I was all set to dive into work this week, when poor Mr. Curiosity came down with strep. We couldn’t get him into the doctor’s office for antibiotics until Tuesday, and it took a couple of days for him to start feeling human again. Needless to say, he didn’t get much work done this week. Even so, we pressed on with our unit study of the big bang theory. I’ve got different books for both kids to be reading since they’re at such different levels.
Miss Adventure is reading Big Bang: The Story of the Universe by Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest with me. It’s a nonfiction book with different stages of the creation of the universe on each two-page spread. After a paragraph introducing the topic, there are lots of illustrations and little blurbs about each of the illustrations. I don’t read everything on each page, but I’m happy with the amount of information the book provides on each topic.
Mr. Curiosity is reading The Five Biggest Ideas in Science by Charles M. Wynn and Arthur W. Wiggins. I might need to add this book to our personal library since, in addition to the big bag, the book also covers atomic theory, the periodic table of the elements, plate tectonics, and evolution. All the major theories of five of the basic sciences in one book. Not only do you get a good explanation of the theories, but the authors provide details on the scientific method, setting up each topic with hypotheses and then the experiments developed to test the hypothesis. As a bonus, there’s some fun illustrations sprinkled throughout the text.
Finally, they both started reading Pioneer astronomers by Navin Sullivan. I wanted to add a human perspective to our study of the big bang. Granted, these astronomers lived way before we thought of the big bang theory, but it still sets up the science. I was pleasantly surprised with this book. The author gives a 10-20 page description of the major astronomical work of eighteen early astronomers (some are talked about as pairs). Even if you don’t know what the astronomer has done, you will often have heard the name as many current space missions have been named after these astronomers. The author gives you just enough history of the person to set you into their world as he describes their work, and each chapter builds upon the last one (which is how science is done, but not something you often see in books).
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