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Really, Really Big Questions About Space and Time    by Mark Brake & Nishant Choksi order for
Really, Really Big Questions About Space and Time
by Mark Brake
Order:  USA  Can
Kingfisher, 2012 (2010)
Hardcover, Softcover
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Filled with questions that will stretch your brain and make you think, this paperback will appeal to youngsters who are curious about science and space study. The questions here range from 'Why is the night sky so dark?', 'Is what I am seeing actually there?' and 'How do we know the age of things in space?' to 'Are there other Earths?' and 'Where did science fiction begin?'

The questions are accompanied by cartoon illustrations and, of course, answers. The author does explain in the book's introduction, though, that 'while many of these questions have straight answers, many of them do not'.

He goes on to explain that science 'sort of rewrites itself as new things are discovered and new ideas are formulated'; hence, what we believe to be true today may not necessarily be so tomorrow.

This fun book, that will pique a child's interest in space and time, is an excellent starting point to begin a study of these topics. Teachers and parents home schooling their young will find this book very helpful and worth reading.

An interesting pre-reading exercise would be to have your child make up a set of questions about the subject and then see how many are answered in the book. You'll also find a list of references for further reading and a glossary of important terms which will be helpful in guiding you or your child for future investigations of the topic.

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