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Science in the Age of Reason

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The fourth book in my elementary science
series is called Science in the Age of Reason now this book starts where the
previous book ends left off it starts with Edmund Halley if you’ve
ever heard of Halley’s Comet he’s the fellow who discovered it and he was the
first one to really figure out the comments are kind of like planets that
they orbit the Sun just like planets do but they orbit in kind of a strange way
and the reason they’re only visible for a short time is because they’re only
close enough to the Sun to be visible for a short time so he was the one who
predicted when his comment would come back and he unfortunately died before he
could see that prediction come to pass but his prediction was correct so we
named the comet after him and we start with him and we go through all of the
1700s and just a little bit of the 1800s we end with gay Lucic who was very
important in chemistry he Anders he explained a little bit about how gases
work and so he’s an important figure in in chemistry and along the way the study
the student gets introduced to a lot of very interesting characters there’s a
fellow by the name of Cavendish who was so reclusive that he didn’t want his
portrait ever done and so the only reason we know a little bit about what
he looked like was a an architect was having dinner in a cafe and saw him and
realized that no one had drawn a sketch of him so without his permission he drew
a sketch of William Cavendish and that’s the only reason we know a little bit
about what he looks like now William Cavendish was a very important fellow
because he told us what water is made of and he told us a lot about how gravity
works as well so the student learns all sorts of things like that and gets
interested introduced to some interesting characters one person who
has a fairly famous name his name is Erasmus Darwin he was a grandfather of
Charles Darwin who’s a very important scientist later on in the next book
and erasmus darwin was a well-known physician who really believed that being
fat was very important to being good to being healthy and so he became very very
fat he became so fat that when he visited a house he hired someone who was
heavier than him to walk into the house first to make sure the floorboards could
hold him up now surprisingly he did a lot of really good science he did much
better science than Charles Darwin did later on and even though Charles
Darwin’s one everybody remembers Erasmus Darwin was probably a more important
figure in science history than his grandson Charles but nevertheless you’ll
alert the student will be learnt of the introduced to all sorts of very
interesting characters like that and along the way the student will learn
wonderful things about how weather works how clouds form why it’s cooler as you
go up in elevation and the student will learn about different facts about how
gases form student learn what electroplating is well the student will
also learn how electricity works both the static electricity that makes your
hair stand up on end but also the kind of electricity that comes from a battery
because at this time period batteries were invented by a guy by the name of
Alessandro Volta so the suit will learn all of these different things the stood
will also start seeing how at this time in history some scientists not all of
them in fact a minority but still some pretty important names started turning
their back on Scripture and started coming up with their own ideas about how
creation works and you’ll see the students see how those ideas are wrong
but nevertheless how they were the first step in in turning some scientists away
from Scripture and making them believe in other things so the student learn a
little bit about that as well and like all of my other books you’ll be doing
these lessons and these experiments together it’s a multi grade approach for
all elementary level students so all your elementary level students
regardless of their age will be doing the experiments will be listening to you
reading them to them will be doing the review exercises and it’ll be
a great family time to help you learn more about science and learn more about
how science developed in this period of human history

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