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Science Investigations: Electricity by John Farndon

Science Investigations: Electricity by John Farndon

32 pages Hodder Wayland (7 Sep 2006)

Investigate electricity by examining evidence and performing simple experiments. This practical book answers common questions about electricity by looking at evidence and demonstrating its properties through a range of carefully chosen experiments that can be done in the classroom or at home. It covers such questions as 'What is electricity?', 'How does electricity make things glow?', 'How do we measure electrical charge?'. 'How can we make a simple photocopier?' and 'How are electricity and magnetism linked?' It also includes questions for readers to investigate further on their own. Written by a highly experienced and acclaimed science writer, the book includes links to useful websites as well as glossary, index and list of further reading.

Shortlisted, Royal Society Science Book Junior Prize 2007


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"The author emphasises scientific research by asking open questions, and provides ideas for further investigation, which encourages the reader to look beyond the scope of the book."
Royal Society Book Prize Judges

"A practical book that answers common questions about electricity such as what it is, how it is measured and why it can make some objects glow. The book also provides questions for readers to investigate further on their own and links to useful websites as well as glossary, index and a list of further reading."
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Big Book of the Brain (Hardcover) by John Farndon

Big Book of the Brain (Hardcover) by John Farndon

45 pages Hodder Wayland (May 18, 2000)

How many nerve cells are in the human brain? How does the brain communicate with the rest of the body? What happens when we think? The Big Book of the Brain answers all of these questions and many more.

Shortlisted, Aventis Science Book Junior Prize 2001


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Reviews

"A colourful introduction to the brain, including how we hear, see, smell, remember and dream"
BBC News

How Science Works (Reader's Digest ) by John Farndon

How Science Works (Reader's Digest ) by John Farndon
192 pages Dorling Kindersley/Readers Digest (1991, 1999)

192 pages Dorling Kindersley/Readers Digest (1991, 1999)

Here is an exciting and highly original "hands-on" introduction to the world of science for the whole family. Encourages a head start in learning about science. Safe, readily available "ingredients" for each project. For ages 8-14.


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"A visually enticing, large-format volume... that combines a lively, understandable text with a number of activities and projects that illustrate the topic...imaginative and appealing... A cut above most how-to science books."

Sylvia V. Meisner,School Library Journal

"...even if you don't ever do the experiments, just seeing the photos makes the complex easy to understand. Even after getting a master's degree, I find I am really understanding things that I supposedly learned years ago. I highly recommend this book."
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"As a home schooling family, we have found this book to provide the basics for a hands on science curriculum...Our children ages preschool to fourth grade look forward to science due to the wide range of activities and "fun" educational projects... enough science for a year at least!"
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"not just for reading but is full of rewarding experiments that can easily be managed at home by parent and child. "
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"an exciting and highly original hands-on introduction to the world of science for the whole family."
Mr. P. S. Redfern, Amazon customer

Radio, TV and Web
  • "Blue Peter" BBC TV
  • "Pebble Mill with Alan Titchmarsh", BBC TV
  • Sky TV News

Science Experiment series; Color; Electricity; Light and Optics; Sound and Hearing;
Water; Gravity, Weight, and Balance; The Human Body; Levers, Wheels, and Pulleys; Magnetism; Solids, Liquids, and Gases; Chemicals; Motion; Rocks and Minerals; Time; Buoyancy by John Farndon

48 pages each Benchmark (2001; 2002; 2003)

Early in the seventeenth century, Francis Bacon decided that the best way to learn about the world was to discover things for oneself. Since then, science has been a marriage of observation and experimentation. The experiments contained in each chapter of these books allow young scientists to investigate basic principles using common household materials and easy-to-follow instructions. The titles are filled with dozens of color photographs that illustrate experiments and provide a glimpse of everyday and extraordinary uses of the subject.

Awards

[The Human Body; Flight] Best Books for Children
SCIENCE BOOKS & FILMS , 2002
[Flight] Editors' Choice 2002
SCIENCE BOOKS & FILMS , 2002


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 [Group 3]-"What a fun way for young readers to learn science!...These books will be a definite hit with the middle-grade crowd. Each book covers a topic that will fit right into the curriculum. Not only are they a boon for the student, but also for the teacher. Recommended."
Library Media Connection, April/May 2003

[ Color, Electricity, Weather ] These books move beyond basic introductory texts and provide questions as well as answers to some of the complex aspects of each of these topics. Good resources for reports and for those who want to know how and why things work."
School Library Journal, April 2001

