Best children reference & nonfiction books according to redditors

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u/BRBaraka · 1622 pointsr/AskHistorians

Consider the massacre at Wounded Knee, December 29, 1890. There is no argument that men, women, and children were slaughtered that day cruelly.

At the time, there were medals of honor given to many of the men who fought there:

As time went on, a popular poet, Stephen Vincent Benets, mentioned Wounded Knee in his popular poem "American Names" in 1927:

The phrase from this poem was used by Dee Brown in the title of his excellent, ground breaking, and culture shifting work, "Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee" in 1970:

What is notable in regards to your question above, is that this work is extremely critical of the American Government's behavior towards Native Americans, yet remains almost required reading in many American High Schools.

However, it remains that those medals of honor still stand. But there are recent rumblings to have those medals rescinded:

So it is a shifting, evolving truth.

Western nations tend to have greater commitments to free speech, official censorship channels do not have the same power here as in other countries like Russia and Turkey. Therefore, there isn't a "Western historians do not accept" type situation as you suggest because a truly critical eye can dominate in the academia of the West over official pronouncements on sensitive topics. While elsewhere, official pronouncements cannot be criticized without fear of punishment or censure.

This doesn't mean the West has fully addressed past national crimes, it just means critical speech and dissent is more tolerated than in other nations on sensitive topics, generally speaking.

Edited for grammar

u/yoyojoe13 · 127 pointsr/funny

Sir Cumference and the First Round Table

This joke has actually turned into a EXTREMELY useful book I use to teach 5th graders their geometry formulas. There is a whole series of them now and are by far some of my favorite books to use in teaching! He is married to Lady Di of Ameter and his son is Radius.

u/Sprunt2 · 115 pointsr/mildlyinfuriating

God damn I want this book but it isn't out yet at least on Amazon

P Is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever

u/ViciousCycle · 70 pointsr/worldnews

I blame the average Joe's inability to do some simple math when considering the world he lives in. If you're not getting regular raises, you're effectively getting regular pay cuts because of inflation. If the general public wasn't so innumerate we'd have riots.

u/Philosophyoffreehood · 45 pointsr/IAmA

if she is serious, the real astronomers love. best book for adults and kids, by same author as curious george. Guaranteed satisfaction or I'll buy it back from you

u/StuTheSheep · 39 pointsr/physicsmemes

Quantum Physics for Babies

u/rozas8890 · 29 pointsr/funny

There was a book my Geometry teacher read to us once in class that told the story of Sir Cumfrence and his wife Lady Di of Ameter and their young son Radius. Sir Cumference is tasked by King Arthur to find a way that all of his knights can sit at a table as equals and thus the round table was born.

EDIT: I found it here

u/djquigglewiggle · 26 pointsr/FULLCOMMUNISM
u/Zulban · 23 pointsr/hypotheticalsituation

Excellent hypothetical! I'm going to go with statistics. How this would change the world is best explained in the book Innumeracy which I highly recommend. But in bullet points:

  • It would hugely impact people's ability to think critically. Tons of cognitive biases are kept at bay with an understanding of statistics.
  • Poor people are the biggest gamblers. It is a tax on the poor. I think this would put a stop to that.
  • You could no longer easily trick people with catchy headlines in the news. People would get upset and demand better evidence. It would totally transform the news.
  • Stupid and populist legislation like banning pit bulls wouldn't get to happen, because they wouldn't be populist. People would understand that pit bull owners are more likely to be abusive - that's why pit bulls are more violent. Banning them just makes the owners abuse some other animal. So says director of SPCA.
  • Stupid biased polls would die. Bad research designs would die. People would no longer give any respect to those education studies made up of just 43 students.
  • I think it would secure the world economy against future crashes.
  • A mere universal understanding of correlation != causation would totally change the future of politics, policy, superstition, religions, education, and science. A degree in statistics goes much beyond that.
  • People would demand open data from their governments. People are interested in what they have experiences with, so exploring open data would be fun to a lot more people.
  • A huge hurdle to obtaining technology and programming skills is math. Without that hurdle I think tons of people would self educate to become decent programmers. We'd see a worldwide revolution in automation and open data.

    Same answer for doctorate, I think. I guess I'd go with machine learning or data science on the focus to amplify the automation, machine learning, and open data movements.
u/burrowowl · 22 pointsr/HistoryPorn

> Portraying a hostage taking mission as self defense

Let's see... What did the post say again?

> knowing that they were probably not going to use them for self defense.

Not. You see the not there? It means that the post is stating THE EXACT FUCKING OPPOSITE OF WHAT YOU SAID IT IS.

Here. Go buy this:

u/crispychoc · 22 pointsr/MaliciousCompliance

> Melany's Marvelous Measels

Try the "My Parents open carry"

I's nearly as good!

u/Ser_Jorah · 18 pointsr/KidsAreFuckingStupid

the 3 people above me should do themselves a favor and get this book

u/jimbo333 · 18 pointsr/dadjokes

Classic, there is a series of books based on this one:

Sir Circumference and the First Round Table

Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi

Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland

Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone

There is even more, but you get the point :) I found out about these books when I tried that joke on my wife and kids a while back. They said I stole it from a book. I said no way. Then she pulled these from our enormous bookshelves. They had been patiently waiting for me to try that one. Just so they could show me the books, saving them for a few years, knowing some day I could not resist telling that joke...

u/chrndr · 17 pointsr/HPMOR

I wrote a quick script to search the full text of HPMOR and return everything italicized and in title case, which I think got most of the books mentioned in the text:

