The Modern World

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The late 20th and early 21st centuries could be described as the space age and digital era. Rocket technology was used to develop space programs, ultimately leading to men on the Moon and space probes traveling to far-flung corners of our Solar System. For countless millions, cell phones and the World Wide Web have transformed everyday communications. Organ transplants are considered everyday occurrences, and the Human Genome project has mapped the complete human genetic map. However, depletion of fossil fuels ...

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Overview

The late 20th and early 21st centuries could be described as the space age and digital era. Rocket technology was used to develop space programs, ultimately leading to men on the Moon and space probes traveling to far-flung corners of our Solar System. For countless millions, cell phones and the World Wide Web have transformed everyday communications. Organ transplants are considered everyday occurrences, and the Human Genome project has mapped the complete human genetic map. However, depletion of fossil fuels and global warming present a new range of challenges.

This book contains:

Clear text, photographs, and diagrams that explain the history of technological advance

Sidebars explain the relevance of concepts to the science curriculum

Many glossary terms explained on the page

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Hazel Buys
The modern world, as described in this compendium of technological advances, begins at the end of World War II and covers the space age and digital age, to the present time. Advancements in technology have been widespread and include medical developments such as ultrasound and organ transplantation as well as the Genome Project and innovations in the development and supply of energy resources, advances in personal computing, the development of the World Wide Web and the lunar landings. The book leads with in-depth articles on scientific discoveries and advances in technology and concludes with timeline articles which list year-by-year discoveries in science, inventions, exploration and technological developments. Color photographs and graphics display visual information pertinent to each article. Sidebars titled "Curriculum Context" suggest lesson goals and study points. Concepts of interest are also summarized in sidebars set apart in contrasting color. This book, one of the six-volume set in the "Curriculum Connections" project, is an excellent summary of the scientific and technological advances of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. It concludes with a glossary and an index and would be a good resource in a high school library or science classroom. Reviewer: Hazel Buys
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Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Planetary probes 6

Nuclear weapons 12

Guided missiles 14

Semiconductors 20

Seeing inside the body 24

Advanced surgery 30

Robotics 36

The Apollo Moon program 38

The Moon's secrets 42

High-speed trains 46

Birth of personal computers 50

Space shuttle and space stations 54

Superconductors 60

The Hubble Space Telescope 64

Cloning 68

The greenhouse effect 72

The Human Genome Project 76

The World Wide Web 80

Future energy 84

Timelines 88

Glossary 106

Index 107

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