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Alfred; Or the Youthful Enquirer [68 KB]

This is perhaps one of the earliest books on the “method of science”. "The constant desire of obtaining useful knowledge must lay a foundation for permanent happiness," says the authoress and lists out those traits that are essential for scientific pursuit. The book must also be read to realise how our conceptual understanding of such topics as electricity, light and magnetism has changed over the years.


How You Began [267 KB]
Amabel Williams-Ellis
This is a book for children about the story of how we began. J B S Haldane has this to say to children: "I think this a good book. I know of no book like it. All girls and boys should know how they grew. I did not know this when I was quite young. Now I wish I had. But there was no book like this then. I wish there had been. I have to teach people who are going to be doctors. I should find it much easier if they had read a book like this when they were children. Besides it is such fun to know that you once played at being a fish, and later had fur. How I wish I had kept my gills and my fur coat. Then I should not have to dress or to learn how to swim. And I am sad I have lost my nice tail. And this book tells how some of the children’s children of long-ago animals became dogs, and some fish, and others men. So the animals are really our cousins, and that is why we should be kind to them. The story of how we began is really the most exciting story in the world, and this is only a little bit of it. The full story is very long and difficult, but the parts in this book are quite easy, and I hope you will like them. Then when you are big you can learn the rest."
Contributed by: Arvind Gupta

VSO The Science Teachers’ Handbook - Ideas and Activities for Every Classroom [1.60 MB]
Andy Byers, Ann Child, Chris Lane
This book has been compiled by VSO to bring together successful practical ideas used by teachers all over the world. Based on the depth and breadth of experience gained, this book shows how to demonstrate science in action in clear and exciting ways, even when time and resources are limited.
Contributed by: Arvind Gupta

Matchstick Models And Other Science Experiments [975KB]
Arvind Gupta
Children learn by doing. They learn a great deal by tinkering & pottering, playing with or simply messing things around them. It is in these free acts that children familiarize themselves with the properties of a lot of common things and everyday phenomenon.
Contributed by: Arvind Gupta

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