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Janice Van Cleave's Scientists Through the Ages
     

Janice Van Cleave's Scientists Through the Ages

by Janice VanCleave
 

Profiles of some of history's greatest scientists— and fun experiments that demonstrate their theories!

Janice VanCleave's Scientists Through the Ages profiles the lives and work of more than twenty-five important thinkers in astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics. This exciting book includes short biographies of the scientists,

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Profiles of some of history's greatest scientists— and fun experiments that demonstrate their theories!

Janice VanCleave's Scientists Through the Ages profiles the lives and work of more than twenty-five important thinkers in astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics. This exciting book includes short biographies of the scientists, descriptions of their contributions to science, and simple experiments that reveal some of their most important discoveries.

You'll meet scientists from every part of the world and every age, from Archimedes to Einstein, Galileo Galilei to Maria Mitchell, and Mary Anning to Marie Curie. Every experiment can be performed at home or in the classroom with safe, inexpensive materials. So find out how these famous scientists made life better for all of us, and start your own explorations with these fun and easy experiments!

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Children's Literature
Divided into two sections, this accessible combination of biography and hands-on concept learning covers the general categories of science as well as the lives and accomplishments of twenty scientists (or pairs of scientists) ranging from Alhaven and Archimedes to the Curies, Pasteur, and Rosalyn Sussman Yalow, a twentieth-century medical researcher. In the first section, each chapter covers an area of science, describing the history of the development of that specialty as well as a quick overview of the various subfields of study. For example, the chapter on biology discusses nineteenth-century naturalists like Darwin and Lamarck, as well as twentieth-century DNA research. It also briefly touches on botany, zoology and ecology. In the second section, each biographical chapter has several pages of text detailing the scientists' lives, followed by an experiment demonstrating some of their findings. The "Fun Time!" experiments are easily accomplished using household objects with little adult supervision. The book list at the end of each chapter provides resources for kids who wish to investigate the subject matter more thoroughly. End matter includes a detailed glossary, a timeline, and an index. 2004, John Wiley & Sons, Ages 9 to 14.
—Anne Marie Pace

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471252221
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/12/2003
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
652,902
Product dimensions:
8.58(w) x 10.94(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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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