Table of contents for Science matters : achieving scientific literacy / Robert M. Hazen and James Trefil.


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CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

Scientific Literacy: What It Is, Why It’s Important, and Why We Don’t Have It

ONE. Knowing
The universe is regular and predictable.

TWO. Energy
Energy is conserved and always goes from more useful
to less useful forms.

THREE. Electricity and Magnetism
Electricity and magnetism are two aspects of the same force.

FOUR. The Atom
All matter is made of atoms.

FIVE. The World of the Quantum
Everything comes in discrete units and you can’t measure anything without changing it.

SIX. Chemical Bonding
Atoms are bound by electron glue.

SEVEN. Atomic Architecture
The way a material behaves depends on how its atoms are arranged.

EIGHT. Nuclear Physics
Nuclear energy comes from the conversion of mass.

NINE. The Fundamental Structure of Matter
All matter is really made of quarks and leptons.

TEN. Astronomy
Stars experience a cycle of birth and death.

ELEVEN. The Cosmos
The universe was born at a specific time in the past, and it has been expanding ever since.
TWELVE. Relativity
Every observer sees the same laws of nature.

THIRTEEN. The Restless Earth
Earth’s surface is constantly changing, and no feature on Earth is permanent.

FOURTEEN. Earth Cycles
Earth operates in cycles.
FIFTEEN. The Ladder of Life
All living things are made from cells, the chemical factories of life.

SIXTEEN. The Code of Life
All life is based on the same genetic code.

SEVENTEEN. Biotechnology
All life is based on the same chemistry and genetic code.

EIGHTEEN. Evolution
All forms of life evolved by natural selection.

NINETEEN. Ecosystems
All life is connected.

Epilogue


The Role of Science

Index



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Science -- Popular works.