Science Matters: Achieving Scientific Literacy

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Science Matters: Achieving Scientific Literacy

Format:  Paperback,

360 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Jun 2009

ISBN-13: 9780307454584

ISBN-10: 0307454584

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Knowledge of the basic ideas and principles of science is fundamental to cultural literacy. But most books on science are often too obscure or too specialized to do the general reader much good.
Science Matters is a rare exception-a science book for the general reader that is informative enough to be a popular textbook for introductory courses in high school and college, and yet well-written enough to appeal to general readers uncomfortable with scientific jargon and complicated mathematics. And now, revised and expanded for the first time in nearly two decades, it is up-to-date, so that readers can enjoy Hazen and Trefil's refreshingly accessible explanations of the most recent developments in science, from particle physics to biotechnology.

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Jun 2009
ISBN-13: 9780307454584
ISBN-10: 0307454584
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 360
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.0
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.22 x 0.74 x 8.02

Chapter outline

Introduction Scientific Literacy: What It Is, Why It's Important, and Why We Don't Have Itp. xi
Knowing The universe is regular and predictablep. 3
Energy Energy is conserved and always goes from more useful to less useful formsp. 26
Electricity and Magnetism Electricity and magnetism are two aspects of the same forcep. 44
The Atom All matter is made of atomsp. 67
The World of the Quantum Everything comes in discrete units and you can't measure anything without changing itp. 80
Chemical Bonding Atoms are bound by electron gluep. 94
Atomic Architecture The way a material behaves depends on how its atoms are arrangedp. 115
Nuclear Physics Nuclear energy comes from the conversion of massp. 137
The Fundamental Structure of Matter All matter is really made of quarks and leptonsp. 153
Astronomy Stars experience a cycle of birth and deathp. 165
The Cosmos The universe was born at a specific time in the past, and it has been expanding ever sincep. 182
Relativity Every observer sees the same laws of naturep. 194
The Restless Earth Earth's surface is constantly changing, and no feature on Earth is permanentp. 215
Earth Cycles Earth operates in cyclesp. 233
The Ladder of Life All living things are made from cells, the chemical factories of lifep. 251
The Code of Life All life is based on the same genetic codep. 273
Biotechnology All life is based on the same chemistry and genetic codep. 292
Evolution All forms of life evolved by natural selectionp. 304
Ecosystems All life is connectedp. 326
Epilogue The Role of Sciencep. 344
Indexp. 347

Book description

Knowledge of the basic ideas and principles of science is fundamental to cultural literacy. But most books on science are often too obscure or too specialized to do the general reader much good.

Science Matters is a rare exception-a science book for the general reader that is informative enough to be a popular textbook for introductory courses in high school and college, and yet well-written enough to appeal to general readers uncomfortable with scientific jargon and complicated mathematics. And now, revised and expanded for the first time in nearly two decades, it is up-to-date, so that readers can enjoy Hazen and Trefil's refreshingly accessible explanations of the most recent developments in science, from particle physics to biotechnology.

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