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Trefil, James 1938-

Works: 204 works in 866 publications in 9 languages and 41,982 library holdings
Genres: Dictionaries  Popular works  History  Encyclopedias  Miscellanea  Atlases  Charts, diagrams, etc  Juvenile works  Abstracts 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: E169.1, 500
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Most widely held works about James Trefil
Most widely held works by James Trefil
Cultural literacy : what every American needs to know by E. D Hirsch( Book )

16 editions published between 1987 and 1998 in English and Japanese and held by 4,195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses how to enable students to make sense of what they read through prior knowledge of events, etc
The dictionary of cultural literacy by E. D Hirsch( Book )

29 editions published between 1988 and 2003 in English and Japanese and held by 3,985 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What every American needs to know"--Jacket subtitle
Science matters : achieving scientific literacy by Robert M Hazen( Book )

24 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and Dutch and held by 2,262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Uses everyday examples to explain basic scientific principles
The new dictionary of cultural literacy by E. D Hirsch( Book )

18 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 1,904 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this fast-paced information age, how can Americans know what's really important and what's just a passing fashion? Now more than ever, we need a source that concisely sums up the knowledge that matters to Americans - the people, places, ideas, and events that shape our cultural conversation. With more than six thousand entries, The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy is that invaluable source. Wireless technology. Gene therapy, NAFTA. In addition to the thousands of terms described in the original Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, here are more than five hundred new entries to bring Americans' essential knowledge bank up to date. Are you familiar with the digital divide, European Union, Kwanzaa, pheromones, Type A and Type B personalities, spam? Or, test your knowledge on cultural icons that have stood the test of time: Odysseus, Leaves of Grass, Cleopatra, Winston Churchill, the Taj Mahal, and many, many more. Numerous original entries have been revised to reflect the many recent changes in world history and politics, American literature, and, especially, science and technology."--Jacket
The moment of creation : big bang physics from before the first millisecond to the present universe by James Trefil( Book )

36 editions published between 1983 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,628 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Few questions grip the mind more forcefully than those about the creation of the universe, and since the discoveries of the 1920s it has been a primary goal of physicists to trace the history of the universe back to "where it all came from" the moment of creation in the Big Bang. This is the up-to-date story of the enormous growth in knowledge of the early universe and the important discoveries about that titanic explosion that took place 15 billion years ago
From atoms to quarks : an introduction to the strange world of particle physics by James Trefil( Book )

23 editions published between 1980 and 1994 in 3 languages and held by 1,535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Equips the general reader having only basic mathematical skills with an understanding of the evolution and present state of particle physics
Space, time, infinity : the Smithsonian views the universe by James Trefil( Book )

10 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 1,492 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the history of astronomy, looks at what we have learned about the Sun, Moon, stars and planets, and identifies key questions which face astronomers of the future
The dark side of the universe : a scientist explores the mysteries of the cosmos by James Trefil( Book )

32 editions published between 1988 and 1997 in 4 languages and held by 1,334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides lay reports on the state of the universe as now understood on the frontiers of physics
Are we unique? : a scientist explores the unparalleled intelligence of the human mind by James Trefil( Book )

19 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in 4 languages and held by 1,249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An exploration of human, animal, and artificial intelligence
1001 things everyone should know about science by James Trefil( Book )

46 editions published between 1992 and 2003 in 8 languages and held by 1,145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fact-filled book helps grasp the fundamentals behind modern science and cutting-edge of technology
The sciences : an integrated approach by James Trefil( Book )

68 editions published between 1994 and 2015 in English and held by 1,093 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Sciences integrates major concepts from physics, chemistry, astronomy, earth sciences, and biology to help anyone become science-literate. Even readers with little or no science background will find this unique book an indispensable guide to understanding the latest headlines, controversies, and scientific developments. The new edition keeps pace with the dynamic nature of the sciences by incorporating the most up-to-date discoveries in all five disciplines
The facts of life : science and the abortion controversy by Harold J Morowitz( Book )

17 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and Spanish and held by 1,078 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The question of whether abortion should or should not be permitted, and under what circumstances, is among the most difficult and sometimes anguished decisions for contemporary men and women. How we feel about this issue, and what actions we take, help to define our image of who we are as social beings. In the midst of the surrounding political, ethical, and religious debate, people everywhere are once again examining their consciences and their beliefs, and turning to unutilized sources of information as they seek to come to terms with this contentious issue. And as emotions run high, it is helpful to step back from the highly charged arena to reconsider the underlying scientific facts about human development. In The Facts of Life, Harold Morowitz and James Trefil, two distinguished scientists and science writers, examine what modern biology can contribute to our understanding of this debate. Sensitive to the myriad ethical and religious arguments beyond the realm of science that swirl around abortion, the authors focus on one crucial question - when does a fetus acquire humanness, that quality that sets us apart from all other living things. From the viewpoint of science, they argue, "humanness" begins with the possession of a highly developed cerebral cortex. While humans are linked via cell structure and cell chemistry with all life on our planet - from monkeys to fruit flies to pumpkins - it is the human brain structure which makes us who we are. Reviewing the latest advances in molecular biology, evolutionary biology, embryology, neurophysiology, and neonatology - fields that all bear on this question - the authors reveal a surprising consensus of scientific opinion on when humanness begins. A lucid primer on the biological aspects of the abortion issue, The Facts of Life is also a fascinating inquiry, across various scientific disciplines, into what makes us uniquely human. Anyone who struggles with the issue of abortion will be grateful to find a work that moves this heated issue from the intensely emotional area it has occupied to the calmer domain of science
Other worlds : images of the cosmos from earth and space by James Trefil( Book )

