Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way

Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way

by Joy Hakim


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781588341600
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date: 11/28/2004
Series: Smithsonian's Story of Science Series , #1
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 244,251
Product dimensions: 9.38(w) x 7.64(h) x 0.89(d)
Lexile: 950L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 15 Years

About the Author

Author of the prize-winning series A History of US, Joy Hakim is the recipient of the James Michener Award in Writing and the Gold and Silver Parents' Choice Awards in Writing.

Table of Contents

A Writer's Reasonsvi
There's More to This Storyviii
1Birthing a Universe1
2Telling It Like They Thought It Was: Myths of Creation9
3Making Days: Were the Calendar Makers Lunatics or Just Moonstruck?20
Why Does the Moon Dazzle, Then Disappear?26
Take a Number, Then Write It Down32
4Ionia? What's Ionia?34
Measuring with the Mind42
5The "A" Team44
More on Numerals, Geometry, and Math's Origins50
6Elementary Matters: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water, Says Empedocles54
7Being at Sea58
Why Do Polestars Take Turns?62
8Worshiping Numbers64
Chewing on Pi-or Tasting One of Math's Mysteries70
9Pythagoras Knows It's Round72
There's Gold in Those Irrationals82
10Getting Atom86
Ode to an Atom92
11Aristotle and His Teacher94
Plato, Math, and Perfect Numbers98
12Does It Change? No Way, Says A106
Why Mars Is a Little Loopy112
13Aristarchus Got It Right-Well, Almost!114
How Far the Moon? It's About Time118
14Alexander's City120
Smoke and Mirrors126
15What's a Hero?129
Hero, an Airhead?134
16Euclid in His Elements136
Numbers: In Their Prime143
17Archimedes' Claw146
Is It a Claw or a Flaw?158
18Measuring the Earth160
How Did Eratosthenes Come So Close?164
19Rome Rules166
20Longitude and Latitude plus Two Greek Mapmakers174
What's the Point?181
21The Greatest184
22A Saint Who Was No Scientist190
Do You Believe the Polyhistor? Well, Lots of People Did198
23No Joke-the Earth Is Pancake Flat!200
24Don't Worry-the Round Earth Is Back!206
25Absolute Zero218
Mr. Fibonacci's Numbers226
26An "Ox" Who Bellowed228
Roger Bacon Predicts236
27Books Will Do It238
28The Antipodes: Discovering Down Under248
29Cosmic Voyagers: Is It Fiction, or Could It Be True?258
30Finally! How Science Works266
The Prime Number Sieve of Eratosthenes270
Suggested Reading271
NSTA Recommends272
Picture Credits274

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Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 11 year old ended up reading this book, and volume 2, cover to cover -- this speaks not only to his interest in science, but to the readability of the text.
kdangleis on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book maps out how science and its theories came to be. The author discusses the development of science from creation, history, math, and physics. The explanations are easy to understand and the author¿s use of humor lightens the heavy topics and keeps readers engaged. The book is easy to navigate with subheadings under titles of each chapter with a visual clue as to what each chapter will discuss, i.e. math, technology/engineering, and geology. There are plenty of visuals, sidebars and pictures, to help explain the text. This book would be useful for research projects and may give way to further study. The book is probably best suited for 8th grade and up.
tahoegirl on LibraryThing 5 months ago
One of the best and most accessible books on the history of early science. I loved the pictures and illustrations and learned a lot. I will definitely read the rest of the series