Book title|Author|Mentioned in chapter(s)|Links|Notes
Encyclopaedia Britannica| |7|Wikipedia|Encyclopaedia
Financial Times| |7|Wikipedia|Newspaper
The Feynman Lectures on Physics|Richard P. Feynman|8|Wikipedia|Full text is available online here
Judgment Under Uncertainty: Heuristics and Biases|Amos Tversky|8|Amazon|
Language in Thought and Action|S.I. Hayakawa|8|Amazon Wikipedia |
Influence: Science and Practice|Robert B. Cialdini|8|Wikipedia|Textbook. See also Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
Rational Choice in an Uncertain World: The Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making|Reid Hastie and Robyn Dawes|8|Amazon |Textbook
Godel, Escher, Bach|Douglas Hofstadter|8, 22|Amazon Wikipedia|
A Step Farther Out|Jerry Pournelle|8|Amazon|
The Lord of the Rings|J.R.R. Tolkien|17|Wikipedia|
Atlas Shrugged|Ayn Rand|20, 98|Wikipedia|
Chimpanzee Politics|Frans de Waal|24|Amazon|
Thinking Physics: Understandable Practical Reality|Lewis Carroll Epstein|35, 102|Amazon|
Second Foundation|Isaac Asimov|86|Wikipedia|Third novel in the Foundation Series
Childcraft: A Guide For Parents| |91|Amazon|Not useful if your child has a mysterious dark side

Also, this probably isn't technically what the OP was asking, but since the script returned fictional titles along with real ones, I went ahead and included them too:

Book title|Mentioned in chapter(s)
The Quibbler|6, 27, 38, 63, 72, 86
Hogwarts: A History|8, 73, 79
Modern Magical History|8
Magical Theory|16
Intermediate Potion Making|17
Occlumency: The Hidden Arte|21
Daily Prophet|22, 25, 26, 27, 35, 38, 53, 69, 77, 84, 86, 108
Magical Mnemonics|29
The Skeptical Wizard|29
Vegetable Cunning|48
Beauxbatons: A History|63
Moste Potente Potions|78
Toronto Magical Tribune|86
New Zealand Spellcrafter's Diurnal Notice|86
American Mage|86

As others mentioned, TVTropes has a virtually-exhaustive list of allusions to other works, which includes books that aren't explicitly named in the text, like Ender's Game

u/Meltingteeth · 16 pointsr/videos

...Like Roald Dahl? Because I've never felt right living in a world where I can't eat my wallpaper. Fortunately the hard work has already been done for you anyway.

u/undercurrents · 15 pointsr/atheistparents

I am a nanny and have seen this situation play out a few times. It works far better when the parents are on the same page. You need to set your boundaries prior to the birth. Tell the parents there will be no baptism and that is final. Also, this is your child and they are not to interfere with what you chose to (or to not) them him/her. That you live in a country that does not openly encourage religiosity like the US is a good start. But if it's like what I see in the states, baptism might be a dealbreaker for whether they actually want anything to do with the grandchild in their life. This is where you have to hold firm. I have also been see posts of atheists who were baptized at birth and are now resentful it was forced on them, so might be another angle to consider.

Fill your child's room with books about science. As your child ages, if any of the books contradict was your in-laws have said to her in private, your child will most likely tell you and that is when you can explain what the grandparents said is not true. I once posted a list of books for kids on here that are good introductions to science but I can't find it, I will keep searching, but offhand I can tell you Grandmother Fish, Older than the Stars, and any book by Chris Ferrie.

The judgement is inevitable but you can judge them right back. Parents can weigh on on the family dynamics better than I can, but from the atheist families I have been with, what helped the most was having the parents on the same page as well as myself since we were the three then children were most likely to come to with questions and eventually they just began ignoring the grandparents.

u/atomicrabbit_ · 13 pointsr/funny

This reminds me of the children’s book P is for Pterodactyl: The Worst alphabet Book Ever

u/CitizenKang · 12 pointsr/communism

Go read the Amazon reviews.

Hilarious. So many people pretending to have read it and pontificating against something they don't understand.

u/TopRamen713 · 12 pointsr/math

I always recommend The Way Things Work. Not just math, but applied math, engineering, physics, etc.. All done in a way that a 13 year old will get.

u/luisfmh · 12 pointsr/math

I personally feel the reason is that so many elementary school teacher's have a hard time understanding math, or aren't really math oriented, that they teach it without showing off the "beauty" of it. They teach it as a process or a set of rules or a bunch of steps. Also kids are REALLY perceptive, so if a teacher struggles with answering some curious kid's question, the kid will think "damn if this ADULT can't understand it, how am I ever going to understand it". So from there on out, kids just assume math is some hard esoteric memorization discipline, and by the time they get to high school, that's kind of stuck unless a parent, or other adult showed them what math is actually like.

this is a very good book about the subject. My biggest pet peeve is when people are sort of "proud" to be bad at math. You never see anyone going around proclaiming "damn I can't read"

u/[deleted] · 11 pointsr/askscience

In no particular order I will list what my parents gave me that doomed me to a life of engineering. Granted, some of these things are pretty pricey, so I'd go for the book as a starter. Don't worry the book is awesome and full of mammoths.

Capsela : Amazing modular design tools that lets you neat little machines.

Robotix : Slightly more futuristic where you can build your own robot. I actually had a 2 foot dinosaur on wheels that I could drive around and make 'roar'.

Legos : This seems pretty standard.

