Over 100,000 readers have relied on Trefil to gain a better understanding of physics, chemistry, astronomy, earth sciences, and biology. The book focuses on the great ideas in each field while showing readers how core scientific principles connect to their daily lives. The sixth edition emphasizes important themes and relationships, along with new real world connections. Scientific American has been added to the book along with completely updated examples. The presentation also employs a more visual approach that includes new illustrations and visuals. In addition, new problems help readers answer the big questions in science.
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James Trefil is the Robinson Professor of Physics at George Mason University. A regular contributor to "Astronomy" magazine and a commentator for National Public Radio, he is the author or editor of more than twenty-five books, including "Are We Unique"? and the bestselling "Dictionary of Cultural Literacy". He lives in northern Virginia.
Robert M. Hazen is a scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Washington where he conducts astrobiological research in the Geophysical Laboratory. He is also the Clarence Robinson Professor of Earth Science at George Mason University. He received his M.S. in geology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in earth sciences from Harvard University. Dr. Hazen is the author of The Breakthrough, Why Aren't Black Holes Black and the best-selling Science Matters: Achieving Scientific Literacy which he coauthored with James Trefil. Hazen and his wife live in Glen Echo, Maryland.
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