The "Secrets of the Universe" series is designed to introduce readers to major laws of science, the pioneers who revealed them and modern day applications of those principles. In this volume of that series the author addresses scientific issues related to liquids and gases. Laws such as Archimedes principle of displacement, Boyle's research into air pressure, and Bernoulli's work with lift are presented in a detailed manner. In each description of a major breakthrough in scientific research examples are provided for modern day students to test out those theories. These demonstrations are outlined in a step-by-step manner with accompanying illustrations. Unfortunately, although the book is filled with information, it is written in a very dry and technical manner. Readers will need to have a fair amount of background knowledge to grasp the main points made by the author. Additionally, this is simply a rather tedious book to read. It almost appears that the author is writing for an audience that has a firm grasp of the facts encompassed within the book. If that were the case, then there would be no need to read this somewhat arcane look at a subject that deserves a more readable presentation. 2002, Lerner, $25.26. Ages 12 up. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-Adapted from the author's Secrets of the Universe: Discovering the Universal Laws of Science (Atheneum, 1987; o.p.), these titles each provide a brief introduction to the laws and principles governing a specific area of science. The clean layout and concise coverage include activities for further study, although they would not be appropriate for science-fair projects. The texts are almost identical to the corresponding chapters in the original, but they are supplemented here with clear, two-color line drawings and diagrams. In Liquids, the chapters focus on Archimedes's principle, Pascal's law, Boyle's and Charles's laws, and Bernoulli's principle, although other scientists are covered. Waves covers optics, the laws of electromagnetism, and electric current (Ohm's law and Joule's law). Libraries that already own Secrets of the Universe may want to skip these titles, but many will feel that they merit consideration because of their appealing format and focused subject areas.-Maren Ostergard, Bellevue Regional Library, WA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.