Reviews for Isaac Newton and Physics for Kids : His Life and Ideas With 21 Activities

Booklist Reviews 2009 June #1
Introverted yet inquisitive, Newton wasn't cut out to raise sheep or manage a farm. Even as a young child, he wondered about the sun, moon, and stars. Thus began a life of scientific inquiry in which Newton could isolate and bury himself in study and experimentation. His questions and the subsequent answers made an indelible mark on the study of physics. Hollihan introduces readers to the scientific brilliance, as well as the social isolation, of this giant figure, blending a readable narrative with an attractive format that incorporates maps, diagrams, historical photographs, and physics activities. Used alone or with other biographies of Newton, such as Philip Steele's Isaac Newton: The Scientist Who Changed Everything (2007), this book gives readers a clear picture of Newton's impact on the study of physics and astronomy. Includes a time line, further print and Web resources, and an index. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

Library Media Connection Reviews 2010 January/February
This book makes the details of the complicated and fascinating life of Isaac Newton accessible to young readers. The biography is written on a friendly and fact-filled reading level. Chapters detail Newton?s life, from his humble beginnings to the renown of his elder years. While the book indicates Newton?s contributions to modern science, it also provides glimpses into his cantankerous personality, odd personal habits, and periodic emotional instability. Interspersed throughout are simple and practical experiments to help clarify some of Newton?s laws and scientific conclusions. Sidebar articles related to the events and important people in Newton?s life help fill in background information. Sepia-toned drawings, etchings, maps, and diagrams add subtle interest. The range and depth of information go beyond an encyclopedia article and the suggested experiments invite real- time interaction with his science. This would be a great addition to a collection lacking material on Newton. Researchers seeking the detailed scientific content of Newton?s work will have to look elsewhere, but those interested in studying his life will welcome the insightful and balanced biographical material. Bibliography. Websites. Index. Highly Recommended. Anna Hartle, Integrated Technology Teacher/Librarian, Cincinnati (Ohio) Country Day School ¬ 2010 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

School Library Journal Reviews 2009 August

Gr 4-7--An opening time line commences with the 1642 marriage of Newton's parents and closes with his death in 1727, and a general introduction describes the man and the times in which he lived. The text touches on Newton's childhood in Woolsthorpe, his studies at Cambridge, which led to his three laws of motion, and his time as master of the Royal Mint and president of the Royal Society. The activities elucidate, for example, concepts in mathematics ("What Are the Odds?") and physics ("Create Optical Illusions"), and reveal more historical details. For example, in a section on the 17th-century plague, readers are provided with instructions on how to make a mask like those worn by doctors of the time. The activities will generally not be suitable for science fairs, but are likely to engage readers. Lengthy sidebars provide additional information about pertinent subjects ("Comets," "Churches, Kings, and Freedom of Speech") as well as individuals and events that influenced Newton's work. The writing is clear and detailed, but is best suited for motivated readers. Black-and-white illustrations on every spread consist primarily of reproductions of art and of scientific diagrams. Some of the further-reading suggestions, including two tiles by Newton, are for adults. This will be a handy supplement to a physics curriculum and would be a useful selection for school and public libraries.--Maren Ostergard, King County Library System, Issaquah, WA

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