Great Discoveries of the Past
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The science chapters of NEXUS invite students to retrace the steps of great scientists like Archimedes, Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo and replicate their discoveries. When students emulate their discovery process, they develop the same skill sets used by leading scientists and gain confidence in their own thinking abilities. Two of the analysis tools on which we focus are observation and analogy; we call the latter the metaphor of science. In chapters like “The Art of Seeing” and “The Science of Seeing,” (The Grapes of Wrath and the American Dream, NEXUS), “Leonardo, Renaissance Man,” and “Galileo, the Man and the Moon” (Romeo and Juliet and the Renaissance, NEXUS) students learn the key roles observation and analogy play in the discovery process.