London: Kingfisher Books, ISBN 0-86272-944-0, 27 May 1993;
New York: Random House, Trade binding, ISBN 0-697-83698-5, August 1993;
New York: Random House, Library binding, ISBN 0-697-93698-X, September 1993.
See also Mia prima Enciclopadia della Scienza [Italian edition of First Encyclopedia of Science] translated by G. Barnabé Bosisio & R. Scarabelli, ISBN 88-7696-180-1, Milano: Vallardi Industrie Grafiche, 1994.
From the British edition
Simple and direct in approach and bang up-to-date in content, the First Encycpopedia of Science is especially aimed at inquiring young readers. Alphabetically organized entries range from acid, black holes and robots to thermometers, vacuums, wind and word processors. The full colour illustrations, many of which take two pages for a single topic, have been created to impart a wealth of additional information.
Over 450 entries, covering 500 subjects Full colour illustrations on every page 40 special features on key topics from acid rain to water Did you know boxes Fully cross-referenced
About the author
Brian J. Ford is a research scientist, lecturer, author and well-known broadcaster. His ability to explain complex ideas in simple and direct words has been widely acclaimed. In the First Encyclopedia of Science he has pioneered a fresh but stimulating and honest approach to presenting science to his young readers.
From the American edition
Here is the ideal introduction to science for elementary school children an illustrated, easy-to-read science encyclopedia packed with facts on every science subject young readers might need to look up. Atoms and molecules, black holes and quasars, fossils, the food chain, viruses and volcanoes more than 400 entries, all explained in clear, simple language and accompanied by dozens of colorful, richly detailed drawings, diagrams, and illustrations.
Includes the latest scientific advances and most up-tocdate technology. Special in-depth articles explore key subjects like acid rain and the solar system. Time charts and tables provide scientific information at a glance. Life Story sections spotlight famous scientists and groundbreaking discoveries. Cross-referenced throughout; fully indexed.
The FIRST ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SCIENCEpacked with the science facts and figures that todays kids need to know!