Science is a vast subject and our understanding of the way the world works is growing all the time. No book could hope to include everythingt that science has discovered, but this book includes all of the essential facts about all the really key areas. Broken down into short, easy-to-digest sections it covers everything from evolution and cell biology to star formation and plate tectonics. Including sections on what technology may allow us to do in the future, and even looking at when science has gone bad, Understand Science will change the way you see the world around you.
Jon Evans is a freelance science writer who has written extensively for many science publications including New Scientist. His background as a writer and editor has given him wide-ranging experience of different branches of science, from psychology and chemisty to vulcanology and genetics.
How we got here 1. Bang, we're off 2. Molecules in space 3. Recipe for a solar system 4. Life begins 5. Evolution and extinction Way of all flesh 6. Life in sequence 7. From the bottom up 8. Getting it on 9. Man the defences 10. Attack of the nerves Earth, wind and fire 11. Ground beneath our feet 12. Shake, rattle and roll 13. Earth rocks 14. Wet and windy 15. Stormy water We have the technology 16. Full of energy 17. Coming in waves 18. Information overload 19. Pedal to the metal 20. It's alive When science goes bad 21. Fraud, fakery and fantasy 22. Shocks and scares 23. Hot enough for you? 24. Apocalypse now 25. Know your limits Science of the future 26. Back to the future 27. A.I. 28. Innerspace 29. A space odyssey 30. Things to come