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Scientists and Their Mind-blowing Experiments (Dead Famous) [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Dr Mike Goldsmith , Clive Goddard
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17 Oct 2003 Dead Famous
You've probably heard of a few scientists... - Galileo Galilei and his telescope - Isaac Newton and his apple - Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution. But have you heard that... - Galileo was sentenced to life in prison for his shocking ideas about the solar system - Newton wasn't all that keen on science - sometimes it got on his nerves - Darwin wrote a book about his pet worms? Yes, even though they're dead, scientists are still full of surprises - and the nine in this book are more surprising than most. Now you can get the inside story from their lost notebooks, read the news reports as their breakthroughs hit the headlines, and find out all about the mind-blowing experiments! Dead Funny ~ Dead Gripping ~ Dead Famous

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Hippo; 1 edition (17 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439982286
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439982283
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Clive Goddard didn't know he was a writer until Fintan Fedora happened. He thought he was a cartoonist. It was probably all those years spent illustrating 'Horrible' books for Scholastic that gave him this idea.

Fintan Fedora (The World's Worst Explorer) is his first work of children's fiction, partly inspired by his own love of travel and disastrous experiences. (ie. Being chased by an angry ostrich in Swaziland, having his rucksack soaked by a leaky toilet in The Netherlands, getting heatstroke in Namibia, food poisoning in Thailand and being robbed in China.)

The book has gone on to win the Stockport Schools Book Award 2012 (Key Stage 2) and the Hounslow Book Award 2012 as well as being runner-up in the inaugural Oldham Brilliant Books Award 2012.

The sequel 'Fintan Fedora Explores Again' takes us to Iceland, Turkey, Russia & China and features an ancient lost village, ruthless gangsters and the odd lump of panda poo.

Clive lives in Oxford, UK where he draws, writes and practices sleeping for long periods of time. He is yet to win either The Booker or The Pulitzer prize but has a Blue Peter badge for colouring-in.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Homework Help 23 Oct 2011
By Chocolate Drop VINE VOICE
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Bought this to help my daughter (age 11) with her Chemistry homework. She had to write an essay on Scientists and what it means to be a scientist.
This range of books is brilliant for children because it is written in such a fun way, that they learn without realising it, and the homework was completed without a murmur!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Daughter loves it 8 Feb 2012
By Kat K
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My daughter's engish teacher said she should read biopgraphies not just fiction. So as she is more interested in science than english i got her this. Reliable, factual and entertaining, as are all the 'horrible' series books
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4.0 out of 5 stars From the popular DEAD FAMOUS series of books 30 Nov 2006
Scientists and Their Mind-blowing Experiments

'........another thing about dead famous scientists is that most of them didn't call themselves that - the word 'scientist' was only invented in 1833. What we think of as science - laboratories full of large-brained people, mathematics that makes your brain explode, gigantic machines that go 'Hmmm' only really got going in the 19th Century..... Before that, science was only done by a few people with enquiring minds and time on their hands.. Most of the dead famous scientists in this book were like that..........'

191 pages, split into chapters:

1. Introduction
2. Aristotle and his Moon creatures
3. Galileo Galilei and his secret solar system
4. Isaac Newton and his universal attraction
5. Michael Faraday and his electrifying experiments
6. Charles Darwin and his mysterious monsters
7. Gregor Mendel and his well-bred peas
8. Louis Pasteur and his world of gems
9. Marie Curie and her death-rays
10. Albert Einstein and his laws of time
11. Science now

Written in a variety of fonts with humorous black and white cartoon illustrations throughout.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Engaging Science 22 May 2012
By Manisha Agrawal - Published on
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This is a great book for getting kids interested in scientists and experimenting. The humorous tone and anecdotes appeal to young minds, and all the while they learn about the risks that scientists take and the great discoveries and inventions that result. Fantastic way to engage young kids in both science and non-fiction!
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