Brain Science

9781624039140. ea vol: 112p. (Cutting-Edge Science and Technology). bibliog. further reading. glossary. index. notes. photos. ABDO. 2016. lib. ed. $24.95. ebk. $37.95.
Gr 6–9—For more dedicated students exploring future careers in high-tech science, these eye-opening surveys both lay out current areas of progress and impart a heady sense of the breathtaking pace of discovery. Along with offering broad overviews enriched with specific descriptions of relevant physical, chemical, and biological processes, each author cites specific recent experiments, research projects, and newly opened fields of inquiry. In Brain Science, for example, among other topics, Abramowitz describes brain structures and mapping, physical changes caused by Alzheimer's and other maladies, how memory works, developments in artificial intelligence, and advances in brain-computer and even brain-to-brain interfaces. Each volume includes several sidebar profiles of renowned and/or currently active researchers and cogent discussions of issues or controversies.
VERDICT These titles will update and deepen science collections of any size and scope.
This astronomy survey shows how astronomers past and present examine the electromagnetic radiation that reaches the earth (or its orbit) to determine the characteristics of the universe and the bodies within it. The technological advancements in telescopes and computer power help scientists to investigate such topics as exoplanets and dark matter. Photographs of space bodies, equipment, and the scientists profiled are included. Reading list. Bib., glos., ind.

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