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Has anyone used SWB Story of Western Science for high school?   I am trying to figure out my son's next year, 11th grade.  He has gone through the history cycle twice and I thought this might be a good history for him.


Are there any guides?  Did anyone couple this with a lab science course? 


I'm also trying to figure out his science for next year, not ready for Physics yet.  (Maybe Conceptual Physics, but not sure yet)


I searched the forum and couldn't find anything so I thought I'd ask.

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I read SoWS aloud with my dd as part of her history of science/science literacy course in 8th grade. It's a wonderful book, we enjoyed the reading and discussion. Given her age and stage we didn't tackle the primary sources, we read through it alongside other books that were more her level, and watched part of the Joy of Science and 12 Essential Scientific Concepts. Other things she read included:


1.      The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World – Edward Dolnick

2.       Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon – Steve Sheinkin

3.       A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson


Science Matters - Achieving Scientific Literacy - Hazen & Trefil

Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters - Matt Ridley 


She also did McHenry's Carbon Chemistry and The Cell.


If we were to revisit it in high school I think I'd want to tackle some of the primary source books SWB discusses  and read them, that would be a very robust history of science class.  I can't think of a good way to pair it up with a lab course unless you can find good Integrated Science lab materials.  Which, if you do, I'd love to hear about! 

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