Scientists have a reputation for being focused on their work-and maybe even dull. But take another look. Did you know that it's believed Galileo was scolded by the Roman Inquisition for sassing his mom? That Isaac Newton loved to examine soap bubbles? That Albert Einstein loved to collect joke books, and that geneticist Barbara McClintock wore a Groucho Marx disguise in public? With juicy tidbits about everything from favorite foods to first loves, the subjects of Kathleen Krull and Kathryn Hewitt's Lives of the Scientists: Experiments, Explosions (and What the Neighbors Thought) are revealed as creative, bold, sometimes eccentric-and anything but dull.
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by Kathleen Krull
by Kathleen Duey
"Narrator Charlie ThurstonÕs slight sibilance and heavy consonants are a pleasure to listen to. ThurstonÕs relaxed pacing allows time to digest the information given in this nonfiction work and imagine the people and places described. However, the transitions from one topic to the next arenÕt always clear. Thurston does move smoothly from a straightforward delivery to a more intimate inflection when recounting aspects of the scientistsÕ lives, some of which include such details as what these famous people ate, drank, and wore. Extramarital affairs and children out of wedlock are also noted. A.M.P. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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