30-Second Elements

The 50 most significant elements, each explained in half a minute

Author: Eric Scerri

Publisher: Icon Books Ltd

ISBN: 184831616X

Category: Science

Page: 160

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When was radium discovered? Who are Dmitri Mendeleev and Glenn T. Seaborg? Who discovered uranium’s radioactivity? Which element is useful for dating the age of Earth? And why doesn’t gold have a scientific name? 30-Second Elements presents you with the very foundations of chemical knowledge, explaining concisely the 50 most significant chemical elements. This book uses helpful glossaries and tables to fast track your knowledge of the other 68 elements and the relationships between all of them.

30-Second Elements

The 50 Most Significant Elements, Each Explained in Half a Minute

Author: Eric Scerri

Publisher: Atlantic Books

ISBN: 184831616X

Category: Science

Page: 160

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When was radium discovered? Who are Dmitri Mendeleev and Glenn T. Seaborg? Who discovered uranium’s radioactivity? Which element is useful for dating the age of Earth? And why doesn’t gold have a scientific name? 30-Second Elements presents you with the very foundations of chemical knowledge, explaining concisely the 50 most significant chemical elements. This book uses helpful glossaries and tables to fast track your knowledge of the other 68 elements and the relationships between all of them.

30-second Elements

The 50 Most Significant Elements, Each Explained in Half a Minute

Author: Eric R. Scerri,Hugh Aldersey-Williams

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781848315945

Category: Chemical elements

Page: 160

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When was radium discovered? Who are Dmitri Mendeleev and Glenn T. Seaborg? Who discovered uranium’s radioactivity? Which element is useful for dating the age of Earth? And why doesn’t gold have a scientific name? 30-Second Elements presents you with the very foundations of chemical knowledge, explaining concisely the 50 most significant chemical elements.This book uses helpful glossaries and tables to fast track your knowledge of the other 68 elements and the relationships between all of them.

30-Second Wine

The 50 Essential Elements, Each Explained in Half a Minute

Author: Gerard Basset,Annette Alvarez-Peters

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781782402718

Category: Wine and wine making

Page: 160

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The bestselling 30-Second series takes a revolutionary approach to learning about those subjects you feel you should really understand. Each title selects a popular topic and dissects it into the 50 most significant ideas at its heart. Every idea, no matter how complex, is explained in 300 words and one image, all digestible in just 30 seconds. 30-Second Wine uses this unique approach to decant the subject for everyone. Compiled by wine experts, not elites, this beginners guide serves up all you need to read the message in the bottle in 50 small sips or rather, a mere 300 words and one picture. Heres how to enjoy wine without the waffle, all the way from Appellations of the old world to Zinfandel of the new.

30-Second Twentieth Century

The 50 most significant ideas and events, each explained in half a minute

Author: Jonathan T. Reynolds

Publisher: Icon Books Ltd

ISBN: 184831843X

Category: History

Page: 160

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You probably know, or think you know, quite a bit about what happened in the 20th century – chances are, if you’re reading this, you lived through at least some of it – and you may have referenced the Cuban Missile Crisis, the double helix, or the Wall Street Crash in conversation. But even for people who were there, it was the fastest-moving hundred years in history, so refresh your memory with these pacey profiles on everything from Sputnik to Stonewall. Twentieth Century presents a unique approach to modern history, condensing 100 years of innovation and art, politics and conflict, triumph and disaster, into 50 graphic snapshots that offer an instant appreciation of the way the world revolves and evolves. Consider which events define a period of history and why. From the Red Army to Black Monday, from Woodstock to the World Wide Web, this is the fastest way to travel in time.

30-Second Philosophies

The 50 Most Thought-provoking Philosophies, Each Explained in Half a Minute

Author: Stephen Law,Julian Baggini

Publisher: Icon Books Ltd

ISBN: 9781848314504

Category: Philosophy

Page: 160

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A full-colour illustrated tour through philosophy’s most famous – and most mind-bending – ideas I Think Therefore I Am, Existentialism, Dialectical Materialism? The Socratic Method and Deconstruction? Sure, you know what they all mean. That is, you’ve certainly heard of them. But do you know enough about them to join a dinner party debate or dazzle the bar with your knowledge? 30-SECOND PHILOSOPHIES takes a revolutionary approach to getting a grip on the 50 most significant schools of philosophy. The book challenges leading thinkers to quit fretting about the meaning of meaning for a while and explain the most complex philosophical ideas – using nothing more than two pages, 300 words, and a metaphorical image. Here, in one unique volume, you have the chance to pick the potted brains of our leading philosophers and understand complex concepts such as Kant’s Categorical Imperative without ending up in a darkened room with an ice pack on your head.

