if more kids could read joy hakim's "the history of science," series we'd have more children interested in science and history.
she presents science in story fashion. she tells about the people who invented things and what was going on when they were thinking. joy tells about the greatest thinkers of all time -- einstein, archimedes, bacon, plato, pythagoros, aristotle....
she also writes about how cultures have always tried to mesh science and religion but it seems, throughout history, people could only tolerate one or the other. amazingly, it's still the same today!
the books are intended for young adults but i recommend them to anyone who never got to learn science or history in school, either because it was too boring or it wasn't offered.