Archimedes and the Door of Science
Although this book is nonfiction, it is written in a way that holds the interest of younger readers. Readers learn not only about the ancient Greek mathematician and scientist Archimedes, but they also learn about history and science. An Amazon.com reviewer explains: “The accomplishments of Archimedes made him one of the most important founders of science. This captivating book tells the story of Archimedes’ life and gives vivid imagery to his accomplishments through simple, effective text and delightful illustrations. From my 3rd grader to my 10th grader, they all eagerly finished the book with enthusiastic comprehension.” NOTE TO PARENTS: At one point, when Archimedes makes a breakthrough, he was taking a bath at the bath house, and he was so excited about his breakthrough that he ran home, forgetting to put on his clothes, so he was running naked down the street shouting “Eureka” (which means “I have found it.”) (page 58). I would normally object to a character running down the street naked, but Archimedes was so caught up in his thoughts, he wasn’t purposely trying to be inappropriate.
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