For the modern Renaissance man or woman, this book explores the different ways that art and science can be combined to do great things, including Frank GehryÌs computer-designed, curvaceous buildings, M. C. Escher's tessellated art, and the use of infrared scanning and other techniques to undo the damage of clumsy earlier efforts at art restoration. This book also explains how art and science were combined in the past, from mixing pigments to building pyramids.
2/1/07 School Library Journal
Whether it's sculpture demonstrating concepts in physical science such as balance and leverage or how technology is breaking new ground in how art is produced, Fleming showcases the many ways in which science is used in art conservation, restoration, and even to uncover fraudulent works. DNA follows teen chemistry sleuths through a scientific whodunit. Readers learn about the forensic details at a crime scene, uncovering clues, fingerprinting, microscopic evidence, and more. Both titles are visually stimulating. There are multiple pictures per page, brightly colored backgrounds, and unique icons that guide readers to explore vocabulary, summarize heading information, access electronic links, and shock their friends with surprising information. The layout guides struggling readers to digest small bits rather than whole pages at a time. These books offer readers support by pre-teaching vocabulary in the "High-Powered Words" sections before they encounter them in the text. Good choices for reluctant readers.