The Last Word on Nothing did a recent post about Maurice Hilleman. I was so fascinated by the writeup that I put the book they mentioned on my TBR. I thought it was timely reading about the creation of vaccines while in a pandemic, waiting for a vaccine. Bonus, the library had the ebook.
Subtitle: One Man’s Quest to Defeat the World’s Deadliest Diseases
Genre: nonfiction historical science
Length: 205 pages of text, 254 pages total
Setting: 1919-2005, various locations in the U.S.
Summary: Short version: The history of vaccines, focusing on the work on Maurice Hilleman Continue reading
Miss Adventure wants to learn about Marco Polo this month. When I searched the library catalog for books on Marco Polo she might enjoy, this one came up. We’re always up for a graphic novelization of a subject.
Published: originally in 2015, in English in 2017
Genre: nonfiction graphic novel biography
Length: 207 pages
Setting: from Venice to China, mid 1200s-1300s
Summary: Short version: A reflection on Marco Polo’s journeys while he’s in a Genoese jail Continue reading
I saw this book reviewed somewhere online and immediately requested it from our library. I’m intrigued by Alan Turing and wanted to learn more about him.
Subtitle: Alan Turing Decoded
Illustrator: Leland Purvis
Genre: nonfiction graphic novel biography
Length: 234 pages
Setting: England, early to mid-1900s
Summary: Short version: A biography of Alan Turing’s life Continue reading
I am a big fan of Joss Whedon and his projects. When I read this, Joss had only produced Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly. He’s only improved his project record since, most recently Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Subtitle: The Genius Behind Buffy
Length: 162 pages Continue reading
I saw (and loved) the movie and wanted to read the book it was based on. When there was a Kindle sale of the book, I bought it. I read it now to see if it would work for our next American History Club meeting about the space race.
Subtitle: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
Genre: nonfiction science biography
Length: 267 pages of text, 368 pages total
Setting: In and around Langley, Virginia, 1940s-1960s Continue reading
I saw this reviewed elsewhere on the web and thought it would be a nice complement to the three March books.
Artist: Nate Powell
Genre: nonfiction graphic novel
Length: 199 pages
Setting: Houston, Texas, 1960s Continue reading
We’re continuing to learn about physics, splitting out time between physics and physicists. Mr. Curiosity finished How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog and found it hilarious, and full of good physics ideas. Now he knows all about about evil squirrels and bunnies made of cheese. I’ve also had the kids learn about physicists, and here’s the books we’ve used.
I found a graphic novel of Richard Feynman called, appropriately enough Feynman by Jim Ottaviani. The book covers Feynman’s whole life, jumping back and forth to different periods of his life. It’s definitely targeted toward an older crowd. For one thing, there’s the physics and tricky mathematical equations mentioned. For the other, the pages are pretty dense with blocks of talking heads and little action showing on the page. Feynman was an interesting physicist who certainly had a way with words, but it’s not like he did exciting-looking activities.
The other book I found is Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science-and the World by Rachel Swaby. It covers women who made significant contributions in medicine, biology, genetics, physics, geology, astronomy, math, and as inventors. Within each category, the scientists are presented in chronological order. The author devotes three or four pages to each scientist and her breakthrough research, often discussing how the woman had to fight against discrimination to get her voice heard. Miss Adventure is enjoying reading this one. The books reminds people that women have been involved in science just as much as men, even if our achievements are often ignored or co-opted.
And those are the books we used for physics this week. Linking up with Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.
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