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The Sciences: An Integrated Approach / Edition 6

The Sciences: An Integrated Approach / Edition 6

by James Trefil, Robert M. HazenJames Trefil
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The Sciences: An Integrated Approach, Binder Ready Version, 8th Edition
by James Trefil and Robert Hazen uses an approach that recognizes that science forms a seamless web of knowledge about the universe. This text fully integrates physics, chemistry, astronomy, earth sciences, and biology and emphasizes general principles and their application to real- world situations. The goal of the text is to help students achieve scientific literacy. Applauded by students and instructors for its easy-to-read style and detail appropriate for non-science majors, the eighth edition has been updated to bring the most up-to-date coverage to the students in all areas of science.

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ISBN-13: 9780470118542
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 11/03/2009
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 640
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 10.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

James S. Trefil (born September 10, 1938) is an American physicist (Ph.D. in Physics at Stanford University in 1966) and author of more than thirty books. Much of his published work focuses on science for the general audience. Dr. Trefil has previously served as Professor of Physics at the University of Virginia and he now teaches as Robinson Professor of Physics at George Mason University. Among Trefil's books is Are We Unique?, an argument for human uniqueness in which he questions the comparisons between human intelligence and artificial intelligence. Trefil also regularly gives presentations to judges and public officials about the intersections between science and the law.

Table of Contents

1. Science: A Way of Knowing: How do you know what you know?

2. The Ordered Universe: Why do planets appear to wander slowly across the sky?

3. Energy: Why must animals eat to stay alive?

4. Heat and the Second Law of Thermodynamics: Why is it easier to make an omelet from an egg than to make an egg from an omelet?

5. Electricity and Magnetism: What is lightning?

6. Waves and Electromagnetic Radiation: What is color?

7. Albert Einstein and the Theory of Relativity: Can a human ever travel faster than the speed of light, at “warp speed”?

8. The Atom: Why are there so many different materials in the world?

9. Quantum Mechanics: How can the electron behave like both a particle and a wave?

10. Atoms in Combination: The Chemical Bond: How does blood clot?

11. Materials and Their Properties: How have computers gotten so much faster?

12. The Nucleus of the Atom: How do scientists determine the age of the oldest human fossils?

13. The Ultimate Structure of Matter: How can antimatter be used to probe the human brain?

14. The Stars: How much longer can the Sun sustain life on Earth?

15. Cosmology: Will the universe end?

16. Earth and Other Planets: Is Earth the only planet with life?

17. Plate Tectonics: Can we predict destructive earthquakes?

18. Earth’s Many Cycles: Will we ever run out of fresh water?

19. Ecology, Ecosystems, and the Environment: Are human activities affecting the global environment?

20. Strategies of Life: What is life?

21. The Living Cell: What is the smallest living thing?

22. Molecules of Life: What constitutes a healthy diet?

23. Classical and Modern Genetics: Why do offspring resemble their parents?

24. The New Science of Life: Can we cure cancer?

25. Evolution: How did life emerge on the ancient Earth?


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