“04/13: JB: The book is about George, a kid whose parents do not like technology. George desperately wants a computer, but his parents will not let him have one. When George chases his pig next door, he finds Eric and Emily/ Eric owns a special computer named Cosmos who can transport George to the far corners of the universe. An evil scientist named Dr. Reaper wants to take Cosmos for himself to become rich and famous. When Eric falls into a Black Hole, and Cosmos is stolen by Dr. Reaper, George must help save both of them and get to the science fair to win a computer.
04/13: Just learned of this through a link Dr. Nayfeh sent me to his suggestions on the CPL page.
His Description:Science storytelling, an area which I have interest in, is a form of art as well as an important, exciting educational methodology for simplification of science for children. It is possible through storytelling to present complex science material in an exciting, simplified fashion, touching the present as well as the future. World-renowned British physicist and mathematician Stephen Hawking teams up with his daughter Lucy, a journalist and novelist, to present us with their 2007 book George’s Secret Key to the Universe. They use science fiction and adventure fantasy wrapped and interwoven with science concepts and facts to make the topic of science interesting and accessible to middle school children. The book tells the story of a middle school child called George and an easygoing astrophysicist called Eric who embodies the person of Professor Hawking himself, whereby the professor uses his personal speaker, a powerful tabletop supercomputer called “Cosmos,” which is able to open a window and propel them into the universe, as well as capable of manipulating space, time and matter. The voyage takes them to the far reaches of space and back. Along the way, the adventure teaches little George and the reader a lot about science and how the universe works. The adventure even teaches Stephen Hawking's latest theories about black holes and quantum mechanics. The end result of the work is an entertaining yet informative book, explaining planets, stars, comets, black holes and more including middle school drama to readers of all ages. It is through reading this book that I was inspired to write a short story “the cosmos and the nanos” which utilizes Stephen Hawking’s “Cosmos” supercomputer concept to present nanotechnology through the character Dr. Nano to children and adults alike. Drafts of some of my short stories on nanotechnology were tried at Dr. Howard Elementary here in Champaign.
I also say “Who says you can't explain theoretical physics to kids”?
President, Nanosi Advanced Technologies ”