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Virtual reality : experiencing illusion
Baker, Christopher W.
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Publication Information:
Brookfield, Conn : Millbrook Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
48 pages: color illustrations ; 21 x 26 cm.
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QA76.9.H85 B35 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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A look at the cutting-edge technologies that are helping scientists and others to see our world in new and exciting ways.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-8. From the New Century Technology series, these books introduce aspects of computer-generated imaging. Scientific Visualization explores the ways that computers enable scientists to study the universe beyond the range of our eyes. Examples include studying the interaction of molecules or even atoms when an egg is heated in a pan, viewing the human brain through MRI images, and simulating events such as the creation of a black hole or the collision of two galaxies. Virtual Reality explains how digital imaging synthesizes human sensory experiences, a process with applications in medicine, military training, and robotics, not to mention the more familiar field of computer gaming. Though the books are short, each is copiously illustrated with color photographs. Good introductory material. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-These two titles focus on how technological advances are changing the way we view the world around us. Scientific Visualization discusses the different tools that have been developed to see things that are too small, too big, too far away, or hidden beneath the surface. These include MRI, CT, and PET scans as well as electron microscopes and computer software that lets scientists speed up or slow down events under study to a rate that humans can perceive and observe. Examples are given for uses in medicine, astronomy, geology, and weather forecasting. Virtual Reality gives an overview of how it works, the equipment and technology needed to make it viable, and practical applications in the fields of medicine, architecture, and military training. There is not enough information for reports, but the bright pictures may attract browsers and whet their appetites to find out more elsewhere.-Yapha Nussbaum Mason, Brentwood Lower School, Los Angeles (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.