The Scientists Behind Living Things

The Scientists Behind Living Things

by Robert Snedden
     
 

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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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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.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781410940544
Publisher:
Heinemann-Raintree
Publication date:
01/01/2011
Series:
Sci-Hi: Scientists Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.70(d)
Lexile:
930L (what's this?)
Age Range:
11 - 15 Years

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