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The work of British-American artist David Macaulay is renowned for its humour, detail and ability to explain complex ideas with simple genius. He specializes in graphic non-fiction books on subjects such as science, architecture and engineering
Everything You Need to Know About Numbers | The troupe of mammoths that first appeared in Mammoth Science reappears here along with some elephant shrew buddies. This time they are explaining how Mathematics works. Bestselling illustrator David Macaulay, whose iconic How Machines Work won the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize in 2016 is renowned for his ability to explain complex ideas with simple genius. Speaking as somebody who is entirely maths averse and numerically challenged at the best of times, I found the added whimsicality of using the animals to illustrate the fundamental concepts really helped keep me interested by demonstrating key mathematical principles in unusual and amusing ways. The clarity of the graphical explanations is superb, with over 60 topics covered in total, including numbers, geometry, measurement and operations. The visual reference section at the end with tables and diagrams and charts, units of measurement, signs and symbols is incredibly useful and hopefully will be reproduced as a classroom poster! There is an excellent glossary too. This is aimed at children from 8+ but will be invaluable for reluctant maths learners of all ages for whom the standard textbook is a real turn off. Find more great STEM books here!
Winner of the £10,000 Royal Society’s Young People’s Book Prize 2016, which champions the best science books for under-14s. Macaulay, who was announced as the winner at a ceremony in Cardif, was selected by a panel of child judges from a shortlist of six books. The shortlist was picked by a panel of adult judges, chaired by Professor Dame Julia Higgins. Higgins said: “This book isn’t just dry pages about what engineering is. It’s a very exciting story about a sloth that has to get somewhere and in order to get to where he’s going he has to build levers, he has to build bridges. Each of the pages is about how he designs a solution to a problem - just what an engineer must do.”