Stars

Stars

by Jim Whiting
     
 

The most fundamental forces at work in our world are some of the most mysterious, and people have grappled with certain questions for centuries. Mysteries of the Universe tackles eight of the astronomical and physical phenomena that have inspired and challenged scientists, chronicling the discoveries that have been made and the puzzles that remain.

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The most fundamental forces at work in our world are some of the most mysterious, and people have grappled with certain questions for centuries. Mysteries of the Universe tackles eight of the astronomical and physical phenomena that have inspired and challenged scientists, chronicling the discoveries that have been made and the puzzles that remain. Complicated scientific principles are contextualized with accessible examples and illustrated with stunning photos, assisting readers in grasping the magnitude of the mystery.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Caitlin Marineau
An addition to Creative Education's "Mysteries of the Universe" series, which examines the complex physics and entities of our universe, Stars explains the science and history of one of the most beautiful and enigmatic features of space. The book discusses how stars are classified, as well as their life cycles. The history of astronomy is also featured, with the author showing how technology helped expand what scientists could learn about the universe. For example, Whiting writes about how Edwin Hubble used the Doppler Effect to demonstrate that the universe was expanding. A chapter is also devoted to the search for life on other planets, including how scientists find planets orbiting stars, and how they determine if they might be hospitable to life. Like the other titles, the book contains striking full color photographs and illustrations in a clean, simple layout. The content is of high quality, if occasionally a bit dry, and the amount of text will not be intimidating to an average student. The book also contains an index, glossary, related websites, and a selected bibliography. Overall, a solid addition to science collections; can either be used as a stand-alone title or with other series titles. Reviewer: Caitlin Marineau
School Library Journal
Gr 5�9—This sophisticated series will appeal to report writers and serious astronomy students. Each book carefully examines the history behind attempts to unravel explanations for the subjects, going back to Anaxagoras's work on energy in 450 B.C. all the way up to the contemporary findings of Stephen Hawking. The numerous theories put forth throughout the ages are meticulously detailed and put in context of how research was able to proceed despite political or religious pressures to suppress it. Sidebars bring in interesting tidbits, including information about how pop culture has used or misused science in fiction and film. The photographs, illustrations, and reproductions are impressive, but the texts are sometimes difficult to read because of the unusually small font, particularly when placed against a dark red background. As they bring together science, history, and philosophy, these volumes are exhaustive treatments of their subjects.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608181933
Publisher:
Creative Company, The
Publication date:
07/01/2012
Series:
Mysteries of the Universe Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
1970L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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