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Ace book for children and teens to boost their interest in science
on 10 March 2013
The 256 pages and 40 chapters of this book are written by an expert in the history of Medicine and it shows with a decided bias and more expert opinion on the biological and chemical parts than the physics engineering and maths.
Every aspect and age of science is included from Babylon to Silicon Valley with wonderfully short concise chapters of about 6 pages each. Hows that for our modern short-attention span teens? All relevant facts are there with many more I didn't know about, including the 'forgotten scientists' and also-rans who didn't make it into mainstream history but were equally valuable as the superstars of science. Many amusing anecdotes of the scientists are included as an interest-grabber. A few mistakes in one chapter (relativity) seem to indicate that this chapter either wasn't checked by someone in the know or simply not checked at all (I think it's the latter). Although not explicitly stated it implies that the precession of the perihelion of Mercury, as predicted by Einsteins theory, was actually Mars! No photos or pictures (a kids' book without pictures!!??), but a genuine bargain for the hardcover at about £12. If it doesn't kick off a few careers in Science I'll be surprised. Geoff .