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The Story of Science: Newton at the Center Volume 2

Smithsonian Books / 2007 / Hardcover

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Coming out of the middle ages, there were problems in the scientific community. Knowledge was limited, or based upon erroneous ideas without application of scientific inquiry. And then, out of the darkness, came light. This fascinating book will illuminate the world of Newton, Galileo, Copernicus and other scientists who dared to challenge the establishment, thereby giving us a solid foundation for much of modern science.

Discover the advances that were made in astronomy, matter, time, biology, elements and electricity, as well as the historical context in which they were discovered. Sidebars, charts, maps, diagrams, illustrations and photographs illuminate a flowing text that will fascinate students and adults. 163 pages, hardcover with dust jacket. Indexed.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 480
Vendor: Smithsonian Books
Publication Date: 2007
ISBN: 1588341615
ISBN-13: 9781588341617
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Series: Story of Science

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In volume two, students will watch as Copernicus's systematic observations place the sun at the center of our universe—to the dismay of establishment thinkers. After students follow the achievements and frustrations of Galileo, Kepler, and Descartes, they will appreciate the amazing Isaac Newton, whose discoveries about gravity, motion, colors, calculus, and Earth's place in the universe set the stage for modern physics, astronomy, mathematics, and chemistry.

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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