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Feb 01 2018

Women in science by Jen Green

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DK, 2018. ISBN 9781465468604
More and more as news coverage reports scientific breakthroughs, it is a woman who is the face of the science rather than the stereotypical man in a white coat. Women leading scientific discoveries is not a new phenomenon, as this new DK publication demonstrates with its introductory section about scientists of ancient times, but at last it is becoming understood and accepted that science is not "bizniz bilong men".
Written especially for young readers who are verging on independence or who have made that journey, this book links the achievements of just a handful of women who have made significant contributions to their field of study. Familiar and unfamiliar names are included as well as a brief introduction to just some of the fields that come under the science umbrella, encouraging the reader to perhaps be the next big name.
There is a quiz to spark further investigations as well as the characteristic DK attention to detail in the layout and supporting clues and cues.
As well as introducing young readers to the work of these remarkable women, there is scope for it to be the springboard as they answer the questions, "Who would you add? Why?"
Barbara Braxton

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