Children's LiteratureIn this volume of the "Secrets of the Universe" series, the author turns his attention to wave-like sources of energy. More specifically, as the title of this scientific study indicates, the subject matter is light, electricity, and magnetism. In approaching these scientific topics the author introduces younger readers not only to the basic concepts involved in these energy sources but also to the scientists who initially studied them. Scientists such as Isaac Newton, Georg Ohm, Hans Orsted and others are briefly discussed along with their research. Additionally, projects are outlined that will allow students to attempt to replicate some of the early work of these pioneering scientists. The book also includes a brief biography section that provides a concise look at leading scientists as well as a listing of resources for further study. However, despite the valuable information contained in the book, it is not one to be recommended to a general audience. The writing style and method of presentation are exceedingly technical. While an advanced student might find this book to be of value, a common reader will probably lose interest or become lost in the seemingly endless technical verbiage and formulas. This is a book with a limited audience and one that is written without flare. 2002, Lerner, $25.26. Ages 12 up. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
School Library JournalGr 6 Up-Adapted from the author's Secrets of the Universe: Discovering the Universal Laws of Science (Atheneum, 1987; o.p.), these titles each provide a brief introduction to the laws and principles governing a specific area of science. The clean layout and concise coverage include activities for further study, although they would not be appropriate for science-fair projects. The texts are almost identical to the corresponding chapters in the original, but they are supplemented here with clear, two-color line drawings and diagrams. In Liquids, the chapters focus on Archimedes's principle, Pascal's law, Boyle's and Charles's laws, and Bernoulli's principle, although other scientists are covered. Waves covers optics, the laws of electromagnetism, and electric current (Ohm's law and Joule's law). Libraries that already own Secrets of the Universe may want to skip these titles, but many will feel that they merit consideration because of their appealing format and focused subject areas.-Maren Ostergard, Bellevue Regional Library, WA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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