Author: National Geographic
Publisher: National Geographic Books
Release Date: 2011-08-16
Natural phenomena, revolutionary inventions, scientific facts, and the most up-to-date questions are all explained in detailed text that is complemented by visually arresting graphics. Six major sections are further broken down into subsections that encompass everything from microscopic life to nuclear power.
If your scientific knowledge is hazy and you want to keep up with the remarkable stories you’re seeing in the newspapers and on TV, this is the book for you. It will bring you up to speed in the hot areas of modern science, from atomic theory and the Big Bang to health scares and global warming. Bypassing complexities that only the scientists need to know, this book presents easy to follow sketches and summaries that drive home today’s most widely discussed scientific facts and theories. This book presents nine robust chapters, beginning with science basics – the building blocks of the world around us. Next, it gives you a closer look at the observable Universe, with a summary of how the world came into existence and a description of our planet and its environment. Subsequent chapters cover the human organism, our health, and our genes. A final chapter looks into astonishing far out topics in physics and cosmology, including the theory of relativity, string theory, and quantum theory. Illustrated and explained throughout with clear, colorful, down to earth analogies, and filled with truly amazing facts, this book will make you wonder why science wasn’t explained like this when you were in school.
Author: National Geographic Society (U.S.)
Publisher: National Geographic Books
Release Date: 2013
Providing colorful photography, instructive diagrams and everyday examples, this exciting resource reveals the science behind virtually everything and is divided into four sections - Mechanics, Natural Forces, Materials and Chemistry and Biology and Medicine.
ECONOMICS. Global economics have never been more newsworthy. This book helps you understand all the nuances of the world of finance from the International Monetary Fund to company pensions. It answers all the questions you're too afraid to ask, such as how inflation affects interest rates, or how national debt is accrued and paid. It has clear illustrations explaining some of the most complex theories and throughout there are fascinating stories, facts and profiles of key figures. The Book of Money will demystify and explain economics to help you understand the modern financial world.
Author: National Geographic
Publisher: National Geographic Books
Release Date: 2009
A comprehensive, visual reference, enhanced by photographs and illustrations, provides information on all major fields of knowledge and includes timelines, sidebars, cross-references, and other useful features.
Author: Douglas E. Comer
Publisher: CRC Press
Release Date: 2018-09-03
The Internet Book, Fifth Edition explains how computers communicate, what the Internet is, how the Internet works, and what services the Internet offers. It is designed for readers who do not have a strong technical background — early chapters clearly explain the terminology and concepts needed to understand all the services. It helps the reader to understand the technology behind the Internet, appreciate how the Internet can be used, and discover why people find it so exciting. In addition, it explains the origins of the Internet and shows the reader how rapidly it has grown. It also provides information on how to avoid scams and exaggerated marketing claims. The first section of the book introduces communication system concepts and terminology. The second section reviews the history of the Internet and its incredible growth. It documents the rate at which the digital revolution occurred, and provides background that will help readers appreciate the significance of the underlying design. The third section describes basic Internet technology and capabilities. It examines how Internet hardware is organized and how software provides communication. This section provides the foundation for later chapters, and will help readers ask good questions and make better decisions when salespeople offer Internet products and services. The final section describes application services currently available on the Internet. For each service, the book explains both what the service offers and how the service works. About the Author Dr. Douglas Comer is a Distinguished Professor at Purdue University in the departments of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has created and enjoys teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on computer networks and Internets, operating systems, computer architecture, and computer software. One of the researchers who contributed to the Internet as it was being formed in the late 1970s and 1980s, he has served as a member of the Internet Architecture Board, the group responsible for guiding the Internet’s development. Prof. Comer is an internationally recognized expert on computer networking, the TCP/IP protocols, and the Internet, who presents lectures to a wide range of audiences. In addition to research articles, he has written a series of textbooks that describe the technical details of the Internet. Prof. Comer’s books have been translated into many languages, and are used in industry as well as computer science, engineering, and business departments around the world. Prof. Comer joined the Internet project in the late 1970s, and has had a high-speed Internet connection to his home since 1981. He wrote this book as a response to everyone who has asked him for an explanation of the Internet that is both technically correct and easily understood by anyone. An Internet enthusiast, Comer displays INTRNET on the license plate of his car.
