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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 and up
  • Grade Level: 6 and up
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books (September 21, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201608642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201608649
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr. 5-8. In a breezy, informative manner, Nye conducts readers on a whirlwind tour of science, including subjects such as the scientific method, matter, fundamental forces, heat, light, electricity, magnetism, waves, weather, and space. The breathless pace doesn't leave much time to dig into a particular subject, but Nye communicates well in the space allotted. Zippy black-and-white drawings and occasionally zany photographs of the author give the pages an informal look. Kids turned off by more conventional books may pick up some of the basics of science here because Nye, Emmy Award-winning host of "Disney Presents Bill Nye, the Science Guy," communicates in such an accessible style that learning is only a little more labor intensive than listening. Is science a blast, as the title suggests? In this entertaining format, it is. Carolyn Phelan

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Bill Nye The Science Guy hosts the syndicated television show on science ”Disney Presents Bill Nye The Science Guy.” He studied at Cornell University, has won eleven Emmy Awards, and has appeared on TV shows ranging from ”The New Mickey Mouse Club” to ”Late Night with David Letterman.”

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75 of 75 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 9, 1998
Format: Paperback
In a world where kids are exposed to more pseudoscience than real science, it's refreshing to have someone like Bill Nye to present the genuine thing. Like his highly successful PBS series aimed at fourth graders(but enjoyed by hordes of science-bereft grownups), Big Blast of Science is infused with Nye's straight-forward perspective on the universe, and his passion for the remarkable way it operates. Everything, in Nye's view, is a marvelous machination of science, from the kitchen toaster's warm convection currents, to the counterclockwise spin of water draining out of the bathtub, to the kneeling Indian girl making us ponder infinity on a box of butter. He was that geeky guy who helped you pass high school chemistry, who won the Boy Scout Pinewood Derby without too much help from his dad, who saved the frat party by fixing the cocktail blender, and gave up a respectable engineering job to teach your kids some science. Without people like him we'd be looking up h! oroscopes instead of telescopes and putting more faith in the Psychic Friends Network than the National Science Foundation. At first glance, we might assume Big Blast of Science is a book just for kids. The inimitable Science Guy, clad in his signature blue lab coat and winsome bowtie, and looking cooler than absolute zero, pops out of a flashy purple cover surrounded by whirling planets, moons, and stars. With schoolboyish sincerity, he thrusts toward us a flask from which bubbles the subtitle: "A Highly Cool Handbook for the Laws of Nature." Kids, of course, will recognize immediately his zany, Disney-ish style and easy-to-understand delivery. They'll want to try all the science experiments in the book, especially the ones that require matches, rubberbands, clothespins, and adult supervision.Read more ›
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jurgen Vsych on October 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
As someone who loved COSMOS, NOVA, and other PBS shows on science but received zero science education in the American public school system, I found this book to be the perfect "textbook." Bill Nye, who was Carl Sagan's student at Cornell, has Sagan's talent for explaining science clearly. And Nye is even funnier.

If you were disappointed that there's no SCIENCE FOR DUMMIES book...here's what you've been looking for.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Josh Mattson on November 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
I remember specifically that this was the book that got me interested in science at a young age. I believe I was in 4th or 5th grade when I first picked it up. It got me interested in taking all of the math and science courses that I could in middle and high school and probably influence my choice of becoming an electrical engineer. If your kid is interested at all in science pick this book up for them!
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This book's demonstrations are simple and are helping my non-science oriented daughter become interested in the subject. The reading is broken into small chunks and almost every section has a demonstration that is fairly simple to complete, actually works and only takes a few minutes. Supplemented with a basic grade level science text, this makes a fun homeschool science class for middle school age kids or an advanced elementary age child.
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