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Science in Ancient Mesopotamia Paperback – March 1, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0531159309 ISBN-10: 0531159302 Edition: 0th

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Science of the Past
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Children's Press(CT) (March 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0531159302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0531159309
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 4.9 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,026,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4-6-These volumes, remakes of titles from the "First Books" series (Watts), expand greatly on their earlier counterparts. Ancient Greece covers the ideas and achievements of astronomers, mathematicians, geographers, and medical scientists. In Mesopotamia, readers learn that the Babylonians created a symbol for zero and that the Mesopotamians were the first to use a number system to weigh and measure. A final chapter in each of these clearly written books does a good job summarizing the influences of these ancient contributions on modern science. Black-and-white and full-color photographs and reproductions, a few of which are duplicated from the earlier editions, are well captioned. Maps on the versos of the title pages are less detailed but more inviting than in the originals. Italicized words in the text are defined in an appended glossary. The lists of resources offer Internet sites as well as books for further study. These titles are useful for reports, and there's also much to interest science students.
Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 2003
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The editorial review of this series from School Library Journal is wrong. The new editions of these books do not "expand greatly" on the original 1988 editions; they greatly contract. The 1988 edition of the books on Ancient Egypt and Ancient Mesopotamia had eight chapters and 92 pages. This new edition gives them only only six chapters and 64 pages, and the word count per page is reduced. Indeed color pictures and illustrations were added and the glossary expanded, but the text is reduced to about two thirds of the original. Students are better off reading the original editions in the Watts "First Book" series.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By HomeschoolingMom8 on March 22, 2005
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Because there is so little covering Mesopotamia, I still find this book helpful even if it is not as good as the others in this series. It would be nice if more resources were written on the ancient Mesopotamian culture, especially considering what is happening today. Meanwhile, we will use what we can, including this book, in our homeschooling. We use all the books of this series, the 'Gilgamesh' series by Ludmila Zeman, "Ancient Egyptians and their Neighbors-An Activity Guide (including Hittites, Nubians, Mesopotamians and Egyptians), and "Our Young Folks' Josephus" (primary history spine covering Israel and its relationship with the surrounding cultures of that time) in our homeschool. It works well for us.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Will Riddle on September 2, 2011
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I don't think I would give this book a negative review exactly, but it is not good enough to get a positive one either. While there are not as many books on Ancient Mesopotamia as Egypt, for example, this one only qualifies as a library rent not a purchase. The Science in Ancient X series is a great idea, but this particular one takes a backseat.

We got it for part of our homeschooling unit on ancient civilizations but it didn't hold the interest.

Recommended for Mesopotamia: Oakes (Step Into Mesop), Brown Bear Books (Ancient Mesop), and Jane Shuter (The Sumerians).
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This book is part of the Science of the Past series. This book examines the Mesopotamians' knowledge of medicine, mathematics, astronomy and metallurgy. It concludes with a glossary, and a list of Internet sites.

This book is very short indeed, the main body being a mere 40 pages long, including some pages that are mostly taken up by pictures, but excluding the glossary and so forth. The pictures are excellent, and the information seems to be correct. However, this book is rather too short to provide much information. Overall, I do not recommend this book.
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