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Twentieth-Century Science

  • Twentieth-Century Science
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Format: eBook
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Earth Science
Marine Science
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Weather and Climate


A History of Notable Research and Discovery

The 20th century witnessed an explosive growth in science and technology. New inventions—including spaceships, computer chips, lasers, and recombinant DNA—have opened pathways to new fields such as space science, biotechnology, and nanotechnology. Modern seismographs and submarines have given Earth and ocean scientists insight into the planet’s deepest and darkest secrets. Decades of weather science, aided by satellite observations and computer modeling, now produce long-term global forecasts with high probabilities of being correct.

The Twentieth-Century Science set provides students, teachers, and general readers with an accessible and highly readable source for understanding how science developed, decade by decade, during the last century—along with hints about where it is headed in the future. The history of science presented in this set teaches students about the benefits of making careful observations, of pursuing paths and ideas that others have neglected or have not ventured to tread, and of always questioning the world around them.

Each volume features:

  • One chapter for each decade, including its own introduction and conclusion
  • A final conclusion that looks at likely trends in the 21st century
  • Sidebars of famous scientists and notable events of the decade
  • At least 50 line illustrations and 50 photographs
  • Milestones of key events, discoveries, and more
  • Glossary, index, and other back matter.