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Title The Handy Religion Answer Book
Author John Renard
Publisher Visible Ink Press
Release Date 2012-04-01
Category Religion
Total Pages 544
ISBN 9781578593927
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Providing detailed descriptions of the beliefs, rituals, history, and organization of the world’s eight major religious traditions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Shinto, this fully revised and updated edition is an easy-to-use comparative guide for anyone seeking basic religious literacy. Clearly and eloquently written by a scholar with more than 40 years of study and teaching experience, The Handy Religion Answer Book is organized into chapters on each major religion and contains a wealth of information about their history, beliefs, symbols, membership, leaders, observances, and customs. The reference answers more than 800 questions, such as What is the significance of the Star of David? How did so many different Christian churches come into being? What is the importance of the month of Ramadan? What is an Ayatollah? and Do Taoists believe in heaven and hell?, as well as new questions concerning religion and violence and suborganizations that claim affiliation with the major faith communities. A glossary of religious terminology, maps of the general coverage areas for each religion, and suggestions for further reading are also included.

Title The Handy Islam Answer Book
Author John Renard
Publisher Visible Ink Press
Release Date 2015-01-19
Category Religion
Total Pages 448
ISBN 9781578595433
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In an age of continued Middle East volatility, religious extremists, and terrorist threats, the mere mention of Islam and Muslims too often provokes misunderstanding and even rancor. Often overlooked are the important links between the Qur'an and the Bible. Also ignored are the significant historical overlap between Islamic interpretation of history with those of Christianity and Judaism, including the monotheistic belief in a single God. Islam is too often confusing and even opaque to those unfamiliar with it. The Handy Islam Answer Book, is clearly and eloquently written by John Renard, Ph.D., a scholar of Islam with more than 40 years of research and teaching experience. He provides detailed descriptions of the history, beliefs, symbols, rituals, observations, customs, leaders, and organization of the world’s second largest religion. Renard explains the significance of the Five Pillars, Muhammad, various sects, the Qur'an, Islamic law, and much more. This engaging primer is a resource for reliable information about Islam and Muslims and it brings an understanding of the shared humanity that joins Muslims and non-Muslims far more deeply than cultural or religious differences separate them. Truly a must-have reference for our changing and trying times, this user-friendly guide answers nearly 800 questions and offers fun facts that cover Islamic history, religious practices, and Muslim cultural perspectives, including … • When did Islam begin? • Why is Mecca a holy city for Muslims? • Do Muslims worship Muhammad? • What was the fate of Medieval Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land? • What do Muslims mean by the term "Allah"? • What does the crescent moon and star symbol mean to Muslims? • What is the Muslim “call to prayer”? Is it similar to “church bells”? • Do Muslims believe that God “tests” people? • Does Muhammad play a role in Islamic spirituality in a manner similar to Jesus’ role in Christianity? • Is jihad a legal concept for Muslims? • Is it true that Muhammad both preached and engaged in military campaigns? • Do Muslims, Christians, and Jews worship the “same God”? • Why do Jews, Christians, and Muslims all claim parts of Israel/Palestine as “Holy Land”? • Why do some people, such as the Taliban, not want girls to get an education? • Does Islam require wearing face veils? • Does Islam have theologians like Augustine and Thomas Aquinas and the other great Christian thinkers? • Is there any similarity between Muslim and Christian art? Muslims are diverse, and they have a vast spectrum of views about Islam. The Handy Islam Answer Book aims for understanding, which is the first step to uniting, instead of dividing. This helpful books provides a historic timeline, a glossary of commonly used terms, a genealogy from Adam to Muhammad and beyond, a calendar of major observances, and a bibliography help further exploration of one of the world’s great religions.

