Science in Colonial America

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Colonial Americans demanded that their science be practical, useful, and democratic. They were eager to ask questions and find answers about the exciting new world around them. The colonists catalogued new wildlife, examined fossils, experimented with electricity, and calculated the distance between Earth and the sun. The "can do" spirit that developed during America's colonial period continues to inspire American scientists today.

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Colonial Americans demanded that their science be practical, useful, and democratic. They were eager to ask questions and find answers about the exciting new world around them. The colonists catalogued new wildlife, examined fossils, experimented with electricity, and calculated the distance between Earth and the sun. The "can do" spirit that developed during America's colonial period continues to inspire American scientists today.

Describes the scientific contributions made by people in colonial America, including natural history, medicine, astronomy, and electricity.

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Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Combining many black-and-white and color photos and drawings, with six chapters of text, this non-fiction book shows us how the science that developed in colonial America was practical, rather than esoteric, and democratic, rather than elitist. Led by innovators such as Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, Peter Collinson and other early Americans who explored and contributed to the science of medicine, natural history, astronomy and electricity. Incorporating many brief quotes from primary sources, this book should be useful for both science and social studies inquiry. Maps, an index, glossary and a list of resources are included. 1999, Franklin Watts, Ages 9 to 14, $25.00 and $8.95. Reviewer: Gisela Jernigan
Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
For generations, many western writers have overlooked the numerous scientific contributions of the Native American peoples who populated the Americas. Initially, European scholars assumed that the Native American societies they encountered were both heathen and primitive. Even the more obvious accomplishments of societies such as the Aztecs, Incas and Maya were either underestimated or lost to modern memory due to past devastation. In this enthralling book, the work of Native Americans in fields such as astronomy, mathematics, architecture, agriculture, medicine, and engineering are presented in a compelling manner. It is fascinating to see that in many fields Native American people had a broader understanding of scientific processes than was possessed by their European conquerors. For example, at the time when Spanish, English, Dutch, and other European adventurers were in the process of destroying Native American cultures; those same cultures had superior knowledge of medical concepts such as infection, surgery, and dentistry. The early American peoples had a knowledge of calendars and complex mathematical permutations at a time when Europeans were not as advanced. By reading this informative and beautifully illustrated book, one comes away with a deeper understanding of the contributions Native American people have made and continue to make to our scientific world of today.
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Gr 4-8Attractive and accessible titles that have large print and plentiful illustrations, mostly in full color. January emphasizes the practical and democratic nature of science as practiced in the developing nation, touching on such topics as Cotton Mathers work on the practice of inoculation, Thomas Jeffersons and John and William Bartrams studies in natural history, David Rittenhouses explorations in astronomy, and, of course, Ben Franklins discoveries in electricity. Wood looks at indigenous cultures of North, Central, and South America from the earliest times to the present, pointing out that most of what is known of their early sciences comes from archaeological discoveries and oral tradition. Once again, chapters look at medicine, mathematics, engineering, and astronomy among various North American tribes along with the cultures of the Incas, Aztecs, and Mayans. Because of the lack of written records, this overview is more general than the other title, describing the theories, practices, and customs of the various tribes and cultures without mentioning specific writers or scientists. A chart of Mayan head variant numerals is labeled Calendar Symbols without further explanation of this interesting numbering system. Plentiful, accurate material gives these books research as well as browsing value.Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, PA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531115251
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Series: Science of the past Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.26 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 0.42 (d)

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