Monday, 3 March 2014

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Experience just how big the universe is in one mind-blowing interactive

Mind-blowing is certainly the (compound) word I would use to describe it. I find it amazing that there are stars with diameters greater than the distance between Earth and the Sun. And I love the way that's things are compared in size that you might never have considered comparing before, such as Halley's Comet, Deimos (Mars's second moon), and Mount Everest...

... or Rwanda, the Grand Canyon, and West Virginia - or even Italy and California for that matter.

To check out this amazing interactive for yourself, follow this link.


Watch the video 'Chasing Ice' and never think about Global Warming in quite the same way ever again.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Match Wits With The Kids

It's been more than five years since my revision guide Match Wits With The Kids was published, but some are still discovering the book for the first time. The latest review appeared back in November last year.

"I bought this book because I like learning new facts and also as an aid to encourage my ageing brain to exercise its little grey calls. The book is attractive, the range of topics it covers is immense and the book is written in an easy and pleasing style. My daughter has a 5 year old son and she is already having to search her brain to answer some of his questions and she worried what would happen in a few years time. I have bought her a copy and I know she will enjoy it for its own sake but also it will mean she is more confident when answering the walking question mark in a few years' time."

I love the phrase 'walking question mark'... If you'd like to pick up a copy of Match Wits With The Kids, click this link.

Friday, 3 January 2014

Learning has never been so much fun, apparently.

What can I say? It's sexist, it objectifies women, but I can see how this approach to education might appeal to a teenage boy, for example.