+612 9045 4394
The Story Of Science : Newton At The Center - Joy Hakim

The Story Of Science

Newton At The Center

By: Joy Hakim

Hardcover Published: 25th October 2005
ISBN: 9781588341617
Number Of Pages: 480
For Ages: 12 - 14 years old

Share This Book:


RRP $55.95
Ships in 7 to 10 business days

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.


All three in the set are nearly perfect


The set of books, of which this is one of three volumes, is a truly riveting way to either begin or refresh science studies, for teacher and student alike. It is especially useful as a collection of stories of people doing science, in history, and so provides the kind of background which it would normally take a physics/chemistry science degree, or pretty determined studies, to be exposed to. As such it can help to provide a sound basis for non-experts to find out more about modern science in the community, and then engaging with this in schools and in teaching. Many original experiments are photographed as well as quite well described and this shows how the big science concepts in physics and chemistry were developed and how they can still be 'proven', with the right gear, as opposed to being taken for granted without evidence. It is similar in some ways to the Asimov guides, which are often quoted in them, but much less expertise is needed to follow the ideas. I highly recommend this beautifully illustrated and very well written set of books, and especially to fellow teachers, perhaps especially at primary and high school. Do yourself a favour ...



The Story of Science

5.0 1


"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

The Scientific Quest...and This Bookp. ix
Off-Center? It Can't Be!p. 1
A New Age: Bringing New Ways of Seeingp. 14
What's to Be Made of Leonardo?p. 32
On Revolutions and Foolsp. 36
Tycho Brahe: Taking Heaven's Measurep. 44
Holding a Ruler to the Skyp. 58
Renaissance Menp. 62
Gazing at a Star Named Galileop. 72
Moving Relatively or Relatively Moving?p. 80
Are Novas Really "New" Stars? As to Supernovas-Wow!p. 90
About Suns and Stuff (Galileo Didn't Know Any of This)p. 95
Moving the Sun and the Earthp. 98
Who Did Invent the Telescope?p. 106
Do You Think You Have Troubles?p. 110
Getting Along by Staying Apart: Religion and Sciencep. 116
Poor Keplerp. 118
Those Eccentric Ellipsesp. 129
Descartes and His Coordinatesp. 132
At Last, Proof of the Lastp. 141
What's the Big Attraction?p. 144
Gravity-How Absurd!p. 154
Calculus? Who Done It?p. 160
Newton Sees the Lightp. 164
Newton Movesp. 172
Fame Finds Newtonp. 178
Edmond Halley, Mr. Cometp. 184
A Dane Lights the Wayp. 188
Clocking Time (and Speed) with Io: Here's the Mathp. 196
What's the Matter? (About Elements and Alchemy)p. 198
An Elemental Talep. 208
Robert Boyle, Skeptic-or Airhead?p. 210
Is Air Something-or Nothing?p. 216
Daniel and the Old Lion Hunterp. 220
Brains and Beauty Squaredp. 230
It's a Gas! Take Its Temperature!p. 238
Turning on the Heatp. 246
Weighing the Worldp. 250
The Right Man for the Jobp. 260
A Man with a Powerful Headp. 266
France Sings a Metric Tunep. 275
Dalton Takes Us Back to Greece-and Atomsp. 278
A Molecule-and-Number Manp. 288
Chemical Bondagep. 294
Putting Things in Orderp. 298
The Periodic Table: A Chemical Family Treep. 309
The Heated Story of an American Spyp. 312
A Shocking Sciencep. 322
A Pendulum's Proofp. 334
Michael Faraday Has a Field Dayp. 338
Turning on the Lightp. 352
Maxwell's Chargesp. 356
Again and Again and Again-That's Frequencyp. 366
Bulldog Boltzmannp. 370
How Fast Is a Gas?p. 374
Inside the Atomp. 380
Wake Up! This Is About Work, Which Takes Energyp. 384
Information-Age Thinking in the Industrial Erap. 390
A Number-One Law, Thermodynamically Speakingp. 394
Obeying the (Second) Lawp. 400
Tying Down a Demonp. 412
Nothing to Do?p. 416
Wrapping Up and Getting Readyp. 426
Suggested Readingp. 432
NSTA Recommendsp. 436
Picture Creditsp. 438
Permissionsp. 442
Scientific Abbreviationsp. 443
Indexp. 444
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781588341617
ISBN-10: 1588341615
Series: Story of Science
Audience: General
For Ages: 12 - 14 years old
For Grades: 7 - 9
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 25th October 2005
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.8 x 19.7  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 1.32