Discover Science Almanac: The Definitive Science Resource

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The first and only science reference book of its kind features the latest breakthroughs in science-from technology to medicine he Discover Science Almanac is a compact, reader-friendly resource that contains science and information on just about everything-from archaeology to zoology. Inside this one-of-a-kind book, readers will find facts on all major scientific advancements, awards, and discoveries, as well as clear and handy tables and charts, fascinating notes for browsing, and entertaining feature articles. ...
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Overview

The first and only science reference book of its kind features the latest breakthroughs in science-from technology to medicine he Discover Science Almanac is a compact, reader-friendly resource that contains science and information on just about everything-from archaeology to zoology. Inside this one-of-a-kind book, readers will find facts on all major scientific advancements, awards, and discoveries, as well as clear and handy tables and charts, fascinating notes for browsing, and entertaining feature articles. Also included is a foreword by Discover magazine editor-in-chief and original spreads of the best of the magazine, in the signature Discover style. Everything you need to know about science...all in one place!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786887590
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 800
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Philosophy and Politics of Science 1
The Scientific Enterprise 1
U.S. Spending on R&D 4
U.S. National Medals of Science 7
Books and Web Sites: Philosophy and Politics of Science 18
Astronomy and Cosmology 19
Trends and Ideas in Astronomy and Cosmology 19
Timeline of Astronomy and Cosmology 21
R&D: Astronomy and Cosmology 26
Tools of Astronomers 30
The Solar System 44
The Universe 77
Cosmology 90
Record Holders: Astronomy and Cosmology 94
Scientists in the News 97
Books and Web Sites: Astronomy and Cosmology 99
Space 103
Trends and Ideas in Space 103
Timeline of Space 105
R&D: Space 108
Satellites and Space Probes 110
Humans in Space 116
International Space Station 131
Moving Vans 132
Space Junk 133
Record Holders: Space 133
Scientists in the News 135
Books and Web Sites: Space 137
Geology 139
Trends and Ideas in Geology 139
Timeline of Geology 141
R&D: Geology 144
Rocks and Minerals 146
The Active Earth 154
Record Holders: Geology 180
Scientist in the News 181
Books and Web Sites: Geology 181
Oceanography 183
Trends and Ideas in Oceanography 183
Timeline of Oceanography 185
R&D: Oceanography 186
Observing the Oceans 189
Composition of Ocean Water 192
Oceans and Seas 193
Currents 195
Record Holders: Oceanography 196
Scientists in the News 197
Books and Web Sites: Oceanography 198
Paleontology 199
Trends and Ideas in Paleontology 199
Timeline of Paleontology 201
R&D: Paleontology 205
Geological Time 208
Fossils 211
Dinosauria 215
Record Holders: Paleontology 217
Scientists in the News 219
Books and Web Sites: Paleontology 221
Weather and Climate 223
Trends and Ideas in Weather and Climate 223
Timeline of Weather and Climate 225
R&D: Weather and Climate 227
The Atmosphere 230
Winds and Storms 232
Weather Indexes 245
Climates 248
Record Holders: Weather and Climate 252
Scientists in the News 253
Books and Web Sites: Weather and Climate 254
Physics 255
Trends and Ideas in Physics 255
Timeline of Physics 257
R&D: Physics 263
Classical Physics 267
Modern Physics 272
The Nobel Prize for Physics 284
Record Holders: Physics 292
Scientists in the News 293
Books and Web Sites: Physics 295
Chemistry 297
Trends and Ideas in Chemistry 297
Timeline of Chemistry 299
R&D: Chemistry 304
The Elements 306
The Nobel Prize for Chemistry 320
Record Holders: Chemistry 328
Scientists in the News 329
Books and Web Sites: Chemistry 330
Medicine and the Human Body 331
Trends and Ideas in Medicine and the Human Body 331
Timeline of Medicine and the Human Body 333
R&D: Medicine 339
Anatomy and Physiology 345
Health Guidelines 352
Health Indicators 360
Disease 370
Seven Warning Signs 372
Cold Comfort 381
Diagnosis and Treatment 383
Record Holders: The Human Body 389
Scientists in the News 391
Books and Web Sites: Medicine and the Human Body 393
Biology 395
Trends and Ideas in Biology 395
Timeline of Biology 397
R&D: Biology 403
The Diversity of Life 406
Cells 416
Biochemistry 419
Reproduction 422
Adaptations 426
The Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine 428
Record Holders: Biology 437
The Biggest Living Organism 439
Scientists in the News 441
Books and Web Sites: Biology 442
Genetics 445
Trends and Ideas in Genetics 445
Timeline of Genetics 447
R&D: Genetics 451
Inheritance Patterns 453
Chromosomes, Genes, and DNA 456
Genetic Engineering 466
Record Holders: Genetics 469
Scientists in the News 470
Books and Web Sites: Genetics 471
Ecology 473
Trends and Ideas in Ecology 473
Timeline of Ecology 475
R&D: Ecology 477
Interactions 479
Places to Live 481
World Heritage in Danger 493
Endangered Species 495
Record Holders: Ecology 512
Scientists in the News 513
Books and Web Sites: Ecology 514
Human Origins 517
Trends and Ideas in Human Origins 517
Timeline of Human Origins 519
R&D: Human Origins 521
Physical Evolution 525
Cultural Evolution 536
Record Holders: Human Origins 544
Scientists in the News 544
Books and Web Sites: Human Origins 546
Behavior and Neurosciences 547
Trends and Ideas in Behavior and Neurosciences 547
Timeline of Behavior and Neurosciences 549
R&D: Behavior and Neurosciences 553
The Nervous System 554
Mental Illness 561
Record Holders: Nervous Systems 565
Scientists in the News 566
Books and Web Sites: Behavior and Neurosciences 567
Archaeology and Linguistics 569
Trends and Ideas in Archaeology and Linguistics 569
Timeline of Archaeology and Linguistics 571
R&D: Archaeology and Linguistics 575
Civilizations of World History 577
Archaeological Sites of Significance 580
World Language Families 584
Record Holders: Archaeology and Linguistics 586
Scientists in the News 588
Books and Web Sites: Archaeology and Linguistics 589
Environmental Science 591
Trends and Ideas in Environmental Science 591
Timeline of Environmental Science 593
R&D: Environmental Science 597
Global Issues 600
Resources 614
Pollution 628
Record Holders: Environmental Science 654
Scientists in the News 656
Books and Web Sites: Environmental Science 658
Technology 659
Trends and Ideas in Technology 659
Timeline of Technology 661
R&D: Technology 667
The Innovators 671
Engineering 689
Computers 695
Telecommunications 705
Record Holders: Technology 710
Scientists in the News 712
Books and Web Sites: Technology 713
Mathematics 715
Trends and Ideas in Mathematics 715
Timeline of Mathematics 717
R&D: Mathematics 721
Commonly Used Formulas 723
Number Properties 727
Pascal's Triangle 729
Common Graphs Used in Algebra 730
Fractals 732
Record Holders: Mathematics 733
Mathematicians in the News 734
Books and Web Sites: Mathematics 736
Measurement 737
Timeline of Measurement 738
The International System ("Metric") 741
Other Scientific Measures 746
U.S. Customary Measures 748
Astronomical Measurement 749
Conversions 750
Books and Web Sites: Measurement 752
In Memoriam 753
Index 767
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