Lives of the Scientists: Experiments, Explosions (and What the Neighbors Thought)

Kathleen Krull Kathryn Hewitt

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Lives of the Scientists: Experiments, Explosions (and What the Neighbors Thought)

Lives of the Scientists Experiments Explosions and What the Neighbors Thought Scientists have a reputation for being focused on their work and maybe even dull But take another look Did you know that it s believed Galileo was scolded by the Roman Inquisition for sassing his mom

  • Title: Lives of the Scientists: Experiments, Explosions (and What the Neighbors Thought)
  • Author: Kathleen Krull Kathryn Hewitt
  • ISBN: 9780152059095
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Scientists have a reputation for being focused on their work and maybe even dull But take another look Did you know that it s believed Galileo was scolded by the Roman Inquisition for sassing his mom That Isaac Newton loved to examine soap bubbles That Albert Einstein loved to collect joke books, and that geneticist Barbara McClintock wore a Groucho Marx disguise in puScientists have a reputation for being focused on their work and maybe even dull But take another look Did you know that it s believed Galileo was scolded by the Roman Inquisition for sassing his mom That Isaac Newton loved to examine soap bubbles That Albert Einstein loved to collect joke books, and that geneticist Barbara McClintock wore a Groucho Marx disguise in public With juicy tidbits about everything from favorite foods to first loves, the subjects of Kathleen Krull and Kathryn Hewitt s Lives of the Scientists Experiments, Explosions and What the Neighbors Thought are revealed as creative, bold, sometimes eccentric and anything but dull.

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    1. Joan on said:

      With 7 out of 20 short biographies being about women, and 5 out of 20 being non caucasian, this probably has a surprisingly heavy focus on minorities (counting women in the minority group) which is laudable. This follows the typical format Krull has established for this series: short chapters from 2 -6 pages in length on each person. Krull doesn't hesitate to bring in people from ancient times that are not known. For example, her first chapter is on Zhang Heng is an Ancient Chinese astronomer wh [...]

    2. Shelli on said:

      Lives of the Scientists has many interesting bits of information on twenty people who's passion and/or obsession greatly changed science and societies view on science. I would rather give this book a 3.5, sadly does not allow half-star ratings. The idea behind this non-fiction read: giving a more personal side to each of the scientist (each getting anywhere from 2-6 pages dedicated to them) was great. However, I felt that the text often was written at a higher level than the interest level. A b [...]

    3. Josh Bader on said:

      This is a HORRIBLE BOOK FOR KIDS. Maybe kind of interesting for adults. I got this boom for my 2nd grader at his scholastic book fair and read about Einstein first. It exposed the fact that he had a child he put up for adoption, left his wife & married his cousin, who he had an affair with.

    4. Susan on said:

      This would be a fabulous book to help students understand that every person is more than their accomplishments.Those who have achieved most have often over come much.

    5. Anita Dawson on said:

      Very good insight on the lives of scientists. Very rarely do we read about their little quirks.

    6. Laura Sulik on said:

      The cover art for this book is what initially drew me in. I know they say to never judge a book by its cover, but from the cover I could tell that it was a non-fiction book of short biographies geared toward younger readers. I was curious to see if this could be done in a way that would be appealing. Then there is the subtitle: Experiments, Explosions (and What the Neighbors Thought). It got me wondering…what did the neighbors think? Also, what would students in an elementary classroom think? [...]

    7. Stephanie on said:

      What a cool book! Fans of How They Croaked will love this too. The author has selected 20 scientists of various fame from across history, and shares a short biography (1-2 pages) on each, focusing not so much on the science they are famous for but on their personal lives. It's so gossipy and fascinating! There are many other titles in the Lives of series, and I'm totally going to read them!

    8. Aylea on said:

      Scientists have made discoveries that change our world, but they were also real people who irritated their neighbors and had favorite foods. The book details lives of scientists Zhang Heng, Ibn Sina, Galileo, Isaac Netwon, William and Caroline Herschel, Charles Darwin, Louis Pasteur, Ivan Pavlov, George Washington Carver, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Edwin Hubble, Barbara McClintock, Grace Murray Hopper, Rachel Carson, Chien-Shiung Wu, James D. Watson and Francis Crick, and Jane Goodall. In eac [...]

    9. Brandie on said:

      Krull, K. (2013). Lives of the scientists: Experiments, explosions (and what the neighbors thought). Boston: Harcourt Children's Books.Citation by: Brandie McKinneyType of Reference: Biographical ReferenceCall Number: 509.22 KRUContent/Scope: This resource covers 20 famous scientists. It contains a biography on each individual not only focusing on their scientific work, but incorporating their funny ideas and habits from their everyday lives. Accuracy/Authority/Bias: Part of a series titled "Liv [...]

    10. Jolene Aho on said:

      “Lives of the Scientists: Experiments, Explosions (and What the Neighbors Thought)” includes short biographies of 20 diverse scientists. Some are well known, such as Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton, others are not as well known, such as Zhang Heng and Caroline Herschel. The biographies all include caricatures of the scientists, making this book more engaging. The biographies point out eccentricities and interesting notes about each of the scientists that can help students to relate to them [...]

    11. Oak Lawn Public Library - Youth Services on said:

      Age/Lexile Level: 8-10 yrs / NC1120LLength: 96 pagesSummary: Travel through time from 78 to present day and read a brief biography of 20 scientists. You will learn unique facts about each person from who loved bubbles to favorite foods. There are caricatures for each person as well as additional illustrations. Most scientists also have an extra credit section that shares facts usually relating back to their life or work. Each scientist is limited to a few pages of text and they vary from astrono [...]

