2013/ ISBN 9780753469569
Children 9 and up. Science
by Bob Walch
of the new titles in this popular series of books for young
readers that explains various scientific topics, this little
volume takes on a very challenging subject.
Admittedly, physics is a field of study that can be not only
very demanding but also difficult to fully understand. Naturally
the key here is to explain some of the basics without turning
off the young reader. Dan Green does an admirable job making
some of the central principals of physics something a young
mind can grasp.
The book is divided into four chapters. In “Quantum Folk”
the author looks at the idea of uncertainty, Schrodinger’s
cat, wave particle duality, quantum and the atom.
The next chapter, “The Particle Posse”, is the longest.
Here the reader is introduced to quarks, protons, neutrons,
electrons, neutrinos, photons, dark matter and other matter
found within the atom.
A look at the four fundamental forces that rule the universe
follows before the author concludes with what he terms “Quantum
Weirdness”. What does this final chapter cover? Quantum
tunneling, quantum biology, lasers and other tricky concepts
that involve quantum particles.
“Extreme Physics” does an excellent job of introducing
a fascinating science to young readers. There aren’t that
many books available that manage to make this subject coherent
and manageable for young readers. A big thumbs up for Dan Green!