The Drama of Darwin (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 Annie Darwin was her father's joy, and she treated him with tender kindness. But in 1849 Annie became sick with severe fever. Charles struggled to cure her, but in 1851, Annie died and was buried in a small church in Worcestershire. The words on her grave... Read more
The Ice Cream Man
ReadOasis Step 1 Tom Carvel invented soft-serve ice cream. Carvel was born in Greece on July 14, 1906, and he moved to America when he was a child. As a young man, he borrowed $15 from his future wife Agnes, and he started selling ice cream from a truck.... Read more
Roentgen and the Discovery of X-rays
ReadOasis Step 2 When she saw her the bones in her hand she said "I have seen my death!" Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen (1845-1923) was a German scientist who discovered x-rays. This was a great advance for physics and medicine, and it earned Roentgen the Nobel Prize in 1901. In November 1895,... Read more
The Big Bang Event
ReadOasis Step 2 The big bang theory is currently the accepted explanation for the origin and development of the universe. The theory proposes that the universe was once extremely compact and hot. The big bang event first occurred long ago in the distant past. And the universe has been... Read more
Gregor Mendel: Father of Genetics
By Max L. Knowles ReadOasis Step 2 A great tree comes from a small seed, and from small beginnings come great things. Gregor wanted to solve a problem. It was a big and important problem. But he was not a big and important man. And he was not studying... Read more
Edward Jenner and the Smallpox Vaccine
ReadOasis Step 3 Edward Jenner (1749-1823) was an English scientist who is known for using cowpox to perform one of the first vaccinations against smallpox. About six others tried this procedure as well. These included the farmer Benjamin Jesty, who in 1774 infected his wife and two of his... Read more
Einstein Equals Genius
ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 2) Einstein is best known for his work on relativity. In his theory of special relativity, he argued that the speed of light in space will always appear the same. This is true even for someone moving away from the source of that light. It... Read more
Einstein Equals Genius
ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 3) This bend in space and time would even affect the direction of light. As light passes near a large star, the light becomes like water flowing near a hole. If the mass is big enough, such as the mass of a collapsed star, then... Read more