Reviewed by Teri Cosentino
6th-7th grade science teacher
This is an exceptional resource and reference book about the nature of heat, temperature, and thermal energy and how they are alike and different. If you teach thermodynamics in middle school, this little book has the ability to capture the essence of a difficult concept and explain it in such a way as to make it easy to understand.
The format of the book includes pictures, biographies, useful examples, and exciting facts. It uses a no–nonsense approach to learning. The visuals explaining how heat is transferred are especially impressive. The one drawback is that I wanted more detail, especially on specific heat and calories but also on insulators and conductors. However for a pocket size reference book, it is indeed wonderful because it makes this difficult concept easy for students to grasp and to understand.
In the classroom I would use this book to enhance learning for my students who have difficulty reading the textbook. Its real life applications and larger than life format make it a good resource to accentuate learning about heat and temperature.
Review posted on 11/29/2012