The children and I currently reading Travels with Sushi in the Land of the Mind together. It’s classified as Middle Grade Fiction and is ‘doing quantum mechanics what Alice in Wonderland did for mathematics’. I have to say from what I’ve read so far, I’m getting an echo of theology, with Genesis themes. ‘Eduard Shyfrin introduces children to quantum physics and classic morality through an adventure in another universe.’ So, I wondered how could you make Physics interesting to kids in their daily life? Eduard kindly agreed to share his thoughts. This is Eduard Shyfrin’s guest post, Quantum Physics and How to Make Physics Fun for Kids!
Eduard Shyfrin on Quantum Physics and How to Make Physics Fun for Kids!
Quantum physics – which is the study of physics at a subatomic level – sounds really strange. For example, according to quantum physics a particle can be in two places at once – sounds impossible but it’s true! In fact the world’s greatest physicists don’t really understand why it works – they just know that it does work.
So in my book: Travels with Sushi in the Land of the Mind, I’m not trying to create a quantum physics textbook for children. I simply want to introduce them to amazing ideas behind it and get them excited about it through a powerful adventure story. I do believe that direct teaching is much less effective than introducing new concepts in the form of fairy tales – especially when the quantum world is so genuinely magical.
My parents were both scientists and as a young child they introduced to me a beautiful world of science which inspired me to become a scientist. I consider it is very important to do the same for our children and grandchildren, and that is what inspired me to write this book. I hope it stirs excitement in young readers about the quite mystical and strange quantum universe.
About Eduard Shyfrin
This is Eduard Shyfrin’s debut children’s book. A lifelong scientist, Eduard won the Ukrainian Physics Olympiad as a teenager, and has a PhD in Metallurgy from the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys. For years, Eduard has been fascinated by how to bring mysticism and science together to help shed light on the greatest questions of existence. Travels with Sushi began as a tale to entertain his grandchildren. Seeing how enchanted they were by the story, Eduard was inspired to write a children’s novel that explains quantum physics and classical morality through vivid metaphors and a perilous adventurous into an alternate dimension.
Travels With Sushi In The Land Of The Mind is will be available from the 11th October, RRP£12.99. Additional details:
Author Eduard Shyfrin
Illustrator: Tomislav Tomic
Hardcover: 208 pages
Age Range: 9 – 12 years
Publisher: White Raven Publishing
For more information on the book and the author or to pre-order visit the website.