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The Story of Science: Einstein Adds a New Dimension Volume 3

Smithsonian Books / 2007 / Hardcover

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The speed of light. The Milky Way as a Galaxy. Gravity bending light. All facts that most of us know. But how did they become to be facts? Who was trying to figure out these questions? How did they come to the answers?

Striking at the root of scientific curiosity, Joy Hakim's "The Story of Science" arrests attention with flowing text that effortlessly combines biographies of eminent scientists, the scientific-historical context in which they lived, the manner in which discovery built upon discovery, and the research backing up their ideas. Centered on Einstein's path to relativity, quantum physics and nuclear physics, the track to modern astrophysics is explored in painstakingly clear terms. Interspersed timelines provide a clearer picture of what scientists were active, while archival photographs, charts, illustrations, brilliant photos of the universe, and other visual aids help to crystallize and explain these intricately complex topics. 468 pages, hardcover with dust jacket.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 468
Vendor: Smithsonian Books
Publication Date: 2007
ISBN: 1588341623
ISBN-13: 9781588341624
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Series: Story of Science

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In volume three, students will look over Albert Einstein's shoulder as he and his colleagues develop a new kind of physics. It leads in two directions: to knowledge of the vast universe and its future (insights build on Einstein's theories of relativity), and to an understanding of the astonishingly small subatomic world (the realm of quantum physics). Students will learn why relativity and quantum theory revolutionized our world and led to the most important ideas in modern science, maybe of all time.

In the three-book The Story of Science series, master storyteller Joy Hakim narrates the evolution of scientific thought from ancient times to the present. With lively, character-driven narrative, Hakim spotlights the achievements of some of the world's greatest scientists and encourages a similiar spirit of inquiry in readers. The books include hundreds of color photographs, charts, maps, and diagrams; informative sidebars; suggestions for further reading; and excerpts from the writings of great scientists.

Author Bio

Author of the prize-winning series A History of US, Joy Hakim is the recipient of the James Michener Award in Writing and the Gold and Silver Parents' Choice Awards in Writing.

Editorial Reviews

“As a good—even great—teacher, Hakim knows exactly where students might stumble and is always there, making sure they don't.”—Diana Lutz, Natural History

“Hakim has interwoven creation myths, history, physics, and mathematics to present a seamless, multifaceted view of the foundation of modern science. . . . At its essence, the book displays the most appealing aspect of science and mathematics: that advances result from a practical need solved by curious minds.”—School Library Journal, starred review

“[W]hen master storyteller Joy Hakim wields her pen, take heart: you're in for a breathtaking adventure.”—American Educator

“If Leonardo da Vinci had studied school science, he would have been fascinated with The Story of Science.”—Juliana Texley, lead reviewer for National Science Teacher Association Recommends

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