Chemistry (DK Eyewitness Books Series)

Chemistry (DK Eyewitness Books Series)

by Ann Newmark


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Chemical processes have always been a part of life. They enable our bodies to function and are the basis of countless substances and processes we take for granted. This intriguing book explores the world's natural chemistry and how we understand and exploit it.

From the first use of fire, people have practiced chemistry to produce food and drink, tan leather, make dyes for clothes and cosmetics, work metals, and produce glass and pottery. Today, chemicals help to purify our water, improve agriculture, and manufacture drugs, synthetic fabrics, and plastics. Our growing knowledge of the Earth's elements, the properties of atoms and DNA, and how substances interact, has resulted in many new technologies, products, and scientific advances.

The most trusted nonfiction series on the market, Eyewitness Books provide an in-depth, comprehensive look at their subjects with a unique integration of words and pictures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756613853
Publisher: DK
Publication date: 09/28/2005
Series: DK Eyewitness Books Series
Pages: 72
Sales rank: 212,950
Product dimensions: 8.75(w) x 11.31(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Dr. Ann Newmark worked as a curator, writer, and researcher at the Science Museum in London. She helped to revamp the chemistry galleries as a research assistant in the 1970s, became senior curator of the Experimental Chemistry branch in the 1980s, and was promoted to head of documentation in the 1990s. Newmark wrote the DK Eyewitness book Chemistry in 1993, using photographs of many of the museum's unique items to help illustrate the subject for young readers.

Table of Contents

What is chemistry?6
Chemistry in nature8
Chemistry in ancient worlds10
The first chemists12
Investigating mixtures14
Atoms and molecules16
The elements18
Investigating compounds20
The periodic table22
Looking at metals24
Discovering nonmetals26
Looking at air28
Burning reactions30
The noble gases32
Chemical reactions34
What drives a reaction?36
Rates of reactions38
Oxidation and reduction40
Acids and bases42
Forming salts44
Electricity and chemistry46
The chemistry of carbon48
The chemistry of life50
Organic synthesis52
The first plastics54
Making synthetic materials56
The story of chemical analysis58
Monitoring materials60
The chemical industry62
Did you know?64
Find out more68

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Chemistry 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
rpultusk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This DK Eyewitness book on chemistry contains busy pages full of photos and text that cover the pages. The text contains the history of chemistry, the study of chemistry, and chemistry of everyday things (from plastics to mushrooms). The book also contains a time line, interesting "fast facts" on chemistry, a list of other resources (i.e. web sites and museums), an index, and a glossary.To the best of my knowledge, the information contained within the book is accurate. My knowledge of the DK Eyewitness series also lends credibility to the text. The pages are organized by topic ("history of chemistry," "chemistry of plants," etc) but the pages are extremely busy with text and pictures places all over the page. The pages might be overwhelming to some readers and especially appealing to others. Overall, the book is beautifully designed with inquiring young minds in mind. The combination of multiple pictures in multiple places on the page and differently-sized text boxes on each page makes this book perfect for both occasional browsing and extended reading. In other words, students could leaf through the book for a few minutes and learn something new or they could sit down with the book for hours and read it from cover to cover.Highly recommended for elementary and middle school libraries.