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Examines the life, discoveries, and contributions of the ancient Greek mathematician who introduced mechanics, mathematical formulas, and experimental science
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Grade 4-6-- Two readable, profusely illustrated biographies. Archimedes introduces the world in which the mathematician lived and what is known and thought to be true about his life. It focuses on his scientific findings, and many children will lack the background needed to understand them. Galileo gives more information about the man's life and times with fewer technical explanations of his discoveries. It details his differences with the Church, which considered his teaching sacrilege. While the full-color diagrams, reproductions, and photographs make the books appealing, they are distracting in their inclusion of many and varied subjects. Likewise, some of the material in the texts is interesting but extraneous. Both books will please budding scientists, but their textbooklike covers may repel browsers. For younger readers, libraries that have Joan Lexau's fictional Archimedes Takes a Bath (Crowell, 1969; o.p.) and Arthur Jonas's Archimedes and His Wonderful Discoveries (Prentice-Hall, 1962; o.p.) will find that these titles offer easier introductions to the scientist and his discoveries. --Louise L. Sherman, Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ
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Book Description Franklin Watts, 1991. Library Binding. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P11053118403X
Book Description Franklin Watts, 1991. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M053118403X