The Science of Vehicles

9780531131985. WOOLF, Alex. The Science of Spacecraft. ISBN 9780531131978.ea vol: 32p. (The Science of Engineering). glossary. illus. Scholastic/Franklin Watts. Feb. 2019. Tr. $29.
Gr 4–8—This series will appeal to readers who enjoy a graphic style and a layout similar to DK's "Eyewitness" books. A diverse cast of engineering characters in hardhats and lab coats explores topics such as architecture, medical technology, and various forms of transportation. Text is laid out with a paragraph about the main topic, with smaller, related portions placed around the page's edge. Occasionally, a "Fascinating Fact" or "Can You Believe It?" statement is added. Developments in each field are traced from historical examples to current practice, such as early beam bridges of wood and stone and recent bridge-tunnels that free up shipping lanes or air traffic areas. Most of the titles include "Try It Yourself" ideas for readers. Examples hail from around the world, like the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the Kawazu-Nanadaru Loop Bridge in Japan.
VERDICT Excellent introduction of topics using worldwide examples; good for individual enthusiasts or for use in STEM programs.

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