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Discusses the invention of complex weaponry, including guns, explosives, automatic weapons, and such weapons of mass destruction as gases, the atomic bomb, and biological weapons.
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Grade 5-8–These volumes help students understand how inventions have shaped our history and our lives. Herbst describes how people have defended their homes, cities, and countries over time and discusses the development of weapons from rocks and sharp sticks to weapons of mass destruction. The book also touches on the gun-control debate. Milton Meltzer's Weapons and Warfare: From the Stone Age to the Space Age (HarperCollins, 1996) is a comparable volume but does not include robotics. Landau covers fire, wind and water, coal and steam, oil and gasoline, electricity, and nuclear energy and explains how developments in these areas powered the Industrial Revolution, changed transportation, and improved the lives of people. The advantages and disadvantages of renewable and nonrenewable energy sources are discussed. Steve Parker's Fuels for the Future (Raintree, 1998) covers much of the same material but lacks the historical connections. Communication describes how the printing press, telephone, radio, television, and the Internet changed how information is conveyed and how people relate to one another. Ian Graham's Communications (Raintree, 2001) contains much of the same information. Medicine gives readers an appreciation for all of the advances that have improved and extended life. Steve Parker's Medicine (DK, 2000) covers similar historical material. Each book includes an epilogue that suggests future advances in its area and a time line that runs along the bottom of the pages. All of them have an attractive layout and ample photos, reproductions, and other illustrative material in color and black and white.–Ann Joslin, formerly at Erie County Public Library, PA
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Book Description Twenty First Century Books. LIBRARY BINDING. Condition: New. 0822538059 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.2037531
Book Description Twenty-First Century Books (CT), 2005. Library Binding. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0822538059