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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.