Magnitude The scale of the universe

Kimberly K. Arcand

Book - 2017

"In Magnitude, Kimberly Arcand and Megan Watzke take us on an expansive journey to the limits of size, mass, distance, time, temperature in our universe, from the tiniest particle within the structure of an atom to the most massive galaxy in the universe; from the speed at which grass grows (about 2 to 6 inches a month) to the speed of light. Fully-illustrated with four-color drawings and infographics throughout and organized into sections including Size and Amount (Distance, Area, Volume, Mass, Time, Temperature), Motion and Rate (Speed, Acceleration, Density, Rotation), and Phenomena and Processes (Energy, Pressure, Sound, Wind, Computation), Magnitude shows us the scale of our world in a clear, visual way that our relatively medium-...sized human brains can easily understand."--

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New York, NY : Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers 2017.
Main Author
Kimberly K. Arcand (author)
Other Authors
Megan K. Watzke (author), Katie Peek (illustrator)
First edition
Physical Description
xxviii, 162 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Introduction. Orders of magnitude ; Linear versus logarithmic scales ; Scientific notation ; Multiplying with exponents ; Units, equations and other fun stuff ; SI units ; Derived units
  • Part 1: Size and quantity. Distance ; Area ; Volume ; Mass ; Time ; Temperature
  • Part 2: Rates and ratios. Speed ; Acceleration ; Density ; Rotation
  • Part 3: Phenomena and process. Energy ; Pressure ; Sound
  • Part four: Computation.
Review by Library Journal Review

Arcand and Watzke, both of NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, along with illustrator and astrophysicist Peek wish to help readers understand the scale of measurement throughout the universe. They begin with an explanation of the logarithmic scale, which is used in most of the examples, followed by a brief lesson in SI base units and scientific notation. Within each of the book's four parts-"Size and Quantity," "Rates and Ratios," "Phenomena and Processes," and "Computation"-are specific measurements, such as distance, area, and rotation. Each of those measurements provides a colorful information graphic or illustration to display the scale of the universe. For distance, the examples range from a small gravitational wave to one that spans the Atlantic Ocean. These examples also include beautiful infographics and highly visualized charts. VERDICT An intriguing way to understand physical scale within the universe. Recommended for fans of popular science authors such as Neil deGrasse Tyson.-Jason L. Steagall, Gateway Technical Coll. Lib., Elkhorn, WI © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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