Wednesday, October 27, 2010

How to Teach Physics to Your Dog

I just had to share this one.  It's right up my alley because I simply crave this style of teaching; apparently others feel the same because it got a near-perfect all star rating on trusty old Amazon. 

Seriously, go check it out.  Admire the beautiful dog on the front (Miss Emmy) and read the back.  Take a gander at the reviews and then hit that wish list button.  We are a ways off from this book as it is a smidge elevated for an eleven year old, but then again, maybe not.  I love the concept, the highly unusual approach to teaching a heretofore cumbersome subject.  A read through this book will probably allow you a glimpse of the inner workings of Einstein's mind, among other genius physicists.  It's such an intriguing manner to approach a hefty topic; humor goes a LONG way here!  Emmy is a talking dog and she has all sorts of questions for her human pal, Chad.  He patiently explains things to her through the trained eye of a physicist and she begins to apply her new perspective to the world about her, with particular interest reserved for catching rabbits and tunneling through fences. 

Amazon also tells me that "Chad Orzel is Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Union College, where he carries out research in the field of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics. His blog is renowned the world over for its humour and its clear explanations of complex principles of physics".  Must go take a look at his blog, too.

Stuff like this is golden.  It's on the 'hold' shelf in my brain as a terrific resource down the road.  And the search for others like it continues!

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