The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay : A great book I got around the age of 5 that I forced people to read to me

K'Nex, Erector Sets, and a grandfather who happens to be a carpenter can also help.

u/craigiest · 11 pointsr/askscience

The book Innumeracy answers a very similar question about air. The conclusion Paolos comes to is that there's a 90% chance that the breath you just took contains an atom from Julius Caesar's dying utterance of "et tu Brute." Or any other breath by any other person more than a couple hundred years ago--conservative estimate of time needed for complete missing of the atmosphere.

u/iceschade · 10 pointsr/books

I don't know a lot of titles for the youngest ages, though the Junie B. Jones and Magic Treehouse books are favorites of my mother's elementary-aged students. Speaking of magic, you can't go wrong with The Magic Schoolbus. Oh! And Where the Wild Things Are.

As suggested by /u/jpop23mn, the Berenstein Bears are great books for young readers (I loved them so much as a kid), and Dr. Seuss is classic.

For middle-schoolers, I recall enjoying Maniac Magee (though I don't recall much about it), lots of Bruce Coville's monster books, the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series, and one of my favorites, The Phantom Tollbooth. My sister enjoyed the Warriors series (and still reads them now as a college student). Then there's classics like Where the Red Fern Grows and Bridge to Terabithia, though those books cover some difficult subject matter (death).

Ghost stories are much beloved, and if you can find folklore and fable specific to various cultures, you can learn about other cultures while enjoying a good story!

Some other fantastic books to have around are The Daring Book for Girls and The Dangerous Book for Boys, both of which teach all kinds of fantastic information and skills while also being entertaining. I especially urge you to get the Daring Book for Girls if you have a daughter, because it not only teaches useful skills like changing tires and woodworking, but it also teaches about strong, independent, successful women through history. It promotes independence, self-esteem and self-confidence, which (in my opinion) are vital to any young person's upbringing, but especially women, since so much of the media and society seems bent on making women insecure, dependent and subservient. (Please excuse my politics.)

The Chronicles of Narnia are fantastic, if you don't mind that they're a religious allegory. When I was a kid, I read them for fun, and didn't give a damn about the religious aspect. (I'm agnostic.) Another good series is the Dark Materials series, though some parents avoid it because of Pullman's anti-religious sentiments. Again, I didn't care about that, I just enjoyed a good story.

Hopefully, with a big enough selection of books, your kids will be able to choose their own books by high school. But it's still nice to keep around some young adult and adult novels for the kids to explore. The Dragonlance novels are fantasy novels set in a D&D-inspired world, but this setting has more of a chivalric, idealistic mood, which is good for young adult readers as well as adults. You've also got the Harry Potter series, which is kind of a given...

The challenge is finding adult novels that are appropriate for your kids. If you are trying to avoid exposing your children to certain ideas before a certain age, then you'll have to personally read and consider each book before you put it on their shelf. If you're the kind of parent who allows their kid to read what they want to read, doing your best to answer their questions and put the stories into context, then it's a little easier. If your kid reads Jurassic Park, they're going to be exposed to an awful lot of violence, but they're also going to learn some fascinating scientific information as well. Crichton's books are science-fiction with a strong scientific background, so they're educational as well as thrilling, but they've got adult themes that might be better for more mature readers. (That being said, I was reading them at a young age.)

I hope this is a decent start. There are lots of good lists online, too. I'd suggest checking out GoodReads and various Amazon lists. Just remember that it's up to you to choose what you want your kids to be exposed to.

Edit: As a male, I have a distinct lack of experience with books aimed at young females. I would like to think that a good book can be enjoyed by boys and girls alike, but some books have more of a gender-focus than others.

u/Neuraxis · 9 pointsr/AskReddit

This is going to sound a little childish but I would recommend Oh, the places you'll go. I wrote on another thread a little while ago, that when I received my B.Sc it was given to me by a family friend. I though the idea was strange, but it really took me by surprise. I'm currently at McGill, and the last time I went into their bookstore, it was on display in the front. It's obviously not a guide or provides any form of direction, but christ it motivated me for reasons I cannot explain.

u/Muter · 9 pointsr/predaddit

Hah, these are quite different to our baby girls first books that we got at our baby shower!

My Dad Thinks he's funny

Quantum Physics for Baby

and Avocado Baby

I'm looking forward to reading our girl "My dad thinks he's funny", because my god I do all those things already.

u/NeoDestiny · 9 pointsr/starcraft

>well, I'm just going out on a limb here, but, I'd imagine if you called someone a faggot gook,

Let me respost the post you're responding to in your post, bro.

>Cool, let me know what other non-gendered, non-slur insults we need to get rid of as well.

Here's a link to Hooked on Phonics from Amazon, check it out sometime.

u/ftmichael · 8 pointsr/traaaaaaannnnnnnnnns
u/krsdean · 8 pointsr/Baking

There's actually a Roald Dahl cookbook with a recipe for the chocolate cake. My son and I made it together it was delicious! But we both agreed it would have been too much to eat alone and in one sitting.

u/BillNyetheBeardGuy18 · 8 pointsr/ScienceTeachers

Baby University books by Chris Ferrie. My 6 yo loves these books. I also use these as an introduction in some of my units (high school).

Amazon link (US)

u/hundreddollarman · 8 pointsr/ArcherFX
u/trajan24 · 8 pointsr/memes

For those of you that might not know about it...

There is a whole series of these books!

u/masslime · 7 pointsr/LateStageCapitalism

There is, but it's probably better for like teenagers:

u/mrns · 7 pointsr/pics

Spanish version: , some of the character generation ideas have been reused.

Looks like there is a new version around, it's been honorably added to my wish list.

u/leemur · 7 pointsr/AskScienceDiscussion

Firstly, fucking adorable.

