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Physics: An Illustrated History of the Foundations of Science (Ponderables 100 Breakthroughs That Changed History Who Did What When) Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-0985323066 ISBN-10: 098532306X Edition: w/ fold-out Time Chart

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  • Series: Ponderables 100 Breakthroughs That Changed History Who Did What When
  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Shelter Harbor Press; w/ fold-out Time Chart edition (October 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098532306X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985323066
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 9.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This title from the Ponderables series consists of 100 entries on milestones in physics, from the dawn of science to today. Entries range in length from a half page to two pages and examine scientific breakthroughs that greatly influenced the world. The information is accessible and interesting, while an appealing layout features illustrations and photographs on every page. The book concludes with an overview of physics, profiles of key scientists, a bibliography and other resources, and an index. A pocket attached to the inside of the back cover contains a pullout chart with a time line on one side and pertinent quick-reference information on the reverse. This highly browsable title is well suited to the casual reader with an interest in the topic. --Maren Ostergard

About the Author

Tom Jackson has written more than 80 books and contributed to many more, covering everything from axolotls to Zoroastrianism. He studied zoology at the University of Bristol in the UK, where he lives with his family.

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Tom Jackson has been a writer and editor for 20 years. He has written more than 80 books and contributed to hundreds more. Tom gets to write about a wide range of subjects, everything from axolotls to zoroastrianism. However, his specialties are natural history, technology and all things scientific. Tom spends his days finding fun ways of communicating these kinds of facts, new and old, to all age groups and reading abilities.
Tom lives in Bristol, England, with his wife and three children. He studied zoology at Bristol University and has had spells working at the zoos in Jersey and Surrey. Tom has also worked as a conservationist, which saw him planting trees in Somerset, surveying Vietnamese jungle and rescuing wildlife from drought-ridden Zimbabwe. Writing jobs have also taken him to the Galápagos Islands, the Amazon rain forest, the coral reefs of Indonesia and the Sahara Desert. Nowadays, he can be found mainly in the attic.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By connywithay on November 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Title: Physics - An Illustrated History of the Foundations of Science
Editor: Tom Jackson
Publisher: Shelter Harbor Press
ISBN: 978-0-9853230-6-6

"Physics is the foundation of all science. Without it all of our other knowledge would crumble and collapse. We can now study nature at the smallest scales, but there is a lot that this science has still to discover," Tom Jackson states in the introduction of his book, "Physics- An Illustrated History of the Foundations of Science."

This one hundred and forty-four page hardbound book is one of the "Ponderables" series dedicated to trying to answer some of the oldest and important subjects in history. Each series discusses one hundred breakthroughs that changed history and who did what and when in a specific topic. This book caters to one hundred milestones that changed the way we perceive and understand the science of physics throughout the ages.

Arranged like its predecessors, the book is separated into five categories based on time; this includes the dawn of science, the scientific revolution, from classical to modern physics, the subatomic age, and modern physics. Each breakthrough discussed is from a half page to two pages long, mentioning year discovered, by whom, and how with tidbits of interesting particulars and pictures or diagrams.

After the topics, the book explains the basics of physics involving energy, mass and force, motion, waves, optics, and electromagnetism. Next there are seven interesting "Imponderables" that are yet to be ascertained, thirty-nine great physicists' profiles including their birthplace, birth and death dates, and important finding along with a notable paragraph.
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Building up a motivational library for my daughter. Enjoyed the books so much, I bought the entire series after initial purchase of The Elements. Perfectly illustrated and short enough for those with developing attention spans. Subjective further study may be called for at a later stage, but this is a great way to foster the will to do so.... Love it, sincerely...
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This was a great book that taught me so much! I never took Physics when I was younger, and while I knew some of the concepts, I was floored by how much I did not know. Another thing that I really liked was how this book talked directly to the reader and explained the concepts in a way that everyone could understand. Filled with amazing images you get drawn further into the book with each page that goes by. Each page itself makes you think about the issue/question that was being asked. As you "ponder" these issues, you learn so much! This makes me want to check out some of the other Ponderables books too!

* I received a copy for review - all opinions are my own*
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