Let’s begin with some math. SCIENCE ENCYCLOPEDIA checks in at 9.5 inches by 12 inches and is a whopping 3.8 pounds. Eye-popping fantastic is the best description I could come up with for the cover and the 304 pages inside. It would make a great gift for the teacher or science loving kid in your life.
Opening the pages for the first time, I had to smile at how far encyclopedias have come. I remember as a kid having to do a report on the moon. I went to our book shelf at home where Funk And Wagnalls 26 volumes had its home. We only had 13 of the 26 at the time since my mom would wait for the weekly grocery store promotion–a new volume each week for $1.99. Fortunately the “M’ volume was a recent addition to our collection. I found a few paragraphs along with a fuzzy black and white image of the moon.
Fast forward to today. I flipped to the handy index in the back of SCIENCE ENCYCLOPEDIA and quickly found many pages referencing the moon, including a two page full color feature, filled with colorful sections containing information and images. There’s even a LOL! joke piece and a GEEK STREAK section delving deeper into facts about the moon’s future. With all this information, any present day student doing a moon report would put mine to shame.
National Geographic found a glowing panel of experts to review the information for accuracy. Everything is arranged in two parts in a splashy, enticing format.
First up are the Physical Sciences like chemistry and physics. The sections include MATTER, FORCES AND MACHINES, ENERGY, and ELECTRONICS. Each of these are loaded with information and pictures on various sub topics. Have an interest in Organic Chemistry, Bending Light, Satellites, or Gravity? You’ll find all of them here plus dozens more. I loved the TRY THIS! feature offered throughout, letting readers do a little experiment to gain further understanding of a concept.
Part 2 is devoted to the Life Sciences. Here you will find sections on THE UNIVERSE, LIFE ON EARTH, THE HUMAN BODY, AND PLANET EARTH. Look further and there are over 50 topics covered in detail. After completing my moon mission, I continued into other areas like Ocean Invertebrates, The Brain and Nervous System, and Volcanoes. I found this encyclopedia hard to break away from with so much information presented in a colorful way. It’s perfect for today’s visual learners.
Get this classic for your classroom or your home. It is the most comprehensive, up to date, source on Science. What a great world we live in, and National Geographic is making sure we have a thorough understanding of all its wonders.
Have a great weekend with family and friends, but be sure to find time to READ!