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Solid Matter
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816076103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-7610-9
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $45.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 05/01/2011
  • Dewey Number: 530
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 232

Summary

The human use of solid materials began when a prehistoric ancestor of modern man picked up a stone and used it as a tool. The Paleolithic period, or Old Stone Age, represents the longest phase in human development. Scientists often divide this large expanse of time up into three smaller periods: the Lower Paleolithic period, the Middle Paleolithic period, and the Upper Paleolithic period. The most important development to occur during the Paleolithic period was the evolution of the human species from a near-human apelike creature (referred to as Homo erectus) into a modern human being (or Homo sapien).

Supported by a generous quantity of full-color illustrations and interesting sidebars, Solid Matter introduces the basic characteristics and properties of solid matter. It briefly describes the cosmic connection of the elements, leading readers through several key events in human pre-history that resulted in more advanced uses of matter in the solid state. 

Chapters include:

  • Solid Matter: An Initial Perspective
  • Physical Behavior of Matter
  • The Gravity of Matter
  • Fundamentals of Materials Science
  • Rocks and Minerals
  • Metals
  • Building Materials
  • Carbon—Earth's Most Versatile Element
  • Sand, Silicon, and Ceramics
  • Polymers, Soft Matter, and Composites.

Specifications

Full-color photographs and line illustrations. Index. Appendix. Glossary. Chronology. Further resources.

About the Author(s)

Joseph A. Angelo Jr., Ph.D., is a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel and is currently an adjunct professor in the science department of Valencia Community College, where he teaches an introductory astronomy course called The Cosmic Perspective. He is the author of many reference books, including the Frontiers in Space set and the award-winning Encyclopedia of Space and Astronomy, both for Facts On File.

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