Science in the Renaissance

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Children's Literature - Jennie DeGenaro
Lisa Mullins, author, explains changes in the Renaissance period in an interesting and easy-to-read manner. There were tremendous changes in politics, art, philosophy, and the sciences from the Middle Ages. Renaissance sciences included medicine, math, botany, astrology, theology, magic, and philosophy. Botany, engineering, and chemistry were taught as a craft using apprentices and the guild system. Many discoveries made by scientists between 1455 and 1637 are still used today. Math was added to the elementary curriculum. Descartes' book on geometry is still in use. Artists used mathematics and perspective to make their paintings more realistic. Galileo published The Starry Messenger. Because of his beliefs he was placed under house arrest and never allowed to leave. William Gilbert discovered earth was a giant magnet. Citizens treated by doctors died unnecessarily because germs were unknown. Unclean food, water, and personal hygiene also caused many deaths. Cadavers and corpses were studied by cutting their bodies. Doctors were not permitted to cut corpses, however barbers were. Johannes Gutenberg built the first printing press. China invented gun powder. The Portuguese had superior ships and led explorations. Explorers brought back exotic plants and animals. Magic, alchemy, and astrology were known as occult sciences. Some scientific books and instruments remain for historians to study. Many institutions today base their methods on Francis Bacon's New Atlantis published in 1626. The author provides help in research by suggesting "Further Reading," "Website" suggestions, a "Glossary." and an "Index." There are four books in this interesting series. Reviewer: JennieDeGenaro
School Library Journal

Gr 6-9

Ideal introductions to concepts, people, and events of the Renaissance. Europe , an overview of the era, boasts chapters such as "Health and Beauty," "Religion," and "Literature and Theater," while the other volumes delve into the specifics suggested by the titles. The authors do an excellent job of explaining the significance of the period's advancements, particularly in comparison to the relative dormancy that marked the centuries from ancient times to the Middle Ages. While covering complex issues, the books are succinct and thorough. Well-reproduced, colorful illustrations feature paintings, drawings, and maps that supplement the texts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778746140
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/15/2009
  • Series: Renaissance World , #4
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 936,998
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 1100L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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