This engaging children’s book presents the stories of some of the men and women who went against the prevailing notions of the day to help bring their scientific ideas to light It’s rare when I learn new things in a children’s book, but that is the case for Claire Eamer’s newly published book, Before The World Was Ready: Stories of Daring Genius in Science [Annick Press, 2013; Amazon UK; Amazon US]. In this 128-page book, the author tells us about eight groundbreaking scientific advances and some of the men and women — from Nikola Tesla to Rachel Carson — who went against the prevailing notions of the day to help bring these ideas to light. All of these scientists were clearly ahead of their times — sometimes, centuries ahead of their time. But what was the social and personal cost of their genius? Instead of discussing the science underlying these innovations, the author presents the evolution of the ideas themselves. Each chapter focuses on one scientific theory and one scientist, how his or her ideas were built on other scientists’ discoveries, why this new idea was rejected and how these discoveries came to be widely accepted now. In this book, …read more

Via: The Guardian | Books