Discovering Life’s Story: Biology’s Beginnings

By Joy Hakim

An extraordinary illustrated journey into the evolution of the question How did life begin? from renowned author Joy Hakim and MITeen Press.

In the first of a four-part series for MITeen Press, acclaimed author Joy Hakim reaches back in time to unravel the evolution of biological thought. The question How did life begin? takes many twists and turns, some rooted in religion, some in unproven theory, and some in experimentation. Hakim picks apart these various answers in the context of the political, social and scientific setting of the times. From Leonardo da Vinci to Galileo and Pasteur, Hakim highlights the major players who advanced scientific thought, and takes her readers on a fascinating journey of questions, experimentation and analysis. With full-colour archival images, including mesmerising fine art, this is a non-fiction series as beautiful as it is informative. Sitting alongside Bill Bryson's The Body Illustrated and Walker titles such as The World of Art and A World of Information, this stunning and informative non-fiction text, which complements the KS3 and KS4 science curriculum, is sure to inspire, challenge and encourage curious minds, young and old alike.

Categories: Non-Fiction

For readers aged: 14+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781529512212
  • Published: 02 Nov 2023
  • Price: £20.00
  • Size: 229 x 190 mm
  • Pages: 192

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Customer reviews


'“Nonfiction books for children about the natural sciences tend (naturally, we might say) to deal with particulars: the life cycle of the honeybee, say. In ‘Biology’s Beginnings,’ Joy Hakim takes a fresh approach. . . . Ms. Hakim, author of the series ‘A History of Us,’ ranges with brio and assurance across time and across the globe as she describes the push-and-pull of armies and microbes, of popes and stargazers, of philosophers and doctors and explorers in the long and erratic acquisition of knowledge. . . . Great quantities of illustration—maps and portraits and engravings—establish a swift visual pace for this engrossing chronicle for readers ages 12 and older.”' The Wall Street Journal

'Eye-catching photographs and illustrations supplement Hakim’s simple but engagingly fact-rich prose, making this an ideal introductory text for any budding naturalist, scientist or doctor.' Washington Post

'A work of nonfiction for adolescent readers that has the brio of an adventure story. . . In prose that is textured, humane and spirited, Ms. Hakim describes the movements of armies and microbes, the discoveries of anatomists and astronomers, the insights of philosophers and doctors and explorers. Abundant illustrations—maps, portraits, engravings—help keep the pace excitingly brisk.' The Wall Street Journal, Best Books for Children 2023

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