Janice VanCleave's Science Through the Ages

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How much would you weigh on Mars?

What can exploding balloons tell us about weather?

Why do heavy ships stay afloat on water?

How can you lift an elephant with one finger?

You'll discover the answers to these and many other fascinating questions when you journey through science history with Janice VanCleave as your guide. Packed with fun facts, activities, and experiments, ...

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Overview

How much would you weigh on Mars?

What can exploding balloons tell us about weather?

Why do heavy ships stay afloat on water?

How can you lift an elephant with one finger?

You'll discover the answers to these and many other fascinating questions when you journey through science history with Janice VanCleave as your guide. Packed with fun facts, activities, and experiments, Janice VanCleave's Science Through the Ages introduces you to the amazing stories behind some of the greatest scientific discoveries of our time. Each chapter provides easy-to-follow instructions for hands-on experiments, as well as clear explanations that reveal the many ways science has helped people—from ancient times right up through today!

You'll find out how to use Stone Age tools to make art, build a simple telescope, look at your own blood vessels (did you know you have thousands of miles of them?), construct a stethoscope, create a model of Galileo's gas thermometer, and much more. As with all of Janice VanCleave's books, the materials are safe, inexpensive, and easily found around the house. So take a time-traveling tour of discovery and get ready for hours and hours of fascinating science fun—at home or in the classroom.

Surveys the development of science and technology through the ages, discussing astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth sciences, physics, and more.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This wonderful volume from best-selling author, Janice VanCleave, contains a wealth of information and hands-on activities for young scientists. Organized into six chapters—Past to Present, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics—this resource introduces readers to scientific discoveries from history, as well as various fields of science. Each chapter includes fascinating stories and facts about different scientific concepts, step-by-step experiments and projects, detailed explanations, related activities, and book lists. Some of the topics covered in this book include: calendars, planetary motion, gravity, anatomy, stethoscopes, alchemy, oxidation, compasses, air pressure, buoyancy, magnets, and flight. In addition to well-written text and challenging project ideas with easy-to-follow instructions, the visually appealing layout of this book also contains comical illustrations, helpful diagrams, and charts. The author includes a detailed glossary and index. Aspiring scientists will enjoy exploring the history of science with this amazing collection of interesting facts and fun activities. Not only will readers learn about important scientific ideas, but they will also be introduced to the great minds behind some of the world's most amazing scientific theories. It's a marvelous resource for home or school. 2002, John Wiley & Sons,
— Debra Briatico
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471330974
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/29/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.43 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

JANICE VANCLEAVE is a former science teacher who now spends her time writing and giving science workshops. She is the author of more than forty books that have sold over two million copies, and a resident science fair authority on Discovery.com.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

PAST TO PRESENT.

History of Science.

Stone Age.

Bronze Age.

Iron Age.

Industrial Age.

ASTRONOMY.

The Universe.

Calendars.

Telescopes.

Planetary Motion.

Gravity.

BIOLOGY.

Plants.

Anatomy.

Circulatory System.

Preserving Food.

Stethoscope.

CHEMISTRY.

Chemical Reactions.

Alchemy.

Oxidation.

Soap.

Dyes.

EARTH SCIENCE.

Atmosphere.

Earth's Shape.

Thermometer.

Compasses.

Air Pressure.

PHYSICS.

Rubber.

Buoyancy.

Magnets.

Energy.

Flight.

Glossary.

Index.Glossary.

Index.

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