Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Case Closed? Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science by Susan Hughes
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.
HEHEHEHEHE.....I know the answers! This is a wonderful book! This book is great for any child with an inquisitive side! I love how it takes several old legends, myths and tales and simplifies them so that anyone can understand them. This book is written for older children, but is an interesting read for any age! The stories are interesting and informative. The explanations will help to increase people's vocabulary (not just a child's) and understanding. The author explains how people use current technology from everything from CAT scans to space technology and other interesting jobs to prove or disprove many old mysteries that people have been trying for generations to find answers to. In many cases, while they may find AN answer....they are quite straight forward about letting us know that there are other mysteries that evolved from the findings they were able to discover....and in some cases, there are just no certain answers. In all these cases, they are quite clear that inquisitive people will continue to search for the answers in new ways as science and technology evolve. While this book is based on science, there is a ton of history in it as well. Homeschooling children who love both--this book is a GREAT asset to our library! The illustrations are colorful, lifelike and detailed. They greatly enhance the information given. I rate this book a 5/5. Definitely worth finding a copy for your library (personal and classroom!)
Thank you to Kids Can Press for providing a copy of this book for me to review. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.