Science: The Definitive Visual Guide

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Penguin, Oct 5, 2009 - Science - 512 pages

The complete illustrated science encyclopedia covering the history, key discoveries, inventions and people

This remarkable reference book reveals the story of scientific progress from the invention of the wheel to 21st-century climate solutions, including everything from ancient Greek geometry and quantum physics to the worldwide web.

Explore every key moment of scientific discovery and find out how the concepts, inventions and the individuals behind them have changed our world.

With stunning artworks and authoritative information this makes even complex scientific subjects easily comprehensible.

 

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Contents

THE DAWN OF SCIENCE PREHISTORY TO 1500 12
13
Introduction and Timeline 14
14
Fire Power 16
16
Early Metalworkers 18
18
Evolution of the Wheel 20
20
Elements of Life 22
22
Early Medicine and Surgery 24
24
The First Astronomers 26
26
MENDELEEVS TABLE 230
230
The Periodic Table 232
232
Chemical Reactions 234
234
Speeding Up Reactions 236
236
Acids and Bases 238
238
Mass Production of Chemicals 240
240
The Spread of Disease 242
242
Bacteria and Viruses 244
244

Ancient Number Systems 30
30
PYTHAGORAS 32
32
Greek Mathematics and Geometry 34
34
ARISTOTLE 36
36
Ancient Ideas of the World 38
38
Simple Machines 40
40
How Gears Work 42
42
EUREKA 44
44
Floating and Sinking 46
46
Algebra 48
48
Water and Wind Power 50
50
Alchemy 52
52
ZHANG HENG 54
54
Gunpowder and Fire Weapons 56
56
The Printing Revolution 58
58
ALHAZEN 60
60
East Meets West 62
62
RENAISSANCE ENLIGHTENMENT 1 5001700 64
65
Introduction and Timeline 66
66
Birth of Experimental Science 68
68
Renaissance Medicine and Surgery 70
70
The Human Body Revealed 72
72
THE SUNCENTERED UNIVERSE 74
74
Planetary Motion 76
76
Magnetic Fields 80
80
GALILEO GALILEI 82
82
Exploring the Skies 84
84
Motion Inertia and Friction 86
86
Methods of Calculating 88
88
Circulation of the Blood 90
90
ROBERT HOOKE 92
92
Microscopic Life 94
94
Discovery of the Vacuum 96
96
ROBERT BOYLE 98
98
The Behavior of Gases 100
100
Graphs and Coordinates 102
102
Newtons Laws of Motion 104
104
NEWTONS IDEA OF GRAVITY 106
106
Gravitational Force 108
108
ISAAC NEWTON 110
110
Speed and Velocity 112
112
The Nature of Light 114
114
Splitting and Bending Light 116
116
Comets and Meteors 118
118
Measuring Time 120
120
Classification of Species 122
122
THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION 17001890 124
125
Introduction and Timeline 126
126
THE NEWCOMEN ENGINE 130
130
Steam Power to Steam Engine 132
132
HARRISONS CHRONOMETER 134
134
Navigating the Oceans 136
136
The Nature of Matter 138
138
States of Matter 140
140
Liquids under Pressure 144
144
The Discovery of Gases 146
146
JOSEPH BLACK 148
148
Organic Chemistry 150
150
Plant Life Cycles 152
152
How Plants Work 154
154
THE FIRST VACCINATION 156
156
Static Electricity 158
158
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN 160
160
THE FIRST BATTERY 162
162
Electric Current 164
164
Electromagnetism 166
166
The Electric Motor 168
168
MICHAEL FARADAY 170
170
Accurate Measurement 172
172
Calculating and Computing 174
174
Energy Conversion 176
176
The Nature of Heat 178
178
Laws of Thermodynamics 180
180
The Solar System 182
182
How Rocks Form 184
184
The Fossil Record 186
186
FINDING ARCHAEOPTERYX 188
188
Dating the Earth 190
190
Shaping the Landscape 192
192
Probability and Statistics 196
196
DARWINS THEORY OF EVOLUTION 198
198
How Evolution Works 200
200
CHARLES DARWIN 202
202
Laws of Inheritance 204
204
Atmospheric Movement 206
206
Predicting the Weather 208
208
Structure of the Atmosphere 210
210
Studying the Oceans 212
212
Animal and Plant Cells 214
214
Digestion 216
216
Food and Health 218
218
The Nervous System 220
220
The Brain 222
223
Muscles Bones and Movement 224
224
Human Reproduction 226
226
Safer Surgery 228
228
Natural Defenses 246
246
Immunization and Vaccination 248
248
Artificial Light 250
250
Generating Electricity 252
252
The Internal Combustion Engine 254
254
The Nature of Sound 256
256
Electromagnetic Spectrum 258
258
Telegraph to Telephone 260
260
Photography 262
262
THOMAS EDISON 264
264
Capturing Sound 266
266
Radio and Radio Waves 268
268
Breathing and Respiration 270
270
The Five Senses 272
272
Regulating the Body 274
274
Animal Behavior 276
276
Cycles in the Biosphere 278
278
THE ATOMIC AGE 18901970 280
281
Introduction and Timeline 282
282
Structure of the Atom 286
286
Chemical Bonds 288
288
Taking Flight 290
290
Vacuum Tubes 292
292
The Discovery of Xrays 294
294
MARIE CURIE 296
296
Radiation and Radioactivity 298
298
EINSTEINS EQUATION 300
300
Theories of Relativity 302
302
ALBERT EINSTEIN 304
304
How Cells Divide 306
306
Chromosomes and Inheritance 308
308
THE DISCOVERY OF PENICILLIN 310
310
The Development of Medicines 312
312
Quantum Revolution 314
314
THE EXPANDING UNIVERSE 318
318
The Big Bang 320
320
THE FIRST ATOM BOMB 322
322
Fission and Fusion 324
324
RICHARD FEYNMAN 326
326
The Life Cycle of Stars 328
328
Ecology and Ecosystems 332
332
Conservation Biology 334
334
The Age of Plastics 336
336
Rocket Propulsion 338
338
Galaxies Clusters and Superclusters 340
340
Codes and Ciphers 342
342
ALAN TURING 344
344
THE STRUCTURE OF DNA 346
346
The Genetic code 348
348
Chaos Theory 350
350
The Structure of the Earth 352
352
MOVING CONTINENTS 354
354
Plate Tectonics 356
356
Active Earth 358
358
Agriculture 362
362
Lasers and Holograms 364
364
Microchip Technology 366
366
Artificial Satellites 368
368
MOON LANDING 370
370
Manned Space Travel 372
372
THE INFORMATION AGE 1970 ONWARD 374
375
Introduction and Timeline 376
376
The Internet 378
378
Artificial Intelligence and Robotics 380
380
Subatomic Particles 382
382
DOROTHY HODGKIN 384
384
Gene Technology 386
386
IN VITRO FERTILIZATION IVF 388
388
How Cloning Works 390
390
Nanotechnologies 392
392
Inside the Solar System 394
394
Space Probes and Telescopes 396
396
Dark Universe 398
398
Grand Unified Theory 400
400
String Theory 402
402
Body Imaging 404
404
Modern Surgical Procedures 406
406
Disease Challenges 408
408
The Human Genome 410
410
JAMES LOVELOCK 412
412
Global Warming 414
414
Renewable Energy 416
416
Tackling Climate Change 418
418
REFERENCE 420
421
Measurement 422
422
Astronomy 424
424
Earth Science 434
434
Biology 440
440
Chemistry 454
454
Physics 462
462
Mathematics 470
470
Whos Who 476
476
Glossary 486
486
Index 494
494
Acknowledgments 510
510
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