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Portraits of great American scientists

Author: Leon M Lederman; Judith A Scheppler
Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this era of genetic engineering, nanotechnology, cell phones, computers, and the Internet, science literacy becomes an essential element of survival for both individuals and society as a whole. This unique work makes a positive contribution to that end through the biographies of fifteen American scientists, men and women from paleontology to artificial intelligence, thoroughly researched and written by high  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Leon M Lederman; Judith A Scheppler
ISBN: 1573929328 9781573929325
OCLC Number: 47650888
Description: 305 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Clifford Geertz: anthropological ambassador / Noah C. Lauricella --
Mary-Claire King: pioneering geneticist / Kelly S. McArdle --
Marvin Minsky: mind maker / Margaret J. Anderson --
Story Musgrave: space doctor / M. Blaine Eubanks --
Steven Pinker: language's bad boy / Susan E. Johnson --
Sally Ride: first American woman in space / Erica L. Ruddy --
F. Sherwood Rowland: controversial chemist / Margaret J. Wat --
Vera Rubin: intergalactic prospector / Anne Katherine Halsall --
Paul Sereno: dinosaur detective / Grace J. Yang --
George Smoot: Indiana Jones of Science / Stephanie R. Allewalt --
Charles Townes: laser legend / Douglas A. Heintz --
Geerat Vermeij: seeing with his hands / Elizabeth A. Gilbert --
E.O. Wilson: diligent naturalist / Nia H. Dukov --
Edward Witten: the theory of everything / Maria E. Wilson --
Dawn Wright: mapping the Abyss / Mike Stukel.
Responsibility: edited by Leon M. Lederman and Judith Scheppler.

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In this era of genetic engineering, nanotechnology, cell phones, computers, and the Internet, science literacy becomes an essential element of survival for both individuals and society as a whole. This unique work makes a positive contribution to that end through the biographies of fifteen American scientists, men and women from paleontology to artificial intelligence, thoroughly researched and written by high school students from the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy.

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