Secondly, buy her this:

u/shadowsweep · 7 pointsr/aznidentity

>this is silly. By this logic, Africans have the sole right to dominate the world.

Then why do Whites keep yapping about made-up Tibetan genocides and other bullshit? You realize how idiotic white people look when they're talking about "their lands"


>We do want it to be a friendly competition though.

You do not speak for your history or your leaders. Whether you realize this or not (I think you don't, your race as a whole is insanely aggressive and racist)

Native Indians







Hiding America’s War Crimes in Laos |









● China’s Rise, Fall, and Re-Emergence as a Global Power |

● USA’s warfare against China ½ |


That was only USA.


>developing a multi-racial coalition to compete against whites.

Why are you surprised?

When Blacks march peacefully, you leaders unleash attack dogs on them. When they finally get to vote, a "mysterious" drug epidemic destroys their areas. If your group would stop being such dicks, these people wouldn't even need a coalition. Look at the context - always. These angry people don't come from haunted houses.


>we have a lot of work to do in waking our people up to the nature of group conflict

You are retarded. You have entire international organizations mean to rape and pillage colored nations. ICC = International Caucasian Court. Why haven't USA war crimes (there are dozens) ever been punished? Here's the latest and greatest Why aren't there movements to free Australia, NZ, Canada, America, Hawaii, Guam, etc but a bunch of bs about freeing Tibet?

IMF and World bank

Anglo five eyes - that's right. five WHITE nations lurking like perverts and peering into everyone's bedrooms.


>You keep calling us "racist", which frankly I don't mind, but the implication seems to be that you're not racist, which is ridiculous. We're both doing the same thing, engaging in group competition for the advancement of our groups. Don't believe the leftist lies that you have the moral high ground against the evil white man. Frankly, I think you're better than that.

Tell me. Would you want to switch places with "just as evil Asians" and live in BOTH the West and the East? Where's your centuries long list of war crime committed against whites by "just the same as Whites" Asians? Not one of you would switch places with Asians in either countries. Stop making false equivalences.


>Europe has been the home of depraved brutality, as well as of intense beauty. I accept it all.

Good. I can respect that.

u/Vanhandle · 7 pointsr/wikipedia

I've been reading Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. The collection of short stories is so truly depressing. The native americans in general were very trusting and desired a meaningful relationship with the white settlers. In the end, however, land disputes gave way to hostilities over and over again.

u/DuckSosu · 7 pointsr/Drama

Honestly, mathematical illiteracy is prevalent within the general public and I'd argue it's a fairly harmful problem that no one talks about or is even aware of. There's a really good short book about it called Innumeracy.

As far as this sub is concerned though I particularly find certain people's very angry reactions to polling and Nate Silver to be hilarious.

u/cant_always_be_right · 7 pointsr/preppers

Here's a tool to help with checking your reality :)


u/whywhyzee · 7 pointsr/books

Ok... this is a weird one but I am going to throw it out there anyway. When I was 8 (many years ago) my grandfather gave me this book: Thinking Physics by Lewis Carroll Epstein. It is basically a picture book of simple physics puzzles meant to help high schoolers or undergraduates develop an intuition for the subject. It asks questions and then provides answers on the next page with solid, simple descriptions.

I. Was. Hooked. I couldn't get enough. This book taught me that we could examine the world around us and understand how it works. My 8 year old brain boggled at the possibilities! WE CAN LEARN ABOUT ANYTHING IF WE TRY! Fucking magnets... I figured out how they work! Or, at least I got an idea. This book made me curious and excited to explore the world around me.

From an excited, curious kid, I moved up on, always eager to explore. This book lead to an undergraduate education in Physics and my current pursuit of a PhD in biophysics. This book played a massive role in developing my critical assessment of the world around me.

u/a_green_smurf · 7 pointsr/Denmark
u/steve233 · 7 pointsr/quantum

There is this book:

And this paper:

But in my (biased) opinion, it's hard to appreciate quantum science without the mathematics. I think it would make sense to just keep your kids interested in science in general, and then as they mature mathematically/scientifically introduce some quantum. It makes no sense to talk about quantum with someone who doesn't know what probability is or possibly even what an electron/photon is or maybe even what a wave is.

I think there are definitely some prerequisites needed in order to actually discuss quantum physics properly.

u/P1h3r1e3d13 · 7 pointsr/coolguides

P is for Pterodactyl, hilarious kids' book.

u/DCMurphy · 7 pointsr/nfl
u/Deckedline8095 · 7 pointsr/ProtectAndServe

That's a nice straw man you've built there but if you'll notice I didn't say anything about the drugs themselves were inherently bad just the legal ramifications. Especially so for someone that wants to be LE or some other type of first responder.

I hear that Hooked On Phonics can help with reading comprehension since you seem to struggle with it.

u/Lord_of_Phendrana · 6 pointsr/americanindian
u/RShnike · 6 pointsr/math

Paulos is pretty good. He has some other good books too.

I've read and can recommend Innumeracy and AMPtSM as quick bedtime reading or to mathematical laymen.

u/_SirTotsalot_ · 6 pointsr/Showerthoughts
u/lowflyingmonkey · 6 pointsr/pics

The funniest thing to me is how many people are upset that they used Ouija boards for O. There is some other stupid reviews as well. [amazon reviews]

u/Chive · 6 pointsr/ShitAmericansSay

That one's funny as fuck. It did the rounds on /r/GunsAreCool a while back.

The Amazon reviews are rather good too.

u/Lord-Octohoof · 6 pointsr/explainlikeimfive

I learned to do this my first semester of Chinese. It's actually incredibly easy and nowhere near as complex as one might think it would be. The computer is really accurate about guessing which character you want to use based on context so as long as you input the pinyin correctly you generally get the correct character.

