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Pi Day—An Opportunity for Praise

God has built many surprises into the universe for us to discover and enjoy. One of them is the number pi which begins with 3.141592… and continues on for at least 13 trillion digits. What is so special about this number?  Simply this:  it shows up throughout nature in the most surprising places, even though […]

Review: Michael Faraday and the Dynamo by Mabel Miller

Without the discoveries of Michael Faraday, one of the greatest scientists of all time, our lives would be unrecognizable.  In fact, our civilization is firmly based on the concepts he discovered about electricity and other matters. Yet this great man, one of Einstein’s three heroes (the others were Newton and Maxwell), began life as a […]

Our Little Vacation

My dear husband decided that I needed a break, so the Little Misses and I accompanied him to a conference.  What a lovely little vacation it was! We visited Ripley’s Aquarium:     We ate very, very well, and I had no gluten problems:   And it was so pleasant to sit peacefully above the stop-and-go […]

Review: Surfing the Net: Science

These days it is important to know how to search the internet effectively. Surfing the Net: Science is designed to teach this skill early enough to benefit a student’s whole school career. Aimed at grades 3-6, Surfing the Net: Science teaches science based on standards in most US states, but its primary focus is to teach students […]

Review: Mendeleyev’s Dream by Paul Strathern

From ancient Greece through centuries of alchemy to the modern periodic table, Mendeleyev’s Dream traces the history of chemistry with fascinating mini-biographies.  We learn about Thales of Miletus who fell off a cliff while stargazing; Henning Brand who fermented and distilled vats of urine to isolate phosphorus, the first new element; Boyle, the founder of […]

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