Millions and Billions of Years Ago: Dating Our Earth and Its Life

Millions and Billions of Years Ago: Dating Our Earth and Its Life

by Norman F. Smith
     
 
This book describes how scientists study tree rings, bones, charcoal, pottery, and "clocks" in earth and space rocks to uncover the past. Various scientific dating methods are discussed, with an emphasis on how knowledge about the past can guide us into the future.

Overview

This book describes how scientists study tree rings, bones, charcoal, pottery, and "clocks" in earth and space rocks to uncover the past. Various scientific dating methods are discussed, with an emphasis on how knowledge about the past can guide us into the future.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Explaining difficult scientific concepts to laypeople is a challenge that Smith has met admirably. He recounts how scientists, over the centuries, have attempted to date historical and geologic events-from the thousands of years of civilization to the billions of years of the universe-in a lucid and readable manner. Arranged by methodology (dendrochronology, radioactivity, etc.), his text provides an overview of geology and a history of the development of that branch of science. The diagrams are readily understandable and further clarify the text, but the black-and-white photographs, though appropriate, are merely adequate. Franklyn Branley's Mysteries of Planet Earth (Dutton, 1989) covers some of this material, but from a different perspective and in a question-and-answer format. Sandra Markle's Digging Deeper (Lothrop, 1987) and Donald Silver's Earth (Random, 1989) include some of this information, but it is not presented as thoroughly, or in the same context.-Meryl Silverstein, American Museum of Natural History, New York City
Carolyn Phelan
From the publisher's Venture series, this volume records the history of our attempts to date artifacts, the earth, the moon, and even the universe. Smith discusses the dating methods used by generations of archaeologists and scientists as they searched for ever more accurate means of measurement. Readers will find clear descriptions of dating by biblical study, geological strata, fossils, heat loss, ocean salinity, tree rings, radioactivity, radiocarbon, and the redshift in spectral analysis of distant galaxies. Black-and-white photographs, charts, and diagrams illustrate the text. In his well-written introduction to the subject, the author gives a sense of science and history not as static subjects but as active processes driven by curiosity and inventive thinking.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531125335
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
12/01/1993
Series:
Venture Bks.
Edition description:
37100 Scholastic Library
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.29(w) x 9.29(h) x 0.66(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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