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~DOWNLOAD KINDLE ♽ Lives of the Scientists ♗ Scientists Have A Reputation For Being Focused On Their Work And Maybe Even Dull But Take Another Look Did You Know That It S Believed Galileo Was Scolded By The Roman Inquisition For Sassing His Mom That Isaac Newton Loved To Examine Soap Bubbles That Albert Einstein Loved To Collect Joke Books, And That Geneticist Barbara McClintock Wore A Groucho Marx Disguise In Public With Juicy Tidbits About Everything From Favorite Foods To First Loves, The Subjects Of Kathleen Krull And Kathryn Hewitt S Lives Of The Scientists Experiments, Explosions And What The Neighbors Thoughtare Revealed As Creative, Bold, Sometimes Eccentric And Anything But Dull
This is a really cool mid grade level picture book that does a good and thorough job of telling the stories of great thinkers and scientists from across the globe and across time The book begins with an ancient Chinese thinker and scientist Zhang Heng born in 78 a.d who made discoveries in astronomy and earthquakes and who worked for the Emperor of China and ends with Jane Goodall, stopping to talk about Galileo, Newton, Einstein and manyThis is reallybook than picture book and spends a good deal of time explaining about the various scientists discoveries It also goes to great lengths to include people from Asia, the Middle East and many women in it s review of famous scientists. Lives of the Scientists has many interesting bits of information on twenty people who s passion and or obsession greatly changed science and societies view on science I would rather give this book a 3.5, sadly goodreads does not allow half star ratings The idea behind this non fiction read giving apersonal side to each of the scientist each getting anywhere from 2 6 pages dedicated to them was great However, I felt that the text often was written at a higher level than the interest level A brief description about some of the larger vocabulary or a better description about the branches of science being discussed would have been helpful to readers. The Lives of the Scientists is a great basic level science book for kids From one scientist to the next the person s childhood, upbringing, and education is presented followed by accomplishments in and out of the scientific field and wrapped up with concluding notes The Book talks about many scientists lives and accomplishments but also explains the individuals quirks and eccentricities which was nice to see The science and explanations for things like Marie Curie s work with radioactive elements and here discovery of radon was interesting to read about but the book as a whole remained at a very fundamental level Reading this as a high schooler in AP Chemistry is a very fast and simple task and nothingshould be expected as the book is written for a very young audience but the authors could have gone intodepth without losing the message and giving ainterested mind something greater to enjoy. This would be a fabulous book to help students understand that every person isthan their accomplishments.Those who have achieved most have often over come much. This is a HORRIBLE BOOK FOR KIDS Maybe kind of interesting for adults I got this book for my 3nd grader at his scholastic book fair and read about Einstein first It exposed the fact that he had a child he put up for adoption, left his wife married his cousin, who he had an affair with. Loved reading this collection on famous scientists with my daughter. Very good insight on the lives of scientists Very rarely do we read about their little quirks. With 7 out of 20 short biographies being about women, and 5 out of 20 being non caucasian, this probably has a surprisingly heavy focus on minorities counting women in the minority group which is laudable This follows the typical format Krull has established for this series short chapters from 2 6 pages in length on each person Krull doesn t hesitate to bring in people from ancient times that are not known For example, her first chapter is on Zhang Heng is an Ancient Chinese astronomer who influenced generations of Chinese scientists Krull emphasizes that she wrote this not to tell about their discoveries or importance but what they were like as people as much as possible Clearly their scientific achievements are a good part of each chapter But what she loves to do is find trivia that might arouse kids curiosity to readon each person Who knew that Gallileo was not the only person to receive a very belated apology from churches on how he was treated The Church of England issued one to Darwin in 2008 Or that the Baby Einstein company pays so much in royalties that Einstein is one of the highest earning dead celebrities What I found interesting is that her bibliography for further reading includes mostly adult titles, at least judging from the number of university presses listed for the publisher of these books I suspect this is no mistake on Krull s part she likely suspects that if a kid is interested enough to read further, they can manage the adult material just fine I suspect this title could be useful in the common core era of trying to get broadly based nonfiction into the hands of kids Librarians may want to take a look at Krull s other collective biographies in this series for recommendations to clueless adults on what their kid might read for school. The cover art for this book is what initially drew me in I know they say to never judge a book by its cover, but from the cover I could tell that it was a non fiction book of short biographies geared toward younger readers I was curious to see if this could be done in a way that would be appealing Then there is the subtitle Experiments, Explosions and What the Neighbors Thought It got me wondering what did the neighbors think Also, what would students in an elementary classroom think Personally, I thought this was a fantastic book The chapters were each based on a different scientist spanning in history from Zhang Heng in China in the year 78 to Jane Goodall a personal favorite in the present day It gives readers a look at unusual people leading unusual lives, and I appreciated the candor with which each mini biography represented its subject William Herschel was a bit of a bully, Sir Isaac Newton was reclusive and did not get along with his siblings, Charles Darwin suffered from ill health and regular bouts of vomiting, and Barbara McClintock s students were afraid of her Scientists can have brilliant ideas and make wonderful discoveries, but they are still real people I found that endearing and I think students would get a kick out of some of these quirks as well This book is non fiction and it is filled with 20 biographies of a variety of different scientists It is best suited for intermediate readers in 3rd through 5th grade, and it would make a wonderful addition to a classroom library This book is beautifully and humorously illustrated, and allows young readers a fantastic introduction to biographies in a short and entertaining format It is great for developing reading comprehension skills involving an informational text In my 3rd grade practicum classroom last year each student created a Power Point presentation about a famous person and I believe this book would be a fun way to introduce such a project As young readers learn about researching famous individuals through biographies and other non fiction accounts, they can hone their research skills with the simple chapters in this book which range from 2 5 pages I can see teachers using this book to help students develop reading comprehension skills by having them read a chapter and demonstrate their understanding while citing evidence from the text that supports their answers I also think this book would be a fun way to contrast and compare different accounts of the same individual by different authors, which then opens discussions into each author s point of view and message.