Discovering Life’s Story: Biology’s Beginnings

Discovering Life’s Story: Biology’s Beginnings
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September 12, 2023
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Trace the history of life science in the first of a four-part MITeen series by mega-best-selling author Joy Hakim, who brought us The History of US.

When did we start learning the scientific secrets of life? Step back to the Islamic Golden Age, when scholars ask questions about life science and medicine that will establish those fields. Chart a path through the Renaissance, as Leonardo da Vinci dissects cadavers by candlelight to learn human anatomy firsthand. In this first of four volumes spanning hundreds of years of scientific innovation and discovery, follow the evolution of life science up to the late 1800s, when a baffled Dutch biologist finds a tiny infectious particle destroying tobacco crops and gives this particle a new name: virus. With Biology’s Beginnings: Discovering Life's Story, best-selling author Joy Hakim begins a quartet of volumes mapping the path of human discovery as we unlock the biological secrets of our own existence. Richly illustrated with archival source materials and fine art, this STEM treasure trove features a wealth of back matter certain to kindle the appetite of science lovers.

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There is so much to enjoy about this informational read!
Hakim uses present tense, which is simply compelling; this seems to make the ancient history seem more immediate and almost first hand.
She supports readers in making connections between science, history, culture, and math, using text boxes, sidebars, and narration to give a detailed perspective from the Islamic Golden Age to major events like the Black Plague.

The book includes plenty of glossy pictures, paintings, and primary sources, all of which help enrich the story, full color would be amazing!

Discovering Life's Story it is going to be an invaluable resource in our homeschooling adventures, as well as for my youngest child who currently dreams of being a scientist!
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