- Age Range: 9 and up
- Grade Level: 4 and up
- Series: Science of the Past
- Paperback: 64 pages
- Publisher: Franklin Watts (March 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0531159299
- ISBN-13: 978-0531159293
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 8 x 0.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Science in Ancient Greece (Science of the Past) Paperback – March, 1999
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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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The original hardcover edition contains much denser text with more advanced prose and a much greater depth of material covered. However, the older text is entirely in black and white, with few illustrations (although those that are included are relevant and helpful).
The newer edition has much larger print containing easier-to-read vocabulary and much less information overall. And annoyingly, there are no dates in this book -- instead of specifying that something happened in "450 B.C." as the 1988 edition does, this text vaguely reads "about 2,500 years ago." (I had to read this with a calculator next to me and then pencil in the approximate dates so that my children and I could have an idea when things were happening.)
The plus side of the newer edition is that its pages are glossy paper with very nice full-color photographs on nearly every page. Plus, some of the (simplified) information has been organized into sidebars, which does draw attention to it.
If you are reading this with younger children, the newer edition might be more interesting for them. But any student in middle or high school would greatly benefit from the better depth of coverage contained in the hardcover edition. (It's too bad that the original text couldn't simply have been augmented with the newer color photographs, without "dumbing it down," but I guess this is the trend in nearly all school textbooks.)