Ages 0 to 3 years Quantum Physics for Babies by Chris Ferrie is a colourfully simple introduction to the principle that gives quantum physics its name. Baby will find out that energy is “quantized” and the weird world of atoms never comes to a standstill. It is never too early to become a quantum physicist! This is the first in a series of books designed to stimulate your baby and introduce them to the world of science. Also coming in May are: Newtonian Physics for Babies General Relativity for Babies Rocket Science for Babies
It’s cute and an appealing idea, but this is definitely one of those books that is more for the nerdy parent than for the child. The diagrams and wording are simple, and the pages each have a splash of color, but there’s no real life connection for kids or anything to really pull them in. My kids are willing to read it from time to time not because they love it but because they read everything. It’s not a complete bust, though; we’ve just had to find good ways to use the book. My three-year-old likes it if we can supplement the book’s text with lots of other examples, and my one-year-old likes to point to circles with her fingers or name the colors on each page. All in all, it’s one of those books that I wish I liked more.
CHRIS FERRIE is an award-winning physicist and is the senior lecturer for Quantum Software and Information at the University of Technology-Sydney. He has a Masters in Applied Mathematics, BMath in Mathematical Physics and a PhD in Applied Mathematics. He lives in Australia with his wife and children.