Education: Forging the Future: History with Flavor

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Joy Hakim's new science textbook is meant for kids, but even a well-read adult might learn a thing or two--for instance, that Greek mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras was a fashion trailblazer who insisted on wearing trousers, then considered an Eastern style, while his countrymen were still in robes. Such are the details that pepper the narrative of Hakim's The Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way (Smithsonian Books; 282 pages). Hakim's chatty style and character-driven stories have won her legions of fans. At age 11, Ethan Denny in Athens, Ga., wrote her to say she made him "feel that you are...

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