Scientists Who Dared to Be Different

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Pub Date 31 Jul 2020 | Archive Date 31 Aug 2020


This inspirational book celebrates the lives and achievements of brilliantly original, convention-defying scientists - both men and women - who trod the road less traveled, overcame great odds, and changed the world.

Inside this beautifully illustrated full-color book, you will find the fascinating stories of 16 pioneering figures of strikingly different backgrounds: people of varied ethnicities, nationalities, genders, lifestyles, and wealth. What they all have in common - other than their genius - is their bravery, their resilience, and their ability to think beyond the bounds of established convention. 

This innovative and boldly visual book will inspire readers follow in the footsteps of these STEM heroes and spark their curiosity in the history of science. 

Our trailblazing scientists include such figures as:
• Valentina Tereshkova, the extraordinary first woman in space.
• Marie Sklodowska Curie, the great pioneer of radioactivity, and first person to win two Nobel prizes. 
• Galileo Galilei, the great physicist who bravely stood by his cosmic theories in the face of the Roman Inquisition.
• Katherine Johnson, the "human computer" who played a key part in NASA's space programme.
• Stephen Hawking, the world-famous physicist who overcame physical paralysis to transform our understanding of black holes.

ABOUT THE SERIES: Trailblazers celebrates the achievements of men and women from across the arts and sciences - from computer scientists to sculptors. By sharing their life stories and amazing accomplishments, this series will inspire a new generation.

This inspirational book celebrates the lives and achievements of brilliantly original, convention-defying scientists - both men and women - who trod the road less traveled, overcame great odds, and...

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I want to thank Emily Holland, Arcturus Publishing, and NetGalley for a free advanced copy of Scientists who Dared to be Different in exchange for an honest review. This collection shares the story of sixteen scientists and their early lives and the accomplishments that made throughout their lives. One of my favorite aspects of this book was the diversity. There were scientist of different genders, religions, and backgrounds. I also enjoyed the honest conversation that the author had about mental health and the connection that it often times played in this scientists' studies. For example, Temple Gardin and John Forbes Nash Jr. While so many of this individuals have already had stories told about them, it was nice to hear it written in a positive light. The artwork was also stunning. Each individual was given a gorgeous portrait and even a second or third image that related to their field of study. While sometimes I feel as though artwork in these sort of books can be distracting, I thought that this was a nice touch that helped elevate the stories and bring the reader closer to the scientist. I will absolutely be recommending this book to all young individuals interested in science or just influential people in general. I look forward to reading more books from Emily Holland in the future!

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I absolutely enjoyed this book. I found the backgrounds of these incredible scientists very detailed. I believe it will help to keep my students interested while still learning about their contributions to science. It includes scientists from many different scientific areas. I will definitely be using this book in my classroom. I received an advanced copy of this book from Netgalley and Arcturus Publishing in return for an honest review.

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Scientists Who Dared to Be Different is a biography collection both historical and modern aimed at younger readers. Released 31st July by Arcturus Publishing, it's 202 pages (ebook edition) and available in paperback and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately. This is a beautifully illustrated book which includes biographies for titans of science and exploration (Stephen Hawking, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Galileo) to scientists who are equally worthy but lesser known by the general public outside their spheres of influence (Valentina Tereshkova, John Forbes Nash, Katherine Johnson, Mary Anning). The subjects of the biographies often lived very challenging lives and suffered a great deal because of their ethnicity, sex, or mental/physical handicaps. The biographies are roughly 10-15 pages each and run to a fair bit of age appropriate detail. Each of the them includes several colour illustrations. I've been banging on about the importance of STE(A)M education for decades and this would make a superlative addition to the classroom or school library, or gift for a young person. The book also includes a short glossary, but no index. Five stars for plucking out a wide variety of 'lesser known' science and maths legends from varied backgrounds and time periods. Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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Scientists Who Dared to Be Different is such a wonderful book! It is perfect for kids or anyone interested in learning more about several inspiring scientists. The book presents some wonderful illustrations of each featured scientist, along with information about their achievements and other important history or tidbits. There are more illustrations featured throughout the book, and I really enjoyed the modern, crisp illustrative style which complemented the text. This is a book you could easily pick up, study a specific scientist or two, and put down. You don't have to read it all at once, as it is set up in a user-friendly way with small enough sections to digest in a shorter amount of time. I have enjoyed reading about and learning more about these scientists myself, as well as introducing them to my kids. It would make a great gift & be an awesome addition to your bookshelf.

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This is a great and informative book for younger readers about scientists that have had a major impact in their field. The information is presented in an age appropriate way without taking away from important content. I highly recommend this for teachers or anyone with younger children interested in science.

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