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Tom Jackson has been an author for about 15 years. He has written more than 60 books and contributed to hundreds of others. Tom lives in Bristol, England, with his wife and three children. Tom has written about everything from alpine skiing to nanotechnology and algebra to ping pong.
Following on from Quiz Whiz, Quiz Whiz Nature and Quiz Whiz History, this fourth title in the series contains more than 300 questions and answers about sport on its information-rich pages. The text is geared perfectly for the age group, with smaller paragraphs, larger fonts and eight questions per spread.
The reality of autonomous machines with artificial intelligence is becoming more real every day. The ability of machines to think and learn fascinates everyone, but now even the most reluctant readers have a chance to engage in learning about the history and future of robotics. This book covers everything from the 18th century French automatons to Ada Lovelace and Alan Turing, from self-driving cars and smart homes to assembly and military robots. Each spread is complimented with vivid artwork that further illuminates the accessible, exciting text.
Some animals have developed astonishing techniques to hunt and kill their prey. From the humpback whale's bubble nets that capture hundreds of fish, to the komodo dragon's deadly saliva, the creatures featured in this book are equipped with hunting abilities that are unique and extraordinary. Find out more about these masters of predation and learn how evolution has shaped each animal's hunting strategy and killing technique. The NATURE'S BEST series uses vivid, arresting photography paired with captivating animal encounters. It is a thrilling introduction to some of the basics of evolutionary theory.
The grey wolf - or Canis lupus - is the only Canis species that is native to both Eurasia and North America. Social animals, wolves hunt in packs and travel in nuclear families of a mated pair and their offspring. They are territorial, too, generally establishing territories far larger than they require to survive. And, as apex predators, only humans and tigers pose a serious threat to wolves, although, of course, in folk memory it is wolves that humans fear. From Russia to India, Mongolia to Germany, Saudi Arabia to Turkey, and of course, in the USA and Canada, Canis lupus and its subspecies, such as the Mexican Wolf, is widely distributed around the globe. Endangered in some parts of the world and protected, their numbers are now increasing in places and they are being reintroduced - or finding their own way - into more locations and countries. With full captions explaining how the species and its subspecies hunts and feeds, rears its young and migrates, and whether it is endangered and protected, Wolves is a brilliant examination in 200 outstanding colour photographs of this fascinating animal.
Fasten your seat belts and get ready to zoom through the history of transport and discover incredible facts about all kinds of vehicles along the way. Every day, all over the world, people are busy travelling - short hops or great, long voyages, moving slowly and steadily or racing along at super-fast speeds. They make their trips in cars, trains, planes, ships and on bikes - and some people even blast off in rockets! Make your own amazing transport journeys as you explore timelines and discover the people and stories behind the machines that keep the world moving. Take a twist or turn and find out what happened when the Freedom 7 blasted into space, race your way through Japan at lightning speed on the awesomely fast bullet train, set sail on a Viking longship and let the wind carry you away in a hot-air balloon with the Montgolfier brothers. With wonderfully intricate illustrations from Chris Mould, Amazing Transport tells the story of some of science's most recognisable inventions in a way you've never seen before. Prepare yourself for the journey of a lifetime.
A fun dictionary for curious scientists! This handy visual dictionary covers the key topics in the core National Curriculum subjects of biology, chemistry and physics. The A-Z of Science brings the unique and popular Basher illustrative approach of capturing key scientific concepts as quirky but memorable characters, combined with the informative, humorous and accessible text of science author Tom Jackson. This handy guide will be a sure-fire hit with school students learning these core subjects for the first time, as well as a useful reference guide and reminder for older secondary school and university and college students looking for a revision guide. Perfect for both home and school, the entries are organized alphabetically, and cover all the topics you would expect to find in a core science book, from acids and atoms to X-rays and zygotes. Break-out feature spreads cover more complex, high-interest topics such as Forces, Great Scientists, Organs and Planets.
Some animals have developed astonishing parenting techniques which ensure the survival of their species, even in the harshest of conditions. From emperor penguins, who share parenting duties and manage to raise their chicks in the coldest temperatures on Earth, to the giant anteater, who carries its tiny helpless baby on its back for months before it can fend for itself, the creatures featured in this book have developed ways of caring for their young that are both unique and out-of-this-world. Find out more about these extraordinary behaviours and learn how evolution has shaped each animal's parenting strategy. Vivid, arresting photography paired with captivating animal encounters make this book a thrilling introduction to some of the basics of evolutionary theory.