30-Second Maths

The 50 Most Mind-Expanding Theories in Mathematics, Each Explained in Half a Minute

Author: Richard J. Brown

Publisher: Icon Books Ltd

ISBN: 9781848313866

Category: Science

Page: 160

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From Rubik's cubes to Godel's incompleteness theorem, everything mathematical explained, with colour illustrations, in half a minute. Maths is enjoying a resurgence in popularity. So how can you avoid being the only dinner guest who has no idea who Fermat was, or what he proved? The more you know about Maths, the less of a science it becomes. 30 Second Maths takes the top 50 most engaging mathematical theories, and explains them to the general reader in half a minute, using nothing more than two pages, 200 words and one picture. Read at your own pace, and discover that maths can be more fascinating than you ever imagined.

30-Second Chemistry

The 50 Most Elemental Concepts in Chemistry, Each Explained in Half a Minute

Author: Nivaldo Tro

Publisher: 30 Second

ISBN: 9781782405085

Category: Chemistry

Page: 160

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As the central science that bridges biology and physics, chemistry explains the diversity of all things tangible at a molecular level. Chemistry is the science of matter--its composition, structure, properties, and how it changes. Understand chemistry, and you'll know why some things oxidize and others explode; why food is good to eat and coal is not. Understand chemistry and know what reasonable expectations you can have of a product, and how to separate fact from fiction. Chemistry is the heart of cooking, it can keep you safe, and it explains why things work. This book brings the subject out of the lab and boils it down to its essential elements--in just 30 seconds.

30-Second Biology

The 50 Most Thought-Provoking Theories of Life, Each Explained in Half a Minute

Author: Nick Battey,Mark Fellowes

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781782406396

Category:

Page: 160

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The 50 most thought-provoking theories of life, each explained in half a minute. 30-Second Biology tackles the vital science of life, dissecting the 50 most thought-provoking theories of our ecosystem and ourselves. At a time when discoveries in DNA allow us to feel more connected than ever to the natural world, this is the fastest route to an understanding of the tree of life. Whether you're dipping into the gene pool, unlocking cells, or conversing on biodiversity, this is all the knowledge you need to bring life to the dinner-party debate. An internationally bestselling series presents essential concepts in a mere 30 seconds, 300 words, and one image; The 50 most important ideas and innovations in biology dissected and explained clearly without the clutter; The fastest way to learn about cells, reproduction, animals, plants, evolution and ecosystems.

30-Second Anatomy

The 50 Most Important Structures and Systems in the Human Body, Each Explained in Half a Minute

Author: GABRIELLE M. FINN

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781782405139

Category:

Page: 160

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The 50 most important structures and systems in the human body, each explained in half a minute. The bestselling 30-Second series offers a new approach to learning about those subjects you feel you should really understand. Every title takes a popular topic and dissects it into the 50 most significant ideas at its heart. Each idea, no matter how complex, is explained using a mere two pages, 300 words, and one picture: all easily digested in only half a minute. 30-Second Anatomy offers you an instant diagnosis of how your body works. Whether you're a medical student, an artist, a body worker, or simply want to know what your doctor is talking about when he mentions your humerus, this is the quickest way to get under your own skin. Dissecting the workings of everything from your heart to your brain into 30-second summaries, this is the quickest way to understand the structures and systems that are you. Supported by biographies of the pioneers in anatomy studies, its the book that would have kept Burke and Hare home at night.

30-Second Astronomy

The 50 Most Mindblowing Discoveries in Astronomy, Each Explained in Half a Minute

Author: Francois Fressin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781785783593

Category:

Page: 160

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How hot is Venus? Can you distinguish between a pulsar and a quasar? Is there a universe or a multiverse? Where do we fit into the infinitely grand scheme of things? How do we map the Cosmic Microwave Background? Most tantalizing of all: Is there anyone out there?The answers to these and many other far-out questions lie in your hands. Everyone's gazing at the heavens, but a voyage through the star-studded contents of this book will blow your mind. Astronomy encapsulates the terrifying hugeness of the cosmos into bite-size particles that mere earthlings can understand: 50 incredible discoveries brought down to Earth using no more than two pages, 300 words, and a picture. This one small volume takes you on a cosmic tour, shedding light on the most awesome of objects and places, explaining some very big ideas, concepts, and discoveries, and presenting the scientists and observers who have done so much to crack Life, the Universe, and Everything. Welcome aboard.

