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Sciences : Integrated Approach - Text Only

Sciences : Integrated Approach - Text Only - 4th edition

Sciences : Integrated Approach - Text Only - 4th edition

ISBN13: 9780471219637

ISBN10: 0471219630

Sciences : Integrated Approach - Text Only by James Trefil and Robert M. Hazen - ISBN 9780471219637
Edition: 4TH 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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Sciences : Integrated Approach - Text Only by James Trefil and Robert M. Hazen - ISBN 9780471219637

ISBN13: 9780471219637

ISBN10: 0471219630

Edition: 4TH 04

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Summary

The Sciences integrates major concepts from physics, chemistry, astronomy, earth sciences, and biology to help anyone become science-literate. Even readers with little or no science background will find this unique book an indispensable guide to understanding the latest headlines, controversies, and scientific developments. The new edition keeps pace with the dynamic nature of the sciences by incorporating the most up-to-date discoveries in all five disciplines.

Author Bio

Trefil, James : George Mason University

James Trefil has authored or coauthored numerous books on science for the general audience. His interest in scientific literacy began with a contributed essay to E. D. Hirsch s Cultural Literacy and continued with his work on the Content Review Board for the National Science Education Standards. He serves as a regular contributor and science consultant for Smithsonian magazine and as a science commentator on National Public Radio. He received undergraduate degrees from the University of Illinois and Oxford University. After receiving a doctorate in theoretical physics from Stanford University, he held post-doctorate and faculty appointments in Europe and the United States. James Trefil is the Clarence Robinson Professor of Physics at George Mason University. He has made contributions to research in elementary particle physics, fluid mechanics, medical physics (including cancer research), and the earth sciences. Trefil was recently awarded the prestigious Gemant Prize of the American Institute of Physics for his efforts to present science to the public.


Hazen, Robert M. : George Mason University

Robert M. Hazen is the Clarence Robinson Professor of Earth Science at George Mason University and Staff Scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Washington s Geophysical Laboratory. Hazen developed a fascination for rocks and minerals as a child growing up in mineral-rich Northern New Jersey, and he pursued that interest as an undergraduate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After receiving a doctorate in earth sciences from Harvard University, he spent a year at Cambridge University as a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow. In addition to teaching courses on scientific literacy, scientific ethics, symmetry in art and sciences, and visual thinking, he performs research on materials at high pressure. His current studies on the origin of life explore the hypothesis that life arose in a deep, high pressure environment. Hazen is active in presenting science to the public. He developed a 60-lecture video version of this textbook, Great principles of Science, which is available nationally through The Teaching Company.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Waves and Electromagnetic Radiation: Why Do Wee See in Color?
Albert Einstein and the Theory of Relativity: Can A Human Ever Travel Faster than the Speed of Light, at "Warp Speed?".

The Atom: Why?


Quantum Mechanics: How Can the Electron Behave like both a Particle and a Wave?
Atoms in Combination: The Chemical Bond.

Properties of Materials: How Have Computers Gotten so Much Faster?

The Nucleus of the Atom: How do Scientist Determine the age of the Oldest Human Fossils?

The Ultimate Structure of Matter: How Can Antimatter be Used to Probe the Human Brain?

The Stars: How Much Longer can the Sun Sustain Life on Earth?

Cosmology: Will the Universe Ever End?

The Earth and Other Planets: Is Earth the Only Planet with Life?

Plate Tectonics: Can We Predict Destructive Earthquakes?

Cycles of the Earth: Will we Ever Run Out of Fresh Water?

Ecology Ecosystems and the Environment: Are Human Activities Affecting the Global Environment?

Strategies of Life: What is Life?

Molecules of Life: What Constitutes a Healthy Diet?

The Living Cell: What is the Smallest Living Thing?

Classical and Modern Genetics: Why do Offspring Resemble their Parents?

The New Science of Life: Can We Cure Cancer?

Evolution: How Did Life Arise.

Appendix A. Human Anatomy.
Appendix B. Units and Numbers.
Appendix C. The Geologic Time Scale.
Appendix D. Selected Physical Constants and Astronomical Data.
Appendix E. Properties of the Planets.
Appendix F. The Chemical Elements.
Glossary.
Credits.
Index.