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How has it been shale? Why did other scientists disagree interpreted or maybe misinterpreted? What is the Burgess shale?

What does it 7. How do we know about life long ago? Was it really an 3. What were trilobites? All of complex life is in one hand. Stretch your arms to their fullest extent and imagine that width as the entire history of Earth.

If the 4. Why are fossils so rare? What happened to life in the Cambrian million years ago? What was the 2. Why do some species survive the con- brates? Why do we know so little ditions responsible for mass extinctions? Life goes on. What do your cells do for you? Why does Bryson say that Mendel and lish his ideas on evolution right away? Darwin could have benefited from 4. Why do we know as little as we know 3. How do the ideas of Mendel and Darwin help explain evolution?

Within it. Who was Alfred Russell Wallace?

Does this help you picture what happens in a cell? If an atom were the size of a pea. Why do some plants produce medically 4. What is the Linnaean system of nomenclature is so well established that classification? Estimates range from three million to million.

How many species of life are there? Who was Mendel and what did he 2. How are living things classified? What are some of the results of contribute to biology? How does the poisonous compound Nitric oxide NO help your cells? And these were men who thought science was nearly at an end.

How do you spend 42 years studying Why is it so difficult to determine this? Analogy 3: Bryson states. How diverse is life? What difference does it make? Why is it so difficult to classify about the number of species of life?

Who were Hooke and Leeuwenhook and how did they help us learn 2. Who was Sir Joseph Banks and useful compounds? How are genetic traits passed on? How similar are your genes with 3. Why does Bryson say this? Every living thing is an elaboration on a single original plan. Did you know 8. How has the temperature of the Earth 5.

Why does Bryson include the most profound true statement there is: What are the causes of ice ages? DNA is an instruction manual for the body. Statement to consider 1: What are the causes for these changes?

Why was there such resistance to the How did it warm up again? How do genes work? You share What did Milankovitch contribute to we are still in one? What is a gene? How is DNA like Morse code? Consider another big. Who was Louis Agassiz? Do ice ages begin quickly or slowly? The human genome is a parts list of what we are made of which says nothing about how we work.

What did a janitor James Croll contribute to the study of glaciation? Do you have any comments on this section of the book? All life is one. Why does so much of DNA not do anything? Summary of this section: All topics discussed evolved just once and have since stayed pretty well fixed across the whole of nature. What are the odds against you other organisms? Why did scientists think DNA was life is one. What are some of the problems with development?

Why was there such confusion of human do we know about human ancestry? Where and how were the first human Why does Bryson say. Is she a human authorities were willing to embrace the ancestor?

What are the classifications of good ice age? How did the ice age influence human Statement to consider 2: What do we know about human DNA evidence to study human history? How did we get around the world?

Who were the first homo sapiens? When and where did they live? What does it say about who we are and 2. How did humans get to Australia where we come from?


What were the first human made tools? What is strange about it? Did homo sapiens interbreed with them? Who was Dart and what was the How was and is human fossil identifi- fossils found? What are the problems with using 3. Bryson mentions a factory that existed for a million years.

This chapter continues the discussion from Chapter What is human and where do we come from? Where was this 4. How does Bryson describe what 2. Are scientists disproven ideas such as: What current widely held idea do you think may become disproven in He mentions this in terms of glacia- the future? Consider the following examples: In ! Are they any different 2. How did the dodos and passenger humans and extinctions?

Bryson summarizes this section. Bryson mentions that several times in the people do to hold onto the old ideas past scientists have often thought. Does this chapter or book influence statements? Our responsibility to the world? Our ability to influence the world? They would be good topics for class discussion. The practice of science: A major theme p. Arthur Holmes pre- of the book is resistance to new scientific sented the arguments for continental drift ideas even though there is a lot of evidence so clearly and compellingly that students for them including: Big Bang 1.

What do you think about these 2. In Chapter What is the irony of these statements? Bryson addresses young earth 7.

Bryson discusses the comment on this in terms of physics 8. Is this may gather enough evidence to be surprising to you? How has science been accepted? Chaos theory? Bryson addresses the idea of Does this discussion affect how you too much attachment to widely held. Why do you think scientists are 1.

Credit the wrong person b. This book presents science as a series of c. Choose one and find solar output.

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Gibbs 8 Find out more about them. Consider the common question: Mme Lavoisier 7. Chapter 30 describes the human Beheaded!: Lavoisier 7 involvement in extinctions. Darwin 25 What are some other current environ.

