Science Books by Usborne

As an Usborne books organiser perhaps I am biased, but I personally think that Usborne produce the most fantastic introductory science books on the market. Their illustrations are inviting, their text engaging and their format exciting to young readers. In addition, Usborne books are web-linked to specially selected, trusted websites that allow you to further expand on the topics that interest you the most.

Here are a few of my personal Yes Bebe favourites:

Questions and Answers about scienceLift-the-Flap Questions & Answers about Science
Suitable for: 5+
Price: £9.99

Over 60 flaps answer common childhood questions about science, covering topics ranging from gravity to the weather and human bodies. Lift-the-Flap books are always a hit in this house – and while I still have to read the content aloud, the kids are much more invested in the answers when they get to lift the flaps themselves!

Look Inside ScienceLook Inside Science
Suitable for: 5+

This book includes all the lift-the-flap benefits mentioned above and more, combining flaps-within-flaps and sliders with fun experiments to try at home. The Look Inside books are a must in my house, as I can so rarely answer all my children’s questions about their bodies, nature, space, our world…

science things to make and do50 Science Things to Make and Do
Suitable for: 6+
Price: £5.99

A must for home-educators, this hands-on approach to science takes learning out of books and into the wider world, through experiments and activities that make science fun! Following the clear step-by-step instructions and make use of the simple scientific explanations to inspire your young scientists to greatness!

Science Scribble BookThe Usborne STEM Science Scibble Book
Suitable for: 7+
Price: £9.99

I love how Usborne books put the emphasis on the learners rather than the book, and these scribble books are brilliant examples of this. All you need is your pencil case to explore the the physics behind forces and turbines, the human body and skeletons, animal migration, and more.

Also look out for: The Usborne STEM Engineering Scribble Book – for budding engineers and Lift-the-Flap Engineering.

100 things to know about science100 Things to Know About Science
Suitable for: 8+
Price: £9.99

If you – or your kids – are fond of infographics, this is the best introduction to science topics you could buy. Fascinating and inspiring for kids and grown-ups alike, find out about topics ranging from black holes to magnetic poles – and 98 other science topics too!

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Ada Lovelace – ‘Entrantress of Number’

Image result for ada lovelaceWhat do you know about Ada Lovelace?

That she was the daughter of poet Lord Byron?

That she was the world’s first computer programmer?

That she died tragically young aged just 36?

It’s no surprise that Augusta Ada Lovelace would do brilliant things. She was the child of a talented mathematician and logician, Mary Caroline Milbanke and famous Romantic poet, Lord Byron, described as ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’.

Although she lived a life of many privileges and had access to prominent academics and the upper echelons of society Ada didn’t always have the happiest of lives. She barely knew her Father and her Mother was also absent often. Poor Ada also had a life filled with ill health including paralysis caused by Measles.

You could say that these times of enforced rest gave Ada the time to become the great thinker she was. She sued the time to study flight and she devised and designed a flying machine, a great engineering feat for a child. Her Mother encouraged her studies in the hope that she could persuade Ada to be more like her and less like her scandalous Father.

Image result for difference engine by charles babbageAs a young woman she was introduced by her friend and tutor Mary Somerville, herself a brilliant scientist, polymath and early Suffragist, to Charles Babbage, a great inventor, who was working hard on his ‘Difference Engine’, a large calculator. The creativity, logic and mathematics involved completely inspired Ada and she began to work with Babbage.

Together they worked on the ‘Analytic Engine’ and explored the capabilities of this machine. Ada was one of few people who fully understood the complexities of the machine and she made long, complex Notes on the subject including, famously, her ideas for how the calculator could be programmed for uses other than pure calculation. Her free thinking mind allowed her to write the first algorithm. Writing that “The Analytical Engine weaves algebraic patterns, just as the Jacquard loom weaves flowers and leaves.”

Historian Doron Swade writes

‘Ada saw something that Babbage in some sense failed to see. In Babbage’s world his engines were bound by number…What Lovelace saw—what Ada Byron saw—was that number could represent entities other than quantity. So once you had a machine for manipulating numbers, if those numbers represented other things, letters, musical notes, then the machine could manipulate symbols of which number was one instance, according to rules. It is this fundamental transition from a machine which is a number cruncher to a machine for manipulating symbols according to rules that is the fundamental transition from calculation to computation—to general-purpose computation—and looking back from the present high ground of modern computing, if we are looking and sifting history for that transition, then that transition was made explicitly by Ada in that 1843 paper.’

There is some argument as to whether a lot of what was published in her name was actually her own work, giving more credit to Babbage as the actual author of the programmes. However, it is agreed that Ada was the one who identified the scope and potential that computers would have centuries later. There were so few women working in academic fields at this time her achievements are remarkable.

At Yes Bebe we love to celebrate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and as the ‘Enchantress of Number’ Ada Lovelace exemplifies this!

Today on International Women’s Day you can join us in celebrating Ada.

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SumBlox Sample PackSpark a love for Mathematics with a Sumblox sample pack:

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