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The science book
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352 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Statement of responsibility from page 5.

Originally published in 2014.

Includes index.
The beginning of science -- Scientific revolution -- Expanding horizons -- A century of progress -- A paradigm shift -- Fundamental building blocks.
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An innovative and accessible guide to theories in technology and nature. Learning about science can be daunting, but this book makes it easier by giving you all the big ideas simply explained. Simple explanations and stylish infographics open up the world of science to even the complete novice.


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Discover 80 trail-blazing scientific ideas, which underpin our modern world, giving us everything from antibiotics to gene therapy, electricity to space rockets and batteries to smart phones.

What is string theory or black holes? And who discovered gravity and radiation? The Science Book presents the fascinating story behind these and other of the world's most important concepts in maths, chemistry, physics and biology in plain English, with easy to grasp "mind maps" and eye-catching artworks.

Albert Einstein once quoted Isaac Newton: "If I have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." Follow context panels in The Science Book to trace how one scientist's ideas informed the next. See, for example, how Alan Turing's "universal computing machine" in the 1940s led to smart phones, or how Carl Linnaeus's classifications led to Darwin's theory of evolution, the sequencing of the human genome and lifesaving gene therapies.

Part of the popular Big Ideas series, The Science Book is the perfect way to explore this fascinating subject.

Series Overview: Big Ideas Simply Explained series uses creative design and innovative graphics along with straightforward and engaging writing to make complex subjects easier to understand. With over 7 million copies worldwide sold to date, these award-winning books provide just the information needed for students, families, or anyone interested in concise, thought-provoking refreshers on a single subject.

Author Notes

DK was founded in London in 1974 and is now the world leading illustrated reference publisher and a member of the Penguin Random House division of Bertelsmann. DK publishes highly visual, photographic non-fiction for adults and children. DK produces content for consumers in over 100 countries and over 60 languages, with offices in the UK, India, US, Germany, China, Canada, Spain and Australia.

DK's aim is to inspire, educate and entertain readers of all ages, and everything DK publishes, whether print or digital, embodies the unique DK design approach. DK brings unrivaled 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 best-selling LEGO¬ģ books.

DK acts as the parent company for Alpha Books, publisher of the Idiot's Guides series.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

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.--Vnuk, Rebecca Copyright 2010 Booklist

Library Journal Review

More than 100 chronologically arranged entries-most of them a page or two in length, with major advances (e.g., by Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein) meriting four to six pages-provide an overview of the physical and mathematical sciences. Each article focuses on a single theory or achievement associated with a particular scientist, and most contain short biographical sketches noting the person's key publications. The visual layout promotes browsing with illustrations, pull quotes, and simple mind-maps to explain concepts quickly. An overall theme of the book is the cumulative nature of science, meaning how scientists build upon and respond to previous work. Thus, every entry includes a contextual time line of earlier and later theories that held sway regarding the topic at hand. Unobtrusive cross-references and a comprehensive index also aid in following the development of a particular theory or discipline. An appendix provides paragraph-length sketches of about 50 additional scientists. VERDICT This book will appeal to and be an effective resource for those with a scientific bent who enjoy examining the big picture, especially high school or undergraduate students.-Wade M. Lee, Univ. of Toledo Lib. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.