A major theme in the book is science as a.

A Really Short History of Nearly Everything

Many of these scientists died that evolution is a grand climb up a unhappy having received no recogni- ladder culminating in humanity. A popular idea among non-scientists is a. Bryson cites several examples of global Unlucky: Mantell 6. Hutton 5 b. Milankovitch Claire Patterson 10 using oxygen.

Discuss one of these. In other words: Bryson Earth in the past such as meteor strikes. The Earth: Dubois 28 Discuss some recent events tsunamis. Has Rivalries: Cope and March 6. Newton 4. Bryson states that scientists often 9. Shy or obscure journals: Cavendish 4. What do you think about human the book. Unscrupulous or dishonest: Owen 6 volcanic eruptions.

Mary Anning 6 c. World not Swedish speaking: Scheele 7 derstorms. Luis and Walter on two legs. Research and discuss one life? How about intelligent life? Life Itself: Has this book changed Franklin How has this book affected your thinking about would you feel if this happened to this?

Do you agree that evolution may you? Find out more about it. Do Lack of connection: Just ignored: Dart 28 6. Penzias and Wilson protecting other species on earth? How tion or credit for their work.

Table Scaled Diameter Try 2. What are the limitations of the second You calculated the Sun. Using the information in the Data 5. Calculate Use the same scale factor from ques. Would this model fit on a piece of scale? Can you make Jupiter using a paper? A roll of paper towels about standard sized piece of construction 3. For example. Pluto distance model? Record in the Data calculation here. On the paper?

How about the Sun? What are the limitations of the first 4. What would be the size of the solar system using this scale? Does this sound like a reasonable 6. Show an example calculation here. Scaled Distance Try 1. Record in the Data Table Distance Try 2. Does this sound like a reasonable scale? In this activity. If the Earth were only 2. Show an example calculation Record in the Data Table Scaled here.

Sample for Mercury 2. Jupiter would need large construction paper 11 x 14 inch the Sun will need something much bigger. You may have to omit the Sun. Have them determine the limitations of their scale.

You could combine the two models. The other unusual aspect of Pluto is its eccentric orbit.

Have half the class make the scale models in which the Earth is size of quarter to show the relative sizes of planets and half make the models in which the Earth to Sun is 50 cm scale to show the relative distances.

You can make the models using a roll of paper towels. In any case. Is Pluto a planet? You can do a similar activity using the age of the Earth. It is way too big! The distance to Pluto is about 7. You may need to omit the sun unless you have a large roll of butcher paper available. Sample for Mercury www. If one billion years is 1.

Teaching Suggestions Numbers are generally given in scientific notation. What are the limitations of both models? In August.

For a simpler activity: Instead of having students calculate the scaled data. In other words. You may also divide the class. Use what is appropriate for your students. The data for Pluto is included in this activity.

Sample for Mercury 4. Now the distances between the planets are the solar system. Figure 1 2. It would also fit on the fine. If you know any two of these angle. When you stop. Find an object to measure.

Without moving. This model 8.

Make sure the string can move freely. Pluto is about 20 meters away. Record the distance. Good for science, but very BAD for us. Furthermore, I do agree with his assertion that if you look at the development of our planet and if we are truly the only "intelligent" life out there, then we have been EXTREMELY lucky and should not blow it.

But with patient, intelligent and far-reaching analysis on a global cosmic? Generally optimistic in me 'umble opinion, Guv'nor! The last few articles, "chapters" or topics about animal extinction, overpopulation, global warming and pollution were a bit of a downer; especially for my little artist who took the death and loss of animals and the effect of pollution on "their world" pretty hard.

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He saw exhaust coming out of a vehicle this morning on the way to the bus stop and instantly understood what air pollution was and its harmful effect on our environment and, more important, on "the animals' environment, too" because,"what the heck," he reasoned, "they [the animals] have a right to a healthy environment, too!

Can't say as I blame him there; to wit, "reality TV" and the doltish emphasis in this society on how one looks or on how much money one makes rather than on what are we doing to our planet and what can I, as an individual, do about it!

There were frequent interruptions, questions and explanations to help their understanding. Some nights we only got through two pages in 40 minutes. Some parts were completely beyond them; the structure of DNA and the basics of genetics were a real struggle; I would have been better skimming over that section But some parts completely gripped their imagination - how often do you have conversations with your children about Newtons' Laws of Motion?

