What's the next best thing to happen to science since gravity? Dr. Jay Wile's Elementary Science Series which presents science in the context of history rather than topical fashion all with a Biblical Worldview.
After reviewing and enjoying his first two books in this series, I was overjoyed to see Science in the Scientific Revolution hot off the presses!
"The Christian faith of those who started and continued The Scientific Revolution had a profound impact on their science, and you will learn a lot about that as you move through this course. I personally think this is one reason The Scientific Revolution was such an astounding success. Because science was being done in the context of the Christian faith, it was incredibly effective. Lots of progress was made because those studying the world around them realized that in order to fully understand nature, you had to understand the characteristics of its Creator.
As you study this course, I wast you to keep in mind something that was said by Robert Boyle, another great natural philosopher from this time period. In a speech he gave to t other natural philosophers of his day, he said, "Remember to give glory to the One who authored nature." -Dr. Jay Wile
Science in the Scientific Revolution contains 90 lessons split into 6 sections which include "normal" and "challenge" lessons, as well as a hands-on-activity per lesson. At the end of each lesson there's a review/comprehension section that is split according to the age of the student. Youngest students have to answer 2 oral questions, older children a notebook exercise and oldest students a more difficult exercise.
Experiments within this book are fairly easy to do - but must be done with an adult present! A list of needed common supplies are included as well as a shorter separate list of harder to find items such as ink pads, string of Christmas lights, etc.
Your journey though the Scientific Revolution starts with Nicolaus Copernicus and ends with Ole Christensen Romer. Along the way the topics of Heliocentric system, human body, disease, flowers and seeds, time, motion, temperature, tides, weather, probability, gravity, friction and much more are covered!
Lessons 1-15 The Revolution Begins
- Nicholaus Copernicus, Andreas Vesalius
Lessons 16-30 The Revolutions from the Mid-1500's to the Early 1600's
- Girolamo Fracastoro, Conrad Gesner, Pierre Belon, Michael Servetus, Tycho Brahe, Galileo Galilei
Lessons 31-45 The Revolution in the Early 17th Century
- Johannes Kepler, Francis Bacon, Jan Baptist van Helmont, William Harvey, James Ussher, Joachim Jungius, Evangelista Torricelli, Rene Descartes, Blaise Pascal
Lessons 46-60 The Revolution in the Middle of the 17th Century
- Thomas Bartholin, Otto von Guericke, Christiaan Huygens, Robert Boyle, Marcello Malpighi, Robert Hooke
Lessons 61-75 The Revolution Near the End of the 17th Century
- Giovanni Cassini, Francesco Redi, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, John Ray, Nehemiah Grew, Sir Isaac Newton
Lessons 76-90 The Revolution at the End of the 17th Century
- Isaac Newton, Guillaume Amontons, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Ole Christensen Romer.
Our experience with Science in the Scientific Revolution
My 11 year old has been begging to do dissection. Admittedly, this is one of my least favorite things to do! She was overjoyed to see some dissection with Lesson 8: Muscles, Tendons, and Ligaments. In the scope of messiness, this lab is very tame!
Necessary equipment: Parent, sharp knife, cutting surface and raw chicken wing.
First, identify the wrist, elbow, radius, ulna and humerus. Who knew a chicken wing had so many parts!
Next, skin the chicken. This is tricky with a little wing! Next locate the tendon and muscle.
Then, carefully find the stringy white tissue called a ligament.
Finally, answer the following questions in your science notebook:
1. What do we call the muscles that move the bones of the skeleton?
2. What do we call the tissue that holds together the bones of a joint?
Older students: Make a drawing of an elbow joints, such as the one above. Point out the muscle, tendon, and ligament. Below the drawing, explain the function of each. Also, explain why the muscle in the drawing is called a skeletal muscle.
Oldest students: Do what the older students are doing. In addition, do a little research to find out what kinds of muscles your body has in addition to skeletal muscles. Describe them in your notebook.
My daughter will be finishing this book for the upcoming year. I have full confidence that the enjoyment in the originality of this text and teaching style will continue!
This series is perfect for elementary aged students up through 7th grade. It is suggested that 7th graders may need to supplement with outside resources.
A Helps and Hints guide is also available which answers to review questions and tests for those households that would like to administer them to their students.
One final thought from Author Dr. Jay Wile.
"So in fact, the Scientific Revolution was really the result of natural philosophers understanding the consequences of God's existence. Once they understood that, they were able to make incredible discoveries about how creation really works!"
Check out my reviews of Science in the Beginning and Science in the Ancient World!