This is the one we used for class, but windows also comes with its own version which you can access by simply going to keyboard settings and adding Chinese (simplified or traditional) as an input method. From there switching between languages is as simple as hitting alt+shift!

If you're interesting in learning, we used this textbook series which I found to be really awesome. And it can be found online for free, of course.

u/reddilada · 5 pointsr/AskReddit

Get a copy of The Way Things Work and pretend you're on wikipedia.

u/mariposamariposa · 5 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes

National Geographic's Big Book of Why is good. They also have other great science books. So it Time's Big Book of How.

Time, National Geographic and other companies do kid's almanacs that are great. My kid and his friends still devour them.

The Magic Schoolbus books are a good place to start.

Girls Think of Everything is a great book on women inventors.

The Way Things Work is great.

Sick Science Kits are neat. But I think younger kids might need a little oversight.

u/BoomFrog · 5 pointsr/Parenting

As a kid at that age I loved, "The way things work".

u/MT_Lightning · 5 pointsr/AskReddit

There are lots of chemistry sets out there. Also, the toy rockets that you build and launch - tons of different kits with different difficulty levels.

Oh, and I always liked these books - The Way Things Work and The New Way Things Work

u/adelaarvaren · 5 pointsr/funny

I guess you haven't seen the amazing book "P is for Pterodactyl: The worst Alphabet Book Ever!"

u/KillYourCar · 5 pointsr/ChineseLanguage

I came from a beginner/intermediate level of Japanese fluency to Mandarin a year and a half ago. I have been using the New Practical Chinese Reader series (here) and have been very pleased with it. I think it will work well for you because 1) the vocabulary seems pretty accelerated to me and 2) there is a good amount of audio content with the texts. Hope that helps.

u/AforAnonymous · 4 pointsr/sex

You should buy your son this book:

I believe he would enjoy it immensely. I know I enjoyed reading The Way Things Work when I was his age. (Note that the latter link goes to the 2nd edition. I read the first edition.)

u/hoss103 · 4 pointsr/ThingsCutInHalfPorn

The font and illustrative style reminds me of The Way Things Work by David Macaulay, except there are no mammoths.

My favorite book as a kid, by the way.

u/FlaveC · 4 pointsr/gadgets

This is an excellent example of how a poorly placed comma completely changes the intended meaning of a sentence.

u/smileyman · 4 pointsr/AskHistorians

I think the best overall account is Elliott West's The Last Indian War I also really enjoyed Merril Beal's I Will Fight No More Forever, which draws heavily on personal accounts of the conflict. And finally, if you haven't read Dee Brown's Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee, you absolutely must. He writes a broad history of American/Indian relations (and it's not a pretty one), and talks about the Nez Perce War.

u/piranhamoose25 · 4 pointsr/skeptic

> Mathematical literacy is more important than the typical person things.

The way you phrased that reminded me of Innumeracy by John Allen Paulos, which is a great book on these types of things.

u/zxcdw · 4 pointsr/UkrainianConflict

There's a whole book written about the subject, Innumeracy. Lots and lots of people don't understand numbers and how to interpret them, leading to all sorts of weird things.

A good read, from cover to cover.

u/MetalMagnum · 4 pointsr/AskPhysics

Hiya! I'm a recent physics/computer science graduate and although I can't think of any super cool handmade options off the top of my head, there are some physics books that I find interesting that your boyfriend may enjoy. One solid idea would be just about anything written by Richard Feynman. Reading through the Feynman Lectures is pretty standard for all physicists, though there are free versions online as well. There are a few others, such as The Pleasure of Finding things Out and Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman. There's also a cool graphic novel that recounts the events of his life called Feynman by Ottaviani. If you're not familiar with who this guy is, he is a colorful and concise orator who won a nobel prize in physics. His biggest contributions were in nuclear physics and quantum computation, and his quirks make his explanations of these topics very interesting. The Feynman Lectures are more formal, while his personal books are a mixture of personal experience and explanation.

Something else that I typically gift all of my friends who are problem solvers interested in physics is the book Thinking Physics. This book is great for developing some high level intuition in every field of physics (mechanics, optics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics, etc.). This book is great because it's broken into small digestible sections that build your knowledge as you solve more of the questions (solutions are given).

Good luck!

u/TitaniumDragon · 4 pointsr/funny

They could have just used P is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever.

Though Q and C being queue and cue is a particularly evil touch.

u/someguy945 · 4 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

There is a whole series of math-related "adventure novels" (not sure exactly what they are about) involving a hero named Sir Cumference.


u/anagrammatron · 4 pointsr/INTP

I actually enrolled in local university course. I'm old enough to know that unless I have external pressure and schedule I tend to wander off, break the schedule, postpone things and generally grow more lax about things. To avoid that I decided to make it official so that I'd feel some sort of obligation to keep going. I can effectively teach myself things that take few weeks or monhts to master, but this project is much more serious so I need someone else to push me along too.

We're using New Practical Chinese Reader which is not exactly a fast paced textbook, but it seems to be a standard. There's a series of them, all with workbooks and audio.

u/merlin2232 · 3 pointsr/funny

Might I recommend: For Boys
And For Girls

I have two nieces and two nephews.

u/wrestlegirl · 3 pointsr/Mommit

Mom of a severely speech delayed toddler here.

It's never a bad idea to bring up concerns you have with your child's doctor. If you're concerned, schedule an appointment and ask for input from the medical types.

