Wednesday, 18 November 2020

My First Book of the Cosmos

“The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas-covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal, is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.” 

So said the late, great Douglas Adams. 

And it is pretty amazing, when you think about it. Children get it; poets and artists get it. Boring grown-ups probably don't often get it, but there are exceptions. Two such are the authors of this amazing new book: 

As well as being an ideal way to help young children with school science topics (our current use of our copy) this wonderful (in the literal sense) colourful and inspirational new book is a great way to inspire children with the beauty of the cosmos, before they get beaten down by the boring detail of secondary science. Because it is beautiful. 

I don't quite agree with the Romantic poets who complained that Newton had "unweaved the rainbow" by his reductionist, prismatic analysis but so much school science does reduce the wonder of the natural world to the status of abstract facts and figures, losing sight of the poetry that makes all natural phenomena worth studying in the first place.  

It's not as if scientists actually know, for sure, any of the stuff they spout about it. There are so many theories, but that's all they are, fodder to be fired from the cannon when something else shows up that makes more sense. So a book that's fact-based but isn't boring, a book that can deliver age-appropriate science without destroying awe and wonder, a book packed with all the amazing, inspiring stuff without making you slog through all the dull data, is my kind of book. 

And, it turns out, my daughter's, too...


My First Book of the Cosmos by Sheddad Kaid-Salah Ferrón, illustrated by Eduard Altarriba is published by Button Books and available from their website, price £12.99 as well as Amazon, Book Depository and local bookstores. 


 



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