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Twisted True Tales From Science: Insane Inventors


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Author: Stephanie Bearce
Product Code: 5703
ISBN: 978-1-61821-570-3
Pages: 158
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Nikola Tesla was crazy smart. He invented the idea for cell phones in 1893, discovered alternating current, and invented a death ray gun. Of course, he also talked to pigeons, ate only boiled food, and was scared of women who wore jewelry. He was an insane inventor. So was Henry Cavendish, who discovered hydrogen, calculated the density of the Earth, and was so scared of people that he had to write notes to communicate. Sir Isaac Newton discovered the laws of gravity, believed in magic, and thought he could make a potion to create gold. These stories may sound twisted, but they’re all true tales from science!

Ages 9–12

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Review by: Jacqueline Pfeiffer, NSTA Recommends - May 19, 2017
While the series is geared for 9–12-year-old readers, I believe it would be interesting to middle schoolers as well. This was truly a fun book to read. I highly recommend it and believe all who pick it up will read it clear through to the end.
Review by: Elaine Wiener, Gifted Education Communicator - May 1, 2017
[This book] is full of true stories that most of us have never heard before. Because of Stephanie Bearce we are entertained and at the same time more educated than we have ever been. These scientists/inventors thought in ways so different from the usual. And this is a good reminder to those who work with gifted children that wonderful brains need freedom to think in original ways.
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by MH
on 4/24/2017
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Human curiosity not only advances the frontiers of science, but also develops the desire to know about other people’s lives.  This book combines both (sort of) by giving readers a glimpse into the eccentricities of some individuals who have challenged and expanded scientific understanding.

The book is divided into three part titled “Don’t Try This at Home”, “Anything for Science”, and “Strange Days of Science”.  The classifications and criteria used to differentiate chapters in one section from another seem arbitrary.  The first chapter serves as an introduction highlighting the absurdity of risking one’s life for testing one’s invention or augmenting scientific understanding.  Each section contains about half a dozen chapters, and most chapters profile a main personality.  While the primary focus is on their eccentricities, there is (of course) acknowledgment of their scientific contributions.  Virtually all luminaries are from the pre-modern and modern era, and there are none from outside the Western World.  The last two chapters of each section describe experiments that readers can try with everyday objects.

This book is clearly aimed at middle school students.  Its size, illustrations and narrative do not make it intimidating for that age group.  While the book does have its shortcomings, for the price, readability, illustrations and extensive bibliography, it is recommended for middle school students (and curious adults).  I received a review copy of the book.
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