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ERIC Number: EJ922979
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug-1
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0362-8930
Inventions: Waiting for Eureka
Engelfried, Steven
School Library Journal, v56 n8 p44-48 Aug 2010
Legend has it that when Archimedes made a discovery related to water displacement, he leapt out of a bath declaring, "Eureka!" Whether true or not, the tale serves as a symbol for the notion that a burst of inspiration can lead to an exciting new discovery. Most books about inventions, however, tell a different story. The path from the germ of an idea to a final product that people really use is actually filled with lots of hard work, plenty of trial and error, a bit of serendipity, and a surprising number of mistakes. The resonant image of creating something that the world has never seen before can be a compelling hook for young readers. In this article, the author presents selections that offer many possibilities for a different kind of "eureka" moment: the one that proclaims "I found...a great book!"
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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