Great Scientists: The Science Library

Great Scientists: The Science Library

by John Farndon
     
 

From skyscrapers to jet aircraft, from mobile phones to computers, the products of modern science surround us on all sides.  Perhaps the most significant product of science, however, is not the microwave, or the space station or the wide screen TV; it is the scientific method itself. Those societies that have actively embraced

this method have

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From skyscrapers to jet aircraft, from mobile phones to computers, the products of modern science surround us on all sides.  Perhaps the most significant product of science, however, is not the microwave, or the space station or the wide screen TV; it is the scientific method itself. Those societies that have actively embraced

this method have flourished.  The men and women who appear in The Great Scientists have all excelled in their chosen field of science: some have excelled across a range of scientific areas, while still others can, with some justification, claim to be the founders of their own disciplines.

The road into the light of reason has not always been an easy one:  skepticism, mockery, threats and worse have often been the lot of the experimental scientist who has dared to challenge the accepted ‘truths’. Yet they have persevered, and in doing so have provided a shining example for the rest of humanity. The great scientists have burned, in Bertrand Russell’s telling phrase, ‘with all the noonday brightness of human genius’. The Great Scientists tells their story.

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Children's Literature - Pat Trattles
Do you know the idea that all matter is made of tiny particles called atoms was developed about 2500 years ago, or that an unknown astronomer in 1918 showed that the Earth is on the edge of our galaxy, not at the center? Do you know in attempts to repeat Franklin's kite experiment many scientists were electrocuted, or that genetic engineers put fluorescent jellyfish genes in a rabbit, causing it to glow in the dark? Readers will learn these and many other facts in this title in the "Science Library" series from Mason Crest Publishers. Designed for upper elementary and beginning middle school students, it covers scientists who studied anatomy, chemistry, evolution, earth science, math, genetics, geology, and computers. In short, if it has anything to do with science and scientists, it is covered. Each chapter begins with a short introduction to the topic then is supplemented with colorful photographs, diagrams, illustrations, and short boxed paragraphs providing more detailed information. A grid with labeled coordinates forms the background of each page. This grid is used to cross reference information and lead readers to related subjects within the book. For example, readers who want to know more after reading about black holes on page 30 are referred to page 14 (12;n13) where they can read about gravity. Each two page spread also contains statistics and interesting facts, amazing trivia, and suggested websites for further information. Complete with a glossary and detailed index, this information packed book is a great addition to the science classroom. Reviewer: Pat Trattles

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781422215494
Publisher:
Mason Crest Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/2009
Series:
Mason Crest Science Library Series
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
1,358,954
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.70(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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