40 inspiring icons
by Anne Blanchard
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Pub Date 5 Feb 2019 | Archive Date 12 Mar 2019
Quarto Publishing Group - Wide Eyed Editions, Wide Eyed Editions
From Galileo Galilei's terrific telescope discoveries, to Louis Pasteur's victorious vaccinations, to Ada Lovelace's cracking computer codes, discover how each of these scientists spent their lives asking questions and making leaps and bounds in the world of science and technology. Beginning with the Ancient Greek philosopher Thales, who discovered geometry and astronomy, right up to the modern astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who has popularized complex scientific theories through the use of simple language, these are the 40 super scientists to be learned about by all:
Thales; Pythagoras; Aristotle; Euclid; Archimedes; Zhang Heng; Hypatia of Alexandria; Brahmagupta; Avicenna; Alhazen; Roger Bacon; Nicolaus Copernicus; Galileo Galilei; Johannes Kepler; Isaac Newton; William Harvey; Rene Descartes; Antoine Lavoisier; Mary Anning; Michael Faraday; James Clerk Maxwell; Charles Darwin; Gregor Mendel; Louis Pasteur; Dmitri Ivanovich Medeleev; Ada Lovelace; David Hilbert; Marie Curie; Ernest Rutherford; Albert Einstein; Niels Bohr; Alfred Wegener; Alan Turing; Rosalind Franklin; HGP and the Human Genome; Vera Rubin; Francoise Barre-Sinoussi; Tim Berners-Lee; Stephen Hawking; Neil Degrasse Tyson.
Each spread presents a single scientist, highlighting key facts about their life, the scientific advances they made, the applications for their discoveries, and the surrounding historical and social context, along with a fun, illustrated depiction of them that calls out elements of ife and the observational instruments they used.
Each is a pioneer of their age, but which scientist do you think is truly out of this world?
Each book in the 40 Inspiring Icons series introduces readers to a fascinating non-fiction subject through its 40 most famous people or groups. Explore these other great topics through their most interesting icons: People of Peace, Greek Gods and Heroes, Soccer Stars, Fantastic Footballers, Music Legends, and Black Music Greats.
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We really enjoyed this book, I had thought it would only interest my older children 10 & 8 but in fact we all found the information well presented and fun to read so everyone joined in. The illustrations are very funky and clear so my other kids were also keen to hear about these amazing and groundbreaking scientists. I also learnt quite a few things, which means the book gets my thumbs up too.
“Wonder, Question, Discover”
This children’s picture book of scientists begins with Thales from about 600 B.C. in Ancient Greece to Neil deGrasse Tyson today. Each entry is colourful, with a large cartoon of a scientist, surrounded by small illustrations and text boxes of facts and remarks.
It’s a great idea, and the artwork is appealing. The text is broken up into bite-sized chunks that make it easy to read and remember. Perfect for readers with a short attention span.
I gather this has been translated from the French, and my preview copy shows Hervé Guilleminot and Jérôme Masi as author and illustrator. I don’t know where Anne Blanchard fits in.
The translation mostly seems fine, but there are a lot of misspellings and typographical errors. The text boxes in the PDF version I have show texts in varying fonts and styles, sometimes to make things stand out, but sometimes to fit in more text than the box will comfortably contain. In the latter cases, words are running together and hard to read.
If you’ve ever fooled around with fonts on a computer, you will see some “narrow” styles that compress letters and squeeze in more words. This book is designed for children and young readers – people who need all the help they can get to interpret marks on a page and convert them to words and then to thoughts in their minds. Anything that hinders that process needs to be fixed.
As you can see, the titles on each page are very pretty, but it’s a stylised cursive (running) writing rather than straight printing, so the S is just one more hurdle for a very young child or a slow reader.
As I’ve said, mine is a preview copy, and I hope the editors and publishers correct the errors. I have mentioned them here, because the pages I'm sharing below may include some, and you might wonder why I like the book, which I do. . . mostly.
My Goodreads review includes an illustration captioned:
Thales, c.600 B.C., Ancient Greece and Turkey, The first scientist
My Goodreads review includes an illustration captioned:
Archimedes, 297-212 B.C., Syracuse (now Italy), The first engineer
My Goodreads review includes an illustration captioned:
Avicenna, 980-1037, Iran, The good doctor
My Goodreads review includes an illustration captioned:
Galileo Galilei, 1564-1642, Italy, The stargazer
My Goodreads review includes an illustration captioned:
Neil deGrasse Tyson, NY USA, The enthusiast!
