At one time, science supported wild notions like these! But later studies proved these ideas were nonsense. Discover science's biggest mistakes and oddest assumptions about physics and astronomy, and see how scientific thought changed over time.
About the Author
Christine Zuchora-Walske grew upand eventually settled downin Minneapolis. But as a young adult, she spent some time gallivanting elsewhere, including the University of Notre Dame, London, the University of Denver, and a small town in the cornfields of Illinois.
Along the way she discovered a love for reading, writing, and inquiryand a desire to make a career of those activities. For almost twenty years now, Christine has been writing and editing books and magazine articles for children and their parents. She began as an editor with the Cricket family of children's magazines. She ventured to the Lerner Group next, and then Meadowbrook Press. After having two children, she became a freelance editor and writer.
Christine's author credits are many and varied. They include crafts and puzzles; a monthly column in which she impersonated a praying mantis; natural science titles for beginning readers; books exploring countries around the world; a debate on the pros and cons of Internet censorship; and books on pregnancy and parenting. Christine has also edited hundreds of articles and books in many genres and for all ages.
Christine is especially fond of science and history. But she loves all kinds of knowledge and literature. She never tires of learning new things, and she gets a kick out of trading knowledge with others.
Table of Contents
We're the Center of the Universe! 6
Those Goofy Wandering Stars 8
Hot Times on Planet Sun 10
Beware the Martian Hordes! 12
Poor Little Pluto 14
Our Lives Are Written in the Stars 16
As Earth Moves, the Oceans Slosh 18
Don't Get Hit by a Comet! 20
Smackdown! Golf Ball versus Bowling Ball 22
Everything Is Made of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water 24
No Matter? No Light 26
The Unchanging Universe 28
Source Notes 30
Further Information 30
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
While most of the information in the book is accurate, there are some things that are not. The author also describes some events in incorrect terms. When she describes the apparent motion of the planets, the author says that they move in ovals. As a science teacher, I'm not happy about her using that term. She could have said that the planets move in an elliptical orbit and then described what that meant. I don't want to students to say the planets move in an oval shaped pattern... When talking about the mission to Mars, the author states that the first pictures of Mars were taken by an orbiter. It was in fact a flyby, the Mariner 4 (US), that returned with 21 images according to the NASA website. Having said all that, the book does contain a lot of good information. If you use it in your class, just point out the inaccuracies and make it a teaching moment.