Brain Power-What's The Big Idea?

Brain Power-What's The Big Idea?

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by David Steart
     
 


Boys and girls with inquisitive minds will open this book and feast on the wealth of information and ideas connected with the long history of human inventions. It's a lighthearted, color-illustrated approach to human technology, starting with the discovery and control of fire some 750,000 years ago and progressing to the space vehicles, cell phones, and digital… See more details below

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Boys and girls with inquisitive minds will open this book and feast on the wealth of information and ideas connected with the long history of human inventions. It's a lighthearted, color-illustrated approach to human technology, starting with the discovery and control of fire some 750,000 years ago and progressing to the space vehicles, cell phones, and digital equipment of today. Kids might be surprised to learn that the first lighthouse dates back to 285 B.C., and stood off the coast of Alexandria in Egypt. They'll also learn about the origin of paper in China, nearly 2,000 years ago, the first European use of gunpowder in the fourteenth century, the development of the telescope in the sixteenth century by Galileo and others, the 1783 first manned balloon flight, accomplished in France by the Montgolfier Brothers, the invention of the airplane by the Wright Brothers, the origins of telephone, and later, of radio communication in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, and much more. Young readers will also find thumbnail sketches of important inventors and thinkers—such men and women as Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton, Marie Curie, Henry Ford, the Francis Crick-James Watson DNA-discovery team, and Microsoft's Bill Gates, who made computer technology a part of everyday life. This fascinating volume features color illustrations on every page plus a glossary and index.

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VOYA
Beginning with the period 2,400,000 to 8000 BC, when the "Big Idea" was the cooperative hunt and stone tools, and when animal-fat lamps, cave painting, and fish traps were cutting-edge technology, this book explores humankind's groundbreaking inventions, discoveries, and ideas through the ages. Each era gets a two-page spread with lavish, colorful, and comic illustrations. Clear textual material in thumbnail format describes each era, its Big Idea, its major political/sociological events, its key inventions, and its important inventors and thinkers. For example, in the Renaissance (1415-1565), the Big Idea is the printing press; major events include the fall of Constantinople and the zenith of the Inca Empire; inventions incorporate the globe and the graphite pencil; and, Gutenberg is the highlighted inventor. In the current age, from the year 2000 onward, tissue engineering is the Big Idea; events include the collapse of Antarctica's Larsen B ice shelf; fingerprint and optical scanners are listed among the inventions; and, an American, Ann Tsukamoto, co-patentee of a process to isolate the human stem cell, is the highlighted inventor. Stewart's juxtaposition of scientific breakthroughs with political and cultural events makes this volume more than a mere chronology. Interested readers will enjoy ferreting out connections between necessity and invention and learning about men and woman of science whose pioneering accomplishments are generally unheralded outside scientific circles. The flamboyant format will attract elementary school readers and could turn off older readers. Nevertheless the content is substantive and the book is a fun read that with pushing will appeal to middle schoolreaders, especially boys. VOYA CODES: 3Q 3P M (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2005, Barron's, 64p.; Glossary. Index. Illus., Trade pb. Ages 11 to 14.
—Mary E. Heslin

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764158988
Publisher:
Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/28/2005
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.40(h) x 0.46(d)
Age Range:
8 - 10 Years

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