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Science in ancient Greece
Gay, Kathlyn.
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Publication Information:
New York : F. Watts, [1998]

Physical Description:
64 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Discusses the theories of ancient Greek philosopher-scientists such as Ptolemy, Pythagoras, Hippocrates, and Aristotle, and describes some of the scientific discoveries attributed to the Greeks and their impact on modern science.
Reading Level:
990 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.9 3 Quiz: 14904 Guided reading level: NR.
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Q127.G7 G39 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area

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This Series meets National Curriculum Standards for: Science: History and Nature of Science Science as Inquiry Social Studies: Culture Global Connections Science, Technology, & Society Time, Continuity, & Change

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-6. These additions to the attractive Science of the Past series provide well-balanced, concise overviews on each culture's important contributions to the sciences. Gay discusses the theories and accomplishments of well-known Greek astronomers, philosophers, and mathematicians, including Ptolemy, Aristotle, and Hippocrates. Moss focuses more on the culture as a whole than on particular individuals. She does a great job of emphasizing the lasting impact of the Mesopotamians on modern-day science, ending her volume with a chapter summarizing their enormous contributions and demonstrating how their ideas are given practical application in our lives today. Each author does a good job of providing minimal but relevant background history, an important learning aid for youngsters in the middle grades. Both texts are nicely illustrated with a variety of photographs depicting ancient paintings, sculptures, and other art objects, as well as occasional drawings and charts. An extensive glossary and a list of resources, including Internet sites, provide help for researchers. --Lauren Peterson

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8 A useful summary of the development of science and mathematics in the ancient Greek world. Gay points out that many of the discoveries were not made in Greece itself, but by Greeks throughout the Mediterranean basin. Each chapter concentrates on a different aspect of science, such as discoveries in geography, mathematics, astronomy, anatomy, etc. Because there is overlap in some of these fields, the text is occasionally confusing. However, it is helpful to have so much information on Greek scientific thought in one source. This should prove to be an effective source for reports. The index is very good, but the glossary is not useful because the definitions are too short and too vague. Todd Morning, Schaumburg Township Pub . Lib . , Ill. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.