„George’s Secret Key to the Universe“ by Lucy & Stephen Hawking
Hank Green has started a new Internet Thing. And like so many of his things, this idea I really love and want to get behind.
It’s called #ReviewsdayTuesday. Every Tuesday, you are encouraged to share your favourite books and recommend them to other people. Via Twitter, Instagram, blogging… your weapon of choice and the ammunition is books.
My choice for the first #ReviewsdayTuesday is a book I am currently reading, but I already enjoy it so much that I think more people should know about it and pick it up.
It’s „George’s Secret Key to the Universe“ by Lucy and Stephen Hawking. Yes, THAT Stephen Hawking, but don’t shy away now, it’s not a big heavy science book, it’s a children’s book.
„Take a rollercoaster ride through the vastness of space and discover the mysteries of physics, science and the Universe with George, his new friends next door – the scientist Eric and his daughter, Annie – and a super-intelligent computer called Cosmos. Cosmos can take them to the edge of a black hole and back again… „
If I had to explain it, it’s probably a lot like Harry Potter. But instead of getting a letter and going to Hogwarts, George gets a super computer and is going to space.
It’s a trilogy from 2010, all three books are out already. As you can see in the pictures, I own the German editions, because I liked the covers better. I immediately regretted that decision when I took a peek into the English eBooks and saw all the pretty illustrations.
Both editions come with „real pictures from space“. (that’s a quote from the English book jacket) And they are really, really pretty and there are a lot of them in the book.
Science is not just woven into George’s story and his travels around space, but there are also pages where (from what I understood in the beginning) Stephen Hawking took pieces from his big heavy science book and made them easy to understand for children.
He is explaining what Comets are, how the Solar System works, Einstein’s e = m*c^2, some science experiments that you might have already heard of… and he is doing it in a way even I can understand it and have fun learning. That’s coming from a girl that always hated science in school and barely managed to get a D in those classes. I’m learning that I shouldn’t have hated science as much as I did (thanks teachers!), but that’s a whole other topic for another blog…
The story bits are well written and really interesting. For example, you get to ride a comet through space with George, and see how a star is born. I would have loved that as a kid, of course I still do.
I’m happy I found these, and I want more people to know about them. Especially more children should get to read them and learn that science can be fun. Maybe show them to your science teachers that only grade you on how well you memorized the table of elements.
I can now say that I have read a book written by Stephen Hawking. Can you? Wouldn’t it be cool if your children could too?