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George's Secret Key to the Universe
by Lucy Hawking and Stephen W. Hawking and Christophe Galfard and Garry Parsons


Overview - Stephen Hawking, author of the multi-million copy bestselling "A Brief History of Time," and his daughter Lucy explain the universe to readers of all ages. George's parents, who have always been wary of technology, warn him about their new neighbors: Eric is a scientist and his daughter, Annie, seems to be following in his footsteps.  Read more...

 
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More About George's Secret Key to the Universe by Lucy Hawking; Stephen W. Hawking; Christophe Galfard; Garry Parsons
 
 
 
Overview
Stephen Hawking, author of the multi-million copy bestselling "A Brief History of Time," and his daughter Lucy explain the universe to readers of all ages. George's parents, who have always been wary of technology, warn him about their new neighbors: Eric is a scientist and his daughter, Annie, seems to be following in his footsteps. But when George befriends them and Cosmos, their super-computer, he finds himself on a wildly fun adventure, while learning about physics, time, and the universe. With Cosmos's help, he can travel to other planets and a black hole. But what would happen if the wrong people got their hands on Cosmos? George, Annie, and Eric aren't about to find out, and what ensues is a funny adventure that clearly explains the mysteries of science. Garry Parsons' energetic illustrations add humor and interest, and his scientific drawings add clarity; there are also eight 4-page full-color inserts of scientific photos.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781416954620
  • ISBN-10: 1416954627
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
  • Publish Date: October 2007
  • Page Count: 297
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12
  • Dimensions: 8.79 x 6.23 x 1.21 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.09 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Action & Adventure - General
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Science & Technology

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 57.
  • Review Date: 2007-10-01
  • Reviewer: Staff

What better way to interest young readers in science—and specifically in its relevance to the long-term survival of humankind—than for one of the world's most renowned theoretical physicists to put his subject at the center of a children's book? Stephen Hawking, his novelist daughter, and French physicist Galfard create two inquisitive, middle-school heroes, then send them on wondrous adventures through time and space. The characters round out their experiences with information regarding everything from nuclear fusion reactions to neutron stars to the origin of black holes. In this first volume of a projected trilogy, George Greenby—whose technophobic parents have done their best to shelter him from the dangers of the modern world (computers, television, grape soda, etc.)—meets his headstrong new neighbor Annie, her scientist father and his super-computer Cosmos, a machine capable of instantaneously taking the two young explorers anywhere in the universe. His decidedly naïve worldview undergoes a breathtaking transformation when he gets the opportunity to ride a comet through the solar system and witness the death of a black hole. The authors handily explore a range of themes, among them, the moral responsibilities of science, global warming and space colonization. Four insets of color photos from outer space and Parsons's cartoons enhance the broad appeal of this book, a true beginner's guide to A Brief History of Time. Ages 8-up. (Oct.)

 
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