Now newly updated and completely revised, this edition takes an engaging, fun, and easy-to-understand look at science. Clear, concise, and straightforward, it covers hundreds of intriguing topics and answers more than 1,600 of the most frequently asked, most interesting, and most unusual science questions. Previous editions sold a combined 1,000,000 units 1,635 answers to common questions in plain English on all aspects of science More than 500 new questions and answers covering the innumerable discoveries and advancements over the last nine years since the previous edition was written Science made accessible with fascinating questions, and illustrated with dozens of charts and graphs, plus personalities, history and fun facts. Written and aimed at general audiences with no or little prior science knowledge The first, best place to turn for an overview of science basics Ideal as an authoritative reference for nagging questions Ideal as a primer on science Logical organization makes finding information quick and easy Clear and concise answers Numerous black-and-white photographs Thoroughly indexed Authoritative resource Written to appeal to anyone interested in science, science fundamentals, concepts and terms, including students, teachers, and parents Publicity and promotion aimed at the wide array of websites devoted to science, learning or students Back-to-school promotion targeting more mainstream media and websites on a popular topic Promotion targeting magazines and newspapers Promotion targeting local radio looking for knowledgeable guestsInformative, easy-to-use guide to everyday science questions, concepts and fundamentals celebrates its twenty-fifth year and over one million copies sold!
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Clear, concise, and straightforward, this informative primer covers hundreds of intriguing topics, from the basics of math, physics, and chemistry to the discoveries being made about the human body, stars, outer space, rivers, mountains, and our entire planet. It covers plants, animals, computers, planes, trains, and cars. This friendly resource answers more than 1,600 of the most frequently asked, most interesting, and most unusual science questions, including ... When was a symbol for the concept of zero first used? How large is a google? Why do golf balls have dimples? What is a chemical bond? What is a light-year? What was the grand finale of the Cassini mission? How many exoplanets have been discovered? Where is the deepest cave in the United States? How long is the Grand Canyon? What is the difference between weather and climate? What causes a red tide? What is cell cloning and how is it used in scientific research? How did humans evolve? Do pine trees keep their needles forever? What is the most abundant group of organisms? How do insects survive the winter in cold climates? Which animals drink seawater? Why do geese fly in formation? What is FrogWatch? Why do cats' eyes shine in the dark? Which industries release the most toxic chemicals? What causes most wildfires in the United States? Which woman received the Nobel Prize in two different fields (two different years)? What is the difference between science and technology?
For anyone wanting to know how the universe, Earth, plants, animals, and human beings work and fit into our world, this informative book also includes a helpful bibliography, and an extensive index, adding to its usefulness. It will help anyone's science questions!