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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Sidney Rosen  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children;

Born: 1916 in Boston, Massachusetts

Died: 2005

-- Sidney Rosen on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Rosen taught at the University of Illinois in Champaign.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sidney Rosen was a professor emeritus of astronomy at the University of Illinois (1958-94). He grew up in Boston’s West End and married Dorothy Rosen. Together, they wrote the mystery series starring Belle Appleman, a Jewish immigrant who lives in Boston's West End during the 1930s. Rosen wrote the popular children’s book ''Galileo and the Magic Numbers'', published in 1958 and it still remains in print and in libraries all over the country. He also wrote a series of children’s science books.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Can you catch a falling star? /
ISBN: 0876148828. OCLC Number: 31377224

Carolrhoda Books,. .

This book answers questions about meteors, commonly known as falling stars.

Can you find a planet? /
ISBN: 0876146833. OCLC Number: 23941312

Carolrhoda Books,. .

Discusses in question and answer format the planets in our solar system and explains which planets and stars can be seen from Earth in the night sky.

Can you hitch a ride on a comet? /
ISBN: 0876147732. OCLC Number: 25914407

Carolrhoda Books,. .

Answers a variety of questions about comets including what they are, where they come from, and where they go.

Death & strudel :
ISBN: 0897334787. OCLC Number: 42649716

Academy Chicago Publishers,. .

Death and blintzes :
ISBN: 0897334507. OCLC Number: 38324119

Academy Chicago Publishers,. .

"It's the Depression, and young widow Belle Appleman is grateful for her new job tacking belt loops on men's pants in a Boston factory. Then she discovers a co-worker's body in the Charles River and, feeling personally involved, begins trading theories with the detective in charge of the case. In the midst of her sleuthing, she's elected shop steward and becomes involved with union politics, as well as with a dashing union leader on whom she tries out her Bette Davis voice and Garbo look. But when one of the factory owners is also murdered and a friend is accused, Belle must make serious efforts to find the killer, for her heart's sake as well as for her friend's."

Galileo and the magic numbers
ISBN: 130680373X. OCLC Number: 880408830

Open Road Media Young Readers,. .

Sixteenth century Italy produced a genius who marked the world with his studies and hypotheses about mathematical, physical and astronomical truths. His father, musician Vincenzio Galilei said, Truth is not found behind a man's reputation. Truth appears only when the answers to questions are searched out by a free mind. This is not the easy path in life but it is the most rewarding. Galileo challenged divine law and the physics of Aristotle, and questioned everything in search of truths. And it was through this quest for truth that he was able to establish a structure for modern science.

How far is a star? /
ISBN: 0876146841. OCLC Number: 23869736

Carolrhoda Books,. .

Explains the vast distances in space and describes different types of stars in the universe using a question-and-answer format.

The Baghdad mission /
ISBN: 0876148283. OCLC Number: 29391121

Carolrhoda Books,. .

In the year 800, fifteen-year-old Alan travels from the Frankish kingdom to Baghdad and back again, seeking to escape the murderous intentions of his evil cousin and secure his birthright.

The magician's apprentice /
ISBN: 0876148097. OCLC Number: 28584628

Carolrhoda Books,. .

In 1264, Jean of Toulouse, a young French student and friar accused of heresy by the Inquisition, is sent to Oxford to spy on the scholarly monk, Roger Bacon, who is suspected of being a heretic for his advanced scientific ideas.

Where does the moon go? /
ISBN: 087614685X. OCLC Number: 23769565

Carolrhoda Books,. .

Follows the moon through its twenty-eight-day trip around the Earth and identifies its different phases.

Where's the Big Dipper? /
ISBN: 0876148836. OCLC Number: 31609961

Carolrhoda Books,. .

A question and answer format teaches readers about the constellations, how they were named, and how they are used to tell time and direction, and provides instructions for locating various constellations.

Which way to the Milky Way? /
ISBN: 0876147090. OCLC Number: 24218521

Carolrhoda Books,. .

Questions and answers introduce the Milky Way and other kinds of galaxies in the universe.