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Eyewitness Visual Dictionary of Physics Hardcover – September 9, 1995

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Grade 6 Up?In the visually clear, oversized format typical of the series, this book offers a bit about a wide variety of topics, from Newton's Laws to Feynman diagrams. It is an enticing choice for browsing that may inspire further research, or that might possibly supply just the information needed for an assignment on simple machines. Unfortunately, not every full-color illustration or photograph can substitute for a thousand words. The extreme brevity of the presentations may leave readers mystified, especially if they haven't learned, for instance, the use of a negative exponent for division. The fact that the minus signs are vanishingly small adds to the confusion. Challoner avoids math as much as possible, and when he does finally list some formulas, he makes some classic errors. The audience for the book is hard to determine: the format will appeal to young children, but complete understanding of the content requires more background. Physics Today (World Book, 1985; o.p.) gives a more complete presentation, while Peter Lafferty's Force and Motion or Christopher Cooper's Matter (1992, both DK) have a narrower range.?Margaret Chatham, Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library of Fairfax County Library System, VA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Series: DK Visual Dictionaries
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: DK CHILDREN (September 9, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789402394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789402394
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.4 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 25, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Even though I seem to remember being rather distracted in school because I was one of the only girls in the science class. Things have changed now in the modern world.

I'm not exactly sure where all the other girls were, but perhaps their parents didn't see the benefit of sending them to learn about Electromagnetism. Personally, I was more interested in chemistry.

The Eyewitness Visual Dictionaries are fascinating. Who would ever want to read just a normal dictionary ever again? Which is why I have a DK Oxford Illustrated American Dictionary now as well.

Contents: Matter & Energy, Measurement & Experiment, Forces, Friction, Simple Machines, Circular Motion, Waves & Oscillations, Heat & Temperature, Solids, Liquids, Gases, Electricity & Magnetism, Electric Circuits, Electricity Production, Electromagnetic Radiation, Color, Reflection & Refraction, Optical Instruments, Wave Behavior, Atoms & Electrons, Nuclear Physics, Particle Physics and Formulas & Appendix.

Interesting section on Nuclear physics and "How a Television Works."


Over 200 outstanding color photographs and graphic illustrations
Concise text and carefully researched definitions
Instant access to a 3,000-word specialized vocabulary

This volume is part of a series which I love and can't imagine is not loved by readers of all ages.

~The Rebecca Review
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In todays society, where education should be and is at the forefront, a book of this type will not only captivate a young mind but answer question which may not be readily available to a parent. In education the 5 -14 program has developed a system where children can be assessed through practical skills and knowledge. A book such as this can and will aid, in that understanding. In other publications, the author's may have to reminded that their readers are not of the same standard, of understanding as they are, everyone has there own particular way of understanding text and experiments. Books of this nature can only aid, in the development of a child understanding of science and technology.
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Great reference book for a science classroom or supplemental text for a teacher, for grades 4-8. Concise, well illustrated and explained fundamental topics from physics.
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