[Chemicals, Rocks and Minerals]-"The texts are clear and easy to understand and the colorful photos and illustrations set on a white background add appeal. Two satisfactory titles presented in an attractive format."
School Library Journal, April 2003

[Buoyancy, Chemicals, Energy, Motion, Rocks and Minerals, Time]-"Recommended."
Booklist, December 15, 2002

[Flight]-"Highly Recommended."
Science Books & Films, July/August 2002

[Color, Electricity, Weather]-"Good resources for reports and for those who want to know how and why things work."
School Library Journal, April 2001

[Sound and Hearing, Light and Optics, Weather, Water, Electricity, Color]-"Recommended".
Library Talk, March/April 2001

[Color, Weather]-"...clearly illustrated, step-by-step directions for the science activities will make this a useful addition to many libraries."
Booklist, March 15, 2001

"Basic science facts about each topic are related in lucid prose, while occasional experiments-usually using household items-allow the reader to observe the scientific principles in action."
The Horn Book Guide, Spring 2001

 

The Great Scientists: From Euclid to Stephen Hawking (Hardcover)

The Great Scientists: From Euclid to Stephen Hawking (Hardcover)
by John Farndon with contributions from Alex Woolf, Liz Gogerly, Anne Rooney

160 pages Arcturus Foulsham (Dec 2005)
 
 
Reviews

The Great Scientists is a lavishly-illustrated collection of essays, each devoted to one of history's greatest scientists. From the Greek mathematicians Euclid and Archimedes, whose work is even now required reading, to the theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, the greatest practitioners from a wide range of scientific disciplines are represented here. Each essay gives a biographical background for its subject and a description of the main themes of their work, together with concise expositions of some of their key ideas. The thirty-four chronologically-organized essays in this book add up to a biography of science itself.
"well written and illustrated." Amazon customer

Science and Technology: Humanity's Quest for Knowledge and Explanations (Explori

Science and Technology: Humanity's Quest for Knowledge and Explanations (Exploring History) by John Farndon

64 pages Lorenz Books Childrens (May 25, 2000)/Southwater (May 2004)

"Exploring history" is a series of books that takes the reader through time, exploring the reality of what it was like to live in the past. Together the series spans the whole of the human era, from prehistoric times to life in the modern world. Follow in the steps of scientists, engineers and inventors on a journey of challenge and discovery that spans 2000 years. Meet the men and women whose brilliant minds, quest for knowledge, and determination have shaped the way we live. "Science and Technology" traces the evolution of scientific thought and the most amazing breakthroughs, from the ancient Greeks to the world of the microchip.


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From Newton's Rainbow to Frozen Light: Discovering Light by John Farndon

From Newton's Rainbow to Frozen Light: Discovering Light by John Farndon

64 pages Heinneman (Sept 2007)

How did the Universe begin? Who first measured the distance to a star? What is the mysterious force called dark energy? This title tells the amazing story of astronomy, from the ancient belief that all the planets revolve around Earth to the latest discoveries about how fast the universe is expanding.


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From DNA to GM Wheat: Discovering Genetically Modified Food by John Farndon

From DNA to GM Wheat: Discovering Genetically Modified Food by John Farndon

64 pagesHeinneman (Sept 2007)

The Chain Reaction series explains the development of some major 21st century scientific advances. This book tells the amazing story of genetic engineering, from the earliest discoveries about DNA to the latest GM crops.


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From Laughing Gas to Face Transplants: Discovering Transplant Surgery by John Fa

From Laughing Gas to Face Transplants: Discovering Transplant Surgery by John Farndon

64 pages Heinneman (Sept 2007)

This series explains the development of some major 21st century scientific advances. This book tells the amazing story of transplant surgery form Ancient India to modern facial reconstruction.


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Human Mind Explained: An Owner's Guide to the Mysteries of the Mind Editor Susan

Human Mind Explained: An Owner's Guide to the Mysteries of the Mind Editor Susan Greenfield; written by John Farndon and others

192 pagesHenry Holt and Co/Cassell (November, 1996)
 
 
Reviews

"This book does a wonderful job of relaying these wonders [of the brain] to general readers. The basic text presents the most important information now available about the brain in language that is easily understood by those without specialized scientific background... An excellent resource."
Elva Card, School Library Journal

"This is absolutely the best book on the subject of the human mind that I have ever seen...fantastic for learning all about the latest findings about the mind or just casual browsing.You will love this book!"
Robin Hurt, Amazon customer

