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Starred Review. Grade 7 Up–In this second book in the series, Hakim introduces students to the great scientific minds of Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton, and others. Teachers will find anecdotal information to enliven their lessons; browsers will be fascinated by the sidebars and captioned illustrations that enhance the text or show related information. The detailed index makes finding specific individuals, theories, or inventions easy. In an easy, conversational style, the author speaks directly to readers, opening with, Read this book and you'll know more science than Isaac Newton did. Full-color illustrations, reproductions, or other graphics appear on almost every page. A tremendous amount of research went into this volume and reading it will greatly increase students' understanding of the history and discovery of scientific theory and invention. Because of its size and weight, this title will need to be booktalked. Put it into the hands of science students who are eager to read beyond the brief snippets found in less comprehensive books.–Kathy Lehman, Thomas Dale High School Library, Chester, VA
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Gr. 7-10. In the second volume of a planned six-book series, Hakim surveys the interlocked histories of early modern astronomy, physics, mathematics, and chemistry--from the invention of printing to the discovery of radioactivity at the end of the nineteenth century. This is a lot of territory to cover, and particularly with respect to the explosion of research in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Hakim introduces so many major figures, in such rapid succession, that they aren't always easy to keep straight--despite a number of piquant biographical tidbits. Furthermore, her main narrative is surrounded by such an array of marginal glosses, explanations, examples, and experiments, in various typefaces, that it sometimes seems to intrude on rather than unite the material. Still, her animated discourse lends immediacy to every breakthrough, and this outing, though overstuffed, should be considered essential reading for its elucidation of difficult concepts, unfailingly relevant diagrams and illustrations, and engaging portraits of individuals caught up in a whirl of world-altering insights into what makes the universe tick. An annotated resource list is appended. John Peters
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This is a lovely book that tells history with a science perspective in a fun and interesting way. We are also using the student quest books and we are waiting to order the teacher... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Raggedy Ann
I have read many a books on history of science and scientific developments. I did not believe the reviews I read about this series until I read it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by ys upmanyue
Joy Hakim's books on science are brilliant... weaving together history, science and art in a way that is engaging and hold the interest of my 14-year-old son.Published 10 months ago by JAK603
have all three in the series. I got lots out of it and it was my sons science curriculum for 2 yrs. Never balked about reading it unless it was sunny out. but then he is a teen. ;)Published 14 months ago by HSHiker
The book is truly beautiful, and if I needed a *history* of science, this would be a keeper. Created with the Smithsonian, this book is full of art (which I love). Read morePublished 16 months ago by UrbanRuralMomma
Got this for my boyfriend who read the first one and loved it. For anyone who needs an interesting gift for someone who enjoys science then this is a great buy. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mia Wright
Joy Hakim is very knowledgable, not only of how science works, but also the way in which people learn best - through stories. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Melsking
We have the 3 volumes and my 10 year old loved them. This is the second volume and what I like the most about these books is that it brings in the whole picture. Read morePublished on May 5, 2013 by Amazon Customer