Here’s the list of the scientists, including some whose names I didn’t know (but probably should), and many who are household names today, like Aristotle, Darwin, and Einstein (who is pictured sticking his tongue out, which he was famous for doing in photos).
6. Zhang Heng
7. Hypatia of Alexandria
11. Roger Bacon
12. Nicolaus Copernicus
13. Galileo Galilei
14. Johannes Kepler
15. Isaac Newton
16. William Harvey
17. René Descartes
18. Antoine Lavoisier
19. Mary Anning
20. Michael Faraday
21. James Clerk Maxwell
22. Charles Darwin
23. Gregor Mendel
24. Louis Pasteur
25. Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev
26. Ada Lovelace
27. David Hilbert
28. Marie Curie
29. Ernest Rutherford
30. Albert Einstein
31. Niels Bohr
32. Alfred Wegener
33. Alan Turing
34. Rosalind Franklin
35. HPG and the Human Genome
36. Vera Rubin
37. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi
38. Tim Berners-Lee
39. Stephen Hawking
40. Neil Degrasse Tyson
Thanks, of course, to NetGalley and Quarto Books / Wide Eyed Editions, for the preview copy of what I hope will be a good finished product.
The book starts at the beginning and I mean the beginning: 600BC and 580BC respectively both in Greece with Thales and Pythagorus. I was familiar with both their theories but I knew very little about them as people.
I was already looked forward to reading more.
The book includes:
Hypatia of Alexandria
James Maxwell Clark
Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleeve
HPG and the Human Genome
Neil Degrasse Tyson
Each section is easy to read and very well presented. With a biography and key facts for each person. It was good for matching facts (such as The Golden Ratio, displacement theory, heliocentrism, electromagnetism, periodic table, the discovery of DNA, and much more) to their respective inventor.
A great springboard for further science reading.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Thank you so much the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary electronic copy in return for an honest review.
Men, women, and minorities are represented in this volume of historic and present day contributors to science. From Thales to Mary Anning to Neil deGrasse Tyson and too many more to name. Informational text is featured in small digestible chunks and interesting factiods, providing an addictive format that will have transitional readers coming back to this volume again and again. Page sized, cartoon-like illustrations feature each scientist, while small scale versions are also included in the table of contents for a quick look.
A very clever. One of a number of book titles in a series to show the who’s who or the world’s best.
Super Scientists is a good place to start and to reflect on the potential of such a series. For each scientist listed chronologically we get a potted history of their life and achievements. This is done with inspiring artwork and cartoon figures to capture the very essence of these people and their claim to fame. They are reduced in the process to sound bites and snippets easy to digest and remember the facts.
Each page could be contracted to a double-sided playing card and we could be playing top trumps with the movers and shakers of scientific nobility.
It is a fun addition to any library and will teach anyone who reads it some basic facts that will stick. The hope would be it that it could lead the curious mind to search further. The book itself does not help in this process; I guess the internet is the now expected jumping off place. However, a resume of biographies or books around their subjects might have helped direct to less able student.
This perhaps classified the book as a work of fun more than a serious scientific guide but either way it it promotes interests and shares rich facts it has begun to serve both purposes.
I received an electronic ARC from Quarto Publishing Group through NetGalley.
Blanchard presents brief bios of 40 scientists throughout history. She begins with Thales in the 4th century BC and finishes with de Grasse Tyson in current times. Both male and female scientists are included and various disciplines are covered.
Text boxes are used to present information about their life and work as well as other activities taking place while they lived.
This book is designed for elementary level readers. The simple style of presenting small portions of information in separate blocks will draw them in. The illustrations are colorful and help the reader understand about each person.
A great starting place to encourage further reading and research on specific scientists.
Great artwork. Like how there’s 40 people’s pictures on the index page. A fun book to read.
Nathan, age 8
Thank you netgalley for the copy in exchange for an honest review.
I requested this book after conversation with my 5 year old about science and maths. So glad I did; the illustrations are fantastic, the explanations of each scientist is really geared towards interested youngsters, and there were a number of people (I'm ashamed to say) that I didn't know of! Its an interesting read for children interested in science, maths, philosophy as it encompasses all these disciplines. I'm really looking forward to sharing this with my daughter, I think she's going to love it too!
2500 anni di storia della scienza ripercorsi tramite quaranta figure fondamentali e le loro scoperte: dall'antica Grecia a chi ancora oggi studia e divulga, quaranta tavole riassumono i passi in avanti fatti in ogni disciplina, dalla medicina alla matematica all'astronomia alle geologia, con note brevi ma interessanti sull'ambiente e la vita privata degli scienziati citati.
