A delight for the casual reader, yet so complete and wide-ranging that science buffs and students will welcome it, "The Science Book" encapsulates centuries of scientific thought in one richly illustrated volume. Natural phenomena, revolutionary inventions, and the most up-to-date investigations are explained in detailed text, and 2,000 vivid illustrations--including 3-D graphics and pictograms--make the information even more accessible and amazing to discover.
"The Science Book" offers both a general overview of topics for the browsing reader and more specific information for those seeking deeper insight into a particular subject. Six major sections, ranging from the universe and planet Earth to biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics, encompass everything from microscopic life to nuclear power--with particular attention given to subjects in the news today, like climate change and genetic engineering. The innovative organization allows for quick reference, while numerous fact boxes and cross-references emphasize the many links among modern scientific fields. Visual elements make even the most involved discussions easy to understand. The successes of National Geographic's "Visual History of the World" and "The Knowledge Book" underscore the market for accessible resources such as this. Attractively priced for gift-giving and loaded with essential information, "The Science Book" will shine as an indispensable family reference.
About the Author
National Geographic is a renowned authority in cartographic excellence. For 119 years the Society's maps have helped spread geographic knowledge around the globe. A vast database allows National Geographic to combine the latest data gained by space-age technology with innovative digital mapping techniques to create state-of-the-art political, physical, and thematic maps. The Society's meticulous research and attention to detail have established a standard of achievement that is unparalleled.
Marshall Brain (yes, that's his real name!) is the founder of HowStuffWorks, Inc. A published author with more than a dozen books to his name, including How Stuff Works and How Much Does the Earth Weigh?, Marshall began HowStuffWorks.com as a hobby-a way to learn more about the world and to share that knowledge with online readers. Today, the company has expanded to include video, television, radio, books, CDs, and magazines. Marshall lives in Raleigh, N.C., with his wife Leigh, sons David, John, and Ian, and daughter Irena.
Lee Dempsey is a graphic designer at HowStuffWorks, Inc. Lee studied technical illustration at the University of Central England and has worked in the design environment for 10 years. This is the second HowStuffWorks book featuring Lee's illustrations. In addition to his print work, Lee also creates graphics for the HowStuffWorks Web site. Born in Lancashire, England, Lee now lives in Chapel Hill, N.C.