30-Second Economics

The 50 Most Thought-Provoking Economic Theories, Each Explained in Half a Minute

Author: Donald Marron

Publisher: Icon Books Ltd

ISBN: 1848314493

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 160

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Keynesian Economics, Free Market Capitalism, Monetarism, Game Theory and the Invisible Hand. Sure, you know what they mean. That is, you've certainly heard of them. But do you know enough about these economic theories to join a dinner party debate or dazzle the bar with your financial knowledge? 30 Second Economics takes the top 50 economic theories, and explains them to the general reader in half a minute, using nothing more than two pages, 300 words and one picture. Economics will suddenly seem a lot more fun than the economy, and make a lot more sense, and along the way you'll meet founding fathers of modern economics such as Adam Smith, David Ricardo and Alfred Marshall. From Marxism to Mercantilism, plus everything in between, this is the ultimate 'crash' course in economic theory.

30-Second Physics

The 50 Most Fundamental Concepts in Physics, Each Explained in Half a Minute

Author: Brian Clegg

Publisher: 30 Second

ISBN: 9781782405146

Category: Energy

Page: 160

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From electromagnetic waves that enable us to connect in an instant to the gravity that keeps our feet firmly on the ground, this book is the fastest way to get up to speed with rocket science--and the rest. In a world where physics is an everyday essential and new quantum developments make headline news, you need to know your atoms from your antimatter, learn just enough to speak with fluidity about Fluid Dynamics and be certain about the Uncertainty Principle. Each idea, no matter how complex, is explained in just two pages, 300 words, and one picture, making this the quickest way to understand gravity, light, energy and more. This is 50 key concepts and complexities, each explained without the jargon. The bestselling 30-Second series offers a new approach to learning about those subjects you feel you should really understand. Every title takes a popular topic and dissects it into the 50 most significant ideas at its heart,explained in just two pages that are easily digested in only half a minute.

30-Second Meteorology

The 50 Most Significant Events and Phenomena, Each Explained in Half a Minute

Author: Adam Scaife,Julia Slingo

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781782403104

Category: Meteorology

Page: 160

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If you only have 30 seconds, there is time using this book to make sense of the science behind the seeming vagaries of the weather, the controversies, predictions and forecasts for climate change that shape our day-to-day experiences of the great outdoors. Ever since Aristotle first tried to explain the forces that seem to fall from the heavens, meteorology has opened up the study of weather, and caused disputes over the reasons why seasons change, where precipitation falls, why winds blow and when the sun shines. From halcyon days to hurricanes, super cells to silver linings, global warming to giant hailstones, here is the ultimate guide to a near universal preoccupation: whats the weather like?

30-Second Ancient Egypt

The 50 Most Important Achievements of a Timeless Civilization Each Explained in Half a Minute

Author: Peter Der Manuelian,Rachel Aronin,Marianne Eaton-Krauss,Ronald J. Leprohon

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781782401322

Category: Egypt

Page: 160

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Weve all heard of pyramids, hieroglyphs and Cleopatra, but how much do you really know about ancient Egypt? Why was the Nile integral to the unification of Egypt? What is the mystery surrounding Queen Hetepheres tomb? What did the Amarna Letters reveal? What did the ancient Egyptians eat and drink? 30-Second Ancient Egypt presents a unique insight into one of the most brilliant and beguiling civilizations, where technological innovations and architectural wonders emerge among mysterious gods and burial rites. Each entry is summarized in just 30 seconds using nothing more than two pages, 300 words and a single picture. From royal dynasties and Tutankhamuns tomb, to hieroglyphs and mummification, interspersed with biographies of Egypts most intriguing rulers, this is the quickest path to understanding the 50 key ideas and innovations that developed and defined one of the worlds great civilizations.

