Big Numbers is a brilliant and imaginative book for 10 to 12 year olds which paints a fascinating picture of the comparative scale of phenomena in our world, from the vast to the infinitesimal.
The reader is taken on a roller-coaster ride through maths, physics, chemistry, biology and technology:
from zero to infinity in maths and time
from subatomic particles to galaxies
from the speed and size of the Big Bang to the size and age of the universe
from the speed of light to the power of gravity
from the size of a White Dwarf to that of a Black Hole
from a strand of DNA to the evolution of life on Earth
from the Hubble telescope to nanotechnology.
Combining words and pictures in the way that has made Icon's highly acclaimed Introducing books famous, Big Numbers will fire the imagination of any bright youngster.
John and Mary Gribbin are hugely respected popularisers of science for adults and children alike. His adult books include 'In Search Of Schrodinger's Cat' and their 'Time and the Universe' (Hodder) won the TES Information Book Award; Mary is the author of the hugely successful 'Eyewitness Guide to Time and Space' (Dorling Kindersley). They live in Sussex.