covers earth science, life science, and physical science in 16 volumes. Created for grades 5-9, each volume provides an overview on the subject and thoroughly explains it through detailed and powerful graphics, turning complex subjects into visual information that students can quickly grasp. Students will be captivated by more than 16,000 unforgettable images-over 1,000 per volume-that simplify and engage, ultimately providing a thorough understanding of each important topic. Each volume contains an Index and a glossary with full definitions for vocabulary help.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

This beautifully color illustrated 16-volume science encyclopedia will stimulate the interest of any middle school or high school student. Written by the reputable Encyclopaedia Britannica staff, the volumes cover a wide range of topics correlating nicely with science curriculums in the fields of the earth sciences, the life sciences, and the physical sciences. Each topic is addressed in no more than two pages with well-organized information and simple language. The editors have carefully linked their scientific explanations to topics of interest and the student's experience. For example, the roller coaster is included as an example of energy and movement, with a discussion about gravity, friction, and centripetal force. But the reader also discovers how the cars stay on the track and how fast they move, along with the history of roller coasters and the general physics of theme park rides. Many articles also include current interest stories, such as some great explanations of biofuels and fuel cells in the volume on "Energy and Movement." Unlike other scientific encyclopedias, such as DK Science Encyclopedia(1998), where small pictures simply illustrate concepts, these volumes contain more than 10,000 engaging pictures and illustrations that fill an entire page and help the reader grasp complex scientific topics. Each also contains a glossary and a detailed index, but the editors do not provide any outside reference sources that might lead students to discover more detail about a topic.
—Hazel Cameron

School Library Journal

Gr 5-8- Though not for sale individually, the volumes in this unnumbered set are stand-alones that could also be at home in circulating collections. In each one, anonymous authors cover in the same number of pages an area of physical science, beginning (if taken in Dewey order) with "Universe," ending with "Space Exploration," and along the way surveying earth sciences, plants, animals, human biology (in two volumes), evolution and genetics, energy and movement, space, and technology. Arranged in single-topic spreads, the information is presented in a strongly visual way, with scattered blocks of text placed amid seamless blends of big, vivid photos and digitally created cutaways, exploded views, close-ups, and diagrams. That information, though current enough to include mention of the iPod iTouch, is often hard to find, however, as the volumes have individual indexes but no cross-references, and facts are not always given in a systematic way. In Energy and Movement , for instance, gravity is rightly described as "one of the four fundamental forces observed in nature," but readers will have to check Universe to find out what the other three are. Also lacking bibliographies or links to online resources, these titles score high marks for visual appeal, but qualify for, at best, only supporting roles for assignments or general inquiry.-John Peters, New York Public Library

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593393823
  • Publisher: Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Pages: 1664
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years

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