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Archimedes and the Door of Science (Living History Library) Paperback – August 1, 1995
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"As a blind boy, still needing an upper-elementary level book on Archimedes, I was more than happily surprised to see what an absolute gem this book was! Well written, easily understood, yet not too basic....I highly recommended."
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I think 5th and 6th grade certainly can benefit from the information inside, but the reading level is very approachable for a younger audience. My children would have even enjoyed these in 1st grade. Suitable and approachable for multiple ages and ability levels!
The book was written and published before I was born so sometimes the writing style is dry but it never struck me as dated. In general, the book reads like a fairytale. The lively black and white illustrations certainly elucidate the text. I look forward to reading it to our youngest daughter soon but doubt my kids would read it from cover to cover on their own.
*Some archeologists suspect that the hanging gardens of Babylon (well before Archimedes' time) depended on irrigation water raised by a screw credited to Archimedes.
Ancient Sicily becomes accessible as a culture and lifestyle through this book. And Archimedes' discoveries are made clear through written descriptions and illustrations that are perfect for the text. The information about the way children were instructed in Syracuse, and then about how Archimedes furthered his education, was compelling. The love of learning shines in this book.
The geometry chapters are advanced, but not too difficult. And the section about the war machines he invented was downright fun!
There are immediate applications for learning at home -- creating mobiles to learn about centers of gravity, using levers and screws and pulleys, studying eclipses and the solar system. This is an excellent, excellent book.
First written in 1962, republished by Bethlehem Books, and a must-read. Enjoy it for yourself!
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