Author statement: “I like to think of my new Giants of Science books as the ‘anti-Eureka’ series. These are biographies of real human beings that show how scientific discovery is never a revelation arriving in a single, mind-blowing flash. The series name—Giants of Science—bounces off an uncharacteristically modest quote from Isaac Newton: “If I have seen further [than other people] it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” In other words, he knew he was building upon the work of great brains before him—a pithy description of the way science advances. So, not only am I trying to paint a portrait of individuals, in all their warty glory, but also a landscape of the world they lived in—what was known and not known in other fields at the time.”
–Kathleen Krull, Book Links: Connecting Books, Libraries, and Classrooms, published by the American Library Association
A “Best Continuing Series”
Absorbing introductions to great thinkers—if not always great people.
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
As to contemporary narrative non-fiction I can very happily recommend Kathleen Krull’s new Giants of Science series…. I do not think it’s any service to children to offer them the kind of writing that was being done in the 50s and 60s. That’s mythology. I adore Kathleen Krull’s anthologies, and these newer bios are terrific too. Let’s ‘humanize’ these ‘heroes’ by showing them warts and all.
–Bookseller Andy Laties on the Read Roger blog
Super-entertaining, not-at-all-dry biographies of world-famous scientists, probably most suitable for students in grades 4 or 5 and up (and for all parents—like me—who are not science geniuses themselves).
Available in Korean and Chinese