Galileo's Leaning Tower Experiment

A Science Adventure

By MacDonald, Wendy & Rui, Paolo

Publishers Summary:
When the great scientist and professor Galileo meets a bright farm boy, Massimo, the teacher becomes the student. On an ordinary day, Galileo encounters Massimo dropping food from a bridge to his uncle passing below in his boat. This simple action makes Galileo rethink Aristotles teachings. Galileo takes an interest in Massimos cleverness, and together, in a series of experiments, the two investigate the science of motion. Kids will love this lively reimagining of Galileos Leaning Tower experiment and be encouraged by Massimos eagerness to learn. With curiosity and a willing teacher, anyone can be a scientist.

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ISBN
978-1-57091-869-8
Publisher
Charlesbridge Publishing


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on June 1, 2009

Gr 3-4 In this fictionalized account of Galileo's legendary experiments on the speed of falling objects, the young professor meets a poor farm boy, Massimo, who drops bread and cheese to his uncle passing under a bridge in a boat. Stunned that the bread and cheese hit the boat at the same time, contradicting Aristotle's teachings, Galileo begins experimenting with other pairs of fallin...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2009

Macdonald places an inquisitive boy at the scene of Galileo's famous experiments with gravity and falling objects. Though the sc...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on March 1, 2009

Wendy Macdonald uses the legend of Galileo’s experiment at the Tower of Pisa to introduce the concepts of acceleration and gravity and to present the excitement of scientific breakthrough. The sixteenth-century setting is brought to life through Paolo Rui’s sun-drenched paintings and Macdonald’s realistic depiction of the era’s class structure. During this time of many important scientific discoveries, only boys, and only those from affluent familie...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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