For an enquiring mind, with an interest in science and mathematics, here is a treasure trove of delights from Philip Searle and son. Puzzles developed by enquiring children and adults for people like them. Not focusing on either science and mathematics gives the elbow room to look at things that curricula don’t cover. Some of the more than 75 puzzles in this wonderful book will be familiar friends, here presented in a lively fresh way for new readers. Many others will be new - there are hours of challenging fun to be had for anybody. Here are a few examples:
What is the Mpemba effect?
Discover the Carpet Fitter’s Problem
Why are Roman clocks wrong?
What is the ratio of the Earth to the Moon?
How many times can you fold a piece of paper?
How much would you ‘weigh’ in Space?
A perfect present for any young person interested in the world - aged 8 years and up - and there is much for anyone of any age! Ideal also for teachers and parents wanting to engage students less interested than they might be in these fascinating topics.
|Product dimensions:||5.44(w) x 8.51(h) x 0.30(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 18 Years|
Read an Excerpt
This is our second inspired book of family based educational puzzles. We Found that our puzzles needed a lot more space to offer a full explanation (not just an easy answer). So in this book each puzzle we have devoted two whole pages. My intent was originally to create a series of printed-cards so that children could pick and choose a puzzle, (so none are in any particular order). Chaos for a book you might think, but children often prefer a little chaos before order is re-stored. Our puzzle explanations are easily found, many of which are web linked for additional information (which I have checked as being suitable for children). Unlike other puzzle books, our detailed answers are not hidden away at the back. At the same time the opportunity is there to 'THINK' independently about a particular problem is far more important than getting the answer 'right' (it's not a school test). Some of us often think about problems for years.
Not all puzzles have easy (tick-box) solutions. This book has taken several years to produce from the initial idea with my son Joshua who also came up with many of the puzzle challenges. Puzzles do have a timeless appeal for every generation and solving them does not make it any less a puzzle for others. Some 'grown-ups' think everything is 'known' when if fact what we know is a little jigsaw part. One of the recent changes I have made to the book is to change the age guidance (from 8+) as my children are a lot older now and we all have something to learn - so it's just a guide for parents. I make no apologies if some of these puzzles are considered hard to do. Some are easy but others are for when the child gets older. So I hope you'll enjoy this book because of that. In my puzzles children get to learn something that they would not normally think about. It is the more interesting book of Science and Maths and a few other interesting observations thrown in for thought, discussion and challenge!
Philip and Joshua Searle(Continues…)
Excerpted from "The book of Puzzling Science and Maths"
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