In addition, if you're in the US there's a national program called Early Intervention whose sole mission is to locate children under age 3 who are developmentally delayed, evaluate them, and provide therapy or other needed services so they're as caught-up as possible before starting school. Evaluations are free of charge and most services are also at no cost. You don't need a doctor's referral. Google (your state) Early Intervention for contact info.
(Whoops, just saw you're in Ireland so the above doesn't apply, but I'm going to leave it there in case it can help anyone else!)

That all said,
2 words (mama & dada) at 14 months is in the range of normal. The fact that he understands so much is also fantastic and points to him being developmentally appropriate. I don't recommend you freak out. :)

Narrating everything is perfect.
Definitely keep answering him when he talks. One thing my kid's speech therapist really encourages us to do is to have conversations with him even if it's all in babble. Baring his teeth and going "nar nar nar nar nar" means something - I have no idea what, but something - to my son these days so when he says that to me I say it right back and we have a pretty funny conversation about nar nar nar nar nar. It reinforces the back & forth of a regular conversation and gives the child confidence that they're participating the right way.
We use a lot of picture books like these with my 2yo both in therapy & at home. We either say the word while pointing to a picture or ask him "where's the ball?" and wait for him to point it out.
Really, just keep talking to him, and talking to other people while he's around!

u/smfd · 3 pointsr/mylittlepony

I was lucky enough to stumble on Logic Gates while reading David Macaulay's amazing "The Way Things Work." I probably learned more from that book than I did in high school (Well, maybe not quite). It certainly was more interesting.

Something about them has always fascinated me though, ever since I saw them in his book. The idea that you can make all these gates, gates that do basic logic operations with electric signals, just by wiring a few transistors (and a diode or two I think?) together blows my mind. And then that you can take those gates and build...computers basically. That's what chips are (mostly at least): piles and piles of gates crammed into an incomprehensibly small space.

The fact that I could buy a cheap pile of transistors, diodes etc from radioshack, wire them together and build a calculator, from scratch, drove me crazy as a kid (in a good way). Still does.

u/IAmAllowedOutside · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

This is such a fun book for learning a wide array of basic scientific principles.

u/journeymanSF · 3 pointsr/trees

YES! Just gave my copy to my nephew, but then I realized it horribly out of date and they made a new one!

u/cassander · 3 pointsr/askscience

The Way Things Work is pretty awesome.

u/Marcassin · 3 pointsr/Astronomy

Good question. Maybe someone who knows better can chime in? I'm not even sure how the traditional configurations evolved. They seem to vary a bit from author to author, though they are often similar.

H.A. Rey (of Curious George fame and an avid stargazer) published a book in 1952 called The Stars. It has been very popular and re-edited and reprinted several times. It's still for sell on Amazon. In this book he suggests new configurations which actually suggest modern stick figure representations of the constellations, such as the one mentioned by /u/Other_Mike.

The different configurations use the same bright stars, but people may choose different dimmer stars. H.A. Rey, for example, occasionally chooses some rather dim 5th magnitude stars to make his figure come out the way he wants. He includes some 4th magnitude stars, but not others. But the bright stars (3rd magnitude and brighter) are the same for everyone and people are just connecting them differently.

u/thehighercritic · 3 pointsr/HistoryPorn

For clarification, the book details the broad scope of the horrors of Manifest Destiny in the United States with stories from across the continent. It is beautifully written and one of the few for which I searched out a first edition.

u/Galphanore · 3 pointsr/facepalm

I feel like people like "Hotdog" in OP's screenshot should really ready Innumeracy. Hell, everyone should but people like "Hotdog" need to read it to not sound retarded.

u/agmrpink · 3 pointsr/memes

Oops, forgot Quantum Physics. And no, I'm not kidding!

Baby University Four-Book Set

u/fallenreaper · 3 pointsr/funny

Here is the book if anyone wants to purchase it.


I am thinking to buy a copy myself.

u/Avereniect · 3 pointsr/trippinthroughtime

I remember this joke from 4th grade when my teacher read the class this book.

u/MyJobIsReddit · 3 pointsr/funny

Sir Cumference and the First Round Table

This joke has actually turned into a EXTREMELY useful book I use to teach 5th graders their geometry formulas. There is a whole series of them now and are by far some of my favorite books to use in teaching! He is married to Lady Di of Ameter and his son is Radius.

u/Elodrian · 3 pointsr/The_Donald

More media lies...

Followup question: Could you describe your subjective experience of a ground crew dispersing silver nitrate particulate within you?

u/abruptdismissal · 3 pointsr/ABoringDystopia

>Come join 13-year-old Brenna Strong along with her mom, Bea, and her dad, Richard, as they spend a typical Saturday running errands and having fun together.

u/Onassis_Bitch · 3 pointsr/books

Why did you respond to my comment if all you were going to do was accuse me of lying? It adds nothing to the discussion at hand (light reading vs heavy reading), and it just makes you look bad because you went out of your way to make a pointless comment. It also makes it look like you have nothing to support your original comment.

I do care, but you seem to be missing what I actually care about and why I responded to you in the first place. I've already told you why I care twice, so rather than repeating myself again, I'll just leave you this so you can come back and decipher my point for yourself at some point. Think of it as a goal for the future. Good luck!

u/Spaztic_monkey · 3 pointsr/IWantToLearn

Come join us over at /r/ChineseLanguage for starters! Look into chinese pod for listening, anki deck for learning vocab. And then try a book like New Practical Chinese Reader as a textbook. But to be honest, without some tutoring, or preferably time in China, it will be a massive uphill struggle at the best of times.

u/mariawilliams_ · 2 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes

i had the Daring Book for Girls as a child and i LOVED it! its full of empowering stories, knowledge on things “most girls dont know” like tying knots, survival skills, etc. Im so glad my parents bought me it!!

heres a link: The Daring Book for Girls

u/Ask_Seek_Knock · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
u/LeftMySoulAtHome · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

For Mommy

For Baby!