Un'unica cosa dispiace - ma è un vecchio dolore: vedere quante poche donne (e quanto di recente, con pochissime eccezioni) si siano fatte largo in questi campi.
Consigliatissimo per esplorare insieme ai più piccoli idee e scoperte, e approfondire man mano a seconda delle loro inclinazioni.
Super Scientists 40 Inspiring Icons by Anne Blanchard is a powerful,
interesting children's book about the most important scientists existed in our world.
Starting from the most remote past, so Greeks, with Thales, Archimedes, Euclid, for arriving at our days with Einstein, this colored, nice book will explain to the littlest ones why these genials men passed at the history thanks to a brief biography in grade to reveal who they were, for analyzing then in anotherabox their discoveries in the various scientific fields. Each scientist is powerfully imagined by the illustrator, and I can tell you that this book will not just affect children so badly but it will introduce to them science in an amicable, close approach, in grade to let them fall in love for it. Waiting for the next Einstein/Hawkings...
I thank NetGalley and Quarto for this ebook.
Anna Maria Polidori
A really enjoyable and educational time was taken up learning about 40 of history's great scientists.Listed in chronological order starting with Thales and ending with Neil Degrasse Tyson the reader is presented with a brief biography of their life and achievements together with some trivia. The graphics are very good and the way the pages are set out makes it easy to take in the available information.
This is certainly an eclectic selection and we have representatives from all the scientific fields. There are some well known names here, Newton, Darwin and Einstein immediately come to mind but I must admit that there were quite a few others that I'm ashamed to say that I was completely unfamiliar with. It was also good to see that there was an increased female representation as the years progressed although still unbalanced.
For the target children audience this book will I'm sure provide a basic introduction and understanding of some of the leading scientists and their importance which will hopefully prompt the inquiring mind to seek out further reading. Overall an enjoyable hour or so was spent with this book and even if you are not the targeted children audience I think that you may well find this a rather fun read.
This book is one of the '40 Inspiring Icons' series of titles which introduces the reader to a non-fiction subject by providing a brief history of its 40 most famous people or groups. Having previously read and enjoyed "Music Legends" I would certainly think it may be worth your while if you have children to seek out other titles in this series.
Super fascinating and informative! Was a very inspiring book. If I had read it when I was younger, I think I would've become an astronaut. This needs to be put into the hands and homes and classrooms of so many young girls and boys.
This series, is excellent, digestible, a great starting point for each of these scientists, fascinating for kids and still interesting for adults. Very beautifully presented.
For young students with inquiring minds...learn about some of the world's most famous scientists in this easy to read (or browse through) resource. It deserves a spot on school library shelves and the home shelves of students who will be fascinated by these interesting thinkers.
The book is arranged in two page spreads and is organized historically. We start with Thales while the final entry is on Neil Degrasse Tyson. There are men, women and those from many different countries represented and acknowledged.
For each scientist there are short entries including topics such as biography, amazing, famous for, etc. Accomplishments of each are acknowledged.
One of the things that I enjoy about reviewing children's books is that my horizons are broadened as well. There were many scientists that I knew in this book but also some with whom I just had a first encounter, like Thales. The time that I spent with this excellent resource was well spent.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for helping me to learn more. You will too!
Hopefully, this wonderful book will also be available in our local bookstore here in the Philippines because I will never miss the chance to purchase this right away! This is a great birthday or Christmas gift for niece, nephews, and godchildren because they will learn a lot from perusing this book. I'm a young adult but I admit that I don't know at least 40% or almost half of the scientists listed in here notably Avicenna, Zhang Heng, and Antoine Lavoisier to name a few. Reading this has really taught me a lot and I'm quite sure that young readers will also learn and will enjoy reading the amazing facts in this book.
Last summer, Sophie immersed herself in the 40 Inspiring Icons series from Wide Eyed Editions, so she was delighted to hear that a new volume had been released in the series: Super Scientists.
These books are packed with short, fact-filled biographies of 40 famous people or groups from their subject, ordered in roughly chronological order. Super Scientists begins with Thales who was born in Ancient Greece in 600 B.C. and brings itself up-to-date with modern-day scientists including Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking, and Neil Degrasse Tyson. Each biography is illustrated cartoon style and filled with facts about their personal lives, careers, and important discoveries.
