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General Relativity for Babies (Baby University) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-05-13 
Review Score: 3 out of 5 star From 2 user ratings
ISBN:1492656267
LANGUAGE:English

" Fun, simple illustrations are great for little readers. This complex topic is summed up well, but I doubt any baby young enough to have this book read to them is likely to learn general relativity from it. It's a fine book, but seems like it's more for self-interested parents than the children they are reading to. Thanks to NetGalley for the advance copy of this book " said.

"How can you dislike a book that shows a pacifier seemingly being sucked into a black hole? At the very least that paci is warping space around it. Anyway, Chris Ferrie has distilled relativity down to its very basic tenets and presented it as a board book. (Picture physics concepts presented in the same way that Cozy Classics share great pieces of literature.) He starts with a ball, then goes on to explain mass, the effects of mass and space on each other, how that will affect particles, and ends up with black holes causing gravitational waves. I wouldn't blame people for using this book (or the entire series) as a sort of Cliff's Notes study guide. The graphics are very sparse and clean. There is only one concept presented per page. And it really is science in this wonderful little format. I can't wait to read the volume on rocket science.

If you have a budding genius in your household, or know one, or just think board books are cool - check out this book and its fellow titles.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.
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"This should appeal to all of the littlest budding scientists! The illustrations are big, basic, and in bold colors to attract baby's attention, and the text is short and simplistic. It was extra fun to read this one to our little one during bathtime as his mass warping the hammock part of his infant tub was the perfect real-life application of the first principles illustrated in the book! Of course I don't believe that my baby suddenly understands general relativity now, but just wait until he goes off to kindergarten! He'll be the smartest one in class, thanks to this book! :-P" said.

"Written by a quantum physicist, this board book relies on simple drawings featuring a ball to explain the concept of general relativity. While the book is part of Baby University, a series for little ones, it certainly helped me, an adult long finished with formal education, to understand mass, warp, and space in a way that I never could before. I wish I'd had this book when I was struggling with the idea of black holes back in my college astronomy class. Although I still find black holes fascinating, at least now I have a little more idea about how they come to exist and will be better able to relate to science fiction books and films much better. This is a cool idea for a series since it introduces complex ideas in an accessible way. Kudos to the author and the publisher for this much-needed product. Elementary science classrooms will never be the same again. " said.

" This rocks. I mean I'm totally buying this for any kids of my friends. Especially Leah, because she is wicked smart. You want a book where you learn something while you read it over and over again to your baby? BUY THIS BOOK. " said.

" Ok, so I wasn’t smart enough to understand “General Relativity.” I bet there are babies out there who would appreciate it, though! " said.

"After my previous realization that physics is hard, I needed to go back to basics with physics so easy that even a baby could understand it. And here was General Relativity for Babies up for review on Netgalley, so I grabbed my copy and well, it's a board book (ages zero and up the back tells me) with the very basics of general relativity laid out (flat space, curved space, mass curves space, lots of mass in small place = black hole, etc.) The book ends with Now you know General Relativity! Do I? I already knew all of what the book defined. Cambridge University physics books hurt my brain and Baby University books are too simple. My pursuit of physics knowledge leaves me like Goldlilocks -- nothing is just right (okay, except it ends up that things are just right for Goldlilocks, who eats the porridge and falls asleep in the bed, and then gets eaten by bears, I think. I can't remember the ending, probably because my mind is filled with physics.)

It would be a cute book for the babies of scientists. I would have liked reading it when Tesfa was teeny. If they ever need someone to write Galois Theory for Babies, I'd totally do it. I love Galois Theory.

General Relativity for Babies by Chris Ferrie went on sale May 2nd, 2017.

I received a copy free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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" Note: I received a digital review copy through NetGalley. " said.

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