Author(s): Robin Kerrod
A guide to the key scientific principles that underpin our world. The book includes 60 hands-on home-based experiments, taking science out of the classroom and into the real world.
Shortlisted for Aventis Junior Prize for Science Books 2003.
Robin Kerrod is an author of children's science books, and was in 1988 the first recipient of the prestigious "COPUS Junior Science Book Prize". Dr Sharon Ann Holgate is a science writer and broadcaster who has written for many publications including New Scientist and Focus, and has broadcast for the BBC World Service.
Part 1 Looking at matter: states of matter; properties of matter; solids; crystals; liquids; water; liquid density; floating and sinking; surface tension; gases; air; fluid pressure; fluid flow; mixtures and solutions. Part 2 Atoms and elements: little bits of matter; inside the atom; elements and compounds; metals and non-metals; chemical reactions; chemists at work; acids and bases; salts and soaps; carbon chemistry; the science of life. Part 3 Forces and energy: forces and energy; forces and motion; friction; speed and acceleration; gravity, mass and weight; swinging and spinning; investigating energy; energy and work; gears and pulleys; time and motion. Part 4 Heat and sound: molecules in motion; heat and temperature; heat energy and engines; expansion and contraction; travelling heat; sound vibrations; speed and frequency; making music. Part 5 Light and colour: visible waves; light and shade; reflection; refraction; optical illusions; more than the eye can see; picture this; motion pictures; waves and colours; mixing colours. Part 6 Electricity and magnetism: the right connection; electricity at rest; electricity that flows; electrical circuits; electrical chemistry; magnetism; magnets; electric connection; generating electricity; making motors; electronics and chips; on the radio; computing.