Little, Brown & Co., 2006 (2006)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
he San Francisco Exploratorium brings budding scientists this '
interactive book filled with astounding ideas, hands-on experiments, fascinating facts, detailed diagrams, and eye-popping photos.
' The Introduction tells us that the interactive museum's exhibits all '
run on curiosity
' and this large hardcover takes the same approach. The authors want to help us '
see the world as a place to explore and experiment
', and offer many
to assist the process - from paying attention, comparing, and asking questions, to experimenting, making predictions, measuring, and explaining what you see.
his engaging material is organized into three sections in
(eyes, ears, nose & tongue, hand, and brain);
Exploring Interesting Places
(kitchen, bathroom, backyard, playground, amusement park, and beach); and
Exploring Interesting Stuff
(language, music, math, money, paper, optical illusions, light, color, electricity & magnetism, and sound). At the back are handy
Hints, Tips, & Answers
, to verify insights and results. Interspersed through the colorful presentations and experiments are
questions, with detailed answers.
echniques to improve memory are useful for all ages and there's a great analysis of sound effect words in comic books. Mummifying a hot dog looks like fun, and Sherlock Holmes wannabes will want to do a DNA extraction. Knowing how to change saltwater to freshwater would be very useful if lost at sea. Learm how to taste with your nose, launch a rocket and measure its flight with a
, make music with a Brazilian
, design ciphers, recognize counterfeit bills, make jello lenses, and much more. The diagrams and illustrations are impressive - don't miss the (rather pretty) pictures of fossil termite farts.
e're told that this eye-opening '
book is just the beginning
' and encouraged to experiment further and make new discoveries. If you don't live close enough to take the family to the San Francisco Exploratorium, then do the next best thing - get hold of
, and start examining what's all around you together with friends, family and schoolmates.
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