Sunday, May 6, 2012

Book Review: Science Desk Reference


Song:  Lawrence of Arabia Overture

Composer:  Maurice Jarre





Every man is the King of his castle.

Every King has his throne...
which upon he may think and ponder...
to read and wonder...
a place of honor whereupon this book now sits...

I think you know where I am going with this...  :)


Yes...this is my new bathroom book.  :)


While we also got it for Alex to read at his leisure...
this is a perfect reference book for us.

As Alex progresses in his studies...
we will be in need of a concise reference book 
so we will be able to explain basic concepts to him.

This fantastic book is some 650 pages and covers all 
of the major disciplines of science.

This book is of great importance to children of Middle School on up.
It is also vital to parents to help them refresh their memories of subjects
taken long before.

This book was written with the layman in mind.

It is very well written and organized.  
It takes the reader through normally complicated subjects...
and breaks them down into readily understood concepts and principles.


The book is broken into 16 Chapters...
each of which has its own 
chronology of discovery...
biographies (of discoverers)...
glossary...
and further reading references on the subject.



1)  Measurement

Systems and Types of Measurement
Scientific Notation



2)  Mathematics

Numbers
Arithmetic
Algebra
Geometry
Trigonometry
Calculus
Statistics



3)  Chemistry

Molecules, Atoms, and Elements
Organic Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
Physical Chemistry
Analytical Chemistry
Applications of Chemistry



4)  Physics

The Atom
Splitting the Atom
Subatomic Particles
Radioactivity
Electricity and Magnetism
Matter
Mechanics
Thermodynamics
Radiation
Waves
Fundamental Forces
Relativity



5)  Astronomy

The Universe
The Celestial Sphere and Constellations
Stars
Galaxies
Other Astronomical Objects
The Solar System
Planets
Telescopes
The Exploration of Space
Directory of World Space Agencies



6)  Earth Science:  Evolution and Structure of Planet Earth

Structure and Composition of the Earth
Plate Tectonics
Major Physical Features of the Earth's Surface
Earth Phenomena:  Earthquakes, Volcanism, and Magnetism
Rocks
Minerals
Geological Record:  Divisions of Geological Time and Dating
Geological Timescale



7)  Earth Science:  The Atmosphere and the Hydrosphere

Earth's Atmosphere
Earth's Hydrosphere



8)  Environment and Ecology

Elements of an Ecosystem
Biomes
Environmental Issues
Resources
Conservation



9)  Biology

Origins of Life
The Cell
The Molecules of Life
The Chemical Processes of Life
Genetics
Evolution
Classification and Nomenclature



10)  The Animal Kingdom

Classification
Mammals
Birds
Reptiles
Amphibians
Fish
Other Major Phyla
Feeding
Life Cycles
Animal Behavior



11)  Plant Kingdom

History of Botany
Classification
The Plant Cell
Plant Tissues
Roots, Stems, and Leaves
Reproduction in Angiosperms
Alternation of Generations
Nutrition
Transpiration



12)  Human Body

Skeletal System
Muscle System
Circulatory System
Respiratory System
Nervous System
Endocrine System
Digestive System
Urinary System



13)  Health and Diseases

Infectious Diseases
Noninfectious Diseases
Complementary Therapy



14)  Computer Science

Parts of a Computer
Peripheral Devices
Types of Computer
Computer Programming
The Computer-Human Interface
Computer Applications
Communications and the Internet
Computers and the Future



15)  Technology

Muscle to Microelectronics
Technology of Energy Conversion
Engineering and Technological Science
Technology of Machines
Technology of Industry
Technology of Construction Industries
Technology of Transportation
Technology of Telecommunications
Key Technological Inventions



16)  Discoveries, Inventions, and Prizes



I remember my Father's library when I was still very young.
It was filled with mostly science and historical books.
I used to love sitting in the room and just reading through them for hours at a time.

It was a time of great discovery for me.
I was in the room of sacred knowledge and reading all of the sacred texts 
(in my young mind).

The books spoke to me of a much greater world out there that was in need
of exploration and discovery.


This one book tells more than what the whole of my father's library had
(in science).

Should you not get any other books on science...
this is the one to get.

In this one book...
it defines terms...
demonstrates the application...
puts the knowledge into perspective in how it relates with the world...
and it does so in layman terms.

With this one book...
the fire of curiosity in your child's mind will be stoked...
and a solid foundation of science will be laid...
allowing your child to understand all of his science classes in full...
and prepaid (lessons already learned).





2 comments:

  1. All these topics could fill an encyclopedia. Nice to have them all in one book. Looks like a great resource.

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  2. Yes, but without unnecessary details. It gives the core of the subject for conceptual understanding.
    A very, very good book for children and adults alike.

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