Title The Handy Mythology Answer Book
Author David A. Leeming
Publisher Visible Ink Press
Release Date 2014-08-18
Category Social Science
Total Pages 416
ISBN 9781578595211
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Stories centuries in the making, and many centuries worth of stories, are an integral part of modern society. Whether modern or ancient, every culture has its myths. Mythology forms our understanding of our origin, history, and traditions. They tell of our heroes and deities. Myths are vehicles for understanding religion, for learning language, and for understanding society, but they can often be difficult to understand and confusing. The Handy Mythology Answer Book examines and explains, in plain English, numerous myths and mythology. From the ancient Greek and Roman to Egypt and Babylon, from Native North American Indian to Celtic, Middle Eastern, Indian, Asian, African, and the lesser known myths from around the world, The Handy Mythology Answer Book has them covered. Whether it is the modern retelling of a classic myth or an ancient story about a Norse god, this helpful resource demystifies the myth, looks at different archetypes and motifs, and even shows how myths help explain our existence and institutions. It answers nearly 600 questions and offers fun facts about the treachery and violence, the inspirational and epic, the supernatural monsters and heroic mortals found in mythology, such as How and when did myths originate? What are the three primary myth types? What is the nature of Creation Myths? How can myths be compared to dreams? Why do humans tell myths? What was the Egyptian Book of the Dead? How is the epic of Gilgamesh like later epics? Why is the biblical flood story so like the Babylonian flood myth? What was the myth of Theseus, the Labyrinth, and the Minotaur? What are the Homeric Hymns? How and why are the Odyssey and the Iliad so different from each other? What is the popular appeal of the Odyssey? Did the Greeks see these myths as religion or as entertainment? What was the background myth of the Oedipus plays? What was the nature of Roman mythology during the Roman Republic? What was the Metamorphosis? How did Christian narrative and tradition fit into and come to dominate the Roman mythological tradition? How is Celtic culture and mythology related to the culture and mythology of Greek, Roman, and other cultures? How did the Vedas contribute to Hindu mythology? Who invented Chinese writing? What was the Aztec pantheon? What is the story of the Cherokee Grandmother Sun? Who are some Native American tricksters? What is the story of Schrödinger’s Cat? How did Freud use myths? How is myth used in politics? A glossary of commonly used terms and an appendix of parallel mythology exploring universal themes, motifs, and archetypes from across various cultures further explains the world of mythology.

Title The Handy History Answer Book
Author David L Hudson
Publisher Visible Ink Press
Release Date 2012-09-26
Category History
Total Pages 560
ISBN 9781578594313
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Our country and the world is changing fast, and a knowledge of history helps us understand the hows, whats, and whys of modern civilization. Fully revised and updated, this new edition of The Handy History Answer Book answers over 1,000 how-what-why questions. A concise guide to all things historical, this feast of facts and compelling stories recounts the revolutionary ideas, acts, and inventions that have changed the world from the Stone Age through the 21st century. Open the pages of this historical guide and get ready for an exciting journey. From Neanderthal Man to sports, from the Trojan War to the Arab Spring, from the Hippocratic Oath to the Internet, this is the perfect companion for history buffs of any age and a resource for learning—and brushing up on—the events, terms, and history makers. A concise guide to all things historical, this feast of facts and compelling stories recounts the revolutionary ideas, acts, and inventions that have changed the world. Beginning with a section on historical eras, this popular reference source tracks history and organizes information in 13 specific subject sections, ranging from politics and war to science and religion. It tackles exploration and settlement, technological advances, legal fireworks, financial and business events, social movements, natural and man-made disasters, medicine and disease, and art and culture. From the Stone Age to sports, from the Trojan War to the Arab Spring, and from the Hippocratic Oath to the internet, this is the perfect companion for history buffs of any age.

The Handy History Answer Book by Stephen A. Werner

Title The Handy History Answer Book
Author Stephen A. Werner
Publisher Visible Ink Press
Release Date 2020-09-01
Category History
Total Pages 86
ISBN 9781578597253
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From the Origin of Humans to Today ... All in One Volume! Highlights. Low lights. The twists and turns of social, political, and cultural history gathered in one fun and fascinating title! The Handy History Answer Book: From the Stone Age to the Digital Age takes a riveting walk through the ages, looking at the most important events of the past 5,000 years, including wars, disasters, pandemics, births, lives, and more. It supplies context to the past with a wealth of information on invention, philosophy, science, politics, culture, sports, business, law, media, and religion. A concise guide to all things historical, this feast of facts and compelling stories recounts the revolutionary ideas, acts, and inventions that changed the world. It surveys significant people, times, and events worldwide, with a special focus on U.S. history from its beginnings to the present. Fully revised and updated, this new edition of The Handy History Answer Book answers over 1,600 of the most frequently asked, most interesting, and unusual history questions, including ... What was the Stone Age? Why was Julius Caesar murdered? What are the origins of the religion of Islam? Why is the COVID-19 pandemic so significant? Why is the shamrock the symbol of St. Patrick? What is the legacy of the Crusades today? What are England’s royal “houses”? Did Marie Antoinette really say, “Let them eat cake”? When did people first migrate to North America? Who are the Cajuns? What is the Hubble Space Telescope? What were the first political parties in the United States? Who was Black Elk? When did chain stores first appear? Were the Nazi’s socialists? How long have hurricanes been given names? Who was Typhoid Mary? What happened at Pearl Harbor? What was the Bataan Death March? What is NATO? What is habeas corpus? Who was Emmett Till? Who was Genghis Khan? What was the triangular trade? Who is called the “Father of the Interstate System”? Who is Bernie Madoff? Who were the Wobblies? What was the Beat movement? Who is Ralph Nader?? What is the Occupy movement? What is the strongest earthquake ever measured? What happened on Apollo 13? What is Gray’s Anatomy? What is origin of Listerine®? What is the problem with antibiotics today? Who developed the first MRI machine? How does it work? What are the Ivy League colleges? Who were the Brothers Grimm? Why does the Leaning Tower of Pisa lean? What was the Motion Picture Production Code? Which entertainers were in the Rat Pack? Who wrote the first computer program? What is unique about the Trump presidency? If “History doesn't repeat itself but it often rhymes” (as Mark Twain is reputed to have said) then The Handy History Answer Book is a lyrical and poetic treat. Clear, concise, and straightforward, this informative primer is a resource for brushing up on the events, terms, and history-makers many of us remember from school but can’t completely recall. Wide-ranging and comprehensive with nearly 250 illustrations, this information-rich tome also includes a helpful bibliography and an extensive index, adding to its usefulness. A perfect companion for history buffs of all ages.

