Scientific principles are clearly explained, often with diagrams. Intriguing personal stories are also woven in--Michael Faraday turned down a knighthood, Richard Leakey left high school at age 17, Alan Turing was questioned by police for homosexuality, Marie Curie became a governess to help support her older sister's medical studies. Photos, quotations, and see references provide many appealing hooks and links. Two parallel time lines at the end of each chapter offer scientific and political and cultural context. At the end of the set are an extensive index, a glossary, brief biographies of many other scientists, and suggestions for further reading.
Middle- and high-school students will enjoy using this for reports (and may willingly page through other articles). Science teachers will love the connections made between different inventors' works and how science is relevant to our life today. Recommended as an attractive supplement to other, more comprehensive science biography resources. RBB
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"Belongs in all but the most gnomic of reference collections....For scope, ease of use, and clarity of presentation, this set...is likely to become the first choice of middle graders on research missions."--School Library Journal (starred review)
"Biographical details and clear scientific discussions are offered along with sidebars on related topics, time lines, and thumbnail sketches of contemporaries. An excellent choice for report writers." -- Curriculum Connections