The Scientists Behind Energy

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This addition to the Sci-Hi series looks at scientists who have made major advances and affected the way we live - men and women, historical and modern, and from a range of cultures. Some are household names, some deserve much greater recognition and credit than they currently receive, and others who have helped us understand and harness different forms of energy.

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Overview

This addition to the Sci-Hi series looks at scientists who have made major advances and affected the way we live - men and women, historical and modern, and from a range of cultures. Some are household names, some deserve much greater recognition and credit than they currently receive, and others who have helped us understand and harness different forms of energy.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
"Which scientist is known as the Sun Queen?" This and many other intriguing questions are answered in books of the "Sci-Hi" series, which introduces readers to the multitude of scientists, past and present, working in various fields. This volume explores the sources and uses of energy, researched by chemists, physicists, and engineers. Some scientists get spreads, others a page, and still others a short mention in a sidebar; some are famous and some will be unknown to aspiring young scientists, but all have done important work. Though the word energy wasn't used until the early 19th century, scientists Newton, Leibniz, and Emilie du Chatelet concentrated on kinetic energy. Later, James Joule demonstrated that kinetic energy could be turned into heat, while Charles Parsons invented the first successful steam turbine to power ships. Since Italian scientist Alessandro Volta made the first battery in 1800, modern chemists have developed conducting plastics and even paper batteries. Other scientists work on ways to decrease heat in electric light bulbs, resulting in usable white LED lights. Now, with emphasis on sustainable energy to replace oil and coal, engineers experiment with sun, wind, water, and geothermal power. Stressing the dangers of nuclear fission, the authors suggest that nuclear fusion, being tried in an international effort in France, may someday prove feasible. Illustrations are mostly color photos on every page, combined with areas of text and sidebars on brightly-colored circles. In an effort to create excitement, color has been added to backgrounds and often in bands around scientists' heads, adding an over-saturated look to some pages. Still, these volumes (including timelines, glossaries, quizzes, and bibliographies) can work well as source books encouraging further research for science projects, reports, biographies, and even careers. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—These hi/lo titles provide brief retrospective tours of the highlighted topics by featuring scientists from around the world who made important advances. They drive home the point that each new discovery or piece of information is a building block and clearly demonstrate that any small idea or combination of old ideas can forever change the future of science. Wonderful additions where budding scientists are looking for role models and inspiration.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410940520
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Series: Sci-Hi: Scientists Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 11 - 15 Years
  • Lexile: 950L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.90 (d)

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