Title The Handy Psychology Answer Book
Author Lisa J. Cohen
Publisher Visible Ink Press
Release Date 2016-02-22
Category Psychology
Total Pages 544
ISBN 9781578595990
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Bridging the gap between the entertainment-focused “pop psychology” on television and the dry academic research that is published in journals, The Handy Psychology Answer Book helps answer why humans do what we do through accurate scientific data presented in a lively, accessible, and engaging way. It covers the fundamentals and explains the psychology behind how people deal with money, sex, morality, family, children, aging, addiction, work, and other everyday issues. Fully revised to reflect the latest scientific research—such as the current DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, published by the American Psychiatric Association); the latest neurobiological theories; and the changing face of marriage—this timely reference has expanded to include information sections on the biology and evolution of emotions; technology and adolescence; bisexuality; optimism; autism; as well as a full section on the law, eyewitness testimony and police shootings. Featuring more than 1,500 answers to questions concerning how the human mind and the science of psychology really work such as: How have other cultures addressed psychological issues? Why was Freud so focused on sex? How can I maintain a healthy brain? Is it normal to argue during marriage? Does religion make people happier? How do we reduce social prejudice?

The Handy Art History Answer Book by Madelynn Dickerson

Title The Handy Art History Answer Book
Author Madelynn Dickerson
Publisher Visible Ink Press
Release Date 2013-06-01
Category Art
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9781578594634
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

The major art pieces, most important artists, and significant artistic movements from 35,000 BCE to today are collected together in this easy to read resource on art history. Continuing in the tradition of the standout Handy Answer Book reference series, this book not only the covers the development of Western art, but also the history of art across the globe. An overview of art—its history, techniques, materials, forms, colors, style, the nature of artistic expression, and how to look at art—is followed by examinations of the main periods and movements of art history. The book both explains and shows important elements, influences, artists, and masterworks of era and the world events and cultures that influenced and changed them through nearly 150 color images of indispensable masterworks. This accessible and entertaining resource for readers with a casual interest in art history as well as industry professionals also includes a glossary of terms to demystify jargon and explain theory.

The Handy Physics Answer Book by Paul W Zitzewitz

Title The Handy Physics Answer Book
Author Paul W Zitzewitz
Publisher Visible Ink Press
Release Date 2011-02-01
Category Science
Total Pages 384
ISBN 9781578593576
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Eschewing the usual mathematical explanations for physics phenomena, this approachable reference explains complicated scientific concepts in plain English that everyone can understand. Tackling the big issues such as gravity, magnetism, sound, and what really happens in the Large Hadron Collider, this engaging look at physics also spells out why cats always land on their feet, why people appear to have red eyes in photographs, and the real danger of looking at an eclipse. For everyone who ever wondered how a light bulb works or how squirrels avoid electrocution on the power lines, this handbook supplies answers on the physics of everyday life and examines the developments in the exploration of subatomic particles. In addition to the question-and-answer section, an addendum of facts about physicists explains what the Nobel prize is and who has won it, and tells the story of the scientist who was incarcerated for agreeing with Copernicus. Answers more than eight hundred questions about physics, ranging from everyday life applications to the latest explorations in the field.

