Cover image for The infographic guide to science / Tom Cabot.
The infographic guide to science / Tom Cabot.
Publication Information:
Richmond Hill, Ontario : Firefly Books, 2016.

Physical Description:
255 pages : colour illustrations, colour maps ; 25 cm
"The fundamentals of science in groundbreaking visuals, from the Big Bang to Artificial Intelligence"--Back cover.


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1 Nechako Branch 500 CAB Book Adult General Collection

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Discover how the world really works in this spectacular journey through space and time that shows the development of the material Universe from the first cataclysmic moments to the emergence of human and machine intelligence. The Infographic Guide to Science presents the unfolding science that lies behind then and now.

Starting from the point of physical origin, the book moves through quarks, atoms, molecules and stars; to planet building, organic chemistry, the emergence of life, and finally on to sentience, the human mind, and its quest to understand the Universe.

Spectacular visuals give insight into how the world really works, covering all the major branches of scientific understanding. Using vast amounts of information to cross-reference a breadth of different subject areas, the book features physics, cosmology, chemistry, earth science, biology, non-science, medicine, engineering, and computer technology.

Four core sections follow the progression of scientific theory and discoveries over time. These chapters, with examples, are:

The Universe -- The Geometry of the Universe, Universal Matter, Thermodynamics, Chemical Bonds, Supernovas, Nuclear Fisson Earth -- Planet Formation, Rocketry and exploration, The Lithosphere, Extreme weather, Aqueous chemistry, Nucleic acid Life -- The Great Oxygenation Event, Chromosomes, Multicellular Precambrian Life, Gills vs. Lungs, Evolution of grasses Humans -- Leakey-Laetoli Footprints, Language Instinct, Muscular-skeletal System, Brain development, Emotion, Futurology.

Even with the most skilled teacher, the sciences can be overwhelming to absorb and understand. The Infographic Guide to Science utilizes the power of visual design and succinct, authoritative text to illustrate and instruct such that readers can follow in the order and at the pace they prefer.

Author Notes

Tom Cabot is a London-based book editor and designer with a background in experimental psychology, natural science, and graphic design. He founded the packaging company Ketchup, and has produced and illustrated many books for the British Film Institute and the Royal Institute of British Architects.

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Library Journal Review

An infographic text is a fitting first book for British graphic designer, illustrator, and editor Cabot. The majority of science infographic titles currently available are directed at children, such as the output of Nadia Higgins and Steve Jenkins, but Cabot's work is aimed at an adult audience. The content is mostly focused on life sciences, though physics and chemistry are represented, as are anthropological topics (for instance, there's a stunning human language evolution wheel). Organized in four parts-"The Universe," "Earth," "Life," and "Humans"-the book includes both a useful visual table of contents and a more traditional one. In the references and further reading section, readers will find links to cited Internet sources. Because the author relied quite often on Wikipedia, this offering should not be considered a definitive scientific text. It is, however, enlightening and accessible. Verdict Readers from high school and up will learn a bit more about a wide range of scientific subjects from this visually appealing selection. Not authoritative, it is nevertheless an entertaining and informative volume that may spark more interest in science.-Sara R. Tompson, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Lib., Pasadena, CA © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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