The Handy Science Answer Book / Edition 4

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Presenting a fun and educational way to explore the wonders of the world of science, this newly updated edition poses and answers 2,200 questions, providing an abundance of original and interesting science facts. Children and adults will uncover some of the most interesting, unusual, and quirky science curiosities such as: Are cell phones dangerous to your health? Is the same strain of yeast used to make different types of beer? What is the cleanest fossil fuel? What is the largest invertebrate? Readers will find this informative and enjoyable resource is chock full of hundreds of intriguing science and technology topics, from the inner workings of the human body and outer space to math, computers, planes, trains, and automobiles.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"With a wide range of information suitable for everyone, this is the ideal source for anyone looking to get a better understanding of science." —
Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
A book filled with answers to the frequently asked questions of science and technology, this fourth edition updates the research. The straight-forward writing could be understood by fourth grade and up. With 13 topic areas covering most scientific disciplines from the human heart to the ends of the universe, the authors are offering answers to nearly 2,000 questions. While the answers can be found elsewhere, most obviously on the web, this book is still useful for times of no electricity or limited tolerance for research inaccuracies. If you are asking a question contained in the book, you will get a direct answer, and not 16 million almost answers. For example, the authors answer the question, how does a rock differ from a mineral? "Mineralogists use the term 'mineral' for a substance that has all four of the following features: it must be found in nature; it must be made up of substances that were never alive (organic); it has the same chemical makeup wherever it is found; and its atoms are arranged in a regular pattern to form solid crystals." The book is organized with an extensive table of contents at the beginning and an even more extensive index at the end. Good for reference in the classroom. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen
Library Journal
The eight years since this title's last appearance constitute an era in some sciences, marking high time for a new edition. Facts are presented in brief narrative answers to questions, grouped into chapters by subject area. This results in a very browsable title, less useful in finding a particular fact without consulting the index. New to this edition are questions regarding the 2010 Gulf oil spill, Web 2.0, electronic waste, brain injuries in sports, and biofield therapies (e.g., qigong, Reiki, therapeutic touch). Topics no longer appearing are those dealing with buildings, bridges, and modes of transportation. The endangered species list is updated, with populations of the gray wolf and a dozen other species recovering enough to be removed. Dates of the next total solar and lunar eclipses extend into the years 2027 and 2021, respectively, and blue moons through 2038. Statistical notes, such as on the most frequently cited scientific journal article, have been updated throughout. Sources are not identified for each answer, however, and the widely discredited story that the condom derived its name from the physician to Charles II is presented as fact. This title has its origins in the card file of questions that had been asked in the science and technology department of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, the first science department in a public library, established in 1902. As of a couple of years ago, that department no longer exists as a discrete unit. Visible Ink publishes other "Handy Answer" books that delve more deeply into biology, anatomy, astronomy, dinosaurs, math, oceans, physics, and weather, but all these areas are represented in the title under review. BOTTOM LINE Recommended for all public, school, and academic libraries. Consider placing it in the circulating collection.—Teresa R. Faust, Vermont Dept. of Libs., Berlin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578593217
  • Publisher: Visible Ink Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Series: The Handy Answer Book Series
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition, Fourth edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 650
  • Sales rank: 623,215
  • Product dimensions: 6.96 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 1.43 (d)

Meet the Author

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, established in 1902, was the first major library to devote a separate department to science and technology. Each year, they answer more than 80,000 questions in the fields of science and technology.

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