Adult Books

I Used to Know That: Science
Fascinating Truths About How Animals Evolve, Plants Grow, Brains Work, Molecules Bond, and Stars Explode

By Marianne Taylor

Subject: Bestselling I Used to Know That Series
Paper-over-board | 176 pages | 5 3/8 x 8 x 11/16
US$14.99 | CAN$15.99
Publication Date: 2012-05-10
ISBN: 9781606524671

Through easy-to-understand explanations, learn the basics of the sciences and their many real-world applications in both advanced modern science and in our everyday lives.

Do you know why we are able to see light and hear sound? What is the Earth made of? How does the body produce energy? And, most important, does any of this matter? In I USED TO KNOW THAT: SCIENCE, Marianne Taylor answers those questions and more and tells you why the answers are vital to us and to the scientists working on the cutting edge of scientific research.  In this book, learn about:

PhysicsEnergy and Electricity: How electricity is generated; how heat moves from one place to another; the relationship between electricity and magnetism
Forces: The four fundamental forces; the origins of the universe; the composition and behavior of planets, stars and galaxies; the basic laws of mechanical physics
Waves, Radiation and Space: How waves behave and how they affect us; the electromagnetic spectrum; radioactivity

ChemistryThe Periodic Table: How to read the table; how atoms work; chemical bonds and reactions
Fuels, Air and Pollution: Chemicals, both helpful and dangerous, in the air; crude oil and its useful chemicals; live cycle assessments
Metals: The Earth’s structure; metals and alloys; construction materials
Organic Chemistry: Natural polymers and their usefulness; nutrition; which chemicals are harmful

BiologyHuman (and Other) Bodies: The body's systems—circulatory, skeletal, muscular, nervous, digestive, reproductive, respiratory and sensory
Cell Biology: The structure of a cell; how photosynthesis works; what hormones do
Evolution and Environment Ecology: The origins of life; how the eukaryotic cell evolved; mutation and natural selection; population, predation and extinction
Genetics: what chromosomes are; how you inherit genetic traits; reproduction and cloning

I Used to Know That: Science is a necessary read for anyone who wants to understand the modern scientific world and how the general principles of physics, chemistry, and biology affect our everyday lives.


photo Susan C. Taylor, M.D. is board-certified in both Dermatology and Internal Medicine. Dr. Taylor is Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University and attending physician at both Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia and St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York . She received her medical degree from Harvard University.