The Book of Big Science Ideas

From Atoms to AI and from Gravity to Genes ... How Science Shapes our World

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Pub Date 08 Oct 2019 | Archive Date 14 Nov 2019

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* 2021 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books in Middle Grade Longlist

A fact packed celebration of science from the clever people who bring you AQUILA magazine. 
The Book of Big Science Ideas introduces young readers, aged 8 and up, to 15 brilliant science ideas and more than 50 ingenious thinkers who have helped shape our understanding of the world.

What is everything made of? What is our place in space? Can machines think? And why does your hat come hurtling back down after you've chucked it into the air? This book has the answers! 

Readers will learn all about established ideas such as atoms, electricity and the solar system, as well as ideas that are still evolving such as gravity, energy and classification, right up to recent discoveries like AI and genetics.

Each big idea is explored over two double-page spreads: the first explains the idea in rich detail and with plenty of bright and engaging illustrations and diagrams, while the second spread introduces readers to the key scientists and thinkers who helped shape the idea with fun portraits for each one. Thinkers include, Wang Zhenyi, Louis Pasteur, Marie Curie, James Joule, Rosalind Franklin, Charles Darwin, Aristotle, Edith Clarke, Isaac Newton, Grace Hopper, Alan Turing, Ada Lovelace and many, many more!

Spreads on why ideas matter, the scientific method, future ideas and even more scientists to discover are also included, and a detailed timeline and glossary of scientific terms ensure that readers have the tools to really get to grips with the concepts.

This is the perfect book for science-loving kids everywhere.
* 2021 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books in Middle Grade Longlist

A fact packed celebration of science from the clever people who bring you AQUILA magazine. 
The Book of Big...

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Very fun book for young curious minds who want to learn more about science and how stuff works. The illustrations are colourful and engaging and the text is broken up into easily readable portions. I absolutely love how the illustrations of the 'Big Ideas' directly link to the 'Big Thinkers'. For example, Big Idea 3 regarding the universe and the solar system, shows the Big Thinkers as star constellations. How awesome! Or idea 7 regarding evolution shows the Big Thinkers as fossils. So clever! I really appreciate the added effort and detail. Would recommend.

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This a great introduction to science reference book for later elementary students. Each section has an overview of the topic that can be read/skimmed quickly and then more detail is added as the section progresses. This makes it easy for the child to decide how in depth they want to get with. given topic. Because it can be so adaptable to different interests/abilities, this is an excellent reference in a classroom setting or homeschool setting.

I love how the book presents information in different ways: paragraphs, lists, graphs, images, etc. This makes a book that is full of information seem less intimidating because there are few few larger blocks of text. A student could easily ick this up and gain some information without feeling like they were overwhelmed with text. The profiles of individual scientists had probably the largest text blocks, but they contained such interesting information. I like how inclusive and honest these biographies were as well.

This is definitely a book that will be added to our homeschool bookshelves for our science-loving kids!

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This book was sent to me to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

This book is such a great book for children who love science! It consists of 15 ideas and subjects and tells you so much information without being overloading for a childs brain. It is bright with great pictures and tells you about many different famous people related to each subject.
My favourite bit is the timelines at the back, I think its amazing to see them in such a fun colourful way that children will remember more due to this.

A great book for a gift or a christmas present idea.

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This book was a fascinating 15 scientific ideas. What they mean. What has been done with them. Who was involved with them. Over 50 brilliant minds who took a thought and helped to revolutionize our world.

What amazed me was Democritus (460-370 BCE) was one of the first people to suggest that all matter is made up of individual particles called atomos. This is incredible. Way way way back in the day when modern scientific advancements were simply a dream and these ideas were already in place. The human mind is vast and full of Infinite brilliant potential.

This whole book shows how infinitely incredible ideas can be. Something you think about today, may in 200 years be proven to be true.

Keep on dreaming.

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This is a great book to introduce kids in science. Science is fun but many people / kids don't know it, and in this book they will find a way to enjoy it and find it accesible and fun.

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This was a fun read especially with how it was organized. Each topic took a page explaining what it was then the next page would be about the scientists that helped start and develop the ideas. I really liked that the illustrations in each page was connected to the topic.

There were a bit of warning about technology (information wise) and environmental impacts of advancement.

Thank you Netgalley for providing me with the digital copy for an honest review.

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'The Book of Big Science Ideas: From Atoms to AI and from Gravity to Genes: How Science Shapes Our World' by Freya Hardy with illustrations by Sara Mulvanny is a science book for young readers looking at some big ideas and how they have formed over many, many years.

The 15 ideas in this book are each presented on 4 pages. The first two define and talk about the idea, then explain why it's important, so for atoms, we learn what an atom is and the structure of atoms. The next two pages talk about the big thinkers behind the ideas. These thinkers are taken from throughout time, and the reader can see how ideas evolved over time. The book ends with some ideas and thinkers who didn't make the book and a timeline for each of the 15 ideas.

I liked the structure of the book. The design is engaging. The concepts are explained very well. There is a lot of information given in just a few pages. There is even a glossary at the end for many of the words used.

I received a review copy of this ebook from Quarto Publishing Group - Ivy Kids, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.

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Such a great book! I tend to love juvenile science and non-fiction books more than adult books because they explain everything in terms anyone coming to the subject can understand and this book is no different. I love that each of the ideas is laid out for the reader and then it breaks down the people who played an important role in those ideas, such as evolution and Anaximander, then Mary Anning, and finally Darwin and Wallace. Each part is so well explained and the importance of what each person brought to our understanding of these ideas helps the reader to understand that often science is built upon the work of the people before and our shifting understanding of the world.

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