By Kendall Haven
Brimming with interesting and enjoyable evidence approximately a hundred medical breakthroughs, this assortment provides the true tales in the back of the background of technology, whilst supplying a breathtaking evaluation of the historical past of technology and an advent to a couple of crucial scientists in history.
Grades 6 and up.
Throughout heritage, technological know-how has replaced lives and dramatically altered the best way the universe is perceived. concentrating on the a hundred most vital clinical occasions of all time—from Archimedes' discovery of the 2 primary rules underlying physics and engineering (levers and buoyancy) in 260 B.C.E. to human anatomy, Jupiter's moons, electrons, black holes, the human genome, and more—storyteller Kendall Haven has created a prepared reference for these looking details on technology discoveries.
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