Readers will travel back in time to ancient Babylonia, Egypt, and Greece. They will meet the world's first astronomers, mathematicians, and physicists and explore the lives and ideas of such famous people as Pythagoras, Archimedes, Brahmagupta, al-Khwarizmi, Fibonacci, Ptolemy, St. Augustine, and St. Thomas Aquinas. Hakim will introduce them to Aristotle—one of the greatest philosophers of all time—whose scientific ideas dominated much of the world for eighteen centuries.
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.
About the Author
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My 11 year old ended up reading this book, and volume 2, cover to cover -- this speaks not only to his interest in science, but to the readability of the text.
This book maps out how science and its theories came to be. The author discusses the development of science from creation, history, math, and physics. The explanations are easy to understand and the author¿s use of humor lightens the heavy topics and keeps readers engaged. The book is easy to navigate with subheadings under titles of each chapter with a visual clue as to what each chapter will discuss, i.e. math, technology/engineering, and geology. There are plenty of visuals, sidebars and pictures, to help explain the text. This book would be useful for research projects and may give way to further study. The book is probably best suited for 8th grade and up.
One of the best and most accessible books on the history of early science. I loved the pictures and illustrations and learned a lot. I will definitely read the rest of the series