Linda Williams is a writer in the fields of science and medicine. She has worked as a technical writer and chief scientist at NASA and McDonnell Douglas, and currently works at Rice University. She has served as a science speaker for a number of years. Ms. Williams is the author of the popular Chemistry Demystified, another volume in this series.
Earth Science Demystifiedby Williams
Say goodbye to dry presentations, grueling formulas, and abstract theories that would put Einstein to sleep -- now there's an easier way to master the disciplines you really need to know.McGraw-Hill's Demystified Series teaches complex subjects in a unique, easy-to-absorb manner, and is perfect for users without formal training or unlimited time. They're also the most time-efficient, interestingly written "brush-ups" you can find. Organized as self-teaching guides, they come complete with key points, background information, questions at the end of each chapter, and even final exams. You'll be able to learn more in less time, evaluate your areas of strength and weakness and reinforce your knowledge and confidence. Earth Science has never been easier to understand. Coverage includes: rocks and minerals, strata, fossils, volcanos, earthquakes, glaciers, wind and erosion, oceans, type of rock, atmosphere, carbon and calcium, the hydrologic cycle, and more.
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As with 'Chemistry Demystified,' which was also written by this author, 'Earth Sciences Demystified' is filled with errors and typos. In the first chapter alone, I found several errors in both the text and the accompanying diagrams. For example, 'lithosphere' and 'mantle' have multiple definitions, all of which contradict each other. There also seem to be test questions for which there is no correct answer given. And those are only the errors that I noticed- someone with advanced training in the field would likely find many more. The writing is very poor and has a juvenile feel. I would strong advise against purchasing this book.
This is an outstanding book to reacquaint the uninitiated on a wide variety of earth sciences. I loved science in school, but that was a long time ago...and the world, or at least science's view of it, has changed significantly since that time. Now, I know a lot more about a lot of different things. I imagine this book would be extremely valuable for the high school or college student required to take earth sciences as an elective. The book is well planned and executed. It's a very worthwhile, stimulating and enlightening read.