How the World Works - 3 Books
Each volume in this series forms an illustrated introduction to one branch of knowledge, with an outline of the most important concepts and principles as well as information on key figures and historical developments. The three titles included in this set are: The Universe (Read more...) Astronomy (Read more...) Physics (Read more...)
Mapping the Planets
Discovering the Worlds Beyond Our Own
The rings of Saturn or Jupiter’s Great Red Spot are familiar images, although they are invisible to the naked eye: this book explains how we know what they look like. After a chapter describing the mapping of planetary orbits, it discusses each planet and its moons, from Earth’s near neighbours to the distant ice giants Neptune and Uranus, showing how their surfaces have been mapped and depicted, and examining the range of scientific information that different types of imaging provide.
The Periodic Table
How the World Works
Identifying the fundamental chemical building blocks of nature, the periodic table of elements was first proposed by Dmitri Mendeleev in 1869. This introduction explores the history of scientific discovery that led to this codification and explains how it works and has been refined since.
How the World Works: Philosophy
From the Ancient Greeks to Great Thinkers of Modern Times
In the Apology Plato quotes Socrates as saying, at his trial for impiety, ‘an unexamined life is not worth living’. For those new to philosophy, this very accessible, illustrated survey of the development and various strands of Western thought offers a guide to starting that philosophical examination of life, tackling the big questions, including Is there a God? What can we know? and How should we live?
How the World Works
From the creation of Stonehenge to the invention of telescopes and the emerging field of astrobiology, this volume traces humanity’s fascination with the cosmos and our place in it, recording the advances in technology that have expanded our knowledge but also revealed new areas to explore.