Rosalind Franklin

Rosalind Franklin

by Lisa Yount
     
 

Trailblazers in Science and Technology is a 10-volume set that profiles the lives and achievements of scientists whose work has had a major impact on a particular field. The scientist's accomplishments are discussed, including the "trailblazing" principles and personal struggles that complemented his or her work. Employing an array of primary sources-diaries,

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Trailblazers in Science and Technology is a 10-volume set that profiles the lives and achievements of scientists whose work has had a major impact on a particular field. The scientist's accomplishments are discussed, including the "trailblazing" principles and personal struggles that complemented his or her work. Employing an array of primary sources-diaries, memoirs, letters, and contemporary news accounts-as well as secondary sources, the set depicts the human drama of scientific work, the challenge of research, and the exhilaration and rewards of discovery.

In the span of her too-short life and career, Rosalind Franklin realized a host of accomplishments worthy of a scientist twice her age. An expert in X-ray crystallography, she was able to use her knowledge to reveal for the first time the structure of various molecules, including those of coal and carbon, viruses, and, in perhaps her most well known work, human DNA. Tracing her life from her birth in Great Britain to her education at Cambridge, to her groundbreaking research, and to her tragic and untimely death, Rosalind Franklin provides an informative and engaging overview of the life and career of one of the most influential scientific figures of the 20th century.

Rosalind Franklin includes more than 30 color photographs and four-color line illustrations, a chronology, a glossary, a list of print and Internet resources, and an index. Trailblazers in Science and Technology is an essential set for students, teachers, and general readers that provides a factual look at the lives and accomplishments of prominent scientists.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up—This series, which defines a "trailblazer" as a person who exhibits imagination, determination, and courage, gives a look into the lives of some of the most influential people in the world of science and technology. The introduction of each book delivers scientific context and background information and breaks down the chapter content. The chapters themselves go into great detail about the struggles and accomplishments of these pioneers, the factors that made them interested in science, and the reach of their influence. Sociological and political issues are also explored, such as the difficulties of being female in the world of science, as well as mature aspects of the scientists' lives. Sidebars and captioned color and archival photographs round out the dense, though clearly written, texts. The books could spark readers' interest in innovation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604136609
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/2011
Series:
Trailblazers in Science and Technology Series
Pages:
125
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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