- Age Range: 9 and up
- Grade Level: 4 and up
- Series: Science of the Past
- Paperback: 64 pages
- Publisher: Children's Press(CT); Revised ed. edition (March 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0531159302
- ISBN-13: 978-0531159309
- 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 (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,861,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Science in Ancient Mesopotamia Revised ed. Edition
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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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Top customer reviews
Sadly, we found that it was disrespectful of Mesopotamian accomplishments, deriding this ancient people for not thinking like modern people do. We gave up partway through, even thought the science was interesting, because the heavy layer of unwarranted judgement made the book unreadable for us.
I hope later cultures are treated more respectfully.
We got it for part of our homeschooling unit on ancient civilizations but it didn't hold the interest.
Recommended for Mesopotamia: Oakes (Step Into Mesop), Brown Bear Books (Ancient Mesop), and Jane Shuter (The Sumerians).
This book is very short indeed, the main body being a mere 40 pages long, including some pages that are mostly taken up by pictures, but excluding the glossary and so forth. The pictures are excellent, and the information seems to be correct. However, this book is rather too short to provide much information. Overall, I do not recommend this book.