George's Cosmic Treasure Hunt (George's Secret Key to the Universe) Paperback – 1 Apr 2010
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"As with Lucy Hawking's first book about George, this is an exciting tale for children, interspersed with some serious science. I came away from this one feeling that the short essays on all manner of spacey stuff could easily be used to teach people older than ten about astrophysics, too. There is something about getting the cream of space/physics/astronomy to write on serious subjects, but aimed at young children...It's not only astrophysics you get. There is a fair bit on the environment, too, and not all through George's parents, who are rather Green. Plenty of food for thought in here." (Bookwitch)
"What better way to interest young readers in science-and specifically in its relevance to the long-term survival of humankind-than for one of the world's most renowned theoretical physicists to put his subject at the center of a children's book? Stephen Hawking, his novelist daughter, and French physicist Galfard create two inquisitive, middle-school heroes, then send them on wondrous adventures through time and space" (Publishers Weekly)
"I COULDN’T wait to get my hands on George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt, written by scientist and professor Stephen Hawking. Not only is it a brilliant adventure story that I didn’t want to put down, but I learnt lots of scientific facts about the universe and enjoyed looking at the colour photos taken in space, too. A book to get readers interested in space and, as per the wish of its authors, a book that means you never stop asking: “Why?”" (Sebastian Westwood, age 11 First News)
Following the smash-hit success of the George series, comes a second out-of-this-world adventure from Lucy Hawking and her father, Professor Stephen Hawking, the most famous science genius in the Universe! Plus there's exclusive, real-life information from the world's leading scientists - including Professor Hawking himself. Perfect for any curious mind.See all Product Description
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This time George travels to America for the holidays to stay with Eric and Annie who have moved there. He meets a new friend Emmett and the three children become involved in a cosmic puzzle which involves journeys to other worlds via Cosmos the computer.
The great bit about these books is that they are educational as well as exciting to read. Throughout the book are pages explaining different scientific facts which relate to the plot of the book and also some amazing colour photos which really spark the imagination.
We were fortunate enough to meet Lucy Hawking at the Edinburgh Science Festival recently who confirmed that a third adventure will be released soon.
Would recommend this for age 5 and up although younger children would need an adult to read the story to them. A great book for enquiring minds.
I have always had an overt admiration for Stephen Hawking having read some of his early work with Robin Penrose; they had such imaginatively scientific ideas. "Over the past thirty years, Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose have done more than anyone to further our understanding of the nature of gravitation and cosmology."--John Barrow, New Scientist (I am still puzzled by the lack of a knighthood for Professor Hawking.)
The book, their first, was co-written in 2007 with his journalist daughter, Lucy, a former PhD research student, Christophe Galfard, and illustrated by Garry Parsons. I bought it for my grandsons - three and one. I like to start early if there actually is an "early"! (The three year-old has already been to the Science and Natural History Museums twice. We are so fortunate to have such wonderful places to visit freely.)
Set in the context of a children's story with George, the science is covertly between and on the lines of the story; every so often, it appears overtly in special "grey sections" to distinguish them from the story itself in which scientific facts are given about, e.g. Jupiter, Comets, Matter, Exoplanets and so on. There are also four lengthy colour sections with plates of planets,rockets and other fascinating subjects. Throughout, the narrative is illustrated by b/w drawings of the stories events and characters.
Particularly interesting and enjoyable new features of this book (not in the previous one) are the eight sections on "The Latest Scientific Theories!" written by a wide range of eminent scientists, each ending in a simple first name, e.g. "Is There Anybody Out There?", Lord Rees, President of the Royal Society, Trinity College, University of Cambridge,signed "Martin".Read more ›
Really hope that the Hawkings' write more of these great audiobooks and I will be getting the rest of the stories for upcoming celebrations.
I am hoping he will enjoy this one just as much.
I liked them because they are interesting and had my grandson mesmerised from the very first page.
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Love any Hawkings books and kids are loving the stories from Lucy. Great read for both my kids 11&6.Published 6 months ago by Lorna82
Lucy Hawkins presents her father's science with engaging entertainment.Published 9 months ago by Christopher Brotherton
Great book for readers around 9-10 years old! My son could not stop reading it and asked to have the whole series.. Fully recommended!Published 9 months ago by Gisela Salcedo