I think the book selection this week on target. I happen to have a child in an honors science course and plan on sharing this selection with him, and perhaps his teacher. As any parent knows, it takes some element of surprise and ingenunity to capture young minds. Once hooked in they constantly delight us in their open and honest approach to new information; but then again I am oprerating as a parent of a pre-teen!
I am planning an enjoyable read here for myself as well.
It seemed I got to the end of this day's selection too quickly! Apparently, I am enjoying this book. The way the author is "talking" to us makes me feel like he is not assuming that he know so much more than I or that the subject is above my level. Besides, wouldn't it be fun to totally wow (or pych out, at least) your coworkers and friends when you are "dunking" with information on what happens during the whole dunking procedure:) I just requested a copy at my library:)
Here I am, fantasizing about cookies that don't melt. I know I'd have been one of those 7,000 callers! My hard-eaten knowledge of precisely WHICH cookies permit decorous dunking, and which disappoint with overquick dissolution MUST be marketable. I wonder how much weight the scientists gained in the course of this research?
The mandatory Biology in high school and Botany in college were nightmares for me - an otherwise pretty good student. I just didn't understand how to be inquisitive and make relevant scientific connections and, at least in high school where the teacher decided to teach us college level bio-chemistry, I was an almost flunked and needed to make up the grade in summer school student.
BUT - THIS BOOK MAKES SENSE! And, I sent the pages along to a relative who is a PhD in Physics with the explanation that it would help him make "small talk" when people asked him what he did. He loved it.