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The scientific companion : exploring the physical world with facts, figures, and formulas

Author: Cesare Emiliani
Publisher: New York : Wiley, ©1995.
Series: Wiley popular science.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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"This new edition of the critically acclaimed Scientific Companion offers a comprehensive introduction to the physical sciences: physics, astronomy, chemistry, geology, meteorology, biology, atmospheric science, and oceanography. Emiliani traces the evolution of the universe from the Big Bang to the present, explaining the nature of the galaxy, the Earth, inorganic and organic matter, and the development of  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Cesare Emiliani
ISBN: 0471133248 9780471133247
OCLC Number: 32890750
Notes: Includes index.
Description: x, 358 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm.
Contents: The range of space and time --
Matter and energy --
Atoms and molecules --
The sun --
The evolution of the sun and other stars --
The origin and evolution of the universe --
The origin and evolution of the solar system --
Planets and satellites --
The origin and early evolution of life --
How the earth works --
Atmosphere --
Hydrosphere --
The last half-billion years --
The cosmic quesion.
Series Title: Wiley popular science.
Responsibility: Cesare Emiliani ; all original drawings by Charles Messing.
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"This new edition of the critically acclaimed Scientific Companion offers a comprehensive introduction to the physical sciences: physics, astronomy, chemistry, geology, meteorology, biology, atmospheric science, and oceanography. Emiliani traces the evolution of the universe from the Big Bang to the present, explaining the nature of the galaxy, the Earth, inorganic and organic matter, and the development of scientific thought." "More than 50 new illustrations appear throughout - from stunning aerial shots of Earth's topography to striking close-ups of the moon provided by NASA. Hundreds of additional photos, charts, maps, and diagrams, plus 35 tables of the most essential facts, figures, and formulas - from Planck's constant to the laws of thermodynamics, from quantum energy levels to Avogadro's number - make The Scientific Companion an ideal desktop reference. Written for the layperson, sufficiently detailed for students, it is the only book of its kind to bridge the gap between works of popular science and college textbooks."--Jacket.

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