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Interesting science books for young people?

  1. Aug 11, 2012 #1
    Does anyone know of any books that will get younger people (teens/pre-teens) interested in physics (or science in general)? Maybe something like Feynman's 'Six Easy Pieces'?
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  3. Aug 11, 2012 #2
    The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean is pretty fun
  4. Aug 11, 2012 #3
    I cant think of any at the moment but I can tell you one thing I found incredibly fascinating as a child were videos of the shuttle launch, fighter jets, and slo-motion videos of explosions; with books explaining how those things worked. Hahaha...
  5. Aug 12, 2012 #4
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  6. Aug 12, 2012 #5
    I can vouch for the author, although I read Sam Kean's book about genetics. It's definitely interesting, and would appeal to teens/pre-teens.

    If you were looking for anything younger than that, I know that during my childhood I loved to read National Geographic books about volcanoes and stuff like that.
  7. Aug 12, 2012 #6
    Maybe "Conceptual Physics" would be something for you? Look it up!
  8. Aug 12, 2012 #7
    Try "Thinking Physics" by Epstein.

    It consists of many short and easy to understand topics, each with a multiple choice quiz. I think this is a better introduction to physics for young people than reading a thick book from cover to cover - it makes it clear that physics is not a "spectator sport", but is much more fun if you try to solve some problems on your own.

    Plus it has some nice cartoons.
  9. Aug 12, 2012 #8
    Thanks! Also, has anyone read any of Asimov's books? Would these be a good starting place?
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