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 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! I also gave the same talk with demonstrations and audience participation for patients at Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital in London. Read more...
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 (first image below) my co-author Robin and I collecting our award from broadcaster Carol Vorderman and Chief Executive of Aventis UK Pierre Chancel, and (second image below) 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.
If you would like to read extracts from the reviews, or the publisher's description of the book, please page down.
Gale Group Educational Resources, USA
Emilie Coulter, for Amazon.com, USA
Publishers Weekly, USA
Midwest Book Review, USA
A Common Reader, USA
Book News, USA
Jeri Fischer Krentz, for The Charlotte Observer, USA
William Johnstone, for the Denver Post, USA
Christian Schneider, for Colorado Kids Book Reviews, USA
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