About The Story of Science series

In the three-book The Story of Science series, master storyteller Joy Hakim narrates the evolution of scientific thought from ancient times to the present. With lively, character-driven narrative, Hakim spotlights the achievements of some of the world's greatest scientists and encourages a similar spirit of inquiry in readers. The books include hundreds of color photographs, charts, maps, and diagrams; informative sidebars; suggestions for further reading; and excerpts from the writings of great scientists.

About the curriculum:
Each book in The Story of Science series has its own comprehensive Teacher’s Quest Guide and Student’s Quest Guide developed by the Talent Development Program at The Johns Hopkins University by researchers, educators, and experienced curriculum writers Maria Garriott and Cora Teter.

The Teacher’s Quest Guides include:

The Student’s Quest Guides include:

The curriculum is ideal for traditional physical science classes, enrichment programs, multidisciplinary teaching, and home schooling. Published in association with the National Science Teachers Association, an organization committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all, these books will lead to greater comprehension by readers due to Joy’s unique and engaging narrative.

About Joy Hakim:
Joy Hakim has been a teacher in Syracuse, New York; Omaha, Nebraska; and Virginia Beach, Virginia; teaching elementary school, middle school, high school, and in a community college. She has also been a newspaper woman, a general reporter, a business reporter, and an associate editor and editorial writer at Norfolk's Virginian-Pilot. Hakim earned a bachelor’s degree at Smith College and a master’s of education as well as an honorary doctorate at Goucher College. Author of the prize-winning series A History of US, Joy Hakim is the recipient of the NSTA/CBC’s Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12, James Michener Award in Writing, and the Gold and Silver Parents’ Choice Awards in Writing.

Praise for The Story of Science:
“When master storyteller Joy Hakim wields her pen, take heart: you’re in for a breathtaking adventure.”
—American Educator

“If Leonardo da Vinci had studied science, he would have been fascinated with The Story of Science. Joy Hakim’s eclectic approach to the history, nature, and content of science is unique . . . . And perhaps most important: the book is written with sharp wit and gentle humor that will make readers not only understand science but love it.”
—Juliana Texley, lead reviewer for National Science Teacher Association Recommends

“The Story of Science is richly informative and illustrated… [Hakim] clearly appreciates science and the matchless might of a reasoning mind.”
—Natalie Angier, New York Times

“This account of modern science’s dawn…presents a rare mix of visual appeal, intellectual content, and lively personal voice that will propel readers to the end and leave them impatient for more.”
—John Peters, Booklist starred review

“This book displays the most appealing aspect of science and mathematics: that advances result from a practical need solved by curious minds.”
—Courtney Lewis, School Library Journal starred review

“A good—even great—teacher, Hakim knows exactly where students might stumble and is always there, making sure they don’t.”
—Diana Lutz, Natural History

The Story of Science series can be found at fine booksellers everywhere. With each individual title on this site, we have provided links to retailers and booksellers near you.

For classroom pricing and information on teaching materials, please contact Matt Litts at LittsM @ si.edu (remove spaces).

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