The Science Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)

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With over 225,000 copies in print, DK's Big Ideas series has struck a chord with readers fascinated-but also intimidated-by complex subjects like philosophy, psychology, politics, and religion.

The newest title in this successful and acclaimed series is The Science Book, an inventive visual take on astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, and physics. With eye-catching artwork, step-by-step diagrams, and illustrations that break down complicated ideas into manageable concepts, The Science Book will have readers conversant in genetic engineering, black holes, and global warming in no time. Along the way are found mini-biographies of the most well-known scientists, and a glossary of helpful scientific terms.

For students, and students of the world, there is no better way to explore the fascinating, strange, and mysterious world of science than in The Science Book.

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DK was founded in London in 1974 and is now the world's leading illustrated reference publisher and part of Penguin Random House, formed on July 1, 2013. DK publishes highly visual, photographic nonfiction for adults and children. DK produces content for consumers in over 87 countries and in 62 languages, with offices in Delhi, London, Melbourne, Munich, New York, and Toronto. DK's aim is to inform, enrich, and entertain readers of all ages, and everything DK publishes, whether print or digital, embodies the unique DK design approach. DK brings unrivalled clarity to a wide range of topics with a unique combination of words and pictures, put together to spectacular effect. We have a reputation for innovation in design for both print and digital products.   Our adult range spans travel, including the award-winning DK Eyewitness Travel Guides, history, science, nature, sport, gardening, cookery, and parenting. DK’s extensive children’s list showcases a fantastic store of information for children, toddlers, and babies. DK covers everything from animals and the human body, to homework help and craft activities, together with an impressive list of licensing titles, including the bestselling LEGO® books. DK acts as the parent company for Alpha Books, publisher of the Idiot's Guides series and Prima Games, video gaming publishers, as well as the award-winning travel publisher, Rough Guides.

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The latest title in DK’s clever and engaging Big Ideas Simply Explained series takes a unique approach to general science topics. The history of science is presented in six chapters, titled The Beginning of Science (600 BCE–1400 CE); Scientific Revolution (1400–1700); Expanding Horizons (1700–1800); A Century of Progress (1800–1900); A Paradigm Shift (1900–1945); and Fundamental Building Blocks (1945–Present). Everything is covered here—astronomy, biology, botany, chemistry, geology, and physics. Chapters contain a variety of short essays, each accompanied by an In Context sidebar, brief biographies of influential thinkers, and illustrations, including flowcharts, graphs, and pictures. Example topics include At the Center of Everything Is the Sun, Discovering New Planets, Elements Always Combine the Same Way, Quantum Model of Computing, and We Are Made of Stardust. The book concludes with a time-line-style directory of key people in the sciences, a brief glossary, and an index. As with others in the series, the standout feature of this book is its ability to take complex topics and make them easy to understand via readable essays and an appealing format. Overall, this book is an excellent introduction to a variety of science topics and is suitable for the circulating collections of most high-school and public libraries. --Rebecca Vnuk

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