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Science in ancient Mesopotamia
Moss, Carol (Carol Marie)
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Publication Information:
New York : F. Watts, [1998]

Physical Description:
63 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Describes the enormous accomplishments of the Sumerians and Babylonians of ancient Mesopotamia in every scientific area, a heritage which affects our own everyday lives.
Reading Level:
990 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 6-8 7.2 3 Quiz: 14918 Guided reading level: NR.
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Central Library Q127.I7 M67 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area

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Science finds its origins in the world's earliest civilizations. The Science of the Past series takes a look at how ancient scientists studied mathematics, astronomy, medicine, and more.

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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 4-6-These volumes, remakes of titles from the "First Books" series (Watts), expand greatly on their earlier counterparts. Ancient Greece covers the ideas and achievements of astronomers, mathematicians, geographers, and medical scientists. In Mesopotamia, readers learn that the Babylonians created a symbol for zero and that the Mesopotamians were the first to use a number system to weigh and measure. A final chapter in each of these clearly written books does a good job summarizing the influences of these ancient contributions on modern science. Black-and-white and full-color photographs and reproductions, a few of which are duplicated from the earlier editions, are well captioned. Maps on the versos of the title pages are less detailed but more inviting than in the originals. Italicized words in the text are defined in an appended glossary. The lists of resources offer Internet sites as well as books for further study. These titles are useful for reports, and there's also much to interest science students.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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