The Story-Book of Science

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Originally published in 1917, this book offers many fascinating facts about nature in story form. "Uncle Paul" teaches his niece and nephews about nature with a passion and zeal rarely seen in science books. The chapters are short, but there are 80 of them. Each story teaches something new or expands on something previously covered. The author's godly perspective is a great springboard for discussing interesting implications of things just learned. Uncle Paul relates things in ways that are easy to picture, ...
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Overview

Originally published in 1917, this book offers many fascinating facts about nature in story form. "Uncle Paul" teaches his niece and nephews about nature with a passion and zeal rarely seen in science books. The chapters are short, but there are 80 of them. Each story teaches something new or expands on something previously covered. The author's godly perspective is a great springboard for discussing interesting implications of things just learned. Uncle Paul relates things in ways that are easy to picture, definitely talking to children but not down to them. For example, he compares the size of the earth to the sun in this way: "If we suppose the sun a hollow spherical box, to fill it would take one million four hundred thousand balls the size of the earth." We learned that volcanic orifices are safety valves and without them we would have many more disastrous earthquakes. We learned about how the ants milk their own cows, how to tell some poisonous mushrooms from others, how pearls are made, how to remove venom from bites, and lots more. The story form, with the children asking questions and marveling along side Uncle Paul, combined with interesting information make it accessible to a wide range of ages. Uncle Paul's infectious enthusiasm and animated, genuine interest in nature, as made by God, makes all the reading well worth it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781495447037
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 2/10/2014
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean-Henri Casimir Fabre (1823-1915) was a French entomologist and author. Fabre was born in Saint-Léons in Aveyron, France. Fabre was largely an autodidact, owing to the poverty of his family. Nevertheless, he acquired a primary teaching certificate at the young age of 19 and began teaching in Carpentras whilst pursuing further studies. In 1849 he was appointed to a teaching post in Ajaccio (Corsica), then in 1849 moved on to the lycée in Avignon. Fabre went on to accomplish many scholarly achievements. He was a popular teacher, physicist, chemist and botanist. However, he is probably best known for his findings in the field of entomology, the study of insects, and is considered by many to be the father of modern entomology. Much of his enduring popularity is due to his marvelous teaching ability and his manner of writing about the lives of insects in biographical form, which he preferred to a clinically detached, journalistic mode of recording. In doing so he combined what he called "my passion for scientific truth" with keen observations and an engaging, colloquial style of writing. Fabre noted: Others again have reproached me with my style, which has not the solemnity, nay, better, the dryness of the schools. They fear lest a page that is read without fatigue should not always be the expression of the truth. Were I to take their word for it, we are profound only on condition of being obscure. Over the years he wrote a series of texts on insects and arachnids that are collectively known as the Souvenirs Entomologiques. Fabre's influence is felt in the later works of fellow naturalist Charles Darwin, who called Fabre "an inimitable observer". Fabre, however, rejected Darwin's theory of evolution; on the other hand he was not a Biblical creationist either but assumed a saltationist origin of biodiversity. In one of Fabre's most famous experiments, he arranged processionary caterpillars to form a continuous loop around the edge of a pot. As each caterpillar instinctively followed the silken trail of the caterpillars in front of it, the group moved around in a circle for seven days. Jean-Henri Fabre's last home and office, the Harmas de Fabre in Provence stands today as a museum devoted to his life and works. The site of his birth, at St Léons, near Millau is now the site of Micropolis, a tourist attraction dedicated to popularising entomology and a museum on his life.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2011

    pleasantly surprised

    I had no idea what to expect. I'm reading this to my 10 and 8 year olds and we all enjoy it and are all learning.

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