Before the World Was Ready (Hardcover)

Stories of Daring Genius in Science

By Claire Eamer, Sa Boothroyd (Illustrator)

Annick Press, 9781554515363, 125pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2013

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Paperback (9/1/2013)

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Eight fascinating tales of scientists and inventors ahead of their time. In this thought-provoking book, you ll find out what happened when people weren t ready to listen to innovators who came up with revolutionary ideas. Discover how Alfred Wegener struggled to convince geologists that the ground beneath our feet is moving, why mad scientist Nikola Tesla's futuristic ideas about electricity were dismissed, why Charles Darwin delayed publishing his controversial theory of evolution for decades, and how Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace nearly invented the first computer in the 1800s. You ll also meet Copernicus, who proposed a sun-centered model of the universe; Ignaz Semmelweis, who tried in vain to persuade doctors to use disinfection methods; the aviation pioneer George Cayley, whose ideas were decades ahead of the technology that would make them work; and Rachel Carson, who sounded the first alarm about the effects of pesticides on wildlife. Nowadays, we think of these scientists as heroes, but they all endured great personal hardships for daring to think differently. Enlivened by colorful and witty illustrations, these compelling stories of great mindsand often eccentric personalitiesare sure to draw in young readers. Look around: can you spot the next world-shaking idea?

About the Author

Claire Eamer has written numerous books for kids, including "The World in Your Lunch Box" and "Lizards in the Sky." She lives in Whitehorse, Yukon. Sa Boothroyd is an illustrator who lives in Gibsons, British Columbia. She previously illustrated "The World in Your Lunch Box" for Annick Press.