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Janice VanCleave's Scientists Through the Ages Paperback – Illustrated, December 25, 2003

3.9 out of 5 stars 8 ratings

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Gr. 4-7. In this collective biography, the author of many science project books introduces 25 eminent scientists and their work. She begins with an overview of the fields of astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics. Then, for each scientist she includes a brief biography; an account of his or her important work; clear, step-by-step directions for an experiment that relates to the discoveries; and a useful bibliography. The feminist theme is strong and stated many times, and the timespan is huge, from Archimedes to Rosalind Yalow, with some of the choices seemingly arbitrary. There are also a few factual errors (for example, Rosalind Franklin was not American). But the spacious book design, with occasional black-and-white drawings, will encourage kids to dip into the biographies, and many readers will want to follow the clear, lively directions for the experiments. Hazel Rochman
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Profiles of some of history’s greatest scientists–– and fun experiments that demonstrate their theories!

Janice VanCleave’s Scientists Through the Ages profiles the lives and work of more than twenty-five important thinkers in astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics. This exciting book includes short biographies of the scientists, descriptions of their contributions to science, and simple experiments that reveal some of their most important discoveries.

You’ll meet scientists from every part of the world and every age, from Archimedes to Einstein, Galileo Galilei to Maria Mitchell, and Mary Anning to Marie Curie. Every experiment can be performed at home or in the classroom with safe, inexpensive materials. So find out how these famous scientists made life better for all of us, and start your own explorations with these fun and easy experiments!


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  • Grade Level : 4 - 7
  • Item Weight : 12.7 ounces
  • Paperback : 128 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0471252220
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0471252221
  • Product Dimensions : 8.58 x 0.34 x 10.94 inches
  • Publisher : Wiley; 1st Edition (December 25, 2003)
  • Reading level : 8 - 12 years
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.9 out of 5 stars 8 ratings