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Gravity, the Glue of the Universe: History and Activities

Gravity, the Glue of the Universe: History and Activities

by Harry Gilbert, Diana D. SmithHarry Gilbert


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Gravity-the strange force that guides raindrops as they fall, keeps people from falling off the Earth's surface, controls Earth's orbit around the sun, and holds billions of stars together in the Milky Way-is the focus of this intriguing resource. Narrative stories trace the history of scientific thought and the process of discovery on the subject of gravity from the time of Aristotle to the present discoveries of Stephen Hawking. Chapters dedicated to astronomy expose students to issues such as the life cycle of a star and Black Holes. Field-tested lesson plans parallel the history. Simple experiments and other activities are designed to accommodate a wide variety of teaching strategies and learning styles. These activities build scientific skills, encourage cooperative learning, and teach students how science really works. Grades 5-8. Gravity: The Glue of the Universe has been used as a recommended text at Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781563084423
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/15/1997
Edition description: TEACHER
Pages: 209
Product dimensions: 10.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 10 - 13 Years

About the Author

Harry Gilbert, Diana G. Smith

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From the Author

This book is the product of a father/daughter collaboration. The father, Harry Gilbert, was born 1918 in Cleveland, Ohio. The daughter, Diana Gilbert Smith was born (a number of years later) in Cumberland, Maryland. Harry is a retired rocket research scientist and teacher. Diana is a 5th grade science teacher at Central Elementary School in Simsbury, Connecticut. Harry's interest in the universe and Einstein go back to his childhood-long before he graduated Case Institute of Technology (now Case Western Reserve University). His expertise in the areas of the history of gravity, relativity and stellar black holes is derived from years of extensive independent research. Diana discovered she wanted to be a teacher after she graduated from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. In 1986 Diana enrolled in the University of Maryland, at College Park where she earned her M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction.

The success of the collaboration may be judged by the fact that Gravity, the Glue of the Universe was recently honored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science by listing in "Best Science Books for Junior High and High School Readers in 1998."

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