Sophie found herself disappointed by the lack of women included in the book (seven out of the 40 people featured are female) but wonders how much of this is simply due to the lack of records regarding female scientists in antiquity, because many of the names she would have hoped to see are there: Mary Anning, Ada Lovelace, Marie Curie, and even Hypatia of Alexandria. Still, there are many more who could have been added to bring the percentage up to at least 25% female.
Sophie was pleased to note that at least a handful of non-Western scientists had been included, such as Zhang Heng, Brahmagupta, and ibn al-Haytham (better known as Alhazen) – although again, they only account for a very small percentage of the book, leaving the vast majority of its pages for white men. This is always a difficult issue in books of this nature because no one can deny that names like Newton, Darwin, or Einstein deserve places in a book of famous scientists, but it is critical to find a balance between loading the book with the same white male faces to the detriment of lesser-known diverse ones and making sure those important contributions are recognized.
This would be a great book for any child interested in science.
Bright pictures. Bullet point facts. Accomplishments and opposition.
A fast read with a lot of information
Let's start giving thanks to NetGalley and the publisher Quarto Knows for giving me the opportunity to read this book. And I want to excuse myself for taking so much time to review it. This book is a short illustration book about the greatest Scientist in history. This book is good if you are trying to learn little details about the most prominent Scientifics in history. Is a cute and good way to learn more about those who made so many thing in our daily life possible, even those who some of us want to kill (even tho they are dead) just because they invented math and geometry, etc. Being a chemistry student I find this a good way to keep in mind what those Scientifics did and what we have to thank them for. Besides that the illustrations are really cute and kind of funny but it helps you get everything together and remind little details that no class tells us about. But, the part that made me read it, even if it isn't why they actually wrote it for, is wanting to see if you could give this book to a child, and I think you can. Maybe a child of 8 years old and up, but even at that time I think is important for kids to learn about the ones that made so many things possible. I think is a great idea and I really want to read the other five (5) books presented at the end of this one.
Like previous books in these series, particularly the Greek mythologicals and the music and soccer stars, there’s little cartoon icons of each scientist in the table of contents. You can see it trying to draw kids in, but it’s hard to take seriously.
The pages are chock full of small infographs, mostly anecdotes, and a larger version of the cartoon icon.
Happy to say I learned some things, and scientists I’d never heard of.
Archimedes is shown moving a lever with one finger. Funny.
Hypatia is even more my hero(ine) now after finding out some new facts.
Pattern: a lot of early scientists had scientist parents. Then you get Kepler, whose father was a mercenary and mother was burned as a witch.
“Michael Faraday, the Electromaniac!” I think he would have liked that.
Ends with Neil deGrasse Tyson, who is an interesting inclusion, as it says he’s famous for popularizing science rather than for a discovery or such. In that case, Carl Sagan should have been included as well.
3.5 pushed up to 4/5
After discovering this is a series, I am definitely getting them for my children. I learned quite a bit as well. A great way for your kids to learn!
"Super Scientists" is an excellent addition to the "40 Inspiring Icons" series.
The authors carefully picked some of the most iconic and pioneering scientists in human history from 4th B.C. to modern time whose accomplishments have shaped the sciences of philosophy, biology, physics, mathematics, chemistry, technology and so forth. Some of the names are highly recognizable while the rest are less widely known to the general public. "Super Scientists" is a great picture book, for children and adults, to acknowledge the achievements of the scientists which have affected our lives one way or the other.
Minimalist artworks, brief but succinct information, and clean layout make this collection a wonderful intro book about influential scientists. Definitely a great read.
This book definitely lives up to its title of "inspiring" and would, I think, really spark the imaginations of young girls to see themselves as future scientists, inventors, and even explorers!
This was a wonderful addition to the current collection of inspiring icons that exist. If something is not broken then there's no need to fix it and it sticks with the tried and tested method of the previous books. A really inspiring and enjoyable read.
From the distant past, to modern day, Super Scientists introduces young readers to forty scientists who helped shape the world. Among the are Pythagoras, Galileo, Newton, Faraday, Darwin, Curie, Hawking, and Tyson. Each of these illustrious personages has a two page spread with facts about their life and discoveries, along with historical context, and applications for their discoveries. The artwork was amusing, and the material clear and concise. I read this with my cubs and we all enjoyed it. I even learned some new things!
***Many thanks to Netgalley and Quarto Publishing for providing an egalley in exchange for a fair and honest review
What a delightful book! I wish I had something similar to this in my childhood. My 8-year-old loved it and we both learned a lot. It's written in a way that keeps kid's attention but is also enjoyable for adults. I loved the equal inclusion of men and women and representations from a wide variety of scientific fields.
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