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Thursday, March 20, 2008

My evolving list of books for Science

From my recent notes...

Books we have and want to read no matter what we do, the ones with * are ones we do not own. This list has nothing to with Tapestry of Grace, which includes science history within it's framework. This has been completely done on my own with the exception of the list of scientist's name in chronological order which came from a timeline. It is not complete but a great start.

Animal books
Among the Pond People
Among the Night People
Among the Forest People
Among the Meadow People
Mother West Wind Books: Children, How
Burgess Book of Nature Lore
Burgess Animal Book for Children
Our Humble Helpers (Domestic)
How Animals Talk
Stories Mother Nature Told Her Children*

Burgess Bird Book for Children
Citizen Bird by Osgood
Wings of the Forest by Long

Cheerful Cricket and Others by Jeannette Marks
Insect Folk by Morley
Children of Summer: Jean Henri Fabre Insects
more Fabre books like Life of the Spider, etc.

Springtime Flowers
Flower Chronicles
Wonder Book of Plant Life by Fabre
Seed-Babies by Morley
Naturalist's Garden

Oceans & Sea Life
Burgess Seashore Book*
The Seashore Book by Zolotow
The Seaside Naturalist

Earth Science
The Geography Book by Caroline Arnold
The Space Book
A Child's Introduction to the Night Sky
Rey's Stars
Rey's Constellations
Look at the Sky and Tell the Weather
Fairy-land of Science
Story Book of Science
Madam How and Lady Why

Galloping the Globe
Geography Songs by Audio Memory
Home Geography by C.C. Long
A Child's World of Geography by Hillyer
Seven Sisters by Jane Andrews
Holling C. Holling books (do not have all)
The Fifty States by Meirs

Naturalists' books*
John Audubon
John Muir
Jane Goodall (The Shadow of Man, we have)
Beatrix Potter

Scientist biographies*
Great Inventors and their Inventions by Bachman

Below will come from library, only to be purchased if we cannot get from library
differing reading levels, incomplete titles b/c this is how it is from my notes.

Chronologically so far:

