Encyclopedia of Measurement for Science Students

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Encyclopedia of Measurement for Science Students
Specifications: ISBN  978-4621300480
576 pages
15.5 x 21.8 cm / 6.2 x 8.7 in (WxH)
Category: Academic & Science
Publisher: Maruzen Publishing Co., Ltd.
Tokyo, 2016
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One of the ways humans share their experiences of daily life is to quantify or graph aspects of those experiences. The history of science can in fact be described as an ever-growing agglomeration of countless measurements. This book, intended as a reference for middle- and high-school education, is an encyclopedia of the many methods used in the scientific community to measure things.

The book is divided into two main parts. The two chapters in Part I offer a general overview, including a history of human understanding of nature and the place of humans in the big history of the universe. Part II is divided into five field-specific chapters centering on physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and people and their lives, with individual sections that allow readers to delve into “Measuring the Universe,”  “Measuring Natural Disasters,” “Measuring the Mind,” and so forth. From the fundamentals such as energy and motion in physics, solids, liquids, and gasses, the structure of cells, the movements of the stars, the human pulse, and so on, to more advanced topics such as elementary particles, complex chemical substances, DNA, the internal structure of the Earth, and the human heart and mind, the book offers a comprehensive compendium of how measurements are applied for practical and scientific purposes.

About the Editors
Shigeaki Atsumi (1951–) graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tokyo in 1974, and went on to complete a PhD in the correlative study of physics and chemistry in 1980. He has been a professor at the Hyōgo University of Teacher Education since 2001. His field of specialization is plant physiology.

Tōru Ozeki (1953–) graduated from the Department of Macromolecular Science at Osaka University in 1976 and went on to earn his PhD in 1982. He has been a professor at the Hyōgo University of Teacher Education since 2000. His fields of specialization are analytical chemistry, electrochemistry, and environmental chemistry.

Kuno Koshigiri (1953–) graduated from the Department of Physics at Osaka University in 1976, and went on to complete a PhD in 1981. He has been professor at Osaka Kyōiku University since 1999. His fields of specialization are science education and nuclear physics.

Takaharu Seki (1949–) was born in Hiroshima Prefecture. He developed an interest in the origins of life while in high school, and studied the relationship between ultraviolet rays, light, and life at the molecular level in the School of Science at Osaka University. After taking up a teaching position at Osaka Kyōiku University his interests expanded to include health sciences rooted in biology, and more recently he has focused much of his attention on career education through regional school alliances. He is now professor emeritus at Osaka Kyōiku University.