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Physics: Why Matter Matters! (Basher Science)

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Imagine physics as a community full of wacky characters--the building blocks of the universe each with a unique personality. This book throws open the doors and welcomes you into their amazing world. From gravity to the theory of relativity, this unique book provides visual interpretations of complex concepts, designed to make learning physics easier and a whole lot more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 29th 2008 by Kingfisher (first published April 1st 2008)
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Tracy E. Hieatt
Jul 25, 2015 Tracy E. Hieatt rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: advanced kids to adults
Good companion to Basher Science: Extreme Physics. A personified first-person narrative to example the basic principles of physics, mechanics, theory, and history. Each topic is a character telling the story of itself.

It might be best for advanced kids. Younger kids might not understand some of the allusions, but perhaps a great way for a kid and adult to discuss the book together and teach about the allusions.
Jan 19, 2016 Niall rated it it was ok
“Physics” is a nonfiction book that illustrates and tries to explain the basic forces and laws of Physics. What this book does is it puts different forces of physics into easy to understand categories. Then it illustrates the force and it’s features while teaching you about it through an auto-biography form. The force itself explains what it does and how it interacts with other forces of physics. It also explains its properties both chemical and physical. It goes through this process until you’r ...more
Shoumik Sakib
Jan 22, 2015 Shoumik Sakib rated it really liked it
If you are the type of person that is always curious on how things work the way they work then this is a great book for you. Physics is basically the study of matter and energy and how they interact with each other. This book explains all types of energy from sound waves to space plasma matter that absorbs energy. This book explains how energy can move. Physics also determines how fast an object can move based off of the speed, velocity, acceleration, and how the effects of gravity can take a t ...more
Apr 10, 2014 Anne rated it really liked it
The vibrant covers in the “Basher Science” series are certainly attention grabbing! I can’t believe I missed out on these books. I am so glad we now have them in our collection. The creative and funny writing keeps you engaged in the subjects at hand. Comical names are throughout the book, such as Physics: Why Matter Matters! has chapter titles including “Old School”, “Hot Stuff” and “Electric Cuties.” The information is organized very well making it easy to absorb different science concepts. Ea ...more
William Mckinney
Nov 02, 2014 William Mckinney rated it really liked it
This book is my favorite science - related reading material by far. It is a great introduction to Physics and the way the world and Universe functions. One of it's most defining features is how it illustrates the subjects in a way that is inviting and easy to understand. In these categories, each page and it's contents are glorified with the use of the formatting, which is fascinating. The only problem I have with the book was it's in ability to go in depth about what the subjects are used for a ...more
Kate Hastings
Oct 12, 2010 Kate Hastings rated it really liked it
--grades 4-8
--great for visual learners
--science principals are animated into characters and divided into “teams” based on the characteristics.
Mary Overton
Physics concepts given Pokeman-like identities, faces, & outfits.
My favorite physics concept has always been Entropy:
"I am the king of chaos - a mixed-up prankster who makes sure that energy always changes from useful forms to messed-up, spread-out forms. A renowned troublemaker, I'm the reason why things break and burn out, and I'll get you, too, in the end. Ultimately, I'll cause your body's cells to degrade and stop working properly and you'll die.

"I always increase, and I work in one dir
S.N. Arly
Apr 01, 2011 S.N. Arly rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, stem
A little more complicated than it's companion Biology:Life as We Know It, it is a good follow up and introductory textbook on physics for the younger croud. We held off on this one until our son was five. Some of the concepts are well beyond him (such as the different types of radiation), but it's a good place to start. We have also decided that all children should be introduced to quantum physics at this age. The concept of Schroedinger's Cat makes perfect sense to him!

Like the other books in t
Ale Hardin
Mar 11, 2015 Ale Hardin rated it liked it
I enjoy the fact that the author had the different things talk in first person. It is also enjoyable to read as a physics book. It is entertaining to people who want to study and it sticks in their head better.
Dec 15, 2010 Marsha rated it it was amazing
I'm posting this review for Elly S. She wrote a wonderful review of this book that shouldn't go unpublished. Here's what she wrote....

"First off, I love these books and the entire series but of course, what do you expect from a book by Dan Green. This book gives a simple explnation with words. It explains things so easy readers will understand. This book lists every type and theory in the same format of the other books. This book and the others explains things from the theory persepctive and sou
Jennifer Heise
Feb 23, 2016 Jennifer Heise rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science, kids
My son just loves all these books; he reads them to himself and demands to have them read to him. He's only 7, so I don't know how much sinks in, but the comic style is a sure winner.
Tak Yip LOW
Dec 18, 2010 Tak Yip LOW rated it really liked it
I thought that this book is one of the most simple ways to attain more knowledge about the physics of atoms and why things are the way they are. This book is a good book because it explains the many fundemental forces and objects that makeup the world we know today. Once you understand these basics you will be able grasp the truely hard things in physics (like the uncertainty of the universe - Quantum physics). However this is not advised for people who have already have gone on to other harder ...more
Feb 11, 2014 Dylan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
very descriptive and easy to understaqnd.
Ema Janeska
Jan 18, 2016 Ema Janeska rated it really liked it
I loved how funny they made physics
Mar 25, 2014 بثينة rated it liked it
Shelves: scince
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لم تعجبني الترجمه العربيه كثيرا
Matthew 11-12
Dec 14, 2011 Matthew 11-12 rated it really liked it
I liked this book because it was like a study book for science. It talked about the stuff in our unit. It told facts about the words like how many amps a lightning bolt has. Another reason is they had a glossary in the back of the books to learn what some non-related words mean.
Malikah Moomin
Mar 02, 2013 Malikah Moomin rated it it was amazing
One of the easiest books I'm currently using to teach physics for the 6th and 7th grades. With it's elaborate personified animated illustrations, Basher and Green made physics a bit fun to learn. It's a highly recommended book especially for children who are visual learners.
Feb 19, 2012 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who understands the VERY basics of physics and wants a good laugh
One of my favorite Christmas gifts from my parents. I love all the personalities each "element" (I don't know what else to call them).

I have to say that my favorite one is Anti-matter, but I love them all :)
Sep 08, 2011 Jaida rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-books
I have this book in my class room and when i first saw this book I had to look it up becuse the pictures are so cute and it is very good book
Jelly Kate
May 21, 2011 Jelly Kate rated it it was amazing
This hilarious book doesn't provide much detail but does offer a nice, high-level introduction to concepts of physics.
Aug 15, 2009 Nathaniel rated it it was amazing
I didn't know that osmium and iridium are the densest elements. I didn't know that Higgs Boson even existed!
May 14, 2011 Eleonara rated it really liked it
Shelves: reference
It makes the complicated world of physics a whole lot simpler with interesting graphics and simple text.
Maria Kiguthi
Feb 19, 2013 Maria Kiguthi rated it it was amazing
I love this book. I like to have a book that takes sometimes boring science, tirns it into fun.
Apr 15, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: science
This is a very light read, but offers a good overview of the major terms and ideas in physics.
Feb 19, 2009 Tyas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-science
A very cool way of presenting matters and other concepts in physics, with great art!
Apr 28, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved this book!!! I learned about loads of stuff we didn't learn about in school!
Jan 31, 2009 Kimberly rated it liked it
Very cute illustrations by Basher, and accurate science information!
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هلا امبنثنلننفقلنقفنلالنفلنلا
Mauricio Garcia
Oct 02, 2012 Mauricio Garcia rated it really liked it
Physics is a really cool book.It
Oct 29, 2011 Farah rated it it was amazing
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