Eyewitness Encyclopedia of Science CD-ROM (School Version 2.0--mac/win)

 
9780789429469: Eyewitness Encyclopedia of Science CD-ROM (School Version 2.0--mac/win)

Exciting videos, animations, illustrations, and interactive features explain science down to the subatomic level!

Additional features:
* A-Z word search
* 3D views of selected molecules
* Matter Explorer magnifies selected objects to subatomic level
* Extensive cross-reference links
* 2 levels of information make disc suitable for upper elementary as well as middle and high school
* Interactive features about light, sound, and electricity
* Newly designed sections about cells, genetics, and human anatomy
* Index
* Quiz
* Website

DK Multimedia Minimum System Requirements:
486DX/33MHz or faster personal computer with at least 8 MB RAM, 8- or 16-bit sound card, double-speed CD-ROM drive, SVGA (256 color), 640 x 480 pixel display, Windows 3.1
Any Apple Macintosh(r) with 25 MHz 68LC040 processor or above with 12 MB RAM, double-speed CD-ROM drive, 8-bit (256 color) 640 x 480 display, System 7

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This is an interactive, general science encyclopedia that seems best suited for middle-and high-school students, though younger and older users should also find much to fascinate and inform them. This multiplatform CD-ROM works in Macintosh or Windows environments. Macintosh requires 12MB RAM, and Windows requires 8MB RAM. Installation using Windows was problem free.

The main screen is a "console" from which the user can click on the following features: periodic table, matter explorer, earth and the universe, virtual molecules, video start, who's who, quiz master, help, options, navigator, online connect, backtracker, and word search. The first seven of those features are clearly labeled, and the help feature is indicated by a question mark. However, the remaining features are accessed by clicking on unlabeled objects at the periphery of the console that have no obvious visual connection to their function. The Board used the CD-ROM for 30 minutes before discovering where to find the print command (it was under options, accessible by clicking on an unlabeled dial on the console).

One can also go directly from the console to articles in four broad subject areas: mathematics, physics, chemistry, and life sciences. Clicking on the physics icon, for instance, produces 11 clearly labeled icons for such subject areas as time, atoms, matter, and sound. Clicking on each of these produces further icons leading directly to brief articles, many of which are read aloud. This feature is useful for younger or poorer readers. In some cases, one can proceed from mathematics, physics, chemistry, or life sciences through six levels of subdivided topics.

The variety of material accessible through the main console is impressive, but articles are brief and selective and in many cases less adequate than those in a good general encyclopedia such as World Book. Periodic table allows one to click on any element for information, such as symbol, type of element, atomic number, relative atomic mass, density, melting point, and boiling point (these categories vary somewhat, depending on the element). Matter explorer allows the user to see selected objects at various magnifications; an aphid, for instance, can be viewed at eight different sizes, though the leaps are often so huge that one is looking at a microscopic or submicroscopic part such as a cell or a quark. Earth and the universe gives access to astronomical information. Virtual molecules lets one examine "the three-dimensional molecular structure of different chemicals." Video start leads to any of 40 short videos, from the action of a pogo stick to views of single-cell organisms in motion. Who's who provides portraits and brief articles on selected scientists and mathematicians. As elsewhere in the encyclopedia, the tile of the entry (in this case, the person's name) is pronounced. Some biographical entries, such as Pierre Curie and Georges Cuvier, can be accessed only by pressing the next-entry icon in someone else's biography; the iconic who's who table of contents omits this minority of entries.

Quiz master is a multiple-choice science game. Help (indicated by a question mark on the main console) is an advisable place to go when learning the ropes of this disc. Options (indicated by a dial) allows printing, copying, print setup, online setup, ambient sound, narrations, and transitions. Navigator (indicated by a globe-like device) gives access to articles from a chart subdivided by up to six levels. Online connect (indicated by a globe) requires a Web browser; it connects the user to the Science Online Web site, "a constantly changing world of articles, pictures, quizzes, and fun." Backtracker (indicated by a leftward arrow) returns one to previously selected articles. Word search (indicated by a flip chart) allows Boolean searching of the text.

A student tester was disappointed to find no entry for dolphin or porpoise but was led to articles on digestive systems and mammal classification, which were unsatisfactory for her purposes. Other titles in the Eyewitness Encyclopedia series on CD-ROM include Encyclopedia of Space and the Universe [RBB O 15 96] and Encyclopedia of Nature [RBB N 1 95], whose name suggests it may be more likely to turn up satisfactory articles on dolphins or porpoises.

Despite the limitations noted, Eyewitness Encyclopedia of Science 2.0 is recommended as a fun way for students at home or school to explore many basic ideas of science and mathematics. Find-out-more screens, hot words written in red, and fully narrated articles are abundant. The brevity and selectivity of entries mean that, for reference work, this disc will need to be supplemented by more comprehensive sources.

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