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National Geographic Angry Birds Furious Forces: The Physics at Play in the World's Most Popular Game Paperback – June 4, 2013
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“Angry Birds Furious Forces serves as a great introduction to basic physics concepts for young ages because they’re presented in a way that kids can relate to as they play their favorite game.” –Tech Savvy Parents
“For those looking for something a bit more introductory in nature, Rhett Allain’s amusing yet educational Angry Birds, Furious Forces: The Physics at Play in the World’s Most Popular Game is an excellent option.” –Scientific American Baker’s Dozen: Best 2013 Books for the Physics Fan
"Einstein once said 'Imagination is more important than knowledge.' National Geographic Angry Birds Furious Forces combines education and fun on every page, helping children develop their imagination about the smallest scales and the most fundamental principles of nature." –Rolf Landua, Head of Education and Public Outreach, CERN
About the Author
Rhett Allain is the writer behind Wired's popular Dot Physics science blog, as well as an associate professor of physics at Southeastern Louisiana University. Among his most popular articles is an explanation of the physics involved in the Angry Birds games. His analysis of the characters, their special abilities, and the different forces at work is a fan favorite. Dr. Allain's interest in the field of physics education research—which explores how kids understand physics—makes him the perfect author to explain physics to a family audience.
Peter Vesterbacka has established several tech businesses, including Slush, MobileMonday, and Lightneer Inc. He has also served as the chief marketing officer and "Mighty Eagle" of Rovio, where he drove the company's marketing and brand strategy, taking the Angry Birds brand to new and unexpected places. To learn more, follow @pvesterbacka on Twitter.
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This book is great in a lot of ways--it talks about all of the different "forces" of physics such as light, sound that are applicable to Angry Birds however the vocabulary can be quite intense for a younger child. The book assumes that you already know words like displacement and also puts out units such as m/s before explaining it two pages later. As an adult whose last physics class was over a decade ago I actually have had a few brain jogger moments trying to make sense of some of the verbiage. There are some great illustrations and some simple concepts presented such as using a jump rope to mimic sound waves--but this is not something you can do at bed time.
Essentially this is not a book for a child to read on their own. There needs to be an adult (preferably one who has a decent science background) to offer a little deeper explanation. In not all instances are the Angry Birds segments well correlated with the current science being explored either--its like they were thrown in to a text book as an after thought.
We have several of these National Geographic Angry Birds books and (the Atlas for example) is easy to understand, fun and educational, this one does not seem to understand its audience.