Victorian Voyages

Where did we come from?


ISBN: 9780745977546 Categories: ,

ISBN: 9780745977546

Publication date: June 21, 2019

Format: Paperback

Extent: 128 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 meet the great Victorian scientists. Voyage with Darwin as he worked out his theory of Evolution. Step into Harriet and Milton’s time machine, bring some snacks, and enjoy this curious quest of discovery.

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 Victorian Voyages

"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."

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."

Archbishop of Canterbury

"Whether you are at school, retired, or anywhere in between, you cannot help but enjoy The Curious Science Quest books. They ask the 'big questions' about science and meaning, and contain tons of fascinating information, all put into a clear historical context and vividly presented through a clever combination of words and pictures.

Hosted by a tortoise and a cat, you will travel through time. You will laugh, be stimulated, and be enchanted by the wonderful illustrations. The books are a delight in every way."

Historian of astronomy and medicine at the University of Oxford

"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."

Director of Medical Studies, University of Cambridge
Lister Prize Fellowship (2008), NHS Innovation (2011), NIHR Research Professorship (2013)

"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."

Director General of CERN from 2009 to 2015
President of the German Physical Society and President of the SESAME Council

"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."

Poet, singer-songwriter, priest, and academic
Chaplain at Girton College Cambridge

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