DK Eyewitness Books: Science

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This remarkable reference book tells the story of science from earliest times to the present day, taking in everything from ancient Greek geometry to quantum physics, and the wedge to the worldwide web. Exploring science in a thematic, highly approachable manner, each spread takes as its theme a specific event, discovery, invention, experiment, theory, or individual and explains why this subject was so significant in the development of scientific thought and what its impact on history has been. In addition to ...
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Overview

This remarkable reference book tells the story of science from earliest times to the present day, taking in everything from ancient Greek geometry to quantum physics, and the wedge to the worldwide web. Exploring science in a thematic, highly approachable manner, each spread takes as its theme a specific event, discovery, invention, experiment, theory, or individual and explains why this subject was so significant in the development of scientific thought and what its impact on history has been. In addition to providing a broad-ranging and comprehensive history of science, the book also explains how science works, employing DK's trademark clarity and visual ingenuity to render tricky scientific subjects easily comprehensible.

Science is structured chronologically with five chapters covering major phases in world history from ancient times to the present day, with an eye to the future. Within these chapters, subjects are arranged in discrete spreads, each of which takes a key scientific concept, event, discovery, or process as its subject. These spreads are framed by "Before" and "After" panels that place the subject in context, revealing the causes and consequences that surround it. Panels and feature spreads highlight key figures and inventions in the history of science, while major scientific breakthroughs are also pulled out as special features. An extensive reference section sets out key scientific principles and formula, and contains essential graphics, such as the periodic table.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756671617
  • Publisher: DK
  • Publication date: 2/21/2011
  • Series: DK Eyewitness Books Series
  • Pages: 72
  • Sales rank: 206,425
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam Hart-Davis is a writer, photographer, and broadcaster and an established television face of science and the history of science. Among recent TV work, he has presented and written the books for the BBC series What the Romans/Ancients/Tudors/Stuarts/Victorians Did for Us, as well as presented How London Was Built, which was broadcast on both British television and The History Channel. He is the author of over 20 books on science, technology, and invention, and has received 12 honorary doctorates, a medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering for the Public Promotion of Engineering, and the 1999 Gerald Frewer memorial trophy of the Council of Engineering Designers.
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Table of Contents

Making sense 6

The foundations of science 8

Science at work 10

Changing the world 12

From magic to method 14

A new order 16

Scientific method 18

Many elements 20

Inside atoms 24

Making waves 26

Rays of light 28

Sound system 30

States of matter 32

Mixing it up 34

Chemical reactions 36

Acids and alkalis 38

Getting electric 40

Magnetic attraction 42

Buried chemicals 44

Atomic energy 46

The chemistry of life 48

The double helix 50

Evolution 52

The cell 54

Living energy 56

Time and space 58

Unanswered questions 62

Periodic table 64

Measuring things 66

Fields of science 68

Glossary 70

Index 72

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    Posted February 5, 2013

    Great book wish it was in ebook format though it was still a gre

    Great book wish it was in ebook format though it was still a great book great for school or a book to study off of in class!

    Loved the book it gave me loads of information.

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