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.

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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