Your Body and the Science of Security
by Maria Birmingham
Pub Date 15 Sep 2017
Biometrics — the science of using the body to identify a person — is everywhere, not just in science fiction, but in everyday life. Today, biometrics is on the cutting edge of security. It’s used for access into banks and airports, as well as to keep money and personal information safe. Methods like fingerprinting and retinal scanning might be more familiar, but biometrics can also identify people based on ear shape, scent, vein pattern, and much more.
This book explores nine biometrics in detail, explaining how each works, where it’s used, its pros and cons, and how it compares to other techniques. It also discusses privacy, security, why we need methods of identification, and touches on biometrics of the future. Engaging and colorful design and playful illustrations alongside surprising anecdotes, historical context, and humor make this an enjoyable, in-depth look at a hot topic. Informational text features include sidebars, diagrams, sources, a glossary and an index.
Grade Range: 6+
Fountas & Pinnell: Z
Lexile: AD 1010L
A Note From the Publisher
- STEM connections across biology, computer science, physiology, math, and more
- Discussions of security, civil rights, and privacy
- Accessible, engaging approach to a complex topic
"From fingerprints to voice, tongue, and even odor recognition, Birmingham explores the ways our identities are being linked to unique physical features or behaviors... May spur young readers into taking care with their IDs and personal information." - Kirkus Reviews