Reviews for Who Invented the Periodic Table?

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring
Clearly and substantively, these books trace the development of the periodic table and fission from the time of the ancient Greeks through the present day. Although each spread addresses a subtopic, the texts read smoothly; the many sidebars, photos, and biographical sketches are well integrated. In both volumes, the answer to the title question is, of course, many different people--increasingly, in collaboration. Reading list, websites. Glos, ind. [Review covers these Breakthroughs in Science and Technology titles: Who Split the Atom? and Who Invented the Periodic Table?] Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews 2010 November

Gr 5-8--Despite the titles, and although this series offers sidebars with biographical information on key players and interesting facts about them, it covers more science than biography. However, these are excellent books with a good balance of text and images, and they offer concise and clear presentations of sometimes-complex topics. Natural Selection, for example, discusses the workings of Darwin's theory and other related science, and ends with information on genes and DNA. Atom discusses the breakthroughs in physics and chemistry that led to the development of nuclear weapons and nuclear power and includes a photograph of Belarussian protestors in radiation masks on the Chernobyl anniversary. Purchase where new titles are needed on these topics.

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