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Recommended Introductions/Overviews to Science

The Sciences: An Integrated Approach, 4th Edition

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The Sciences: An Integrated Approach
by James Trefil and Robert M. Hazen

4th Edition, 2003
Paperback, 736 pages

ISBN: 0471219630

The 4th edition of The Sciences:  An Integrated Approach integrates major concepts from physics, chemistry, astronomy, earth sciences, and biology to help anyone become science-literate. Even readers with little or no science background will find this unique book an indispensable guide to understanding the latest headlines, controversies, and scientific developments.

The new edition of this college level textbook keeps pace with the dynamic nature of the sciences by incorporating the most up-to-date discoveries in all five of these scientific disciplines. 

"...I have found this book to be informative, interesting and great fun. I believe it to be well written and thorough. Information is wonderfully balanced by illustrations and interesting supplemental facts...."

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Integrated Science, 3rd Edition

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Integrated Science
by Bill W. Tillery,  Eldon Enger and Robert S. Ross,

3rd Edition, 2005
Paperback, 748 pages

ISBN: 0073222739

Integrated Science (Third edition) is a straightforward, easy-to-read, yet substantial introduction to the fundamental behavior of matter and energy in living and nonliving systems. The authors provide even, well-integrated coverage of chemistry, physics, earth science, biology, and astronomy.

This edition continues to introduce basic concepts and key ideas while providing opportunities for readers and students to learn reasoning skills and a new way of thinking about their environment. No prior work in science is assumed. The language, as well as the mathematics, is as simple as can be practical for a college-level science course.

New features added to this edition include: a core concept map added to the beginning of each chapter; new "Science & Society" boxes added; and new "Myths, Mistakes, and Misunderstandings".

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