The Scientists Behind Space

Overview

Who is studying dwarf planets?

Which scientist wrote the bestselling book a Brief History of Time?

What is SETi?

This addition to the Sci-Hi series looks at some important astronomers and physicists, historical and modern and from a range of cultures, and shows how their ideas are often connected. Some of the people are household names, some deserve much greater recognition, ...

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Overview

Who is studying dwarf planets?

Which scientist wrote the bestselling book a Brief History of Time?

What is SETi?

This addition to the Sci-Hi series looks at some important astronomers and physicists, historical and modern and from a range of cultures, and shows how their ideas are often connected. Some of the people are household names, some deserve much greater recognition, but all have made major discoveries or changed the way we understand the Universe.

Sci-Hi is a visually stimulating series that takes learning science topics to a whole new level! Each title in the series explains an area of physical, life, or Earth and space science in a way that is both engaging and rigorous. Features of the series include high-interest spreads, timelines, clearly explained scientific terms, and further information.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
"Who has found the most comets?" 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 research of astronomers, astronauts, astrophysicists, and astrobiologists. Some scientists get spreads, others a page, and still others a short mention in a sidebar; some are famous and some may be unknown to aspiring young scientists, but all have done important work. From earlier times, readers meet Copernicus, whose famous book proposed the Sun as center of the universe; Galileo, who first observed the moons of Jupiter and the phases of Venus; and Isaac Newton, who developed the concepts of gravity and inertia. In present day, Alan Stern advocates declaring Pluto a dwarf planet, while Stephen Hawking, despite severe disabilities, does brilliant work on black holes and the history of the universe. As one of the many astronauts who have contributed to our knowledge of space, Ellen Ochoa invented optical systems for robots, spent over 900 hours on the space shuttle, and operated a robot arm in space. Since communicating discoveries to the public is vital, Neil DeGrasse Tyson deserves credit for his television shows and management of New York's Hayden Planetarium. 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 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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410940490
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Series: Sci-Hi: Scientists Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 920L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Space 4

The Copernican Revolution 8

Astronomy Today 14

Is Pluto a Planet? 18

Stars and Galaxies 20

Telescopes and Other Tools 26

New Discoveries 28

Exploring Space 34

The Space Race 36

Timeline 42

Quick Quiz 44

Glossary 45

Find Out More 46

Index 48

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