The Kid Who Named Pluto

And the Stories of Other Extraordinary Young People in Science

By Marc McCutcheon; Jon Cannell (Illustrator)
(Chronicle Books (CA), Hardcover, 9780811837705, 85pp.)

Publication Date: February 2004

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Which of the following were discovered or invented by kids?
a) Television
b) Pterodactyl fossils
c) Braille
Answer: All of the above

These important contributions to science and many others were the result of the efforts of curious and smart kids who often started with only a simple idea or sketch. This fascinating book tells the stories of nine such kids, all of who made lasting impacts in science. Included are some well-known innovators, such as Louis Braille and physicist Robert Goddard, as well as lesser-known people like Philo Farnsworth, the teen inventor of television, and Mary Anning, the great paleontologist credited with finding dozens of spectacular fossils from the Jurassic period as a young girl. Each chapter is a testament to what young people can achieve through curiosity, imagination and persistence.

About the Author
Marc McCutcheon is the author of fourteen books, including Descriptionary; Damn, Why Didn't I Write That?; and Everyday Life in the 1800s. He runs his own bookstore, Once and Again Books, in Scarborough, Maine.

Jon Cannell is an accomplished designer and founder of Jon Cannell Design. His clients include several Fortune 500 companies. He lives in Washington state.
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