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Overview

Within this text, the authors explore the main aspects of physical and life sciences and will show how to integrate these scientific principles into everyday life and events. The reader/student will examine such issues as human health, technology, environmental concerns and more.
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Adopts a distinctive and innovative approach to science education based on the principle that general science courses are a key to a balanced and effective college-level science education for nonmajors and future elementary and high school teachers. Science basics such as Newton's laws governing force and motion are applied to everyday life<-->one example demonstrates the compelling reasons for wearing a seat belt. Following general principles, chapters examine specific natural systems such as atoms, the Earth, or living things. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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"...The quality of writing and presentation is first rate..." (Contemporary Physics, Vol.43, No.5, 2002)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470118542
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/3/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

James Trefil has authored or coauthored numerous books on science for the general audience. His interest in scientific literacy began with a contributed essay to E. D. Hirsch's Cultural Literacy and Science Education Standards. He serves as a regular contributor and science consultant for Smithsonian Magazine and as a science commentator on National Public Radio. He received undergraduate degrees from the University of Illinois and Oxford University. After receiving a doctorate in theoretical physics from Stanford University, he help post-doctorate and faculty appointments in Europe and the United States.
James Trefil is the Clarence Robinson Professor of Physics at George Mason University. He has made contributions to research in elementary particle physics, fluid mechanics, medical physics (including cancer research), and the earth sciences, Trefil was recently awarded the prestigious Gemant Prize of the American Institute of Physics for his efforts to present science to the public.

Robert M. Hazen is the Clarence Robinson Professor of Earth Science at George Mason University and Staff Scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Washington's Geophysical Laboratory. Hazen developed a fascination for rocks and minerals as a child growing up in mineral-rich Northern New Jersey, and he pursued that interest as an undergraduate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After receiving a doctorate in earth sciences from Harvard University, he spent a year at Cambridge University as a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow. In addition to teaching courses on scientific literacy, scientific ethics, symmetry in art and science, and visual thinking, he performs research on materials at high pressure. His current studies on the origin of life explore the hypothesis that life arose in a deep, high-pressure environment. Hazen is active in presenting science to the public. He developed a 60-lecture video version of this textbook, Great Principles of Science, which is available nationally through The Teaching Company. Hr has appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including NOVA and Today. His most recent popular book is The Diamond Makers, which recounts the discovery of a method to make synthetic diamonds. Robert Hazen is also a part-time professional trumpeter.

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Table of Contents

1. Science: A Way of Knowing: How do you know what you know?

2. The Ordered Universe: Why do planets appear to wander slowly across the sky?

3. Energy: Why must animals eat to stay alive?

4. Heat and the Second Law of Thermodynamics: Why is it easier to make an omelet from an egg than to make an egg from an omelet?

5. Electricity and Magnetism: What is lightning?

6. Waves and Electromagnetic Radiation: What is color?

7. Albert Einstein and the Theory of Relativity: Can a human ever travel faster than the speed of light, at “warp speed”?

8. The Atom: Why are there so many different materials in the world?

9. Quantum Mechanics: How can the electron behave like both a particle and a wave?

10. Atoms in Combination: The Chemical Bond: How does blood clot?

11. Materials and Their Properties: How have computers gotten so much faster?

12. The Nucleus of the Atom: How do scientists determine the age of the oldest human fossils?

13. The Ultimate Structure of Matter: How can antimatter be used to probe the human brain?

14. The Stars: How much longer can the Sun sustain life on Earth?

15. Cosmology: Will the universe end?

16. Earth and Other Planets: Is Earth the only planet with life?

17. Plate Tectonics: Can we predict destructive earthquakes?

18. Earth’s Many Cycles: Will we ever run out of fresh water?

19. Ecology, Ecosystems, and the Environment: Are human activities affecting the global environment?

20. Strategies of Life: What is life?

21. The Living Cell: What is the smallest living thing?

22. Molecules of Life: What constitutes a healthy diet?

23. Classical and Modern Genetics: Why do offspring resemble their parents?

24. The New Science of Life: Can we cure cancer?

25. Evolution: How did life emerge on the ancient Earth?

 

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