How To
September 7th, 2019 by diane92345

If you ever wondered How To send a letter home from the space station or land a space shuttle in downtown LA, I have the perfect instruction book for you.

What if I use real science to solve hypothetical problems? For example, how can I get rid of this book after I finish reading it? I can leave it outside, but it won’t degrade and return to the Earth for centuries. I can burn it and use the resulting energy to power my car. I could do what the US does with nuclear waste. Throw it in a deep hole, post pictorial signs warning aliens not to dig it up, and wait thousands of years for it to decay. On a side note (and this book is full of them), the deepest I can drill into the Earth is the crystalline basement. Like the author, I agree that could be the nerdiest EDM band ever or even a sale on meth.

How To is an acquired taste. Read a bit of it in the store or in a free eBook sample before you buy it. You will know immediately if this type of science absurdity is for you. I like it so I’m giving it 4 (extremely nerdy) stars! But your starage may be completely different.

Thanks to Riverhead Books and Edelweiss+ for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

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Its a Numberful World
September 5th, 2019 by diane92345

YouTuber Eddie Woo tries, and succeeds, to make math interesting in It’s a Numberful World.

“If you go down deep enough into anything, you will find mathematics.”

Eddie proves his point by explaining why rainbows are round, blood vessels and lightning bolts look alike, and the zeros are in the middle of the Plinko board.

I’m pretty sure that It’s a Numberful World is for young folks. But I found the simple explanations of natural phenomena fascinating. Although I’ve taken college calculus, I learned a lot from the book. There are many things that most wouldn’t think of as math. The shape of a sunflower, Netflix’ movie suggestions, and the sound of a guitar come to mind.

If you want to revisit your childlike feelings of awe, just read about the golden triangle, pi, phi, and e. Even better, if you have a child having difficulties understanding why they should study math, this would be a perfect gift. 4.5 stars! Or should I say spheres (read the book to find out why)?

Thanks to The Experiment and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

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Curious Creatable Creatures
April 19th, 2019 by diane92345

Why didn’t they have books like Curious Creatable Creatures when I was young? I made a model of Frankenstein that just stood there (and would be worth a lot more now if I had never even opened it).

Many of these twenty-two creatures light up, make music, and move! Two even spit! While your kids are having fun, they are also learning valuable math and science concepts from geometry, chemistry, earth science, electricity, and more. All of the instructions have a difficulty and cost rating. What’s nice is the most difficult, and awesome, projects are not always the most costly making this an ideal book for home schooling moms on a budget.

Curious Creatable Creatures is an ingenious and relatively inexpensive way to get your child into STEAM projects. Plus they will have fun doing it. There are simple projects involving yarn, pipe cleaners and googly eyes for younger primary graders with a parent’s help. There are more complex battery-powered creatures for older elementary age children. Overall, a good choice to see where your child’s interests lie. 4 stars!

Thanks to Voyageur Press/Quarto Kids and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

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