Textbook. Grade levels 6, 7, 8.
Trefil, a leading scientist, is certainly qualified to tackle the controversial, timely topic of how humans ought to affect the planet they live on. He argues that from the dawn of an agricultural society, man has always engineered nature to suit his needs. And because we're the only form of life with the ability to move mountains (as much literally as metaphorically), there's no rational reason not to manage the environment
Written by a well-known science author, this introductory text explores the physics of solids and the field of hydrodynamics. It focuses on modern applications, rather than mathematical formalism, with particular emphasis on geophysics, astrophysics, and medical physics. Suitable for a one-semester course, it is geared toward advanced undergraduate physics students and graduate science students. It also serves as a helpful reference for professional astronomers, chemists, and engineers. Geophysical topics include the circulation of the atmosphere, vibrations of the earth, and underground nuclear tests. Subjects related to medicine include the urinary system and blood flow, and miscellaneous topics of interest include tides, Saturn's rings, the rotation of the galaxy, and nuclear fission. Each chapter offers many vivid examples of current interest, along with 10 to 15 problems that amplify the text and apply its teachings to new situations.
"Trefil surpasses almost all other scientists writing about science." -- The New York Times"Fascinating reading. A mind-stretching book." -- John Barkham ReviewsOne of the founders of modern quark theory traverses the eons to bring readers within the first millisecond of the Big Bang. Trefil employs minimal mathematics in this compelling and lucid narrative, which not only offers a remarkable view of the universe's beginnings, but also speculates about its end. Compelling and lucid, this reader-friendly narrative travels billions of years back in time to depict the events that culminated in the Big Bang: the colossal explosion that initiated the existence of the universe. James Trefil is one of the founders of modern quark theory, and he specializes in explaining complex scientific matters to nonspecialists. 1983 edition.
"A marvelous excursion from the beach to the ends of the solar system . . . captivating."--The New York Times"So easy to understand yet so dense with knowledge that you'll never look at waves on a beach the same way again."--San Francisco Chronicle"One of the best popular science books."--The Kansas City Star"Perfect for the weekend scientist."--The Richmond News-LeaderA noted physicist and popular science writer heads for the beach to answer common and uncommon questions about the ocean. James S. Trefil, author of Dover Publications' The Moment of Creation: Big Bang Physics from Before the First Millisecond to the Present Universe, explains why the sea is salty, how bubbles form on the water's surface, where waves come from, and other curiosities of the marine world. Dr. Trefil draws upon his unique gift for clarifying complex scientific principles and the theories behind them to present a narrative that is clear, accessible, and utterly compelling.
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