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons

Author: Siegfried Engelmann,Phyllis Haddox,Elaine Bruner

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0671631985

Category: Education

Page: 395

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With more than half a million copies in print, Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons is the definitive guide to giving your child the reading skills needed now for a better chance at tomorrow, while bringing you and your child closer together. Is your child halfway through first grade and still unable to read? Is your preschooler bored with coloring and ready for reading? Do you want to help your child read, but are afraid you’ll do something wrong? Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons is a complete, step-by-step program that shows patents simply and clearly how to teach their children to read. Twenty minutes a day is all you need, and within 100 teaching days your child will be reading on a solid second-grade reading level. It’s a sensible, easy-to-follow, and enjoyable way to help your child gain the essential skills of reading. Everything you need is here—no paste, no scissors, no flash cards, no complicated directions—just you and your child learning together. One hundred lessons, fully illustrated and color-coded for clarity, give your child the basic and more advanced skills needed to become a good reader.

30-Second Fashion

The 50 Key Modes, Garments, and Designers, Each Explained in Half a Minute

Author: REBECCA ARNOLD CONS

Publisher: 30 Second

ISBN: 1782403906

Category: Fashion

Page: 160

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The 50 key modes, garments, and designers, each explained in half a minute! Even if you're not a regular follower of Suzy Bubble, Le Happy, or The Sartorialist, you probably have some feeling for fashion. Most people have a vague idea of what's in, what's out, and what they might consider putting on their own backs. Less familiar to most, however, is the way fashion works as a global business - a multi-billion-pound industry, employing over 27 million people - just who decides what's cutting edge and what's long past its sell-by date. 30-Second Fashion offers an engrossing crash course to how the style world works today, alongside an engaging look at the founding fathers (and mothers) of fashion who set it up that way.

30-Second Brain

The 50 most mindblowing ideas in neuroscience, each explained in half a minute

Author: Anil Seth

Publisher: Icon Books Ltd

ISBN: 1848316488

Category: Science

Page: 160

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Are we all at the mercy of our brain chemistry? Do you think that the amygdala and the hippocampus are fantastical sea monsters? What can an MRI scan tell us? Could you explain to dinner-party guests why we don’t giggle when we tickle ourselves? 30-Second Brain is here to fill your mind with the science of exactly what’s happening inside your head. Using no more than two pages, 300 words and an illustration, this is the quickest way to understand the wiring and function of the most complex and intricate mechanism in the human body. Discover how the networks of 90 billion nerve cells work together to produce perception, action, cognition and emotion. Explore how your brain defines your personality, and what it gets up to while you are asleep. Illustrated with mind-bending graphics and supported by biographies of pioneers in the field of neuroscience, it’s the book to get your grey matter thinking about your grey matter.

30-Second Leonardo Da Vinci

His 50 Greatest Ideas and Inventions, Each Explained in Half a Minute

Author: Marina Wallace

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781782405825

Category:

Page: 160

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The bestselling 30-Second... series takes a revolutionary approach to learning about those subjects you feel you should really understand. Each title selects a popular topic and dissects it into the 50 most significant ideas at its heart. Every idea, no matter how complex, is explained in 300 words and one picture, all digestible in 30 seconds. 30-Second Leonardo da Vinci uses this unique approach to grapple with the truly diverse thoughts of the ultimate Renaissance Man. Artist, anatomist, sculptor, inventor, architect, cartographer, mathematician, musician, botanist, geologist the word polymath does not quite do Leonardo justice. The painter of the Mona Lisa and conceptualizer of the helicopter seems like a Renaissance superhero. Here, the world's leading Leonardo scholars present an instant and expert guide to the breadth and brilliance of his greatest innovations.

30-Second Photography

The 50 Most Thought-Provoking Photographers, Styles and Techniques, Each Explained in Half a Minute

Author: Brian Dilg

Publisher: 30 Second

ISBN: 9781782405177

Category: Photography

Page: 160

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Why was the first human ever captured on film caught by pure luck? Where is the human blind spot, and why don't you realise you have one? What does authenticity mean in an art where originals can be reproduced infinitely and manipulated flawlessly? Packed with world-renowned photographs, from the daguerreotype to Polaroid and biographies of leading photographers, this book will capture your curiosity and expose you to new ideas about your camera, your photography and the visual culture that surrounds you. From the science of converting light into digital information, to the philosophical implications of freezing a moment in time, big ideas are tackled in bite-sized units: two pages, 300 words and one representative image at a time. Understand the 50 most thought-provoking concepts, techniques and technologies that have shaped photography into the ever-present art form it is today. The bestselling 30-Second series offers a new approach to learning whereby every title takes a popular topic and dissects it into the 50 most significant ideas at its heart, explained in just two pages that are easily digested in only half a minute.