Academic journal article Science Scope

Reading Science Stories

Academic journal article Science Scope

Reading Science Stories

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Reading Science Stories

By Joy Hakim.

149 pp.

2015. ISBN: 9780996272209.

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Misunderstood. Ostracized. Passionate. Determined. These are just some of the traits of the scientists portrayed in Joy Hakim's e-book, Reading Science Stories: Narrative Tales of Scientific Adventurers. Hakim, a well-known author whose previous works eloquently demonstrate the intersection of science and history, provides readers with captivating stories about the accomplishments and struggles of significant scientists.

With most of the 22 chapters adapted from Hakim's previous works, Reading Science Stories provides students a glimpse into the lives of scientists to convey the real-life triumphs and tribulations they experienced. The scientists are presented in separate chapters in chronological order, beginning with Pythagoras and ending with Donald Johanson, the paleoanthropologist who discovered the bones of "Lucy" in 1974. Most of the scientists selected by Hakim are from early Greek and Egyptian civilizations, the Renaissance, and the 1700s. Familiar scientists such as Galileo, Newton, Fahrenheit, and Einstein are included, but there are also more obscure scientists, such as Faraday, Bernoulli, and the lone female, du Chatelet. Although some might find the lack of female scientists a problem, only two chapters focus on science in the 20th century, when female scientists were beginning to gain entrance into the male-dominated field. …

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