Born With A Bang: The Universe Tells Our Cosmic Story by Jennifer MorganBorn With A Bang: The Universe Tells Our Cosmic Story by Jennifer Morgan

Born With A Bang: The Universe Tells Our Cosmic Story

byJennifer Morgan

Paperback | January 26, 2016

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Here is the "autobiography" of the universe--the early history of the universe narrated by the universe itself. Beginning with the big bang and ending with the formation of Earth, this first volume of a trilogy is a thrilling story of chaos and creativity. Particles become galaxies. Mother stars explode in supernovas, creating elements, the building blocks of life. Morgan studied at Princeton and has a degree in theology from the University of San Francisco.

Title:Born With A Bang: The Universe Tells Our Cosmic StoryFormat:PaperbackPublished:January 26, 2016Publisher:Dawn PublicationsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1584690321

ISBN - 13:9781584690320

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Good I bought this book and the other two in the series (From Lava to Life and Mammals who Morph) to read with my six year old daughter. She absolutely loved them. The illustrations, although somewhat abstract, were colorful and full of action - great for a younger audience. The scientific information, while obviously aimed at young kids, didn't shy away from complex concepts and acurate terms. There where lots of "Wow" moments, as when my daughter realized the calcium in her bones was formed inside giant stars 13 billion years ago and that she was made of "Star Stuff" that's been around since the big bang (which is a phrase I believe was borrowed from Carl Sagan's excellent Cosmos series). The book is written from the perspective of the universe who "dreams" of all the possibile forms it will take. I personally found this approach and the language annoyingly New Agey and I had Intelligent Design alarm bells going off. I resolved not to be so sentive about it though, and discussed with my daughter the fact that the universe does not actually "think" any more than a rock or the wind or a fire thinks. She readily understood and I don't think it is a big issue, especially if you discuss this with your kids. This is the only reason I gave the series 4 stars instead of five. In the end I think the "story" approach worked. The series encouraged a sense of wonder and excitment about the universe and how we came to be. You know when your six year old excitedly says "I want to do a presentation on the Great Oxygen Crisis to my class!" that the book has succeded in engaging a young mind! On a side note - I understand that there are a number of competing scientific theories about the big bang, or the extinction of the dinosaurs (massive vulcanism rather than a meteor impact), but these where not discussed in the book. It sticks with what is generally accepted at this point. I used this as an opportunity to discuss the nature of the scientific method with my daughter - that it constantly revises our understanding based on new evidence. Be prepared for lots of "but how do we know this if people weren't around?" type questions - another great opportunity to talk about things like fossil records and DNA - it was great!
Date published: 2009-05-15

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"Born With a Bang tells the story of the creation of the universe with bouncy language and magical, stunning conceptual art ... I took it to the home of a friend, an amateur astronomer with three telescopes, and his 4-year-old daughter ... She loved the story, and wanted to look at the pictures as we read to her. With its entrancing illustrations, this book is nearly edible; indeed, the 4-year-old suggested copying an illustration or two and eating it."