For STEM fans: Super Scientists

For young students with inquiring minds…learn about some of the world’s most famous scientists in this easy to read (or browse through) resource. It deserves a spot on school library shelves and the home shelves of students who will be fascinated by these interesting thinkers.

The book is arranged in two page spreads and is organized historically. We start with Thales while the final entry is on Neil Degrasse Tyson. There are men, women and those from many different countries represented and acknowledged.

For each scientist there are short entries including topics such as biography, amazing, famous for, etc. Accomplishments of each are acknowledged.

One of the things that I enjoy about reviewing children’s books is that my horizons are broadened as well. There were many scientists that I knew in this book but also some with whom I just had a first encounter, like Thales. The time that I spent with this excellent resource was well spent.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for helping me to learn more. You will too!

Some examples:

Hypatia of Alexandria

Hypatia of Alexandria: The First Woman of Science

Born 370 A.D., Died 415 A.D., in Alexandria (Egypt)

The first woman mathematician and academic in history, Hypatia was also known as a famous martyr who died for her beliefs. Before her death, she wrote commentaries and posed famously

difficult mathematical problems. Following her assassination, many great thinkers left Alexandria, effectively marking the end of a long century of Greek progress and scholarship. From here, it would be Indian and Arab scholars who would take up the mantle and lead the world’s scientific race.

Records

Although Hypatia’s writings disappeared, we know a lot about her. As well as her mathematical texts, she edited Euclid and reviewed Ptolemy. Over the centuries, historians, poets and feminists have made her their icon.

A Tortured Genius

It is thought that the bishop of Alexandria ordered the death of Hypatia. He was worried that she had too much influence over the city’s governor. A gang of monks murdered her by cutting her with oyster shells.

 

  • Hypatia travelled the city explaining the ideas of Plato, Aristotle and the great philosophers.
  • According to her contemporary, Paladas, Hypatia was renowned for being a brilliant speaker.
  • famous for teaching at the prestigious university of Alexandria
  • Hypatia’s murder is a famous example of the distrust of clever women in ancient times.
  • HGP and the Human Genome

    HGP and the Human Genome: The International Effort

    14 April 2003 99.9% of the human genome has been coded

    For 15 years, an international research group worked on the Human Genome Project, or HGP. The group succeeded in ‘sequencing’ the DNA, or decoding all the chemical instructions that are contained within our genes, that tell our bodies how to work. A rival sequencing project set up by Celera Genomics was established as a private competitor to the publicly funded HGP, intending to sell the sequence first. Luckily for humanity, the human genome could not be legally patented and the HGP won the race!

  • HGP and the Human Genome

    HGP and the Human Genome: The International Effort

    14 April 2003 99.9% of the human genome has been coded

    For 15 years, an international research group worked on the Human Genome Project, or HGP. The group succeeded in ‘sequencing’ the DNA, or decoding all the chemical instructions that are contained within our genes, that tell our bodies how to work. A rival sequencing project set up by Celera Genomics was established as a private competitor to the publicly funded HGP, intending to sell the sequence first. Luckily for humanity, the human genome could not be legally patented and the HGP won the race!

    Genome: A Definition

    A genome is all the genetic information – known as ‘genes’ – contained within every cell of an organism. DNA is the support material of the genome.

    Data Sharing

    In 1995, the directors of the HGP decided that the data produced on the human genome could not be sold. However, it is still possible to sell its applications.

     

  • Famous for decoding the human genome
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  • It’s thanks to the genome that the human body works.
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  • The Human Genome Project was born in the USA, but united 350 laboratories from 18 countries.
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  • In 1998, it is decided that the components of the genome belong to humanity.
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  • We can now treat certain illnesses and reduce the risk of them developing…

 

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