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Eureka!: Great Inventions and How They Happened Hardcover – October 31, 2003

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Grade 4-8--Platt organizes his introductions to inventors and inventions around "eureka moments" when scientific breakthroughs occurred. Two-page topical entries include a brief biography of the scientist, an account of the pivotal event, and an explanation of what happened next. The author's 29 examples include such familiar stories as Eli Whitney and the cotton gin and Edward Jenner and the smallpox vaccination. Other accounts, such as that of Percy Spencer and the microwave, are more obscure. A final chapter considers inventions such as the Internet, which resulted from teamwork and long-term development rather than a single discovery. Although the author mentions that "the contributions of female and black inventors" have been undervalued, he does little to reverse the trend. He mentions no developments by women, and Elijah McCoy is the only African-American inventor included. Colorful photographs, reproductions, and drawings appear on every spread, sometimes resulting in a cluttered look. Small-print captions increase the visual confusion. Although not as well executed as Stephen Tomecek's What a Great Idea! (Scholastic, 2003), this volume offers enough different information to warrant purchase for report writers and browsers.--Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
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About the Author

Richard Platt is the author of more than fifty books for children. He is the author of Eureka! which was chosen as a 2004 Outstanding Science Trade Book by the CBC and NSTA.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 1050L (What's this?)
  • Series: Eureka
  • Hardcover: 95 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher; 1st edition (October 31, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753455803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753455807
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,900,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Melissa Sack VINE VOICE on September 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Have you ever wondered how we got items that we use to today such as cereal, tv, radio, and video games. This is the book for you. This is all about great invetions and how they happened. Each 2 page spread features an item that way invented, who invented and all about their `eureka" moments! Lots to learn in this book!

The book is filled with full color photos. Also included in the book is an index and glossary which makes it easy to find the information you are looking for.

Yes I would recommed this book. The book will appeal to all ages. If young kids are too little to read all the text parents will enjoy reading this to them to learn how lots of thing we use daily came to be.
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Our older son (8 yr.) likes this book and he's reading all day from it. Nice pictures and good explanations for this age, but a lot of scientific facts are missing.

I recommend the book for ages 7-10 or for a light reading.
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