Thursday, July 9, 2009
Our Friend the Atom...
I have listed a few books on atomic power recently -- all of them have been for adults on the perils of atomic weapons and what problems could be caused by these weapons in the hands of the US and other nations. This is the first book I've seen that covers the history of the atom and it's possible uses, etc. that is for children. Granted, it's for kids over the age of 9 or so (my opinion) but if you take a gander at this book, Heinz Haber (the author) and The Disney Studios did a great job on a basic overview of the subject. The history starts as far back as Democritus, the Greek Philosopher who first wrote down the idea of an Atom and then goes on through Galileo, Gassendi (that's a new one to me), Newton, Boyle, Lavoisier and the discovery of the elements, John Dalton, and Avogadro. Then it goes on to discuss new technologies that have come from the finding of the atom and on to give possible ideas of how the atom could be used in the future. Neat stuff. Actual history and theory.
While the book is written fairly simply, it's not a "talk down" sort of book and really is quite detailed.
I might have to put it aside and read it myself.