Monday, 4 March 2013

Curious



Although many living beings have an innate capability of curiosity, it should not be categorized as an instinct because it is not a fixed action pattern; rather it is an innate basic emotion because while curiosity can be expressed in many ways, the expression of an instinct is typically more fixed and less flexible. Curiosity is common to human beings at all ages from infancy through adulthood, and is easy to observe in many other animal species. These include apes, cats, and rodents.

Friday, 13 July 2012

E=MC2

Yet another great little book in the Reader’s Digest collection: E=mc² by Jeff Stewart is a handy guide to all the “must know” lessons of physics.

I’m not going to lie, science is not my area of expertise, and usually physics would be above my level of comprehension, but this book lays it out in simple terms in well-organized chapters.

I can’t say this enough – this Reader’s Digest collection should be the centerpiece of a family bookcase. My 12 year old has been enjoying these as much as I have, and it’s great to know he is supplementing what he’s being taught in school, (and in some cases, getting a head start on topics they haven’t even discussed in class!)

Another great reference book from Reader’s Digest, from content to design. Love these.

Monday, 19 September 2011

Curiosity

Curiosity (from Latin curiosus "careful, diligent, curious," akin to cura "care") is an emotion related to natural inquisitive behavior such as exploration, investigation, and learning, evident by observation in human and many animal species. The term can also be used to denote the behavior itself being caused by the emotion of curiosity. As this emotion represents a drive to know new things, curiosity is the fuel of science and all other disciplines of human study