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A lthough they use basic conservation activities to guide you tow ards an understanding of some science and its uses, these books are not conservation m anuals or handbooks. The major purpose of the series is to use the activities w hich are central to your w ork to make clear to you the relevance of science and some of the basic elem ents of scientific thought. This will enable you to go on to discover more for yourself from the m any specialist papers and books on conservation w hich are already available. The Crafts Council and the team w ho have w orked on these books also hope tha t their publication will facilitate and help to form a base for back-up courses and lectures in conservation science, w hich w ould give those of you reading these books w ithou t easy access to a teacher, the chance for valuable discussion and assistance. Using This Book This book, the first in a series of six, assumes no previous scientific know ledge at the start. H owever, as you progress th rough each chapter you will need to have already read and assimilated the teaching in all the preceding ones. Science tends to build up its p icture one step upon another, and so if you try to read a later section in advance of others, you will run the risk of becoming very confused, or else of only partially grasping its meaning.