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Alfred Nobel : inventive thinker
Binns, Tristan Boyer, 1968-
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Publication Information:
New York : Franklin Watts, [2004]

Physical Description:
111 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Discusses the life and work of Alfred Nobel, a Swedish inventor who developed dynamite and instituted the Nobel Prize.
Reading Level:
980 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.1 3.0 77329.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.8 7 Quiz: 34836 Guided reading level: T.
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TP268.5.N7 B56 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area-Biography
TP268.5.N7 B56 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
TP268.5.N7 B56 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
TP268.5.N7 B56 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
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Bom in Stockholm, Sweden, Alfred Nobel is widely known as the founder of the Nobel Prizes. He was also a successful inventor, who made great advances in the field of explosives. During his early years, he and his family struggled to make ends meet after his father's business ventures left them bankrupt. Nobel excelled as a student and later was taught by private tutors. He began to put his curious, inventive mind to work, experimenting with nitroglycerin. Tragedy stuck the Nobel family in 1865 when his brother, Emil, was killed in an explosion at their explosives factory. One year later, Nobel invented dynamite, a safer explosive. In his later years, his thoughts turned from creating better ways to blow things up to bringing the world closer together. He decided to use much of his fortune to create the Nobel Prizes, which are awards given to individuals or groups for making advancements in their fields. Book jacket.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-If students recognize Nobel's name at all, it will most likely be because of his association with the Nobel Peace Prize. Imagine how surprised they will be to learn that Nobel's life work focused on creating explosives, most notably the invention and implementation of dynamite. Binn's readable narrative chronicles the life of a highly motivated, intelligent scientist and businessman whose career had a profound impact on the direction of humankind-for better or for worse. The book is adequately supplemented with historical and cultural information that shows students not only how he came to develop dynamite, but also why the demand for it continued to grow. Average-quality photos (many of which are sepia toned) and reproductions appear throughout.-Holly T. Sneeringer, St. Mark School, Baltimore, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

1 Childhood and Familyp. 7
2 Explosives and Experimentsp. 17
3 Early Nitroglycerinp. 25
4 Nitroglycerin Panicp. 37
5 Dynamitep. 49
6 Paris and New Ideasp. 57
7 A Lonely Manp. 63
8 International Successp. 69
9 A Traitor to France?p. 75
10 Coming to an Endp. 83
11 Dream and Realityp. 91
Timelinep. 101
To Find Out Morep. 103
A Note on Sourcesp. 105
Indexp. 107