How Antibiotics Changed the World

9781682824054. Steffens, Bradley. How the Internet Is Changing the World. ISBN 9781682824153.ea vol: 80p. (How Science Changed the World). chron. further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. ReferencePoint. Aug. 2018. lib. ed. $29.95.
Gr 9 Up—An illustrated time line of important events opens each title, followed by a short introductory chapter typically relating the topic to current events—for example, in Electricity, the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico. Subsequent chapters review the history of development in each field, with digressions to highlight major figures, inventions, and social changes, both positive (robotic drones helping to prevent wild animal poaching in nations across Africa) and negative (the impact of fossil fuel consumption by automobiles on global climate change). Long blocks of text are broken up by pull-quote boxes and a range of helpful illustrations, as well as short companion articles on salient topics, such as the HTML markup language or the dark side of social media in Internet. Considerable source notes and two pages of suggested reading close each volume.
VERDICT Well-researched and engagingly written, excellent resources for independent reading and focused inquiry.

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