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S1 Book Talks – April 2018

S1 Book Talks April 2018: Keeping It Real Non-Fiction

Real things

Real People

Real Things

Real Events

Real Places

INFORMATION BOOKS

We shall be looking at, reading and discussing:

Einstein’s Refrigerator Stories from Flip Side by Steve Silverman

Steve Silverman was looking for a way to add some spice to his high school lectures when he realized that weird and bizarre true-life stories would capture his students’ attention. In fact, they worked so well that the science teacher then began posting his discoveries to his own Web site, which he dubbed Useless Information. Well-researched and clearly sourced, Silverman’s unusual tidbits have gained a wide following. In Einstein’s Refrigerator, Silverman collects more than 30 of the most fascinating stories he has gathered-tales of forgotten genius, great blunders, and incredible feats of survival, as well as answers to puzzling questions. Einstein’s Refrigerator is a remarkable book with spellbinding stories. Whatever happened to the refrigerator Einstein helped invent? While it never became a commercial success, its underlying concepts became the basis for cooling nuclear breeder reactors.

Stephen Hawking (Inspirational Lives) by Sonya Newland 

Regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Einstein, Stephen Hawkins also defied the odds and this book explores his whole journey from his shocking diagnosis at age 21, through his career at Cambridge, to his work as an author.

 

The Inspirational Lives series focuses on the people who inspire young people today. Each book looks at the background, life and achievements of a personality, their impact on popular culture as well as detailing the everyday facets of their job and how they have gained such success.

 

Nasty Nature (Horrible Science) by Nick Arnold

All the animals in HORRIBLE SCIENCE: NASTY NATURE are the deadliest, most disgusting and nastiest things that nature has to offer! So only read on if you’re ready to find out: how vampire bats slurp blood, what a singing gorilla sounds like, how to dodge a man-eating tiger and which Japanese fish dish can kill you. Redesigned in a bold, funky new look for the next generation of HORRIBLE SCIENCE fans.

Murderous Maths Paperback by Kjartan Poskitt

Find out about how maths could help you rescue someone in deadly peril, how not to shoot yourself with a cannon, and meet famous mathematicians who were really hard. And watch out for One Finger Jimmy, Chainsaw Charlie and their gangster friends, who are living proof that maths can be murderous.

Invented in Scotland: Scottish Ingenuity and Invention Throughout the Ages by Allan Burnett

In the home, on the road, in business, the classroom, sport, finance, medicine, farming, travel, crime and war, Scottish inventors have truly revolutionised the modern world. In this lavishly illustrated account, Allan Burnett examines the life and works of a host of remarkable individuals whose inventions propelled humanity out of fumbling darkness and into a brighter future, allowing us to work faster, build better, travel further and live longer. Invented in Scotland explains how great ideas and theories were turned into real practical innovations that revolutionised our everyday lives and the struggle of these remarkable people to create products, machines, systems and gadgets that infinitely broadened mankind’s horizons.

Safe Social Networking (Quick Expert’s Guide) by Anita Naik

A perfect guide to becoming safe and savvy social networkers for children aged 12+. It shows how they can make the most of social networks and dodge the pitfalls – master the privacy settings, control how much they share, and avoid peer pressure so they that have the best time online.

 

The Worst Children’s Jobs in History Paperback by Sir Tony Robinson

In The Worst Children’s Jobs in History Sir Tony Robinson takes you back to the days when being a kid was no excuse for getting out of hard labour. This book tells the stories of all the children whose work fed the nation, kept trains running, and put clothes on everyone’s backs, over the last few hundred years of Britain’s history. With profiles and testimonies of real kids in rotten jobs, this book will tell you things you probably didn’t want to know about the back-breaking, puke-inducing reality of being a child in the past.