Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Book Nook: Baby University

A year ago, a brand-new series of #STEM books for kids was launched. The first Baby University books – Quantum Physics for BabiesRocket Science for BabiesABCs of MathematicsABCs of ScienceGoodnight Lab, and others – have gone on to sell 430,000 copies!

Chris Ferrie, the author of the series, is an award-wining physicist with a PhD in Applied Mathematics. He is also the father of four budding young scientists. Chris originally wrote and self-published Quantum Physics for Babies and Rocket Science for Babies as a way to each his children science and technology concepts early. Ferrie believes introducing babies & toddlers to math and science promotes literacy in these subjects when they encounter them in school. 

The series is expanding, with more complex subjects, including Quantum Computing for Babies, with co-author William Hurley! More commonly known as whurley, he is an American entrepreneur and quantum computing rock star (he gave a keynote last week at SXSW on ‘The Endless Impossibilities of Quantum Computing’).

In a way, it makes sense - proton is no harder to say that hippopotamus, and while they may never go on safari, they'll certainly hold a computer. 

I had a chance to review a few of the books, as well as the soon-to-be-published Scientist, Scientist, Who Do You See? I really enjoyed them. They help make "scary" science topics accessible for kids and parents. The Scientist, Scientist book introduces a lot of historical scientists, giving name familiarity early on and capitalizing on kids' natural curiosity from a young age.    

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