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The Physical World by Martin Sherwood

Though so many aspects of our daily lives are influenced by science in action, few of us understand the physical and chemical processes at work. Written for everyone who has asked how the events they see around them actually take place—and why they occur—The Physical World offers an immensely readable, up-to-date, and entertaining survey of scientific knowledge. Using clear, informative, "how-it-works" diagrams, and full-color illustrations, it describes the processes that underlie a vast range of phenomena, from microscope photographs to industrial disasters.
Couched in a clear, lively style, The Physical World makes even arcane subjects like quantum theory, particle physics, nuclear fission, and radiation accessible to the layperson. Especially timely, this volume also covers such current topics as semi-conductors, explaining the theory behind them while providing insight into the future applications that will affect our everyday lives. And throughout, the explanations of the scientific processes behind such common products as cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, plastics, glass, and paints bring the importance of science home to readers.
In a world increasingly dependant on modern science, it is essential that we understand more of how it works. The Physical World, in non-technical, non-mathematical language, offers an essential guide to the familiar, and frequently puzzling, realities around us, and is a first step toward a more scientifically literate society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195208498
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 09/12/1991
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Wellcome Foundation

New Scientist

Table of Contents

1. Forces, Motion and Energy

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