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The Life and Times of Aristotle by Jim…

The Life and Times of Aristotle

by Jim Whiting

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Aristotle is listed among the greatest scholars of all time. He observed, researched, and wrote about a variety of topics including philosophy, politics, religion, and science. While Aristotle was a scholar in many subject areas, his most notable contributions were to the scientific world. Aristotle’s insistence upon questioning, examining, and understanding the world around him is especially notable considering that he lived in a time when it was widely believed that the Gods were in control of everything. In The Life and Times of Aristotle, Jim Whiting provides a glimpse into the life of Aristotle and his contributions to our understanding of the world around us.
Aristotle was born in 384 BCE in a Greek province called Thrace. Like all great scientists, Aristotle had a passion for questioning the world. He made careful observations of nature and was particularly interested in understanding animals and their habitats. Aristotle is noted as the first to provide a systematic classification of animals and he sought to understand why animals were different. He was also the first to discover that the world was a sphere, although his theory that the earth was at the center of the solar system was later proven incorrect. The accuracy of Aristotle’s ideas and theories are not so much what make him a great scientist, rather, his exceptionality is found in the fact that he was motivated to question, observe, and explore.
I think that portions of this book would be great for use in a fifth grade classroom. Aristotle is an example of a man who questioned his world and sought answers that were not easily found. I feel that providing examples of people throughout the course of history who went against the grain in the pursuit of knowledge is a great way to motivate students to do the same.
  KateButler | Nov 7, 2009 |
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Examines the scientist and his ideas that are still being used today.

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