- Paperback: 24 pages
- Publisher: Starman Press (December 23, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982166214
- ISBN-13: 978-0982166215
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.1 x 6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,647,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Starman Jones: A Relativity Birthday Present Paperback – December 23, 2008
About the Author
Dr. Robert G. Williscroft served 23 years in the U.S. Navy and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He commenced his service as an enlisted nuclear Submarine Sonar Technician in 1961, was selected for the Navy Enlisted Scientific Education Program in 1966, and graduated from University of Washington in Marine Physics and Meteorology in 1969. He returned to nuclear submarines as the Navy’s first Poseidon Weapons Officer. Subsequently, he served as Navigator and Diving Officer on both catamaran mother vessels for the Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle. Then he joined the Submarine Development Group One out of San Diego as the Officer-in-Charge of the Test Operations Group, conducting “deep-ocean surveillance and data acquisition” – which forms the basis for his Cold War novel Operation Ivy Bells. In NOAA Dr. Williscroft directed diving operations throughout the Pacific and Atlantic. As a certified diving instructor for both the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) and the Multinational Diving Educators Association (MDEA), he taught over 3,000 individuals both basic and advanced SCUBA diving. He authored four diving books, developed the first NAUI drysuit course, developed advanced curricula for mixed gas and other specialized diving modes, and developed and taught a NAUI course on the Math and Physics of Advanced Diving. He also served three shipboard years in the high Arctic conducting scientific baseline studies, and thirteen months at the geographic South Pole in charge of National Science Foundation atmospheric projects. Dr. Williscroft has written extensively on terrorism and related subjects. He is the author of a popular book on current events published by Pelican Publishing: The Chicken Little Agenda – De-bunking Experts’ Lies, now in a second edition as an ebook. He is the author of The Starchild Series, currently Slingshot and The Starchild Compact, and
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The writing and artwork are both amateurish, as is the design of the book (booklet, really, as it's only 26 pages and only 13 of those are the story itself). The story does a decent job of explaining time dilation at a child’s level (approx. ages 8-10).
I suspect the earlier reviewer probably did not read the book's description before purchasing it and did not read the introduction. I think the reviewer skipped straight into the story and was disappointed because it was not what the reviewer was expecting. In short, I think the prior review judged the book based upon what the buyer hoped to get to read rather than what the book's description said it contained, which it in fact has clearly and succinctly delivered.
I suggest this book would be a good introduction to science for children in its intended age group. The sooner children can be introduced to scientific terms in a manner they find interesting, the better chance they will have to understand them later. I see the book as helping fill a niche all young readers need to learn about and one which will encourage them to learn more on their own as they mature.
I have a grand daughter who is only 4 years old. I'll see she gets a copy in another year or two! - - Stew