Rocky Road to Galileo

What is Our Place in the Solar System


ISBN: 9780745977522 Categories: ,

ISBN: 9780745977522

Publication date: October 19, 2018

Format: Paperback

Extent: 112 pages

Dimensions: 198mm(length) 130mm(width)

Imprint: Lion Children's Books


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Join Harriet, Darwin’s pet tortoise, and Milton, Schrodinger’s indecisive cat on a time-travelling quest of discovery, unravelling scientific exploration and religious beliefs and how they fit together.

Throughout the centuries humans have been looking for answers to BIG questions – how did the universe start? Is there a God behind it? Has science explained away the need for a God, or can faith enhance scientific discovery?

On this adventure, Harriet and Milton are investigating our place in the universe. Step into Harriet and Milton’s time machine, bring some snacks, and enjoy this curious quest of discovery – from the Islamic Golden Age to the Renaissance, and meet Galileo!

Written by Julia Golding, winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2006, and the Nestle Smarties Book Prize 2006.

Meet the author: Julia Golding

Multi-award winning author Julia Golding

Julia Golding is a multi-award winning children’s author who has been awarded both the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize. A former British diplomat and Oxfam policy adviser, Golding also has a doctorate in English Literature from Oxford University, and was writer-in-residence at the Royal Institution in 2019. An avid Jane Austen fan, her Jane Austen-themed podcast ‘What Would Jane Do?’ offers a 19th century take on modern life. Golding is the successful author of The Curious Science Quest series, The Tigers in the Tower and the Jane Austen Investigates series.

Meet the author: Prof Andrew Briggs

Andrew Briggs is Professor of Nanomaterials in the Department of Materials at the University of Oxford. He is best known for his early work in acoustic microscopy, and his current work in materials for quantum technologies. He is co-author of The Penultimate Curiosity.

Reviews for Rocky Road to Galileo

"A witty and accessible treasure trove of scientific discoveries that goes to the heart of our human quest to understand who we are. This book doesn't dumb down or gloss over imponderables but will leave you marvelling at the science and asking for more." - Professor Rebecca Fitzgerald

"The brilliant and entertaining illustrations in this series enliven a clear and enjoyable text that should stimulate serious thought about the world and our place in it." Lord Rees, Astronomer Royal, President of the Royal Society 2005-2010

"Too often science and faith are pitted against each other. This book breaks down that split in a creative and engaging way. It shows the scope of science in our lives and how the study of science and the study of God feed and magnify each other. Human beings have always been hungry for understanding and meaning, and this book beautifully shows how this has worked out from the earliest time. It is a book that leaves me in awe at the "art" of science: for the way it unveils the magnificence of God our Creator, who stretches out the canvas." Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

"Has the bug bitten you? Are you curious? Curious to know how the universe evolved from the Big Bang? How matter arranges itself into objects ranging from atomic nuclei to human beings, planets, and stars? Are you curious to know why all these things are the way they are?

Science is good for the "how" questions but does not necessarily have the answers on the "why" questions. Can science and religion talk to each other? Enjoy this series and learn more about science and the enriching dialogue between science and faith." Prof Rolf Heuer, Director General of CERN from 2009 to 2015

"Here is a wonderful and wittily written introduction to science as the art of asking open questions and not jumping to conclusions. It's also an amusing excursion through evolution and anthropology which packs in a lot of learning with the lightest of touches. A much-needed antidote to the bludgeoning crudity of so much writing in both science and religion." Rev Dr Malcolm Guite, poet, singer-songwriter, priest, and academic

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