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I do not believe that a "real" or "living" book approach in high school accomplishes enough systematic teaching to adequately prepare a student for science courses at college. It is not sufficient to read about the concepts, the student also needs to apply them to problems. Living books do not teach a student to solve stoichiometry problems, calculate the concentration of solutions, solve force and kinematics problems...


I am all for living books in Middle school, but not in high school; I would be extremely concerned that this is setting up the student for failure in the introductory science courses in college which are hard even for students with a solid high school science education.

I teach introductory physics courses at a university.

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You might want to cross post to the high school sub-forum.


I am not sure what is your defination of real books. However if you are asking about whether you can cover the syllabus for high school science using well written science books, than I would say yes.


It can be more time intensive and requires you to either have a very good personal book collection or to have a good library system or spend a lot of time on the internet.


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Margaret did you use these instead of science text books?




The Cartoon Guide to Physics by Art Huffman and Larry Gonick

How to Teach Physics to Your Dog by Chad Orzel

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Mad about Physics: Braintwister, Paradoxes, and Curiosities by Christopher Jargodzdi

The Flying Circus of Physics With Answers by Jearl Walker

Seven Ideas that Shook the Universe by Bryon D. Anderson and Nathan Spielberg

How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival by David Kaiser

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham

Six Easy Pieces by Richard Feynmann

The Radioactive Boyscout by Ken Silverstein

How Things Work: The Physics of Everyday Life by Louis A. Bloomfield

Isaac Asimov's Guide to Earth and Space



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History of the World from the Periodic Table of Elements by Sam Kean

The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe by Theodore W. Gray

Braving the Elements by Harry B. Gray and William C. Trogler

Periodic Tales: A Cultural History of the Elements, from Arsenic to Zinc by Hugh Aldersley-Williams



The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius by Sam Kean

Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities by Amy Stewart

Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army & Other Diabolical Insects by Amy Stewart

Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History by Bill Laws

The Earth Moved: On The Remarkable Acheiments of Earthworms by Amy Stewart

Fifty Animals that Changed the Course of History by Eric Chaline

Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus by Bill Wasik

The Rediscovery of North America by Barry Lopez

After the Spill: The Exxon Valdez Disaster Then and Now by Susan Postawko

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

Decade of Destruction by Adrian Cowell

After the Trees: Living on the Transamazon Highway by Douglas Ian Stewart

The Rediscovery of North America by Barry Lopez

The Global Citizen by Donella Meadows

Encounters with the ArchDruis by John McPhee

Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond

The Prisoner's Dilemma by William Poundstone

Earth Odyssey by Mark Hertsgaard

Stuff: The Secret Lives of Everyday Things by Alan Durning

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

A Fierce Green Fire by Philip Shabecoff

One River by Wade Davis

Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions by David


Tales of the Earth: Paroxysms and Perturbations of the Blue Planet by Charles

Officer and Jake Page

Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky

Fire by Sebastian Junger

Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson

Five Past Midnight in Bhopal by Dominique Lapierre and Javier Moro

Naming Nature by Mary Blocksma

Krakatoa by Simon Winchester



The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments by George Johnson

Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan

Bold Science: Seven Scientists Who Are Changing Our World by Ted Anton

The Roving MInd by Isaac Asimov

Archimedes to Hawking: Laws of Science and the Great Minds behind Them by Clifford Pickover

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