Presents 1001 important and interesting facts about science, including what happened to Neanderthal people, why the Earth's magnetic field reverses itself, and the difference between a quark and a lepton. James Trefil is the co-author of "Science Matters" and other books on popular science.
1001 Things is packed with the scientific facts that make it an
ideal sequel and companion volume to James Trefil's 1991 publi-
cation. Science Motter:Arhieuin(: Scientific Lilemcy
Written in simple language and a conversational but infoma-
tive style and accompanied by a hundred drawings and photo-
graphs, this accessible, handy reference book represents Trefil's
attempt to *give an overview of how the world operates" by break-
ine down "all of science into bite-sized chunks." raneine in leneth - -
from a single sentmw u, ~ever~l paramaphs. Thrs numbered hvt
of "things' is arranged in sewn chapters-"Classical Hiology,"
'Evalut~an." "Molecular Biology." "Classleal Physd Sclenee,"
"Modem Physrcal Science," "Earth Science." and "htronumy,"
each of which is subdivided into sections. Although there is a log-
ical progression within sections from the first item to the last, the
book is eminently suited for browsing in no particular order. The
human dimension of science is not neglected, for historical infor-
matton about such sc8enttfic lummanes as Rohr, Madame Cune.
Dalton, Emstem. fianklm. Hewcnberg, Mcndrl, Mmdrlrrv, New-
wn. and Rutherford 1s nresented In )terns titled Tndurmc Puz-
zle%o '"Enduring ~ysiery" the cutting edge of science &d its
tentative and incom~lete nature is emohasized bv soeculation on . .
lnrngumg matter3 ahout wh~h them .s currently no consensus.
At mtervala unnumhred 'Pop Qwzms" (questtons and answers,
also are included.