100 Steps for Science

For many children, science requires very little packaging to make it attractive and compelling. The urge to know why, and how, and when means that science scratches the unending itch of young and enquiring minds. Capitalising on such natural curiosity and wonder, this book serves as a junior history of science, as well as a primer on the actual theories which underpin much of our understanding of the world.

Ten broad areas are selected, including space, wheels, numbers, light, sound, particles, medicine, materials, energy and life. Each of these themes is then explored via ten (occasionally linear) stages in human understanding across history. This feature alone makes this a fascinating text, and it is refreshing that scientific understanding from the past is not patronised, but celebrated as a vital stepping stone towards what is known now.

There is a lot of information in this book, with small size font selected to pack as much into its pages a possible. This dense detail is enhanced by the bold colour illustrations and diagrams which pepper each topic and sub-theme.

One small criticism of the book is that the small font and dark text can at times be difficult to read against primary coloured pages, but this will be readily overcome by children who are keen to learn about what we know, and how we came to know it.