Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Atoms under the Floorboards

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Atoms under the Floorboards

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Atoms Under the Floorboards By Chris Woodford. $27. 336 pp. Bloomsbury Children's Books. New York. (2015.) ISBN: 9781472912220.

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Science teachers' bookshelves are not lacking for volumes that seek to explain the science of everyday life. Even so, within this crowded genre, Chris Woodford's book stands out, both for its clarity and for the unusual phenomena he explains. David Macaulay's The Way Things Work tackles similar issues but relies on graphics, while Woodford explains phenomena effectively with a minimum of visuals.

Atoms Under the Floorboards is so well written that one can happily read it from cover to cover. It is also a good reference volume, and its thorough index will lead the interested student to a topic as specific as the operation of LED lights to more general areas such as why houses don't collapse from their own weight. Woodford uses the conventional rooms and features of a typical house as the template for descriptions of science phenomena and principles that we encounter every day. The science is mostly basic and not too technical with very little math. …

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