Friday, May 27, 2011

Case Closed? Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Science

By Susan Hughes
What happened to a missing Israeli submarine?  Did Anastasia really escape the murder of her family? How did an ancient pharaoh get lost and why did an airplane disappear minutes just before its scheduled landing?  These questions and more are discussed and answered in Susan Hughes’ new book Case Closed? Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science.
Using traditional and modern methods, nine mysteries are solved in this easy to read book.  Geared toward older children and young adults, Case Closed? presents its cases in a way which will fascinate and pique the interest of its readers.
Information on the background of the case (such as the history of Queen Hatshepsut), the investigators and the methods used to solve the mystery are given, aided by colorful and detailed illustrations and photographers.
Readers will learn about CAT scans, Shuttle Imaging Radar-B and computer simulations.  They will learn how tree rings, space shuttles, satellites, lab testing and more have all contributed to finding the answers to some of the history’s most interesting mysteries.
Each case is closed with a page-long summary of the conclusions reached by investigators.  In an effort to encourage the reader’s continued curiosity and interest each case is left with a new mystery to consider.  Where is “so-and-so’s” mummy?  What happened to the missing ships? Could someone have beaten Columbus to America?
Case Closed? would make a perfect gift for any history buff, arm-chair detective or budding scientist.  Parents be warned: your children may soon be talking of the fascinating science of DNA or begging to perform their own investigative experiments.

This review was submitted by Kristin  - Kristin is a wife, mom and the founder of The Book-Trotter.  She wrote her first review over 20 years ago and has been reading and loving books ever since.

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Case Closed?: Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science

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