"Ms. Hakim is a fine story-teller who winks at readers and never talks down. Her audience may be wary of science, but children should delight in the foibles and bad luck of scientists past."
-Bettyann Holtzmann Kevles, New York Times
"In her new series of science books for middle-schoolers, Joy Hakim combines science, history, geography, culture, and art to tell the story o science in a way kids love. And don't be surprised if you learn a lot yourself."-Amerian Educator, Fall 2004
"Hakim emphasizes the importance of mathematics to scientific progress and is not afraid to sprinkle a few numbers through the text, showing, for example, how the concept of zero transformed math into a tool for understanding practically everything...'The Story of Science' is richly informative and illustrated...Hakim, who is also the author of 'A History of Us,' clearly appreciates science and the matchless might of a reasoning mind."
-Natalie Angier, New York Times Book Review
“I am thoroughly charmed by The Story of Science. The books read lightly and easily while conveying an imposing amount of information. When I was in high school, I used to wonder why the textbooks had to be so horrible. Why, I wondered, didn’t real writers write textbooks, so that we students could complete our reading assignments without wading through prose that resembled a federal budget analysis translated into Esperanto? Please accept my congratulations on this remarkable accomplishment.”
-Timothy Ferris, author of The Whole Shebang
“I recently bought Books 1 and 2 of your Story of Science series. I will very soon order the third book on Einstein. I bet I've read 15 or more books on the history of science. Yours are absolutely the best ever written I'm sure....
I appreciate your efforts and talents a great deal. Please write more about science. This country needs you!”
–William C. Dees, Johnson Professor of Chemistry
"This book is outstanding! I found myself reading all around the house, even trying to read while giving my daughters a bath! Now all I want to do is read the rest of the books as soon as possible and get them for my students." –Teacher George Coggan, Port Charlotte, Florida
"I wish the nation's schools would use Hakim's books as texts." –Arthur Levine, President, Teachers College, Columbia University
"Author Joy Hakim traces the evolution of scientific thought from ancient times to the present. With lively, character-driven narrative, Hakim highlights the curiosity of the world's greatest scientists, and encourages a similar spirit of inquiry in the readers. "
-The Science Teacher, November 2004
"In the interest of scientific education that is excellent as well as entertaining, The Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way is a superb start to what promises to be a valuable series."
-Steve Ruskin, Rocky Mountain News
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