The Handy Science Answer Book / Edition 3

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Presenting a fun and educational way to explore the wonders of the world of science this guide collects more than 1,300 the most commonly asked and interesting questions in a succinct, fun, and educational manner. Children and adults alike will enjoy uncovering some of life’s greatest mysteries, including how does a fax machine works, which color car is the safest, the difference between male and female lobsters, and what city have the record for most snowfall. With straightforward writing, more than 100 photographs, and dozens of graphs and tables, this guidebook is the perfect reference for solving the mysteries of science.

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Titles can be misleading, but not in this case-it truly is a handy science answer book. Comprehensive, the text is divided into various subject areas including physics and chemistry, space, earth, climate and weather, minerals and other materials, energy, technology, and environment, gathering answers to reference questions as librarians are called on to do daily. A comprehensive index, done by the librarians who compiled the information, makes the material accessible and easy to find. Pages are full of fascinating tidbits, complemented by illustrations, photos, charts, graphs, and maps, such as the fact that the average person has about 100,000 scalp hairs, that the actual amount varies with natural hair color, and that hair grows on average nine inches a year. Readers also learn that there were 437 nuclear power plants operational worldwide in 2000 with 34 still under construction, and 104 of them are in the United States. A librarian will want a copy of this book behind the desk for ready reference, but students will want a copy for themselves to peruse time and again just for fun. Index. Illus. Photos. Charts. Further Reading. VOYA Codes: 4Q 5P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Every YA (who reads) was dying to read it yesterday; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2003, Visible Ink Press, 660p,
— Susan Allen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578591404
  • Publisher: Visible Ink Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Series: The Handy Answer Book Series
  • Edition description: Third edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 680
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.36 (d)

Meet the Author

James Bobick is currently Department Head in the Science and Technology Department at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
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