Before the World Was Ready Stories of Daring Genius in Science by Claire Eamer
  

Before the World Was Ready Stories of Daring Genius in Science

Written by Claire Eamer
Illustrated by Sarah Boothroyd

RRP £9.99

Synopsis

Before the World Was Ready Stories of Daring Genius in Science by Claire Eamer

Eight fascinating tales of scientists and inventors ahead of their time. In this thought-provoking book, you'll find out what happened when people weren't ready to listen to innovators who came up with revolutionary ideas. Discover how Alfred Wegener struggled to convince geologists that the ground beneath our feet is moving, why ? mad scientist Nikola Tesla's futuristic ideas about electricity were dismissed, why Charles Darwin delayed publishing his controversial theory of evolution for decades, and how Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace nearly invented the first computer in the 1800s. You'll also meet Copernicus, who proposed a sun-centered model of the universe; Ignaz Semmelweis, who tried in vain to persuade doctors to use disinfection methods; the aviation pioneer George Cayley, whose ideas were decades ahead of the technology that would make them work; and Rachel Carson, who sounded the first alarm about the effects of pesticides on wildlife. Nowadays, we think of these scientists as heroes, but they all endured great personal hardships for daring to think differently. Enlivened by colorful and witty illustrations, these compelling stories of great minds? and often eccentric personalities? are sure to draw in young readers. Look around: can you spot the next world-shaking idea?

Reviews

By encouraging readers to spot the trailblazers, Eamer introduces history's greatest scientific discoveries, such as plate tectonics, microorganisms, and the harmful effects of pesticides. Although no shortage of published material exists for many of the included scientists, the author takes a novel approach by linking scientists across cultures and time periods based on a similar focus of study. Much of the text is dedicated to forerunners who inspired today's better-known names, such as Sir George Cayley, whose flight research provided the framework for the Wright brothers. A well-rounded list of titles for further reading, a lengthy selected bibliography, and an inclusive index are included. Boothroyd's whimsical illustrations provide a touch of humor. This title may be of interest to students with an appreciation for science or history as well as those researching a specific scientist.--Meaghan Darling, Plainsboro Public Library, NJ School Library Journal (12/01/2013)

About the Author

Claire Eamer has written numerous books for kids, including The World in Your Lunch Box and Lizards in the Sky. She lives in Whitehorse, Yukon. Sa Boothroyd is an illustrator who lives in Gibsons, British Columbia. She previously illustrated The World in Your Lunch Box for Annick Press.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
128 pages
Interest Age: From 9 to 11 years

Author

Claire Eamer
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Publisher

Annick Press Ltd

Publication date

1st September 2013

ISBN

9781554515356


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