Case Closed?: Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science

 
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Case Closed?: Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science
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10+
Release Date
August 01, 2010
ISBN
1554533627
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Egypt's first female pharaoh disappears around 1457 BCE -- was she murdered? Find out how DNA closes the case. The ancient Arabian Peninsula city of Ubar vanishes, seemingly without trace. Find out how old maps and modern space shuttles help solve the mystery. Sir John Franklin's 1845 expedition to find the Northwest Passage is never heard from again. Find out how spectroscopy points to some probable explanations. Case Closed? examines these and six other mysteries from ancient and modern times. Accompanied by photos, maps, diagrams and illustrations, this book reveals how modern science sheds new light on people, vessels and entire civilizations throughout history that simply vanished. In some cases, the mystery has been solved. In other cases, readers can examine the latest evidence and decide for themselves.

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Using Science to Probe Old Mysteries
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Missing cities, lost princesses, vanished airplanes. All true, and all explained by current science. Explore nine different historical mysteries from around the world with Case Closed? by Susan Hughes.

This book explains both history and science within its pages. Through archaeology, DNA testing and other modern sciences, each mystery is probed. Readers will find the case histories and their methods of presentation fascinating. The case history and new evidence in the book read as a detectives file in the form of file folders. Sidebars shaped like notes and scraps of evidence call out relevant tidbits.

The combination of illustrations and photographs is effective, however, the illustrations are spare in style and detail. The details appear to be well-researched with the most intriguing points of the stories represented.

An interesting read for young detectives, scientists and fans of history. Includes an introduction, glossary, index and maps.
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