Optical engineering and the science of light (Engineering In Action) (#0806MK9)

by Rooney, Anne

3 reviews & awards | 1 full-text review

Hardcover (library binding) Crabtree Publishing Company, 2014
Price: USD 20.75
Description: 32 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm.
Dewey: 621.36; Int Lvl: 5-8; Rd Lvl: 7.8
AR 7 MG 1 164538EN; LEX 1070L; GR V


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Paperback Crabtree Publishing Company, 2014

USD 7.51

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Gives readers an up-close look at the technology used to build various structures around the world. Readers learn about the design process and tools used by engineers and are guided through a design challenge to create their own projects.

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Includes bibliographical references (page 30) and index.;What is optical engineering? -- How light works -- How engineers work with light -- Light and vision -- History of optical engineering -- More uses for light -- Working in optical engineering -- Starting a project: problems and solutions -- Ideas factory -- First attempts -- Refining the project -- Design challenge : make a periscope -- Into the future. Explains how optical engineers have created instruments and technologies such as telescopes, microscopes, cameras, and televisions, and how the process of engineering design can be combined with the study of light and vision.

From the Publisher
Lenses, lasers, microscopes, telescopes--light engineers design all these products to help make our lives easier. In this enlightening title, readers explore the many uses of optics and the design process of turning a bright idea into a reality. With an overview of the engineering design process, readers are encouraged to apply the same steps into their own optical challenge.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication Date: October 30, 2013
  • Format: Hardcover (library binding)
  • Series: Engineering in action
  • Dewey: 621.36
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: 32 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm.
  • ISBN-10: 0-7787-1228-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7787-1228-2
  • LCCN: 2013-035441
  • Follett Number: 0806MK9
  • Interest Level: 5-8
  • Reading Level: 7.8
  • ATOS Book Level: 7
  • AR Interest Level: MG
  • AR Points: 1
  • AR Quiz: 164538EN
  • Lexile: 1070L
  • Guided Reading Level: V

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist, 03/15/14
  • Resource Links, 02/01/14
  • Science Books & Films (AAAS), 04/01/14

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (March 15, 2014 (Vol. 110, No. 14))
Grades 5-8. Books in the Engineering in Action series provide broad introductions to their respective fields in a colorfully illustrated, large-format package. A typical, rather crowded double-page spread presents a specified topic and illustrates it with two or three small photos. (Example: one ongoing theme running through many of the books is an engineer’s approach to problem solving and collaborating on projects.) The main text is augmented with related information in boxes designed to look like yellow sticky notes. While job possibilities in the field are discussed, educational requirements for various careers are not. Each book includes a design challenge that leads readers through the steps of a project such as creating a sound track, fire extinguisher, desalination device, or periscope. Besides discussing light and vision, Optical looks at significant optical advances of the past (the Fresnel lens, the laser) as well as technologies in development now. Solid information for engineering-minded students.

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