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The Great Philosopher

Plato and His Pursuit of Knowledge

Series: Great Minds of Ancient Science and Math

By Mary Gow

Plato, author of the REPUBLIC, is one of the most famous philosophers of all time. Plato explored an astounding range of topics. In his writing he investigated political theory, virtue, language, art, love, mathematics, religion, and more. Though Plato is perhaps best known for other areas of knowledge, he did make important contributions to the long process that built modern science. Even today, in works like the REPUBLIC, Plato leads us to examine what we think we know.

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Reviews

"The book is written in a language that can easily be understood by a 4th grader, and in-depth enough for a 9th grader . . . A great addition for a Juvenile or YA non-fiction collection."

Southern Maine Library District, February 6, 2012

"A book worth reading and introducing to students."

TriState Young Adult Book Review Committee, November 2010

"Mary Gow’s text provides a rounded introduction to Plato and his academy, writings or dialogues, and view of the universe . . . The concepts are austere, and the writing of this biography is concise, yet full of details . . . This book would work well in a cross-curricular unit on philosophy and science in an elementary or middle school setting."

National Science Teachers Association Recommends Web site, posted April 14, 2011

". . . young readers will find the text succinct and thorough to understand his life and importance. The simplified chapter break downs are effortless for adolescent readers to understand his life lasting accomplishments."

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