Title The Handy Christianity Answer Book
Author Stephen A. Werner
Publisher Visible Ink Press
Release Date 2019-03-01
Category Religion
Total Pages 400
ISBN 9781578596935
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Engaging answers to common questions on the history, beliefs, practices and what it means to be a Christian. What does it mean to be a Christian? What is the core of the faith? What does it mean to follow the gospel? What is the significance of the rites, rituals, and symbols of Christianity, such as baptism and the crucifix? Who was Jesus Christ and what was His life like? How did Christianity start, spread, and grow? What are the differences—and similarities—between Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Protestantism? How did Christianity influence art, architecture, music, and movies? The Handy Christianity Answer Book provides detailed descriptions of the teachings of Jesus, Christian beliefs about Jesus, ceremonies, symbols, rituals, observations, customs, leaders, and organization of the world’s largest religion. It clearly and eloquently explains how different Christians think and delves into the richness of the Christian tradition. This engaging, user-friendly primer looks at the significance of the Bible, Jesus, the Apostles, the Trinity, the Eucharist, historical schisms, divisions among different denominations, worship, sacraments, prayer, and much more. This important reference answers nearly 900 questions and offers fun facts that cover Christian history, religious practices, and cultural perspectives, including ... Who is a Christian? Why are there so many different kinds of Christians? Do the Dead Sea Scrolls tell us anything about Jesus? What language did Jesus speak? What are the last words spoken by Jesus? What is the style of the teachings of Jesus? What did Jesus say about loving one’s enemies? Did Jesus have brothers? Who was John the Baptist? What are the basic beliefs of Mainline Christians? What is the Nicene Creed? What does Jesus have to do with the way our years are numbered? What is the Christian belief in an immortal soul? Is Heaven up and Hell down? Are there other kinds of angels besides angels and archangels? What is the devil? What were the Crusades? What was the Black Death? Who was Joan of Arc? Why is Martin Luther so important? What was Henry VIII of England’s role in changing Christianity? What is the Salvation Army? Who was Pere Jacques Marquette? What are the Gothic cathedrals? Why was the artist Michelangelo important to Christians? Why do most churches have organs? What is the earliest major film about Jesus? What are the Catholic Sacraments? What is the Jesus Seminar? What is the largest statue of Jesus? What is the story behind Our Lady of Guadalupe? This information-rich book also provides a historic timeline, a glossary of commonly used terms, and a bibliography help further exploration of the world’s largest religion. A perfect companion for anyone seeking a better understanding of Christianity.

The Handy History Answer Book by Rebecca N. Ferguson

Title The Handy History Answer Book
Author Rebecca N. Ferguson
Publisher Omnigraphics
Release Date 2005-10-01
Category History
Total Pages 640
ISBN 0780809254
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Provides questions and answers that explain a variety of historical events and concepts, covering such topics as religion, exploration and settlement, war, law, economics, natural disasters, medicine, philosophy, science, culture, and recreation.

Title The Handy Weather Answer Book
Author Kevin Hile
Publisher Visible Ink Press
Release Date 2009-08-01
Category Science
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9781578593323
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Fully updated with the latest advances in meteorology as well as an additional section on climate change, this comprehensive reference addresses all aspects of weather in an accessible questionandanswer format. All the basic elements of weather are discussed, as are all types of weather phenomena and the science of forecasting. In addition, the relationships between weather and oceanography, geology, and space science are expertly covered. Included are more than 1,000 questions and answers such as, Has a hurricane ever struck southern California? Could our oceans have originated in space? and What is bioclimatology? This resource is an ideal reference for students, teachers, and amateur meteorologists.

The Handy Garden Answer Book by Karen Troshynski-Thomas

Title The Handy Garden Answer Book
Author Karen Troshynski-Thomas
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1999
Category Gardening
Total Pages 377
ISBN 1578590671
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

This book is filled with practical tips and techniques that will help you become a better gardener.

The Handy Ocean Answer Book by Thomas E. Svarney

Title The Handy Ocean Answer Book
Author Thomas E. Svarney
Publisher Omnigraphics
Release Date 2003
Category Reference
Total Pages 616
ISBN 0780807251
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

This easy-to-use, comprehensive resource on ocean behavior and myth answers 1,000 questions about such topics as ancient oceans and early life, ocean-air interactions, El Nino, currents, hurricanes, the gulf stream, and much more. 150 photos, including 16-page color insert.

Title The Handy Geography Answer Book
Author Paul A Tucci
Publisher Visible Ink Press
Release Date 2016-07-18
Category Science
Total Pages 464
ISBN 9781578596256
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Geography is more than just maps and finding your destination. It is about the land, the people on that land, the delicate balance of nature, and our very interdependence upon it, despite the miracles of technology and grocery stores. It’s about the effects of nature on places and people, as well as how politics, borders, cities, and towns affect our lives. The Handy Geography Answer Book traces the history of geography from Eratosthenes and Alexander von Humboldt to latitude and longitude, and the latest advances in the Global Positioning System (GPS). It provides insights into economic, social, historic, culture, religious, political, and climate geography, plus oceanography, demographics, and more. Completely revised and updated, it tours the world, its natural features, and the ever-changing mark humans make on our planet, answering 1,200 questions from the trivia (longest, hottest, tallest) to how geography has influenced history, religion, architecture, and the location of cities, including Who first had the idea that there is a magnetic North Pole? What is interesting about Google’s “Streetview”? How many people are projected to live on the planet in 2050? Which state has the highest annual divorce rate? What are the largest and smallest counties in the U.S.?

