This introductory physical science text discusses the essentials of physics, chemistry, geology, astronomy and meteorology using the most up-to-date information on the most recent discoveries in space. The latest photographs from Neptune, information on the Great Attractor, black holes, and dark matter in the Universe are all explained with real life examples illustrating the concepts clearly. Special features include and more multiple choice questions and problems at the ends of chapters; less rigorous maths to ensure that the mathematical skills of students do not interfere with the learning of basic concepts.
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Konrad B. Krauskopf was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin and earned a B.S. in chemistry from University of Wisconsin in 1931. He then earned a Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of California in Berkeley. When the Great Depression made jobs in chemistry scarce, Professor Krauskopf decided to study geology, which had long fascinated him. Through additional graduate work at Stanford University, he earned a second Ph.D. and eventually a position on the Stanford faculty. He remained at Stanford until his retirement in 1976. During his tenure, Professor Krauskopf also worked at various times with the U.S. Geological Survey, served with the U.S. army in occupied Japan, and traveled to Norway, France, and Germany on sabbatical leaves. His research interests included field work on granites and metamorphic rocks and laboratory study on applications of chemistry to geologic problems, especially the formation of ore deposits. In recent years, Professor Krauskopf had spent time working with various government agencies on the problem of radioactive waste disposal.
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