Friday, September 27, 2013

Fall Reading 2013 The Solar System Through Infographics

With all sorts of charts, timelines, graphs, and diagrams, this book shares tons of facts about the solar system we live in. A handy glossary of terms is included along with a list of other resources for further information. There are pages about the big bang theory (not the TV show), planets, stars, meteors and other space objects. Facts are presented in ways that make them easier to visualize. For example, "Imagine the sun was a bucket. You could dump one million Earths inside it." The timeline of famous space theorists includes photos of the scientists and tells their "Big Idea" about space. My favorite part was the graph showing how much your dog would weigh on each planet. If the dog weighs 100 pounds on Earth, he or she would weigh 253 pounds on Jupiter. So if you are trying to lose weight, you could move to Mars and the scales would say you weigh less than half of what you weigh here at home (all because of the planet's gravity). This is a fun and educational book for anyone interested in space. 

The author has a blog if you would like to find out what else she has written. I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley. The book goes on sale November 1, 2013.

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