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The Story of Science: Newton at the Center: Newton at the Center

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 463 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Smithsonian Books (first published October 25th 2005)
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Mara
Jan 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I think the kids and I look forward to the part of our day spent with this book more than anything else. We read a chapter in a sitting, stopping often to discuss the concepts, and to delve further via the internet. We just finished the chapters on Newton.
Michele
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Well written book. It was interesting to read. One of those books that you read short bits at a time.
Elisabeth
Mar 17, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I have been reading this book on and off for about 3 months. It is a great book and is an easy read. Newton at the Center is the second book of the story of science series which tell the history of science.
Joy Hakim
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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A Letter to the Head of Smithsonian Books from a school leader, writing about the three volume The Story of Science:


The books are fantastic.

I have been teaching for 25 years with experience in an Ivy League University and a variety of very competitive prep schools. As a former prep school History Department chair (at Landon School) who made it a habit to teach everything in our department, I have probably used 20 different textbooks, including ones for courses in AP U.S. History, AP European His
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Jo Oehrlein
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the 2nd volume in a series of science history books by Joy Hakim, author of The Story of US. The 1st volume was called The Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way. This second, much thicker volume, is more diverse than the first. It covers some math (mostly the development of calculus, but also mentions Boolean algebra and some probability), astronomy, physics, and chemistry. There’s little to no biology mentioned. There is lots of neat background information on the various important s ...more
Muffi
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
I got this book in order to teach my children the history of science, because I find that they learn science concepts better via story than through textbooks full of facts/concepts. This book does teach science via an historical narrative, however the author makes one HUGE glaring mistake: she tells the entire history of science in the PRESENT TENSE. It was very confusing to my kids as we read the book together. I ended up having to translate the entire time: "No, no, guys--what the author means ...more
Beth Hudson
Mar 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
In honor of my new bookreads friend Crystal Rushing, I want to post these two books by Joy Hakim. For the humanities child such as myself, who averts her eyes when algebra is set before them and prefers simply looking at trees and flowers to attempting to understand science, these books have been marvlous. Joy Hakim is the author of the 10 book series "The Story of US" -- the history of the United States, and her writing is so engaging, so fun to read, she had made history a fascinating subject ...more
Julia
Apr 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
The second great book in this series. I wish the writing was a little more consistent. Some portions have an elegant lucidity, while other portions make me wonder if the author understands the concept, because I certainly don't based on her explanation. I suppose that is probably the nature of a science book that doesn't assume its readers have high level math ability. From the chapters on motion to calculus, light, atomic theory, electicity, waves, particles, and thermodynamics, this book is m ...more
Joan
May 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is superb work! As good as her History of US series on American history, but much bigger 400 odd pages! Not only does Hakim cover the history of science, she covers the science as well. Told with many fascinating stories to bring the scientists to life as human beings and incredibly illustrated, this is worth the huge amount of time it will take to read it! This is the second of a trilogy on science. I also highly recommend the first book, but will take a break before reading the last book ...more
Theresa
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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The story of science continues with newton and the experimentation of people and scientist that change the out look of mankind and all people.
The reader learns the names, lifes, and ideals of the largest steps in the scientific exploration and methods.
I read each of the 40 sections on their own, looking at the steps in learning and scientific exploration.
this is a great resource for teachers and educators to learn detai
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Alex
Jan 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is a History Of Science book for young people. I believe it is Volume 2 of 3. Her series A History of US proved that Joy Hakim is the best history writer for kids out there. Like that series, this one is illustrated to the nines. I could do with a few less illustrations, but then I am not the target audience!
John
Apr 20, 2008 rated it liked it
A text book, but a good one. It really showed me how little I remember from Physics. Cool stuff, and I hope I have a better clue about how the workd works.

I'd love some recommendation of other books that can share science with me.
Emilie[-MLE-]
Nov 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Science text book!! yea!!
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Pam
May 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in a three part series. It was fascinating to learn about who these scientist were and what was going on when important things were discovered!
Maria
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Another great book in this series. It's amazing how intertwined everything in this life is!
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