Author: Louis A. Bloomfield
Release Date: 2007-08-28
A user's manual for our everyday world! "Whether a curious layperson, a trained physicist, or a beginning physics student, most everyone will find this book an interesting and enlightening read and will go away comforted in that the world is not so strange and inexplicable after all." —From the Foreword by Carl Wieman, Nobel Laureate in Physics 2001, and CASE/Carnegie US University Professor of the Year 2004 If you didn't know better, you might think the world was filled with magic—from the household appliances that make our lives easier to the CDs and DVDs that fill our world with sounds and images. Even a simple light bulb can seem mysterious when you stop to think about it. Now in How Everything Works, Louis Bloomfield explains the physics behind the ordinary objects and natural phenomena all around us, and unravels the mysteries of how things work. Inside, you'll find easy-to-understand answers to scores of fascinating questions, including: How do microwave ovens cook food, and why does metal sometimes cause sparks in a microwave? How does an iPod use numbers to represent music? How do CDs and DVDs use light to convey information, and why are they so colorful? How can a CT or MRI image show a cross-sectional view of a person without actually entering the body? Why do golf balls have dimples? How does a pitcher make a curveball curve and knuckleball jitter about in an erratic manner? Why is the sun red at sunrise and sunset? How does a fluorescent lamp produce visible light? You don't need a science or engineering background to understand How Everything Works, all you need is an active curiosity about the extraordinary world all around you.
Offers numerous lists of fun, factual, and trivial issues, such as discontinued ice cream flavors and most popular websites for kids, along with "netiquette" tips, helpful references, and more. Original.
Author: Writers of SciLance,
Publisher: Hachette UK
Release Date: 2013-04-30
Popular science writing has exploded in the past decade, both in print and online. Who better to guide writers striving to succeed in the profession than a group of award-winning independent journalists with a combined total of 225 years of experience? From Thomas Hayden’s chapter on the perfect pitch to Emma Maris’s advice on book proposals to Mark Schrope’s essential information on contracts, the members of SciLance give writers of all experience levels the practical information they need to succeed, as either a staffer or a freelancer. Going beyond craft, The Science Writer’s Handbook also tackles issues such as creating productive office space, balancing work and family, and finding lasting career satisfaction. It is the ultimate guide for anyone looking to prosper as a science writer in the new era of publishing.
Author: Kathleen Sears
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2017-09-12
Learn the science behind weather and weather prediction in this clear and straightforward new guide. Weather is everywhere, and while it’s typically not thought about most of the time, it can get everyone’s attention in an instant—whether it’s the swirling destruction of a tornado, the wreckage from a hurricane, or the havoc of climate change on the environment. Weather 101 gives you the basics on weather, from blue skies to hail to dust storms, with information on the science of how weather works, how to predict the weather in your area, how to be ready for natural disasters, and how climate change is affecting weather patterns across the world. With this guide, you’ll be a weather expert in no time!
Author: Guy P. Harrison
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Release Date: 2018-07-17
This primer on essential scientific literacy gives readers the basics to understand themselves and the world around them, plus a glimpse of how much more science has to offer. Science tells us a good deal about who we are, where we come from, the nature of the universe, how our brains work, and much, much more. Unfortunately, most people are largely unaware of this treasure trove of information. As a result, we are more prone to do things like aim nuclear weapons at each other, inflate the meaning of cultural differences, lay waste to the land, poison and deplete the oceans, fill the sky with carbon, and generally make poor judgments that cause needless trouble. This book seeks to remedy this situation by providing scientific answers to the most basic yet important questions about existence. Following the standard six-question list used by journalists researching a news story, critical-thinking advocate Guy P. Harrison turns to science to answer the who, what, why, when, where and how of life on Earth. How old is our planet? Where did it come from and where is it located in the universe? What is everything made of? When did life begin? Who are we as a species and what connections do we share with other life forms? Why is human culture continuously plagued by war, disease, and crime? Harrison not only offers science's best current answers to these crucial questions but shows how all of this information fits together. Going well beyond the simplistic factoids readily available on any smartphone, he reveals the wider implications and deeper meanings inherent in the scientific worldview. Both entertaining and informative, this exciting tour of the cosmos and human nature will leave readers with an accurate, up-to-date view of realities small and large, near and far.
Author: Scott Christianson
Publisher: Pavilion Books
Release Date: 2018-10-26
A chronological survey of the world's most influential books. Many books have become classics, must-reads or overnight publishing sensations, but how many can genuinely claim to have changed the way we see and think? In 100 Books that Changed the World, authors Scott Christianson and Colin Salter bring together an exceptional collection of truly groundbreaking books – from scriptures that founded religions, to scientific treatises that challenged beliefs, to novels that kick-started literary genres. This elegantly designed book offers a chronological survey of the most important books from around the globe, from the earliest illuminated manuscripts to the age of the ebook publication. Entries include: The Iliad and The Odyssey, Homer (750 BC), Gutenberg Bible (1450s), The Quran (AD 609–632), On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres, Nicolaus Copernicus (1543), Shakespeare’s First Folio (1623), Philosophae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, Isaac Newton (1687), The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith (1776), The Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Mary Wollstonecraft (1792), On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin (1859), Das Kapital, Karl Marx (1867), The Interpretation of Dreams, Sigmund Freud (1899), The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank (1947), Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung (1964), A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking (1988).
Author: Gary Westfahl
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Fantasy fiction, American
A comprehensive three-volume reference work offers six hundred entries, with the first two volumes covering themes and the third volume exploring two hundred classic works in literature, television, and film.