Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Book Review: World of Science

It's nice to find a science book that approaches science from a creation standpoint. World of Science is one of those books.

This is a big hardcover book that covers many, many topics. None of the topics are delved into in great depth, but rather many science topics are introduced and discussed. Each topic also has a little box that features a scientist from days past, discussing that scientist's contribution to the field of science. That is a cool little addition to the book!

The book is divided into seven sections. These sections include:

1. Matter and Chemicals - topics include such things as atoms, elements, the table of elements, molecules, crystals, acids/bases, metals, composites

2. Energy, Motion, and Machines - Includes info on converting energy, energy of motion, measuring force and motion, gravity, simple machines, power, friction and more

3. Electricity and Magnetism - Topics include: electrical and static electricity, electrical circuits, magnetism to electrify, communication, electronic machines, and more

4. Light and Sound - Topics include: sound waves, making and detecting sounds, storing sounds, reflected and refracting light, detecting light, using light, laser light, and more

5. Earth and Life - Some of the topics include: plant earth, inside the earth, the rock cycle, volcanoes/earthquakes, atmosphere, weather and climate, mountains and valleys, rivers/lakes, coastlines, seas and oceans, and more

6. Space and Time - Topics include: Earth in space, exploring space, Earth's orbit, magnetic Earth, inner planets, solar wanderers, outer planets, the Sun, stars, galaxies, deep space, the universe

7. Science Experiments - Includes multiple science experiments organized into sections for plants/animals, chemistry, air and flight, water, sound, light, energy and forces, electricity and magnetism

This is a nice addition to our science book collection. It's not a book that is in depth enough to really reap a wealth of information for each topic so it's definitely not a stand-alone science curriculum but rather a great supplemental resource.

I really appreciate the last section of the book that includes many, many science experiments that reinforce the content given in each prior section of the book. I counted 65 experiments in all, which a really nice amount!

The book is colorful and well-organized. It includes both real-life photos as well as full-color pictures.

In summary, I would recommend this book if you are looking for a nice supplemental resource to your science studies or if you are looking for a good resource book to use as an introduction to some of the various science topics.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from New Leaf Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion.*

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