Throughout history the science community has fought over who made the greatest contributions to the field of science. That is a very difficult concept to quantify. Science in general is broken into two forms, the theoretical and experimental bodies. Theoretical science is based on creating mathematical models that explain some form of interaction between energy and/or matter. Experimental scientists design and carry out the experiments that allows them to take physical and quantifiable observations to prove or disprove these theories. The theoretical scientist is more math driven in their pursuits. The experimental scientist is focus on engineering. Very few scientists throughout history wherever able to master one of the fields, let alone two. This section of our site will look at the people that are widely thought to have offered the greatest contributions to the science field in either capacity.
This collection of worksheets offers short reading passages about the lives and work of famous scientists. Students will learn about scientists in many different disciplines, and discover why their contributions to knowledge are so important. Each short essay is accompanied by two answer sheets (multiple choice and short answer), as well as a one page "organizer," in which students can note short facts about the person. Answer keys are provided for each sheet. Project idea: Have your students present a science fair project in the persona of a famous scientist. Louis Pasteur and germ theory, for example.