13 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and Spanish and held by 1,076 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Text and images from the Hubble Space Telescope, Voyager, Pathfinder, and other space missions celebrate the universe as humankind knows it
A scientist at the seashore by James Trefil( Book )

36 editions published between 1984 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 1,048 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A noted physicist and popular science writer heads for the beach to answer common and uncommon questions about the ocean. James S. Trefil ... explains why the sea is salty, how bubbles form on the water's surface, where waves come from, and other curiosities of the marine world. Dr. Trefil draws upon his unique gift for clarifying complex scientific principles and the theories behind them to present a narrative that is clear, accessible, and utterly compelling [source : 4e de couv.]
Encyclopedia of science and technology( Book )

10 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 1,032 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains approximately one thousand alphabetically arranged entries that provide information about topics in science, technology, and medicine, and includes cross-references, photographs, charts, diagrams, drawings, and sidebars and reports
Space atlas : mapping the universe and beyond by James Trefil( Book )

9 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in English and Chinese and held by 1,031 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Filled with lavish illustrations, this book is a grand tour of the universe. Three ever widening domains are presented--the planets, the stars, and the large scale universe itself--each including the ones before it and extending outward"--
The unexpected vista : a physicist's view of nature by James Trefil( Book )

26 editions published between 1983 and 1994 in 4 languages and held by 1,002 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This 12-chapter book examines different phenomena as viewed by those trained in physics. These views (or vistas) are promulgated to demonstrate that the infinite variety of things seen in the material world can be reduced to a handful of general laws and to share with the public the richness of the scientist's world view. The phenomena examined focus on: (1) heat and energy; (2) relative position and motion; (3) the well-balanced universe; (4) properties of light (considering oil slicks and the electron); (5) why rainbows are never seen in winter; (6) why magnets won't pick up pennies; (7) thermometers and temperature; (8) why hot air comes out of the bottom of a refrigerator even though the inside is cold; (9) how an electrical current in a light bulb gives rise to so much heat and so little light; (10) what a giant would look like; (11) why the sky is blue; and (12) the grand unification theory. (Jn)
The nature of science : an A-Z guide to the laws and principles governing our universe by James Trefil( Book )

6 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 941 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Cloning, black holes, Fermat's last theorem, genetic drift, the inflationary universe, Newton's laws of motion, string theories. With lively writing and whimsical analogies, science popularizer James Trefil leads a remarkable A-Z tour through the discovery, significance, and workings of the universe's major laws. Here are some two hundred essays on grand theories, such as Kepler's laws of planetary motion and Mendel's laws of genetics, and on more familiar phenomena, such as how airplanes fly and how polarized sunglasses work. Abundant cross-references make it easy to follow a law's connections across different fields, revealing a web of unifying theories that span the smallest cell and the largest galaxy. Timelines in each essay further spell out the evolution of each law, while biographical sidebars on scientists showcase the often quirky tales of discovery - the human stories behind nature's laws." "From atomic theory to Zeno's paradox, The Nature of Science makes understanding science a pleasure. For those who are familiar with the Big Bang (but maybe not the Big Crunch or the Big Splash), this book is essential reading - a key to unlocking the mysteries of the universe."--Jacket
Are we alone? : The possibility of extraterrestrial civilizations by Robert T Rood( Book )

9 editions published between 1981 and 1983 in English and Japanese and held by 880 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the evidence for the existence of extraterrestrial life
101 things you don't know about science and no one else does either by James Trefil( Book )

7 editions published between 1990 and 2007 in English and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thrilling tour across the borders of current scientific knowledge, from astonomy to genetics, from information technology to cosmology
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The new dictionary of cultural literacy
Alternative Names
James Trefil Amerikaans natuurkundige

James Trefil amerikansk fysikar

James Trefil amerikansk fysiker

James Trefil físico estadounidense

James Trefil physicien américain

James Trefil US-amerikanischer Physiker

Trefil, J. 1938-

Trefil, J. (James), 1938-

Trefil, J.S.

Trefil, J. S. 1938-

Trefil, J. S. (James S.)

Trefil, J. S. (James S.), 1938-

Trefil James

Trefil, James 1938-

Trefil, James S.

Trefil, James S. 1938-

Trefil, James Stanley.

Trefil, James Stanley 1938-

Trefil, Jim

Trefil, Jim 1938-

Трефил, Джеймс 1938-

تريفيل، جيمس، 1938-

جيمس، تريفل 1938-

جيمس تريفيل فيزيائي أمريكي

جیمز ترفیل فیزیک‌دان آمریکایی

트레필, 제임스 1938-

트레필, 제임스 S. 1938-

トレフィル, J. S.

トレフィル, ジェイムズ

トレフィル, ジェームス

English (332)

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Japanese (22)

Chinese (5)

French (2)

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The dictionary of cultural literacyScience matters : achieving scientific literacyThe new dictionary of cultural literacyThe moment of creation : big bang physics from before the first millisecond to the present universeFrom atoms to quarks : an introduction to the strange world of particle physicsThe dark side of the universe : a scientist explores the mysteries of the cosmosAre we unique? : a scientist explores the unparalleled intelligence of the human mindThe sciences : an integrated approach