eBook The Science Book, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1465434895
  • ISBN-13: 9781465434890
  • DDC: 500
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade +
  • 352 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released April 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014
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The Science Book explores how scientists have sought to explain our world and the universe, and how scientific discoveries have been made. A new title in DK's successful "Big ideas, simply explained" series, this book on science and the history of science looks at topics such as why Copernicus's ideas were contentious, how Galileo worked out his theories on motion and inertia, and what the discovery of DNA meant. The Science Book covers every area of science--astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, math, and physics, and brings the greatest scientific ideas to life with fascinating text, quirky graphics, and pithy quotes.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Introduction.
2: The Beginning of Science 600 BCE –14O0 CE.
3: Eclipses of the Sun Can be Predicted: Thales of Miletus (624–546 BCE).
4: Now Hear the Fourfold Roots of Everything: Empedocles (490–430 BCE).
5: Measuring the Circumference of Earth: Eratosthenes (276–194 BCE).
6: The Human is Related to the Lower Beings: Al-Tusi (1201–1274).
7: A Floating Object Displaces Its Own Volume in Liquid: Archimedes (287–212 BCE).
8: The Sun is Like Fire, the Moon is Like Water: Zhang Heng (78–139 CE).
9: Light Travels in Straight Lines Into Our Eyes: Alhazen (c.965–1040).
10: Scientific Revolution 1400 –1700.
11: At the Center of Everything is the Sun: Nicolaus Copernicus (1473 –1543).
12: The Orbit of Every Planet is an Ellipse: Johannes Kepler (1571–1630).
13: A Falling Body Accelerates Uniformly: Galileo Galilei (1564–1642).
14: The Globe of the Earth is a Magnet: William Gilbert (1544–1603).
15: Not by Arguing, But by Trying: Francis Bacon (1561–1626).
16: Touching the Spring of the Air: Robert Boyle (1627–1691).
17: Is Light a Particle or a Wave?: Christiaan Huygens (1629–1695).
18: The First Observation of a Transit of Venus: Jeremiah Horrocks (1618–1641).
19: Organisms Develop in a Series of Steps: Jan Swammerdam (1637–1680).
20: All Living Things are Composed of Cells: Robert Hooke (1635–1703).
21: Layers of Rock Form on Top of One Another: Nicolas Steno (1638–1686).
22: Microscopic Observations of Animalcules: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek (1632–1723).
23: Measuring the Speed of Light: Ole Rømer (1644–1710).
24: One Species Never Springs from the Seed of Another: John Ray (1627–1705).
25: Gravity Affects Everything in the Universe: Isaac Newton (1642 –1727).
26: Expanding Horizons: 1700-1800.
27: Nature Does Not Proceed by Leaps and Bounds: Carl Linnaeus (1707–1778).
28: The Heat that Disappears in the Conversion of Water Into Vapor is Not Lost: Joseph Black (1728–1799).
29: Inflammable Air: Henry Cavendish (1731–1810).
30: Winds, as They Come Nearer the Equator, Become More Easterly: George Hadley (1685–1768).
31: A Strong Current Comes Out of the Gulf of Florida: Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790).
32: Dephlogisticated Air: Joseph Priestley (1733–1804).
33: In Nature, Nothing is Created, Nothing is Lost, Everything Changes Changes: Antoine Lavoisier (1743–1794).
34: The Mass of a Plant Comes from the Air: Jan Ingenhousz(1730–1799).
35: Discovering New Planets: William Herschel (1738–1822).
36: The Diminution of the Velocity of Light: John Michell(1724–1793).
37: Setting the Electric Fluid in Motion: Alessandro Volta (1745 –1827).
38: No Vestige of a Beginning and No Prospect of an End: James Hutton(1726 –1797).
39: The Attraction of Mountains: Nevil Maskelyne (1732–1811).
40: The Mystery of Nature in the Structure and Fertilization of Flowers: Christian Sprengel (1750–1816).
41: Elements Always Combine the Same Way: Joseph Proust(1754–1836).
42: A Century of Progress: 1800-1900.
43: The Experiments May be Repeated with Great Ease when the Sun Shines: Thomas Young (1773–1829).
44: Ascertaining the Relative Weights of Ultimate Particles: John Dalton (1766–1844).
45: The Chemical Effects Produced by Electricity: Humphry Davy(1778–1829).
46: Mapping the Rocks of a Nation: William Smith (1769–1839).
47: She Knows to what Tribe the Bones Belong: Mary Anning(1799–1847).
48: The Inheritance of Acouired Characteristics: Jean-Baptiste Lamarck(1744–1829).
49: Every Chemical Compound Has Two Parts: Jöns Jakob Berzelius(1779–1848).