- Age Range: 9 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 4 - 7
- Series: Science of the Past
- Paperback: 64 pages
- Publisher: Children's Press(CT) (September 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0531159159
- ISBN-13: 978-0531159156
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.9 x 0.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Science in Ancient Egypt (Science of the Past) Paperback – September 1, 1998
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8 The accomplishments of ancient Egyptians in architecture, medicine, astronomy, mathematics, and agriculture are presented in a clear and concise manner. A concluding chapter summarizes the more visible parts of modern everyday life which owe their beginnings to Egypt. For example, the Egyptians were the first to design locks with a notched key matching pegs within the lock and were responsible for our sun-based calendar. Woods is careful to point out where our knowledge of Egyptian technology is incomplete, such as techniques used for shaping stones, and he describes several probable alternative methods. The paucity of illustrations is a weakness. Those that have been included are often incomplete or fail to deal with the processes being described. Still, this is a good general introduction, which should be followed up by books that focus on specific aspects of Egyptian civilization, such as Mildred Pace's Wrapped for Eternity (McGraw, 1974; o.p.) and David Macaulay's Pyramid (Houghton, 1975). David N. Pauli, Northern Waters Library Service, Ashland, Wis.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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How the Nile River contributed to the development of irrigation, agriculture, and raising cattle.
The possible ways the Egyptians could build the magnificent pyramids, including the tools that were used.
The number system the Egyptians developed, and how they used it to solve problems.
The other mathematic topics the Egyptians understood and/or developed.
How the Egyptians came up with an incredibly accurate calendar and how they told time.
The types of medicine the Egyptians practiced and how they passed that knowledge down to the next generation.
What the Egyptians got wrong about anatomy.
How the scientific achievement of the Egyptians affect our lives today.
This book makes a good supplement to a study on ancient Egypt. However, this is not an in-depth book, and it seems to just skim the surface of most of the topics it covers (with how the stones got from quarry to being part of a pyramid being the exception I can recall.)
This book would be a good read aloud for younger elementary kids, there are pictures on most pages, or a supplementary reader for older elementary kids studying Egypt. The information introduced here may cause them to seek out more details at the library.
I am a little confused after reading this book. Did the Egyptians or the Sumerians invent the irrigation of crops and the domestication of livestock? It seems to suggest that the Egyptians did, but every history book I have read credits the Sumerians. Both civilizations could have, simultaneously, or in isolation, invented these techniques, but even then, would the Egyptians be "the first."
Also, it is said that the Egyptians used science to advance medicine. However, as they used trial and error alone, and did not seek to explain how or why something worked, the Egyptians did not practice true science in the development of their medical procedures. A small detail, perhaps, but it may blur a child's understanding of the term "science."
"Science in Ancient Egypt" was written by Geraldine Woods. The book is about the sciences they had back then like medicine and irrigation. My favorite part was the mummification because that is how they prepared their dead. It was important because the Egyptians thought that the body had to be preserved so the spirit could live on. A new fact I learned was that the Egyptians were the first to discover medicine and drugs like castor oil. Yes I recommend this book. Who do I recommend it to? Anyone!
Aidan M. 6th grade- homeschooled.
Chapters include: Geography & science; The Pyrmids; Mathematics; Adtronomy and Timekeeping; Medicine.