176 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.68 in
February 6, 2014
Barron's Educational Series
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0764144227
ISBN - 13: 9780764144226
From the Publisher
This compelling collection of facts, theories, and general scientific information is presented in clear, jargon-free language for all non-scientists who want to keep abreast of the latest developments. Two chapters that open the book explain the very small and the very large, starting with the structure of atoms and then going on to describe the composition of the solar system, stars, galaxies and black holes. Author Robert Dinwiddie next describes modern science's understanding of the Big Bang, which scientists believe first brought all of physical reality into existence. A chapter on the planet Earth discusses plate tectonics, continental drift, volcanoes, earthquakes, and extreme weather systems. An overview of the Earth's environment explains the hazards of pollution, the challenges posed by global warming, and the efforts to reverse those patterns by developing renewable energy sources and alternative fuels. Two chapters that follow carry science to a more personal level describing human body functions, the components of good health, disease prevention and control, DNA, the human genome, cloning, and DNA profiling. A concluding chapter translates Einstein's relativity, quantum mechanics, and science's general theories of everything into terms understandable to laypersons. The author's goal in every chapter is to bring his readers up to speed on modern science's most important issues. His intensely readable text is supplemented with more than 400 color illustrations.
From the Jacket
If you want to understand the science issues that get into the news, this is the book for you. Author Robert Dinwiddie spells out the history of the problems modern science is confronting, tells you what's at stake, and explains what the technical jargon really means in clear and simple English.
Bite-Size Science is packed with interesting, controversial, newsworthy, and practical explanations of today's most important science subjects, presenting them in non-technical language so you can grasp the meaning and excitement of scientific discovery without having to go back to college.
Each theme is illustrated with enlightening drawings and presented in the form of short, snappy, and clear explanations.
Bite-Size Science gives you the information you need to know, and skips past those confusing, overly technical details that you can safely overlook.
More than 400 color illustrations
If your scientific knowledge is hazy and you want to keep up with the remarkable stories you're seeing in the newspapers and on TV, this is the book for you. It will bring you up to speed in the hot areas of modern science, from atomic theory and the Big Bang to health scares and global warming. Bypassing complexities that only the scientists need to know, Bite-Size Science presents easy-to-follow sketches and summaries that drive home today's most widely discussed scientific facts and theories.
Bite-Size Science presents nine robust chapters, beginning with science basics--the building blocks of the world around us. Next, it gives you a closer look at the observable universe, with a summary of how the world came into existence and a description of our planet and its environment. Subsequent chapters cover the human organism, our health, and our genes. A final chapter looks into astonishing, far-out topics in physics and cosmology, including the theory of relativity, string theory, and quantum theory.
Illustrated and explained throughout with clear, colorful, down-to-earth analogies and filled with truly amazing facts, Bite-Size Science will make you wonder why science wasn't explained like this when you were at school.
"Plain-language science explanations are supported by appealing color illustrations on every page in theis reference for general readers in middle school and up. There is a special focus on topics that provoke controversy, such as stem-cell research and causes of climate change, with material presented from each side."
--Book News Inc.