Could you consider something written over 100 years ago?
There is reading and there is added-value reading. I’m sure you’re firmly pro the latter. Literacy is an essential part of children’s education, but what stories should they be reading today?
Carl Ewald wrote his nature stories in Denmark during Victorian times and I’m now making them available with fresh English translations… they are still that relevant.
Interest in Charles Darwin and his early training as a field biologist and forester gave Ewald deep insights into nature, spurring an interest he shared with the children of his period.
But he did so in such a timeless way, I am driven to ensure his legacy lives on. These stories inform, teach, and entertain in a way which fits perfectly into the curriculum of the Middle-Grade school level.
Please visit the Story Summaries to learn about the three books currently available with five more being planned. They will all provide children with a penetrating, faithful-to-nature glimpse of the world, unadorned by the ‘fluff’ so typical of children’s stories today.
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Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection
Some concepts are considered so rock solid that it is difficult to imagine them ever being replaced with something better.
While science often moves forward in awkward leaps and bounds, Peter Atkins compiled a list of 10 concepts that are considered "so rock solid, that it is difficult to imagine them ever being replaced with something better." So our friends at RealClearScience's Newton blog write about Atkins's 2003 book, Galileo's Finger: The Ten Great Ideas of Science. While Atkins's picks might be incredibly worthy ones, many are also a bit hard to comprehend, so a guide to these concepts can be found on the Newton blog here, and are summarized briefly below.
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The FIRST of the 10 Greatest Ideas in the History of Science:
Evolution Occurs by Natural Selection
In 1973, evolutionary biologist Theodosius Dobzhansky penned an essay titled "Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution." By now, thousands of students across the globe have heard this title quoted to them by their biology teachers.
"The power of evolution comes from its ability to explain both the unity and diversity of life; in other words, the theory describes how similarities and differences between species arise by descent from a universal common ancestor."