This page is dedicated to my co-author Robin Kerrod who sadly passed away in September 2005. It was a privilege to know Robin, who was an inspirational writer and an inspirational friend.
My first book 'The Way Science Works' –
which I co-authored
with astronomy and children's author Robin Kerrod - is a highly
illustrated introduction to physics and chemistry for children aged
around 9-14. There are five main sections: Looking at Matter, Atoms and
Elements, Forces and Energy, Heat and Sound, Light and Colour, and
Electricity and Magnetism. The contents pages are among the sample pages that can be seen on
the US site of
the online bookstore Amazon.
|The Way Science Works was published by Dorling Kindersley in association with the Science Museum in April 2002, and contains over 60 experiments for budding young scientists to try at home. I demonstrated some of these experiments during the launch event in Ottaker's bookstore at the Science Museum in London, and was helped by plenty of enthusiastic volunteers from the audience!||
Photo taken by Ian Rennison
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In May 2003, The Way Science Works was shortlisted for the Junior Prize in the Aventis Prizes for Science Books. The pictures below were taken at the Award Ceremony at the Science Museum on 25th June 2003. They show (left) my co-author Robin and I collecting our award from broadcaster Carol Vorderman and Chief Executive of Aventis UK Pierre Chancel, and (right) Robin and I with the other shortlisted authors for the Junior Prize (from left to right): Nicholas Harris, Nick Arnold and Tony de Saulles, Sally Hewitt, myself and Robin, Dr Frances Dipper (the winner) and Sholly Fisch.
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Photographs courtesy of
Trident Photographic Services.
If you would like to read extracts from the reviews, or the publisher's description of the book, please page down.
“…an authoritative introduction to a whole
scientific principles…this excellent resource will challenge and appeal
to confident young readers.”
Terry Jennings, for Child Education and Junior Education's 'Best Books 2002' supplement, UK
“…good as an idea starter for science fair
projects, as well
as a book to simply browse… will attract reluctant upper elementary and
junior high learners…. recommended because of its multiple uses and
appreciation by both younger and a little more mature audience”.
Gale Group Educational Resources, USA
“With DK's remarkable introduction to
science, young readers
can learn many of the most important principles of chemistry and
physics – and have a whole lot of fun while they're at it…. Gorgeous
photos and clear, step-by-step instructions make this a learning
experience budding young scientists won't mind a bit”.
Emilie Coulter, for Amazon.com, USA
“Young scientists will find all they need
to know in The Way
Publishers Weekly, USA
"…an exciting introduction for young
readers to the
deductive process of science… superbly organized instructional
reference…The Way Science Works is particularly geared to show younger
folks just how much amazing fun science can be!”
Midwest Book Review, USA
“…lucid and exciting volume which clearly
lays out the
fundamental principles of physics and chemistry…a useful and
A Common Reader, USA
“An engaging book for young adults.”
Book News, USA
“…thorough discussion of physics and
learning more outside the classroom…visually appealing…”
Jeri Fischer Krentz, for The Charlotte Observer, USA
“The Way Science Works is a must read.”
William Johnstone, for the Denver Post, USA
“If you like science, The Way Science Works
is perfect for
you! If you don't like science, this might change your mind!”
Christian Schneider, for Colorado Kids Book Reviews, USA
“…an interesting mix of scientific
and layout make this a useful book for both home and school libraries.
One to keep in mind for end of year prizes.”
Peta Harrison, for The Singing Tree Book News, Australia
Dorling Kindersley's Description:
From lightning bolts to robotics, this book lifts the lid on science, giving you the chance to experiment with the theories for yourself.
Whether you want to learn about the myriad colours that make up the Aurora Borealis or discover what makes you float in the Dead Sea, this book explains key theories in clear and accessible language with breathtaking images. You can explore and test scientific principles in the dramatic experiments in each section - from creating your own polymer slime to investigating rocket power.
Authoritative and down-to-earth coverage of the major chemistry and physics topics means that you can find out why science matters and how it is changing our world. From the material world to magnetism and electricity, you'll find the latest examples of science in action, and you'll be able to learn by doing, with lots of exciting, practical experiments. With a fascinating collection of facts and figures, and a full glossary and index, The Way Science Works is the ideal companion to the science curriculum.Return to the Books main page