Describing the entire scientific history of the universe in one book, in verse, with lovely pictures is simply an awe-inspiring project. James Dunbar’s The Universe Verse makes me smile every time I look at it.
The pictures are lovely and the science is pretty much spot on. The verse can sometimes be strained, but, hey, the man’s working with scientific concepts not daffodils. Dunbar has been working on the project for a while and recently had the book published in glorious hardcover. Here’s how the book is described:
“The Universe Verse is a scientifically-accurate rhyming comic book about the origins of the universe, life on Earth and the human race. It introduces and illuminates the most fundamental features of our existence in a way that is engaging and accessible to a wide audience, including young children.
This book introduces every major scientific milestone in the history of existence: energy, space, time, the four fundamental forces, matter, particles, atoms, elements, fusion, stars, supernovae, galaxies, planets, solar systems, Earth, planetary crust, atmosphere, water, life, variation, reproduction, survival, evolution, cells, DNA, genes, sex, biodiversity, the food web, bacteria, photosynthesis, extinctions, respiration, eukaryotes, endosymbiosis, chloroplasts, mitochondria, multicellular organisms, tissues, organs, perception, nerves, brains, aquatic, terrestrial, and flying creatures, fossils, dinosaurs, mammals, primates, humans, consciousness, language, agriculture, civilization, math, writing, books and science! ”
Dunbar is making a full PDF version of the book available for free during December. Really, you’re mad if you don’t take advantage of this and download it. It’ll make you smile too.
Go to Dunbar’s website for more information on The Universe Verse and to download the free copy.