These books will be welcome additions to collections in need of science biographies. Hooke, the 17th-century inventor, devoted his life to discoveries in several different areas, including meteorology, mathematics, and geology, as well as art and architecture. He also helped to redesign London after the Great Fire of 1666. The better-known Pavlov and his conditioned-reflex experiments with dogs are also explored in detail. His groundbreaking work in the physiology of the central nervous system paved the way for scientists in other fields, such as psychology and behaviorism. The accessible texts have an inviting, open format and offer many anecdotes to bring these scientists to life. A list of activities related to their work is a nice touch for more curious students. Good-quality photos and illustrations complement the narratives.
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