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Aristotle & Scientific Thought (Science Discoveries) Library Binding – August, 1994

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Gr 4-8--These biographies convey a good deal of information. Aristotle not only chronicles the man's major philosophies, but also gives readers a quick overview of his world and times and explains how his ideas set him apart from his contemporaries. The succinct explanation of ``dialogue'' and the chapter on Aristotle as naturalist/biologist, an area sometimes neglected in works on his life, are also noteworthy. Diversity is a strong undercurrent in Isaac Newton. While never negating the accomplishments of this physicist, Parker likewise spells out Newton's human foibles in interesting vignettes of the man's life. His late-in-life career as ``Master of the Mint''--in which he caught and sent many counterfeiters to their deaths--will be an interesting discovery to pupils who may previously have heard Newton's name only in conjunction with gravity. Although younger readers may not quite grasp the difficult concepts and myriad amounts of data presented, there is still sufficient biographical detail to make these titles viable considerations, particularly in libraries with requests for basic treatments of the subjects. Both books are illustrated with full-color photographs, illustrations, and reproductions. Augmenting their inviting format and colorful layout are glossaries of unfamiliar terms (shown in bold throughout the text) and cross-topic time lines.

Anita Palladino, Finkelstein Memorial Library, Spring Valley, NY

Copyright 1995 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Series: Science Discoveries
  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publications (August 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0791030059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0791030059
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,306,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Austen Good Reads on October 6, 2013
Format: Library Binding
We are loosely using Beautiful Feet's "History of Science Through Literature" for science this year, and this was a recommended book.

It has been an excellent choice for my mildly dyslectic son. It is well laid out, and the information, which could seem dry or difficult (like what is philosophy), is presented with lots of pictures in a graspable manner. I found many good 'jumping off' points to integrate into other aspects of our school for the week.

Day 1, I had him find Greece on a map.
Day 2, he had to define hypothesis and philosophy in his own words (relating to p1-7)
Day 3, he was to write about why observation is important to science, and discuss Aristotle's character with me. (A lesson that young people often make foolish choices--one can learn from mistakes of others, or make them yourself. Also that poor choices can be redeemed.) (relating to p 8-11)
Day 4, make a timeline: include Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Pompeii. He is being introduced to negative numbers in math, so this ties in with that as well. (p 12-15)
Day 5, write about why was Aristotle was so right about biology? (He made careful hands on observations, and recorded what he saw. He developed hypotheses and tested them as opposed to the explanations of the day--Greek Myths.) (p 16-19)
Day 6, he was to compose his own syllogism. (p 20-23)

Because science of the day was explained though Greek Myths, he read several throughout the week. This gave us an opportunity to discuss how the ancients often explained phenomenon they could observe but not explain.

And finally, because Aristotle was tutor to Alexander the Great, next week he is going to read a short biography about him.

I would certainly not think the book was 'babyish' for any jr. high student. It might be a bit over the heads of children under ten though. If one were studying ancient Greece and Rome, it would be an excellent choice for that as well.
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