National Geographic Science of Everything: How Things Work in Our World

National Geographic Science of Everything: How Things Work in Our World


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National Geographic answers all the questions about technology, biology, chemistry, physics, math, engineering, computers, and mechanics—in an indispensable book that reveals the science behind virtually everything. How does the voice of a distant radio announcer make it through your alarm clock in the morning? How does your gas stove work? How does the remote control open your garage door? What happens when you turn the key in the ignition? What do antibiotics really do? Divided into four big realms—Mechanics, Natural Forces, Materials & Chemistry, Biology & Medicine—The Science of Everything takes readers on a fascinating tour, using plain talk, colorful photography, instructive diagrams, and everyday examples to explain the science behind all the things we take for granted in our modern world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426211683
Publisher: National Geographic
Publication date: 10/29/2013
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 366,553
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 9.96(h) x 1.25(d)

About the Author

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC is one of the world’s leading nonfiction publishers, proudly supporting the work of scientists, explorers, photographers, and authors, as well as publishing a diverse list of books that celebrate the world and all that is in it. National Geographic Books creates and distributes print and digital works that inspire, entertain, teach, and give readers access to a world of discovery and possibility on a wide range of nonfiction subjects from animals to travel, cartography to history, fun facts to moving stories. A portion of all National Geographic proceeds is used to fund exploration, conservation, and education through ongoing contributions to the work of the National Geographic Society.David Pogue is an American technology writer, Emmy Award–winning CBS news correspondent, and bestselling author who founded the website Yahoo Tech. A former New York Times contributor, he also writes the monthly TechnoFiles column for Scientific American and has hosted numerous science shows on PBS. Pogue lives in Connecticut with his wife and three children. To learn more, visit of follow @Pogue on Twitter.

Table of Contents

Foreword David Pogue 6

How to Use this Book 8

Part 1 Mechanics

Chapter 1 Laws of Motion and Energy 18

Chapter 2 Mechanical Advantage and Friction 38

Chapter 3 Waves and Tureulence 56

Chapter 4 Fluids and Pressure 66

Chapter 5 Thermondynamics 96

Part 2 Natural Forces

Chapter 6 Gravity 120

Chapter 7 Magnetism 134

Chapter 8 Power and Electricity 162

Chapter 9 Light 202

Chapter 10 Radiation 238

Part 3 Materials and Chemistry

Chapter 11 Elements 260

Chapter 12 Polymers and Resins 274

Chapter 13 Nanotechnology 296

Part 4 Biology and Medicine

Chapter 14 Food and Drink 312

Chapter 15 Cell Biology 336

Chapter 16 Health and Medicine 354

About the Authors 380

Illustrations Credits 381

Index 383

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