Human Body: The Ultimate Guide to How the Body Works (Ultimate Guide) by John Fa

Human Body: The Ultimate Guide to How the Body Works (Ultimate Guide) by John Farndon

64 pages Silver Dolphin Book (December 7, 2006)

Take an incredible journey from the top of your head to the tips of your toes in Human Body. Designed for children ages 8 and up, this unique book is the ultimate guide to how the human body works. It’s filled with fascinating facts about what goes on beneath the skin and includes a comprehensive range of visual aids, including detailed photos, illustrations, diagrams, and two giant posters featuring front and back views of the entire body. Want to know what’s going on inside your head? Cool transparent pages allow curious children to peel back the layers and discover how their brains actually work! Human Body also features a show-stopping 3-D front cover with the lenticular image of a human face morphing into a skull!


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Reviews

"Excellent for the professional as well as the student (with or without any previous knowledge of the human anatomy). Thanks."
P. J. Odu, Amazon customer

From Newton's Rainbow to Frozen Light: Discovering Light

From Newton's Rainbow to Frozen Light: Discovering Light by John Farndon

64 pages Heinneman (Sept 2007)

What is light and where does it come from? Can light be slowed to a stop? How do scientists plan to make an invisibility cloak? This book explains how scientists realized that all light comes from atoms and how one day they might use light to teleport objects across space.


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Human Body 1000 Things - John Farndon

Human Body 1000 Things - John Farndon

This book is packed with stunning colour photographs and diagrams. Together with a detailed and expertly written text, it provides an accurate, comprehensive account of the topic of the Human Body for key stage 3 students. Main text is supported by a series of fact files which provide information at a glance: history file, future file, test and fact files. It covers: cells, tissues and body systems; breathing; heart, blood and circulation; food and digestion; skeleton, joints and muscles; brain and nervous system; senses; hormones; and reproduction. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Human Body: The Ultimate Guide to How the Body Works (Ultimate Guide)

Human Body: The Ultimate Guide to How the Body Works (Ultimate Guide) by John Farndon

64 pages Silver Dolphin Book (December 7, 2006)

Take an incredible journey from the top of your head to the tips of your toes in Human Body. Designed for children ages 8 and up, this unique book is the ultimate guide to how the human body works. It’s filled with fascinating facts about what goes on beneath the skin and includes a comprehensive range of visual aids, including detailed photos, illustrations, diagrams, and two giant posters featuring front and back views of the entire body. Want to know what’s going on inside your head? Cool transparent pages allow curious children to peel back the layers and discover how their brains actually work! Human Body also features a show-stopping 3-D front cover with the lenticular image of a human face morphing into a skull!


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Reviews

"Excellent for the professional as well as the student (with or without any previous knowledge of the human anatomy). Thanks."
P. J. Odu, Amazon customer

Human Body Fact Finder by John Farndon

Human Body Fact Finder by John Farndon

1000 facts on human body

1000 Facts on Human Body by John Farndon

Key subjects areas are presented in a fantastic easy to use format. Each book contains 1000 bulletpoints on 100 topics, accompanied by detailed artwork and photographs and fascinating information panels. The informative and comprehensive text is written and consulted by experts, and allows readers to explore subjects in depth. "1000 Facts" are ideal for use at home or school, and support key stages 2 and 3.


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Science Explained: The World of Science in Everyday Life

Science Explained: The World of Science in Everyday Life Editor Colin Ronan; written by John Farndon and others

240 pages Cassell/Henry Holt & Co (March, 1996)
 
 
Reviews

"Science Explained also aims to spark the reader's interest and curiosity, but in the more traditional way of using full-colour, coffee-table book photographs and fancy graphics - the format makes the book accessible to almost anyone. Some of these illustrations work extraordinarily well... A good science education ought to have taught everyone all these things [about science], but that's sadly rare. Science Explained is an entertaining way of filling the gaps."
Wendy Grossman, New Scientist

"I use this book as the resource for an adult science education course I teach at a local university...I would recommend it for middle/high school library reference as well as for older students."
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Other books:

  • Human Body (1000 Things You Should Know about) (Paperback) by John Farndon
    64 pages Books are fun, china/miles kelly (December 1, 2002)
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  • Science (1000 Things You Should Know) by John Farndon
    64 pages
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  • 1000 Facts on Science and Technology by John Farndon
    224 pages Miles Kelly Publishing Ltd (September, 2001)
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  • Frontiers of Science (Bulletpoints series) by John Farndon
    40 pages Miles Kelly (March 2004)
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