Ancient Science by Jim Wiese
Pythagoras- What's Your Angle?
Hippocrates - Father of Medicine by Goldberg
Socrates- Wise Guy
Plato- Plato Stories for Children, Plato's Journey (Fic)
Aristotle- Aristotle's Firefly (Fic)
Archimedes- Door of Science, Mr. Archimedes' Bath (juv fic)
Ptolemy - n/a
Galen- My life in Imperial Rome, Gateway to Medicine
al-Razi - n/a
Alhazen - Ibn Al-haytham First Scientist by Steffens
Robert Grosseteste- n/a
Thomas Aquinas- St. Thomas Aquinas & the Preaching Beggars
Roger Bacon- Magic Gold by Lansing
Leonardo Da Vinci - plenty to choose from, Leonardo's Horse
Paracelsus- Monarch of Medicine by Susac
Copernicus- The Earth is a Planet/ check out Todd Goble
Andrea Vesalius- n/a
Konrad von Gesner- n/a
Tycho Brahe- Mapping the Heavens, Boerst
René Descartes- He Freed the Minds of Men by Hoyt, The Fly on the Ceiling (Ear.Reader)
Galileo Galilei- Starry Messenger, plenty to choose from
William Harvey - WH and the Mechanics of the Heart
Francis Bacon- n/a
Isaac Newton- Discovering Nature's Laws by Salas
Robert Boyle- Skeptical Chemist
Robert Hooke- author Mary Gow
Edmond Halley- The Man and His Comet/ Mr. Haley and His Comet
John Ray- n/a
Francis Hauksbee- n/a
Stephen Gray - n/a
Leiden jar - n/a
Georges de Buffon - n/a
Benjamin Franklin- plenty to choose from
Carl Linnaeus- Father of Classification
Joseph Black- n/a
Joseph Priestley - and the Discovery of Oxygen by Conley
Abraham Werner- n/a
Antoine Lavoisier- Chemist who Lost his Head
Caroline Herschel- still looking
Luigi Galvani- Giants of Electricity
James Hutton - n/a
Edward Jenner- Dr. Jenner and the SPeckled Monster by Marrin
Alessandro Volta- and the Electric Battery by Dibner
John Dalton- and the Atomic Theory by Whiting (look for another)
Jean De Lamarck - n/a
Hans Oersted- n/a
Justus von Liebig- the Chemical Gatekeeper by Brock
Johannes Kepler- Giants of Faith & Science by John Tiner
Charles Lyell- Lyell's Travels in N. Ameria
Charles Darwin- The Tree of Life, The Voyage of the Beetle (pb)
Michael Faraday- Father of Electronics by Lugwig
Ada Lovelace- Who Was Ada Lovelace? by Lethbridge
Joseph Lister- Giants of Science by P. Parks
Gregor Mendel- The Friar Who Grew Peas, Genetics Pioneer
Dmitri Mendeleev- ?
James Maxwell- The Man Who Changed Everything
Robert Koch- and the study of Anthrax/ Father of Bacteriology
Louis Pasteur- Germ Hunter, plenty to choose from
Heinrich Hertz- A Short Life by Susskind
Sophia Krukovsky- n/a
Wilhelm Rontgen- The Mysterious Rays of Dr. Rontgen, Discoverer of Xray
Antoine Becquerel- and the Discovery of Radioactivity
Max Planck - n/a
Albert Einstein- plenty to choose from
Thomas Morgan- n/a
Marie Curie- Something Out of Nothing, plenty to choose from
Ernest Rutherford- Father of Nuclear Science/ ER and the Explosion of Atom
Niels Bohr- Gentle Genius of Denmark, Physicist and Humanitarian
Alfred Wegener- Uncovering Plate Tectonics/ Ending In Ice
Edwin Hubble- EH and the Big Bang
Georges LeMaitre- n/a
Alexander Fleming- by R. Hantula, The Man who discovered Penicillin
Hermann Bondi- Science, Churchill and Me (Autobio)
Francis Crick- Unlocking the secrets of DNA
Robert Wilson- n/a

Nikola Tesla- My Inventions (Autobio)
Martha Maxwell- Natural History Pioneer by McVey
Garrett Morgan by Jackson
The Scientists: A History of Science Told Through the Lives of Its Greatest Inventors by John Gribbin and Adam Hook

check out Immortals of Science, Great Minds of Science, Giants of Science

At Baldwin Project, "Story Lives of Great Scientists"- free online.



Amanda and Ron said...

First of all, did you get this list of people from TOG? That is the most comprehensive list I've ever seen. Also.. I think the living science books are great, using the biographies even though they don't match where you are in science shouldn't be a problem. I wanted to know if TOG repeats (i.e. Trivium). I need to go look it up, I guess, but we're only in PreK, so I haven't looked much at it yet. It would be great (if it does) to go back to those same scientist and learn even more indepth things about them. Thanks for letting us look at your notes. I have and am using LOTS of your ideas! :)

Bradley said...

Thank you for including my book, Ibn al-Haytham: First Scientist in your Evolving List of Science Books. As you may know, mine is the world's first full biography of the eleventh-century Muslim scholar known in the West as Alhazen or Alhacen. If any of your students have any questions about the book, feel free to have them email me.

my5wolfcubs said...

You have the greatest lists! I might be able to recommend some John Muir books soon -- requested a bunch from the library as my parents are taking my dds to Yosemite for a few days later this spring. I wish I was going! My parents never took ME to Yosemite!! :)
PS Kids enjoyed Socrates Wise Guy recently!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting these! I found one for earth science that was so delightful it reminded me of Hillyer. The author writes under the name Dr. Art -- Dr. Art's Guide to . . . I particularly enjoyed his Guide to Planet Earth. It was readable, enthusiastic, drew me in; about halfway through I stopped and realized what had happened and said to myself, "that's a living book."