Title The Handy Answer Book for Kids
Author Anonim
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2009
Category
Total Pages 86
ISBN 0681053216
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title The Handy Philosophy Answer Book
Author Naomi Zack
Publisher Visible Ink Press
Release Date 2009-09-01
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 504
ISBN 9781578592852
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Combining a basic history of philosophical thought with the often quirky personal stories of famous philosophers, this comprehensive introduction to the world of philosophy answers more than 1,000 questions, ranging from What was the Enlightenment? to Why did the Pythagorians avoid fava beans? Analyzing the collective effort of philosophers throughout history in the pursuit of truth and wisdom, the guide explores the tangible significance of philosophical thought to modern society and civilization as a whole. With a wide range of information suitable for various knowledge bases—from junior high to junior college—this is an ideal resource for anyone looking to get a better grasp of the history of thought.

The Handy Bible Answer Book by Jennifer R. Prince

Title The Handy Bible Answer Book
Author Jennifer R. Prince
Publisher Visible Ink Press
Release Date 2014-03-24
Category Religion
Total Pages 432
ISBN 9781578594924
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Get More from the Bible The Bible is a beloved text owned by nearly all Americans. It’s probably on your reading list, but it can be a daunting work to master. The Handy Bible Answer Book illuminates the secrets and reveals the wisdom of the Bible. Through easy-to-understand explanations to common questions, this book examines, story-by-story, the origins and history of the meanings of chapters, verses, and parables. Offering enlightening explanations and defining key terms, people, places, and events, this user-friendly guide is for anyone interested in learning more about the Bible. It brings context to readers by answering more than 1,700 commonly asked questions about the Good Book, including: • How has archeology contributed to understanding the Bible? • What are some of the most notable Bible translations through the ages? • What was the Day of Atonement? • How did Gideon obey God’s call? • According to Peter, what was the benefit of faith? • What is the Apocrypha? This comprehensive resource provides concise, straightforward information, drawing from five different translations of the Bible and other sources, it's designed to let even casual readers dig deeply into the Bible. It helps bring the Good Book's parables, stories, history, and power to your life.

Title 101 Questions and Answers on Islam
Author John Renard
Publisher Paulist Press
Release Date 2005-07
Category Religion
Total Pages 173
ISBN 0809142805
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Easy-to-read basic introduction to Catholic teaching on theological and social matters of general concern. For classroom and individual use. Includes bibliography and discussion questions.

The Handy Physics Answer Book by P. Erik Gundersen

Title The Handy Physics Answer Book
Author P. Erik Gundersen
Publisher Visible Ink Press
Release Date 2003-10
Category Reference
Total Pages 472
ISBN 0780807235
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Answers more than 800 questions about physics, from gravity and magnetism to matter and light

The Handy Biology Answer Book by Patricia Barnes-Svarney

Title The Handy Biology Answer Book
Author Patricia Barnes-Svarney
Publisher Visible Ink Press
Release Date 2014-07-21
Category Science
Total Pages 496
ISBN 9781578595242
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Gene Therapy. DNA Profiling. Cloning. Stem Cells. Super Bugs. Botany. Zoology. Sex. The study of life and living organisms is ancient, broad, and ongoing. The thoroughly revised and completely updated second edition of The Handy Biology Answer Book examines, explains, and traces mankind’s understanding of this important topic. From the newsworthy to the practical and from the medical to the historical, this entertaining and informative book brings the complexity of life into focus through the well-researched answers to nearly 1,300 common biology questions, including … • What is social Darwinism? • Is IQ genetically controlled? • Do animals commit murder? • How did DNA help “discover” King Richard III? • Is obesity inherited? The Handy Biology Answer Book covers all aspects of human, animal, plant, and microbial biology. It also introduces the scientists behind the breathtaking advances, tracing scientific history and milestones. It explains the inner workings of cells, as well as bacteria, viruses, fungi, plant and animal characteristics and diversity, endangered plants and animals, evolution, adaption and the environment, DNA and chromosomes, genetics and genetic engineering, laboratory techniques, and much more. This handy reference is the go-to guide for students and the more learned alike. It’s for anyone interested in life!