Science of Everyday Things: Real-Life Earth Science

  • Volume 4
  • Published By:
  • ISBN-10: 0787656356
  • ISBN-13: 9780787656355
  • DDC: 550
  • Shipping Weight: 3.60 lbs ( 1.63 kgs)
  • 528 Pages | Print | Hardcover
  • © 2003 | Published



This 4-vol. set illustrates the importance of scientific and mathematical principles through their use in everyday life. Each volume focuses on a specific scientific discipline -- biology, chemistry, earth sciences and physics -- offering students an in-depth understanding of each discipline and its theories. Creating a sense of real-life relevance for students, the Science of Everyday Things expands on the explanations of scientific principles and concepts using a straightforward, step-by-step approach, and presents theories in their everyday applications. Some of the entries covered include: how osmosis is used in dehydrating fruit; how the principles of aerodynamics are applied to cars; Charles' law and the chemical reaction that sets off an airbag; how algorithms are used to figure out the NCAA playoff tournaments; and more. Each volume the Science of Everyday Things presents approximately 40-50 entries and includes photos, diagrams, sidebars containing short glossaries and interesting facts and details relating to each principle.


"...The purpose of the series is to explain scientific phenomena using common real-world examples. Real-Life Biology and Real-Life Earth Science each have about 40 entries covering various scientific phenomena and principles...Entries, written at a level accessible to high-school students and the general reader, average about 10 pages in length. The "Where to Learn More" section provides about 10 books and Web sites for further information. Black-and-white line drawings and photographs supplement the text...index offers subject access to the contents of each volume; in addition, there is a cumulative subject index of all 4 volumes. The basic facts provided in these books are available elsewhere, but the "Real-Life Applications" may be interesting to some. Recommended for high-school and public libraries." -- Booklist (May 2003)

— Booklist

"..should be a welcome addition in any public, school, or college library collection." -- ARBA (2003)


"These two volumes complete the set that began with Real-Life Chemistry and Real-Life and Real-Life Physics. As in the earlier books, the entry is arranged so that scientific information is explained for the general reader through the examination of common phenomena... Real-Life Biology does examine sexual reproduction, including in vitro fertilization, cloning, and AIDS but the writing is objective and does not include moral opinions on these issues. The first chapter in Real-Life Earth Science gives an overview of the conflicts between scientific data and religious beliefs but points out that many cultures have held different views of how creation occurred besides the Bible... The set would be useful for research for high school students through adults. The cost may prohibit budget strained school libraries from purchasing it. Public and academic libraries should consider purchasing these volumes to complete the set." -- Catholic Library World (June 2003)

— Voice of Youth Advocates