Home Library Encyclopedia Topically Arrangged and Indexed Volume 1 Understanding The Universe
In all history, no area of human endeavor has grown so rapidly or changed so drastically as the physical sciences have since 1900. Such terms as the Age of Machines, applied to the 19th century, seem pale and insignificant beside the names given to our era only since world War II - the Atomic Age and the Space Age. Only a few decades after man's discovery of the outermost planet of the solar system (pluto, in 1930), he launched artificial moons to circle the earth and laid plans for venturing into outer space. He would leave behind wonders of which not even the most far-seeing men of the 19th century had dreamed-atomic-powered submarines, electronic computers, television sets, houses of plastic, clothing of synthetic fibers, and even manmade
This volume is devoted to the sciences that make life what it is today, to the theories and principles that help man understand and govern his universe. In the course of their vast progress, the physical sciences have become more and more specialized. As a result, it has become increasingly difficult even for scientists to follow the latest developments in each field, and virtually impossible for laymen.
The articles here lay the groundwork for each of the physical sciences-geology, oceanography, astronomy, meteorology, physics, chemistry, and mathematics. The language used is simple and non-technical, there are many examples of the everyday applications of various theories, and the articles are illustrated with several hundred diagrams that were made especially for this set of books. In addition to a section on each science, a special picture section at the end describes some of the spectacular scientific advances of the 20th century.
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