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David G. Hoag

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Last Updated on June 7, 2022, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 139

Much of this book about air, the atmosphere, and weather, is excellent. The text [of The New Air Book] for the most part is clear and well organized…. The many experiments described should be instructive and fun. But here and there are factual flaws and incomplete or misleading statements. Ignoring buoyancy in the balloon air-weighing experiment or saying nothing about the chemical and pressure changes in the candle, glass and water experiment are unfortunate. This potentially excellent book could have made the mark if it had been more carefully checked before being published! I recommend it in spite of the problems for its generally good quality science and the many experiments included. The last few chapters on air pollution are carefully done without overstatement. (p. 7)

David G. Hoag, in Appraisal (copyright © 1975 by the Children's Science Book Review Committee), Winter, 1975.

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