Thanks for the contest. :)

those meddling kids

u/Temmon · 2 pointsr/February2018Bumpers

Don't forget about books for the toddler years too! They're grabby and will rip paper because they don't know how to manipulate it yet, so you want board books that can stand up to them. Because my daughter, at least, can't stand when we're reading her something that she can't flip through, and teaching gentle touch is a slow process.

Aside from all the kid's books rendered into board book form, I love books that are full of labelled pictures of things, like this. I point at words to teach her them and I can see her vocab expanding as she points at pictures when I call them out to her.

u/a-mom-ymous · 2 pointsr/AskParents

I loved looking at picture books and asking my son to point at different things, colors, etc. It gives good insight into what they understand without them needing to talk. The My First books (like this: First 100 Words) were great for this - labeled pictures with no story.

I absolutely loved doing sign language with my son. I highly recommend the Baby Signing Time videos - I think you can find them on YouTube. They also have a preschool series called Signing Time. Songs are cute and help kids with vocabulary and early reading, in addition to learning sign language.

One of my favorite memories was when my son, about 1yo at the time, heard a garbage truck early on the morning. He was obsessed with garbage trucks, and he sat up and started excitedly signing truck in bed. I thought it was so cool that at such an early age, he could 1) identify what he heard, 2) communicate what it was to me, and 3) express how excited he was.

u/LuckyNumberFour · 2 pointsr/Parenting

Maybe something like this or this. They're not strictly Science, per se, but they can open up a conversation that leans that way.

u/fulminedio · 2 pointsr/breakingmom

Like I said. A 1 year old won't remember. Won't really know what's going on. It will be more for you than anything. I little $5 item is fine.

A quick check on amazon has a bunch of stuff. I found a book that would be great. Only $3 something. And it will help your child immensely to read to her/him daily.

u/TheLearndAstronomer · 2 pointsr/IWantToLearn
u/Huffy_All_Ultegra · 2 pointsr/bicycling

I've been custom building and working in shops since I was... well technically too young to be legally employable.

Emily Dickinson factors in here: "The heart wants what it wants, or else it does not care".


As a competitive BMXer, my bent toward building was a product of necessity: I'd have a bike I liked, typically upgraded the cranks right out of the box, and would replace parts as I broke them, or as parts I liked the look of would be offered in trade from other bmxdiots. BMX kids aren't known for the depth of their pockets (maybe their individual parents are, but not the bmxdiot himself). So I learned valuable technical skills, and did what I had to do to keep my wheels spinning.


Fast forward a few surgeries later:

I have short extremities for my height, so once I got over my prejudice toward spandex and drop bars, Building up my Allez was basically a necessity, because I have a bent for shorter cranks and stem than most people my size. I also have very wide shoulders, which means wider bars than most people my size.


However, A Cannondale F29 (alloy, lefty fork) in size large fit me just fine out of the box, so I bought it, raced it, crashed it, killed it, and loved the living hell out of it while I still had it. Hated the bland colors, but I feel that made me more competitive because I wasn't afraid to chip the paint.


I'm a pro mechanic and I have been for years, one of the primary benefits to building is aesthetic. My Allez looks like something out of TRON or Rainbow Brite. I've also swapped the group on it multiple times. A close second is fit. For me, personally, It's all about the thrill of the build. In fact I frequently get bored with bikes once I get them dialed in. Coincidentally, This is the first book my parents ever got me. And it made an impression.


If you absolutely need your bike to be one of a kind, you have no choice but to build. If you absolutely have to have the latest and greatest fighter jet for racing purposes, out of the box options like SWORKS and things like Cannondale's Black INC are gonna be your go to.


Also, for clarification for those who do need to limit their budget: What I haven't factored in so far, is that I'm a trained professional and an expert when it comes to bicycle fuckery. I know exactly what I am doing when it comes to part compatibility, and specialty tools. This is how hotrods work! Hot rod culture came out of skilled, but underprivileged kids who had more hard earned knowledge than money for a fast car. If you don't have the skills, or the time (and primarily) humility to learn them, the path of least resistance (and lowest cost) to a sub 11 second quarter mile is to buy an off the showroom sports car.


EDIT: Hope this helps and Keep Kickin'

u/cspeed · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Did you mean this? This book was my favorite when I was a kid

u/Slouching2Bethlehem · 2 pointsr/tipofmytongue

Love those books.

Depending on how old you are if you saw it growing up, it could have been [The Way Things Work] ( or possibly the How Stuff Works [book itself] (

u/quatch · 2 pointsr/electronics

working with a microcontroller will be a good way to have hands on learning about electronics backed up by your programming skill.

You could also look at the kids book It has mammoths, and is pretty fun, alongside being quite descriptive of the innards of technology. This is an update to the one I had. I still enjoy looking at my copy, and my son liked it when he was 4.

u/bookchaser · 2 pointsr/books

It's hard to define great nonfiction books because they're not books kids cherish and read for years to come. The books are severely limited by the target age of the reader. Whereas, I'm sure my daughter will still own her Harry Potter set when she's 25-years-old.

