Has a child – or anyone else – ever asked you why the sky is blue? Could you explain why ice cream melts? Have you forgotten why scientists think the universe started with a Big Bang, and do you understand the difference between respiration and breathing?
Why Don’t Things Fall Up? will gently remind you of everything you may have learnt once upon a time, but have somehow forgotten along the way. If you’ve ever changed the subject when a child has asked for homework help, or if you have the curiosity of a seven year old yourself, or if you know everything but have forgotten the basics or don’t want to know anything except the basics – then this is the book for you.
Using questions asked by children as a starting point, Alom Shaha (who has spent over two decades trying to help people of all ages understand this stuff) takes us on a tour of the “big ideas” of science from his unique perspective. His experience as a dad, a teacher and science communicator means he knows exactly what people don’t know -and especially the misconceptions and other intellectual hurdles which prevent us from grasping key ideas. Combining his proven skill for explaining science with storytelling and flashbacks to school experiments, Why Don’t Things Fall Up? reminds us that science is not just for scientists – it’s a human endeavour that enriches all our lives.
Learn about the centre of gravity by making a balancing bird, create a toroidal vortex with a smoke ring machine, and turn a spoon into an electromagnet. Chances are you won’t need to buy the materials required for these machines because they’re all in your house right now — no need for buying plastic or generating waste. Every child can be an engineer with the help of Mr Shaha and his Marvellous Machines!
Learn about sound by making wine glasses sing, investigate chemical reactions with vitamin-powered rockets, and explore Newton’s Third Law by making balloon-driven cars. All you need are a few simple items from your kitchen cupboards — and the power of curiosity! Every child can be a scientist with the help of Mr Shaha and his recipes for wonder.
This is a book for anyone who thinks about what they should believe and how they should live. It’s for those who may need the facts and the ideas, as well as the courage, to break free from inherited beliefs. In this powerful narrative, Alom Shaha shows that it is possible to live a compassionate, fulfilling, and meaningful life without God.
Based on principles of cognitive science, the simple three-step Knowledge, Retrieval, Practice approach to effective study helps students to master the knowledge and skills essential for GCSE success. It’s everything students need to study effectively and prepare thoroughly for their exams, in one convenient book. Ideal for use at home or in the classroom, throughout the school year and in the lead-up to exams.
Everything students need to study effectively and prepare fully for their exams, in one convenient book: Easy-to-use, visually appealing Knowledge Organisers with clear links and connections to aid understanding, Retrieval Questions to improve long-term retention, and extensive exam-style-question practice to help students consolidate their knowledge, with hints and tips for revision and exams.