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The Resource George and the big bang, Lucy & Stephen Hawking ; illustrated by Garry Parsons

George and the big bang, Lucy & Stephen Hawking ; illustrated by Garry Parsons

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George and the big bang
Title
George and the big bang
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Lucy & Stephen Hawking ; illustrated by Garry Parsons
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Language
eng
Summary
George tries to escape a host of problems by going to Switzerland to help his friend Annie's father, Eric, run an experiment exploring the origins of the universe, but faces saboteurs and a mysterious message from George's old nemesis, Reeper, there. Includes scientific essays exploring the latest theories on the origin of the universe
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  • Grades 3-6 This, the third volume in a series by famed physicist Hawkins and his capable writer-daughter, blends the ongoing adventures of friends George and Annie with the latest theories about the universe. The breezily readable third-person narrative—accompanied by cheery spot illustrations—provides the framework for highlighting the science principles presented in four essays by experts in the field, with several pages devoted to each. There are also a dozen or so shorter “Special Factual Sections” that expound on topics such as “Problems Facing Our Planet,” “Space, Time, and Relativity,” and “The Quantum World.” As George and Annie travel to the moon and across Europe attempting to save her father, a cosmologist, from the evil organization TOERAG (intent on destroying him and much of scientific advancement), there occasionally seems to be a disconnect between the sweet, simple sci-fi plot and the technicalities of the information. Still, it’s clear that the former exists primarily to advance the later, making the book good for educational use and, most importantly, enjoyable for science-minded kids. -- Medlar, Andrew (Reviewed 09-01-2012) (Booklist, vol 109, number 1)
  • Gr 4 Up — Once again, George and his friends, next-door neighbor Annie and her scientist dad, Eric, are on an exciting adventure. Eric is using his super-computer, Cosmos, to work on one of the biggest science experiments of all time, namely the Large Hadron Collider, to explore the earliest moments of the universe known as "The Big Bang." When George and Annie decide to use Cosmos to help find a new home for George's pet pig, who was sent to a farm when George's twin sisters were born, they accidentally discover a plot by a group of people who are trying to stop the experiment and destroy the Collider. The children then must use all the science they know to find a way to save the computer and the lives of the many scientists working on it. This addition to the series does not disappoint, and it stands on its own. The book alternates between the adventure story and factual explanations of the scientific terms and theories discussed. The science can be a bit complicated so the book also contains a series of factual essays written by Stephen Hawking and his colleagues. The series website provides additional information that will help students learn more about the science involved. This is an especially timely story now that the real Large Hadron Collider and the scientists working on it are in the news. Numerous diagrams, charts, and playful black-and-white pencil drawings add clarity and humor and help bring the characters to life.Carole Phillips, Greenacres Elementary School, Scarsdale, NY --Carole Phillips (Reviewed November 1, 2012) (School Library Journal, vol 58, issue 11, p107)
  • Like their first two collaborations, the Hawkings' third and final George book offers a hybrid mixture of made-up adventures in space/time interleaved with miniessays on, as one character unoriginally puts it, "life, the Universe, and everything." Most of the action centers on Switzerland's Large Hadron Collider, where the Order of Science to Benefit Humanity has gathered. The anti-environmentalist group Theory of Everything Resists Addition of Gravity (aka TOERAG, a tortured joke that American readers will miss) have planted a "quantum mechanical bomb" there, with a trigger that, quantum-theory style, remains indeterminate until it's observed. Meanwhile, though conveniently provided with a defusing code, young George and Annie have been imprisoned in an Inverse Schrödinger Trap (with a cat, of course) that will assume a random and therefore almost certainly deadly location somewhere in the universe should they try to leave. The story is interspersed with suitably seriocomic illustrations and pauses every few pages for digestible disquisitions (some by prominent scientists other than Hawking) on the Big Bang, wormholes, Feynman diagrams, major components of the LHC and other topics in Newtonian, quantum and theoretical physics. It is less a single plot than a weakly connected chain of incidents, fetching up where it should in the end. Labored and wrapped in a thin film of artificial drama as it is, this set of mind-expanding if scattershot exposures to some of science's biggest theories and ideas will once again find a large audience thanks more to its celebrity co-author than its content. (Science fiction/informational hybrid. 10-12)(Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2012)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10141408
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hawking, Lucy
Index
no index present
Intended audience
960L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 12
Reading level
6.6
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1942-2018
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Hawking, Stephen
  • Parsons, Garry
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True
Series statement
George Greenby books
Series volume
0003
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Science
  • Big bang theory
  • Sabotage
  • Switzerland
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
George and the big bang, Lucy & Stephen Hawking ; illustrated by Garry Parsons
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
884742
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9781442440050
Lccn
2011035361
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9781442440050
  • (OCoLC)759771894
Label
George and the big bang, Lucy & Stephen Hawking ; illustrated by Garry Parsons
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
884742
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9781442440050
Lccn
2011035361
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781442440050
  • (OCoLC)759771894

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