Monday, December 12, 2011

The World of Science Book Review


If you have children there are a few reference books that you simply MUST own!


World of Science - a must have Science resource
World of Science - a must have Science resource

To facilitate curiosity or help with current studies a good home library should at least include:

*A book of Bible facts
*A book of History (in a time-line format)
*A book of General Science facts
*A book of Animal facts

*An Atlas

World of Science is filled with photos, descriptive illustrations and interesting facts.  This would make a wonderful addition to your home library!

Why do science?
Why should science be studied?  Science can help us see the intricacies of God's creation, allowing for enormous advancements in our world.  Various deadly diseases have been eradicated, harnessing electricity has allowed us to better regulate our environment, and we have developed devices that can enrich our lives, such as mobile phones, cars, planes, computers and the Internet.  Most people live longer, more comfortable, healthier lives than ever before.  

Without restraint or godly wisdom, science can become a tool of devastation.  Throughout the past several hundred years, there have been those like Isaac Newton, Louis Pasteur, and Francis Bacon who saw God's handiwork in the world around them.   Their scientific discoveries brought both glory to God and benefits to humanity.  

May an inspired new group of young scientists rise up today.

This 248 paged book is broken down into 7 sections:

1 - Matter and Chemicals

All substances, matter and chemicals - from a pin-head to a star-are made of atoms.  The atoms join or bond together to form molecules.  Atoms and molecules can separate and then join together in new combinations.  This is chemical change.  Matter exists in three main states:  solids, liquids and gases.

2 - Energy, Motion and Machines

Energy is the ability to make things happen and cause changes.  It exists in many forms, such as sound, light, electricity and chemicals.  Moving objects also possess a type of energy, kinetic energy.  Using energy and principles of mechanics and movement, we combine simple machines, such as levers and wheels, into enormously complex ones.

3 - Electricity and Magnetism

Electricity is a type of energy based on the movement of bits of atoms, called electrons.  Magnetism is a mysterious and invisible force that can push or pull.  Electricity produces magnetism, and magnetism produces electricity.  Together they are the basis of innumerable machines, from motors to computers.


4 - Light and Sound

Some types of energy are in the form of up-and-down waves.  They include sound and light - but the nature of their waves is very different.  Sound is moving atoms and molecules.  Light is combined electricity and magnetism.  Both are sensed by the body, and are used to convey information.

5 - Earth and Life

Our home is a giant ball of rock, 7,930 miles across, spinning through space. It's surface is constantly changing.  Daily, weather patterns move over seas and land.  Yearly, volcanoes erupt and earthquakes split the landscape.  Over the years, rocks buckle into mountains and great continents drift around the globe.

6 - Space and Time

Away from daily life here on Earth, the Universe is a weird and truly wonderful place.  Stars are born and explode.  Star clusters, called galaxies, fly away from each other.  Straight lines are really bent, and time goes faster or slower.  Modern science explains some of these mind-boggling events - but not all.

7 - Science Experiments

The scientific method involves devising an idea or theory, making a prediction from it, and carrying out experiments to test it.  By trial and error we discount old theories and develop new ones, gradually moving toward greater understanding.  The practical work of projects, tests, and experiments is central to scientific progress.

Experiments include:  Plants & Animals, Chemistry, Air and Flight, Water, Sound, Light, Energy & Forces, Electricity & Magnetism.

As a bonus, Master Books has teamed up with My Father's World homeschool curriculum for this reprint.  This book is part of their 4-8th grade science curriculum (although it may be used with younger and older children as well).

There was only one small part of the book I didn't agree with and that is the presentation on page 166-7 regarding Greenhouse Gasses and Global Warming.  I should also comment that there is mention of Scientist Stephen Hawking and some of his achievements.  No mention is made of his religious views. 

Disclaimer:  I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

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