Or the Earths orbit around the sun and how that makes summers, winters and ice ages? Only about half of the book really engaged them and then only about a quarter was understood, but this still means that they've learnt heaps. On one occasion my six year old interrupted to put forward his idea of moving continents "like a jigsaw" a whole two pages before plate tectonics were described! Dinosaurs had helped focus his thoughts And they now have the the book to go back to in the future I hope.

The illustrations and summary pages at the end of each section helped and the finally summing up; "we should be custodians not pillagers of our planet", had them suitably upset by the current rate of extinction and the risks of global warming.

Finally, despite having read the grown-ups version, and quite a few other books on science history, this was a pleasure for me to read too. Strongly recommended for everyone, whatever age.

Even if you dip in to read a couple of pages it will be worth it. A little of everything, not much; not very thoughtfully done. Aug 04, Felicia rated it liked it Shelves: This book took me SO long to finish. Honestly, I started it the last week or so of July and finished it the last week of September. Nonfiction has always been hard for me and is generally a genre I stay away from. This book was nice but definitely not my favorite.

I loved the way it was written. The book was also not what I expected. I thought it would be more about historical event This book took me SO long to finish.

I thought it would be more about historical events and less about science. The illustrations in the book were gorgeous though and I found most of the time when I was getting annoyed with the info dump I was receiving the images on the page could help to make up for it. Oct 30, Kendall rated it really liked it Shelves: I love this kids' version of the book--it covers most of what we teach in sixth grade social studies and science all in one book!

It's kind of like a human primer. I think everyone should read it.. Nov 28, Janhavi. All kids must read this book Jul 16, Steven Gilbert rated it it was amazing. The kids version of what is my favorite non-fiction book of all time. Een bijzonder aantrekkelijk geschreven verhaal waarin veel onderzoekers voor het voetlicht komen op zo'n manier dat ook hun persoonlijke situatie duidelijk wordt. Zo kun je er bijvoorbeeld achterkomen dat de opa van Darwin Josiah Wedgwood was van het bekende servies bedrijf Wedgwood.

Ook hun karakter, anekdotes en hun onderzoek wordt op een toegankelijke manier beschreven ook geschikt voor niet-wetenschappers. En met het leven van plant, dier en mens. Ik geloof dat de God van de bijbel die macht is. Mar 19, Kyrie rated it liked it Shelves: I was hoping for something for a slightly more mature reader, but this one was interesting.

I think it'd be a really great addition to a primary school science curriculum, especially if an adult was reading it aloud and making comments. It would be a good jumping off point to delve deeper into things that might interest the child. A wonderful introduction to the world of science written in a language that is funny and erudite both at the same time. The childish sketches accompanying the text, however, are not particularly appealing and could well have been avoided.

A good, enjoyable read. Dec 03, Timeo Williams rated it really liked it. And I enjoyed. I really enjoyed it. It was condensed, but follows the same outline as the former book, and the illustrations accompanying the material was also nice. Bryson's sense of humor is charming as always. Dec 01, Katie rated it really liked it Shelves: Very interesting and pretty thorough, especially for a YA information encyclopedia-type book.

I would like to read the adult version some day! Dec 30, Joseph Delcourt rated it it was ok. One of my favorites. Jul 06, Dane Divine rated it it was amazing. Great book. Everybody should read it. To understand better or at least to be curious about the history of universe and earth and everything in it. Mar 21, Ann Uzhovska rated it really liked it. Feb 19, Alyssa rated it it was amazing.

Super easy to understand, love the pictures and how great it portrays evolution! Jul 18, Muhammad Nawawy Arasy Padil rated it really liked it. Every living thing is an elaboration on a single original plan.

All life is one. Jun 28, Queen rated it really liked it. This is a great book for children and adults alike. Jul 01, Bruce rated it it was amazing. Great primer on. I think that Bill Bryson has written a book that will draw kids into the fascinating world of science effortlessly.

Well, it attracted my inner geek, anyway!Who was Mendel and what did he 2. How do genes work? Pluto distance model?

Science has never been more involving or entertaining. I started this book primarily because the completeist in me wanted to tick one off in completing the Bill Bryson set of books I have one more to go.

Just ignored: Here are some questions for you to answer as you try to make a Carbon atom. Discussion question: Mary Anning 6 c. Number of possible planets in the universe they are the same.