How The World Works: Know it all, From How the Sun Shines to How the Pyramids Were Built

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This essential book is brimming with information about pretty much everything! Encyclopedic in scope but fresh and exciting in presentation, this is a great-value, information packed book about the workings of the world. Detailed and eye-catching illustrations are paired with succinct, to-the-point text that explains the phenomena, processes, and systems that affect our world and way of life. Parents will also find this book an invaluable tool when they are tasked with answering all of those tricky How? and Why? ...

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Overview

This essential book is brimming with information about pretty much everything! Encyclopedic in scope but fresh and exciting in presentation, this is a great-value, information packed book about the workings of the world. Detailed and eye-catching illustrations are paired with succinct, to-the-point text that explains the phenomena, processes, and systems that affect our world and way of life. Parents will also find this book an invaluable tool when they are tasked with answering all of those tricky How? and Why? questions!

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Natural curiosity about scientific topics flourishes in an environment where asking questions is encouraged. Discovering answers through experimentation and research fosters additional questions. Throughout this process teachers may be faced with a flurry of scientific questions ranging from life science to technology. How the World Works by Clive Gifford provides a resource to feed this boundless curiosity. . . . With curiosity fully fueled, the reader is encouraged to investigate any of the topics at web sites provided at the end of each chapter or through further texts referenced on each topic. How the World Works provides a broad base of information that will encourage that next question, encouraging the next generation of scientists.

Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-01
A handsome and rangy selection of the world's great systems and phenomena and their workings. Gifford tackles a broad spectrum of processes, creations and biological systems that have both shaped and inhabited the planet--plus a few items out there in the solar system, such as the workings of the sun and the life and death of stars. But for the most part, the material deals with earthly concerns: how the Earth was formed and reformed; how the dinosaurs (may have) lived and (may have) died; how the sprinter sprints; how wind farms generate electricity; how bridges and tunnels are built, not to forget the pyramids and Roman roads; how one besieged a castle; how the Incans built an empire; how the pirates got rich.Gifford's explanations are usually nicely sharp and concise--"An earthquake is a sudden release of built-up energy from Earth's crust. Most earthquakes are caused by extreme forces and pressures that exist near faults--where two plates grind against each other or collide." He leaves some room for further research at times, though: Fusion "creat[es] the nuclei of helium atoms--and energy." Throughout, the artwork is marvelous, with bell-clear diagrams, wonderfully atmospheric, dioramalike historical drawings, and crisp photography, which often by themselves fill some of the gaps in the text. Though not encyclopedic, the many topics addressed get first-class treatment. (Nonfiction/reference. 8-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753471197
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 11/5/2013
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 365,697
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Clive Gifford is a best-selling author who has written hundreds of articles and over 100 books. Clive’s titles also include The Murder Map Mystery, Tomb Hunter, The Cosmic Toaster and Espionage and Disinformation. For Kingfisher, his recent titles include The Kingfisher Football Encyclopedia and The Book Of Bad Things. Clive lives in Manchester, England.

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