4 December 2014

Best Kids’ Science Books of the Year

A discussion-provoking assortment for all ages, to enjoy together over the holidays.

From Next Time You See the Moon, via NASA.

There’s a secret about good kids’ science books, even the ones nominally for five-year-olds: They’re also for adults. Most of us forget or never learn basic concepts. Or we see the world as disconnected facts, like the pieces of a puzzle strewn on the floor. Kids’ science books put the pieces together and, as such, they span ages and stages.

This leads to a second secret: These books are often best enjoyed together. They are together gifts. These are books that spark thinking, and it’s by having a parent or grandparent to extend and connect facts and ideas that these books really shine. So here’s a selection of the year’s best science books for kids of all ages to enjoy together over the holidays. Read More »

12 November 2014

Strange Voyage

A distinguished science historian offers a personal compendium of what he finds most interesting about early modern science, with little attention to strict chronology.

Voyaging in Strange Seas: The Great Revolution in Science. David Knight. 334 pages. Yale University Press.

4 November 2014

Dodging the Shark

Marshaling stories and studies, an expert advises us to stop worrying—to free our minds and conquer problems by approaching them from opposing angles.

It’s Not About the Shark: How to Solve Unsolvable Problems. David Niven. 240 pages. St. Martin’s Press.

7 October 2014

Collision Course

An insider offers a ‘clear and engaging’ account of the Large Hadron Collider.

Large Hadron Collider: The Extraordinary Story of the Higgs Boson and Other Stuff That Will Blow Your Mind. Don Lincoln. 240 pages. Johns Hopkins University Press.

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