The Scientists Behind Living Things

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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 protect living things.

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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 protect living things.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
"What is this lizard trying to say?" This and many other intriguing questions are answered in books of the "Sci-Hi" series, which introduce readers to the multitude of scientists, past and present, working in various fields. This volume explores the world of plants and animals, researched by biologists, botanists, zoologists, mycologists, entomologists, and ornithologists. 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. Take Carolus Linnaeus, Swedish botanist who, in the 18th century, invented a system of plant classification still used (with modifications) today. Or consider George Forrest, a Scottish plant hunter who uncovered more than 1200 new plant species in the early 20th century. Right now, Margaret Lowman explores rain forest canopies using a giant net held up on supports lowered from a balloon, while George Schaller studies big predators in the wild and Sylvia Earle explores underwater life using scuba gear or walking untethered. Since communicating science discoveries to the public is vital, David Attenborough deserves credit for producing many innovative film and television documentaries relating to natural history. Illustrations are mostly color photos on every page, combined with areas of text and sidebars in 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 too many pages. Still, these volumes (including timelines, glossaries, quizzes, and bibliographies) can work well as source books encouraging further research for science projects, fairs, reports, biographies, and even careers. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410940544
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Series: Sci-Hi: Scientists Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 930L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Table of Contents

The Living Planet 4

Carolus Linnaeus and the Tree of Life 12

Carl Woese and the Extremophiles 16

George Forrest: Plant Hunter 20

Mushrooms and Other Fungi 22

Margaret Lowman: "Canopy Meg" 24

Insect Planet 26

Sylvia Earle: Undersea Explorer 28

Konrad Lorenz: Animal Behavior Pioneer 30

Birds 32

George Schaller: Field Biologist 34

Jane Goodall and the Gombe Chimpanzees 38

Learning About Life 40

Timeline 42

Glossary 44

Match the Scientist to the Science 45

Find Out More 46

Index 48

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