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Gravity is a Mystery Paperback – October 1, 1986


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (October 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064450570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064450577
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.5 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,894,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3 This update of the 1970 edition remains a succinct and lively presentation of a baffling scientific phenomenon. Although Branley never defines gravity, its effect on life is clearly shown in terms easily comprehensible to its target audience. Madden's cartoon-like illustrations are specifically wedded to the scientific information presented by Branley. The main revision is in the addition of more varied and vibrant color to Madden's animated illustrations, heightening their humor and visually enhancing the verbal explanations. The major change in the text is a comment about one's weight on Pluto, which was based on conjecture in the original edition, and which is stated as fact here. Gravity All Around (McGraw-Hill, 1963; o.p.) by Tillie S. Pine and Joseph Levine offers similar information, but the presentation is not as well-suited to the very young. Renee Steinberg, Fieldstone Middle School Media Center, Montvale, N.J.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Franklyn M. Branley was Astronomer Emeritus and former Chairman of the American Museum-Hayden Planetarium. In 1960, he originated the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. Dr. Branley was the author of over 150 science books for children.

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Franklyn Branley was Astronomer Emeritus and former Chairman of the American Museum-Hayden Planeterium. In 1960, he originated the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series, dedicated to explaining science to young children and encouraging them to explore their world. Dr. Branley is the author of over 150 science books for children.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Although this book will painlessly teach your four year old what science is and what that abstract concept, gravity, is, it is also excellent for a teenager who is struggling through a physics course. As Einstein said, you don't really understand a concept until you can explain it to your grandmother. Well, this is a book for Grandmother.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Peter H Moskowitz on September 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is as important as it is wonderful. It brings home the Big Secret about science that escapes most people: Science is about the unknown, not the known. There are lots of mysteries out there; the business of science is to change the unknown into the known, which is the lesson, I think, of Franklyn Branley's masterpiece.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
In 1990, my husband went to the library and brought home " gravity is a mystery" for our son to read. He loved it! It was his favorite book for weeks! Every night one of us would have to read it to him. This is a fun book that everyone should get a chance to read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Misti A. Delaney on March 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
One of my older children brought this book home from a school book sale many years ago. It was a hit with both of my children for several years. Then, as they grew up, the book was put away in a box for another time.

When I had another child, I got out that "box for another time" and stacked the books on a shelf. This one was amongst them, and onto a shelf it went, though I did't expect it to be of interest to him for several years yet.

But lately, at 21 months, Jack has been asking for this book frequently -- and listening with interest to reading after reading! I doubt that the concept of "how much you weigh on Mars" makes much sense to him yet -- but the idea of gravity is one that he is working out, and Branley's explanations of the Earth pulling everything to its center is simple and seems to satisfy even at this age!

Even better, the science is simple, but accurate so it's a good start on his physics education!
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Richard Benish on June 23, 2010
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The illustrations are beautiful!

Unfortunately, the author chose an example that has not been verified by experiment or observation. Falling into a hole through the center of a large massive body is a common example of a PREDICTION of Newton's theory of gravity. But we have no empirical evidence to support it (not even in laboratory tests that could actually be performed).

Science is supposed to be about making sense of the world by observing it. So it would have been better if the author had stated that WE DO NOT KNOW what happens when you jump into the hole through the earth. But that IF WE COULD, then we would learn something important about gravity. We might then prove that Newton's prediction is correct. Presenting this prediction as though it were a fact is an error that has been repeated many times, even in college level books. It is most unfortunate.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michigan Mom on December 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
I bought my son several of the Let's Read and Find Out books for Christmas. He's a first grader going on 7 years. These are just absolutely fantastic books for introducing varoius difficult concepts. I like that they contain alot of information, but are still easy to understand. Hard to find something "not too young, not too old" for this age. We love them. This particular one was a favorite.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K on January 26, 2012
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My daughter loves this book, as she is currently really into gravity. It has a nice explanation of gravity and its relationship to weight on earth and on different planets and the moon. This would serve as a good introduction to force/acceleration, though it doesn't discuss gravity in those terms. Also, I like how it shows how gravity pulls to the center of an object, as opposed to the apparent pull of it to the ground or surface.
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Awesome for younger students who are learning the basic knowledge about gravity! Would pair together with other texts to get a broad base of knowledge!
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