    12. Barbara on said:

      Part of the Lives ofries, this book focuses on 20 different scientists, starting with Zhang Heng and ending with Jane Goodall. The brief biographies have been organized chronologically and contain basic information about each of these world-changers. But what will appeal to young readers most is the inclusion of interesting facts that reveal the human side of each of these men and women. For instance, Rachel Carson shared her house with cats who sprawled across her desk as she wrote, and Barbara [...]

    13. Vernon Area Public Library KIDS on said:

      This book contains all sorts of interesting facts about many scientists we are familiar with (Newton, Galileo, George Washington Carver, Jane Goodall) and some we may not be (Zhang Heng, Ibn Sina, and Chien-Shiung Wu". Did you know that Noble Prizewinner Marie Curie, who discovered the cancer-curing properties of radium, experimented on herself? When her office was turned into a museum after she died, all of the furniture had to be replaced with replicas because it was so radioactive. The fun an [...]

    14. Penny Peck on said:

      Another fun addition to Krull's series of collective biographies for grades 4-8, this time focusing on notable scientists. The narrative has humor and personal details that will capture every readers' interest while still being clear on the science concepts the person discovered or was noted for. As always, Krull includes women and people of color, not just dead white guys, in her books: Rachel Carson, Marie Curie, George Washington Carver, Hopper, McClintock, Goodall as well as Darwin, Newton, [...]

    15. Malika on said:

      I absolutely loved reading about the lives of these scientists! I have to say they were quite interesting although the most of them were viewed as dull by their peers. I sometimes reach for 'childrens books' to satisfy my curiosity for a certain subject, as I'd rather not go for the thick book with unfamiliar scientific names and references. I'd lose interest much quicker, plus there's the cool addition of creative illustrations in ones like this! This wasn't a book for young young children, I'd [...]

    16. Jana Giles on said:

      This is a great educational book. The book talks about the lives of many famous scientists. It is a great book to use to incorporate science and history. This books lists all types of scientist from many places. The first person the book describes is Zhang Heng. He was a Chinese scientist who was not only a brilliant painter, but also an astronomer. It gives a brief summary of his life and his inventions. The book does not only talk about well known inventors such as Isaac Newton, but also about [...]

    17. Julie on said:

      Krull must spend a lot of time researching for the “Lives of…” series to discover such interesting tidbits. Each person’s entry was entertaining and readable, usually addressing their childhood, love life, religious beliefs, education, and most importantly, quirks and interesting traits and stories. She doesn’t shy away from less-than-flattering facts, and includes well-known and lesser-known people.

    18. A.J. on said:

      I listened to the audiobook narrated by Charlie Thurston. I felt the material was better than the narrator was able to convey. He had a rather distinctive delivery which I didn't find appealing.Kathleen Krull assumes the reader is familiar with the works of these scientists so don't expect a primer. It jumps straight into their quirks and idiosyncrasies. These anecdotes definitely humanize personalities that we normally see view as demigods. I found the book entertaining and amusing.

    19. Kelli on said:

      Fantastic! A great compendium of some of the greatest scientific thinkers throughout history that is well-balanced between the genders and includes several non-Western thinkers. The art is fun and detailed and the biographies present a great balance between discussing work/accomplishments and humanizing the scientists by discussing their quirks and personal lives. This would be a great book to have in any classroom and I'd recommend it to any lovers of science, whether young or old!

    20. Alicia on said:

      I listened to this while doing things around the house. It was short, just a couple of hours. It had informative tidbits about scientists other than their major scientific work. If you want to know why Pavlov's father was disappointed in him, or which female scientist would probably have thrown this book out the window, read this book find out.

    21. Mary Ann on said:

      Krull tells young readers about the lives of 20 scientists, presenting quick biographical sketches told with verve and humor. She focuses on a diverse range of scientists, including six women, from around the world. An entertaining look at what these men and women were like as human beings, in the laboratory and out of it.

    22. Bethe on said:

      Bookaday #103. Loads of interesting facts about scientists I know and others I hadn't heard of. This books is mostly about their personal lives, not their discoveries and claims to fame. Wondering why the public library had it shelved in the 509s. I need to try some of the author's other books in the Lives Of series. Pair with How They Croaked.

    23. Geri Dosalua on said:

      Wonderful stories about famous scientists, giving us an unconventional glimpse into their lives. Brings out info that your typical biography wouldn't. I believe this would be Picture Book for Older Readers. I think kids could relate, learning without knowing they are. Kathleen Krull has written some other similar books. I have the Lives of Musicians that I must read. SLJ says 5th - 8th grade.

    24. Mrs. Hassig on said:

      Kathleen Krull is one of my favorite non-fiction authors for young people. I have read all of her "Lives of the" Her depth of research and fun facts that no one else would know are the foundation of my biography book talks with my middle schoolers!

    25. Stephanie on said:

      Learned lots of interesting facts about scientists, written in three pages or less. Makes me want to read some biographies of crick and watson, and a few of the Asian scientists mentioned. Easy, coffee table read.

    26. Andrea on said:

      Great bio of famous scientists, which is also entertaining to read. I loved learning some of the quirks of each scientist. Loved especially the stories of Charles Darwin, George Washington Carver, and Marie Curie. Fascinating!

    27. Jamon on said:

      I did not find it that funny. The author noted many of the great scientists and their idiosyncrasiesny did not see a conflict of religion and science.

    28. Heather Freytag on said:

      Really nice way to bring scientists to life, as real people. I will be using this in my classroom.

    29. Ellis on said:

      This book was lots of fun. I was surprised about some of the new stories I learned from this short tome.

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