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Science Detectives: How Scientists Solved Six Real-Life Mysteries
     

Science Detectives: How Scientists Solved Six Real-Life Mysteries

by Editors of YES Mag, Rose Cowles (Illustrator)
 

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Think science is a bunch of test tubes, microscopes and guys in lab coats? Think again! Science is bursting with far-out but true stories, fascinating puzzles and mind-boggling mysteries. Science Detectives follows fearless and dedicated science sleuths tracking down leads and solving cases all over the world -- in cities and in deserts, deep underground, high in the

Overview

Think science is a bunch of test tubes, microscopes and guys in lab coats? Think again! Science is bursting with far-out but true stories, fascinating puzzles and mind-boggling mysteries. Science Detectives follows fearless and dedicated science sleuths tracking down leads and solving cases all over the world -- in cities and in deserts, deep underground, high in the sky and even in your DNA. Science Detectives includes five fascinating projects to test your science-detection skills.

Editorial Reviews

Foreword
Books like this make science more interesting, and vital to young people, and encourage them to participate in community projects ?
From the Publisher
(Includes) enough specific detail to keep young detectives engaged.

(Includes) enough specific detail to keep young detectives engaged.

Books like this make science more interesting, and vital to young people, and encourage them to participate in community projects ?

Books like this make science more interesting, and vital to young people, and encourage them to participate in community projects ?

Children's Literature - Laura Ruttig
Similar in format to an "Usborne" title or "DK Eyewitness" book, this title features a mixture of oversized text boxes and illustrations. Each section examines a scientific mystery of the past, from Typhoid Mary, to the use of geology in discovering diamonds in northern Canada. The choice of mysteries also begs questions of ethics in science, such as was it all right to confine a healthy person who happens to be a disease carrier? Other cases study the effects of chemicals on the environment and the difficulty in finding a cause to a large catastrophe, such as a plane crash on Swissair. Women in science are also mentioned throughout, and the illustrations equally represent both men and women in the profession. The text explains in straightforward terms how the scientific method has contributed to troubleshooting these real-world problems, as well as why the answer is not always as easy as it might seem. Several simple at-home project ideas are also provided to encourage kids to think and experiment beyond the text. Ultimately, the book encourages kids to understand why science matters and how it can be useful in day-to-day life.
Kirkus Reviews
Slipping in a few extra entries and several doable science activities on the side, the editors of Canada's Yes Mag present a half-dozen modern mysteries solved by forensic science. Along with the "Iceman" and the discovery of DNA, readers will get case studies in the identification of Typhoid Mary, the seemingly innocuous chemical that nearly wiped out India's vulture population in 1999, the cause of the disastrous crash of Swissair Flight 111 off Nova Scotia and Chuck Fipke's successful hunt for diamonds in the Northwest Territories. Briefer entries include the prehistoric "Hobbit" fossils recently found on Indonesia's Flores Island, the mysterious rolling stones in Death Valley and more. Including enough specific detail to keep young detectives engaged, and illustrated with a mix of photos and (largely decorative) cartoon artwork, these tales of science in action nicely complement Donna Jackson's Bone Detectives (1996) with new material. (index) (Nonfiction. 9-11)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781553379942
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
09/28/2006
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.03(d)
Lexile:
970L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

YES Mag: Canada's Science Magazine for Kids is an award-winning periodical that makes science, technology, engineering and mathematics exciting and fun for kids.

Rose Cowles has won awards for both illustration and design. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

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