  1. A Street Through Time (Mostly pictures, but fascinating. There's also A City Through Time.)

  2. Castle part of a series, similar to A Street Through Time, but black-and-white.

  3. The (New) Way Things Work by the Castle author, although maybe too advanced for a 7-year-old.

  4. Stephen Biesty's Incredible series -- Meticulous drawings and small print notes breaking down objects and processes.... the interior of a race car, the architectural sections of a cathedral, how wigs are made, how medieval armor is made, etc.

  5. National Geographic Young Explorers. Specifically, the books from the 1980s found now at thrift stores. It seems every school and library once carried them. Maybe written too young for a 7-year-old, not sure. See if your library still carries the series.

  6. Other multi-part 'How does X work?' books. I have one out-of-print series in mind I'll pull the title from after my kids are at school.

  7. Ranger Rick magazine. Here's a Flash preview magazine. It has no advertising. In comparison, NatGeo Kids is packed with advertising and pop culture articles that have nothing to do with geography or the natural world. Tip: Google Ranger Rick and click the Google Ad to subscribe for $15 instead of $20.
u/RiggSesamekesh · 2 pointsr/whatsthatbook

Were there mammoths? Could be The New Way Things Work

u/f1rstman · 2 pointsr/pics

The Way Things Work FTW! There's a sequel that just came out, too. Must put it on my Christmas list.

u/Pastasky · 2 pointsr/askscience

Perhaps the book The Way Things Work? I loved this book when I was a kid.

u/YolomancerX · 2 pointsr/AskEngineers

The Way Things Work looks like a good choice. There's an updated version... from 1998. Well, I guess physics don't update that often, so it's all good.

u/Pufflekun · 2 pointsr/geek

Not an engineer, but I did love this book when I was a kid.

u/VintageTool · 2 pointsr/mildlyinteresting
u/jswhitten · 2 pointsr/askastronomy

Most of them do not look much like what they're supposed to be. H.A. Rey came up with alternative versions of the same constellations which look more like what they depict. I had this book as a child and I now see some constellations with the classical shapes, and some with Rey's.

u/bethanne00 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

The book that I have and I adore Prudent Advice. <Link if anyone is interested. It is beautifully written and varies between really serious advice and more silly things. I don't have a daughter, but I hope I will one day and until then use it to remind myself sometimes.

Sonya, Your Momma wouldn't tell you this but if a book has been banned, you should probably read it.

I also really like: You don't have to pretend to know something if you don't.

And: Get messy!

Every child needs this book.

u/WorkingMouse · 2 pointsr/DebateReligion

No, not Oh, the Places You'll Go!; it's such well-written book, full of meaning an elegance with a positive message! Why would anyone flush a book that has so clearly dwarfed all others in poetry and value? Why would anyone attack such a sacred work of encouragement and truth? I mean, sure some of it sounds silly and mythical, but the meaning rings true even today! Surely, they can't be so jealous that their sacred texts hold so little poetic worth or modern relevance that they would flush the most holy of holy texts!

...Oh wait, I forgot; I have a level of maturity that allows me to recognize that it's just a book and not be bothered by what they do with their copy, especially in the modern day as destroying a book is not a successful method of removing the content from the public sphere thanks to publishers and the internet.

If it was my copy they burned flushed, I'll demand they pay me the price of a new one and a little extra, for destruction of others property shouldn't be encouraged; perhaps $20 or so.

I wonder if it's on Kindle...

u/real_big_words · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook
u/usernameicanremember · 2 pointsr/Parenting

I'm sure this has been said before, but "Oh, the places you'll go" by Dr. Suess is such an inspiring book. I think it's not just healthy for my children, it also reminds me not to get stuck in "the waiting place".

Edit: Also "oh baby, go baby" for the real little ones:

u/sassXcore · 2 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes

Sorry, I forgot to respond to this! I tried to pick out books that are fairly accessible & not loaded with anthropological jargon or the like.

u/horneraa · 2 pointsr/IAmA

>it's just surreal that the natives of this land only gained the right to vote in it less than one century ago and it's kind of sickening to think about how archaic this time is.

I don't want to look like I'm forming a pity party, but the Civil Rights Movement didn't really help out Indian Country. We had to have our own round of protests and fighting in the 1970s. Check out the American Indian Movement, the Occupation of Alcatraz Island and especially the Alcatraz Proclamation, among others. What really stunning is that the American Indian Religious Freedom Act didn't come about until 1978, let alone the fact that they had to pass it at all!

>Are there any books, movies, or another form of media that are true stories or realistic fiction that depict American Indians in a way that you find to be interesting and faithful?

Anything by Vine Deloria, Jr. is awesome, although he is more historian and scientist than he is story-teller. A short list of my favorites:

  • Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto
  • God Is Red: A Native View of Religion
  • Red Earth, White Lies: Native Americans and the Myth of Scientific Fact

    If you want to read some great fiction that depicts American Indians accurately, start with Sherman Alexie:

  • Smoke Signals
  • The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    Outside of those authors, some popular picks are Black Elk Speaks and Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee.

    As far as movies go, any self-respecting Indian has seen the movie Smoke Signals dozens of times. Powwow Highway is a favorite of mine, and Dance Me Outside is movie gold, although it doesn't get enough attention.

    >I'm thinking - why hasn't HBO or some big network done a drama that focuses on American Indians? This could be a very interesting book, as well... Or is this idea something even somewhat appealing to you as a young American Indian?

    I'm not sure what you are thinking, but I have my own ideas. I'd like to see a series that focuses on a single reservation for each episode, and details the hardships that the people of that reservation deal with on a daily basis. Call it a pity party, but there are children in the United States right now that live in houses with dirt floors and sleep on pallets and go to school on 30-year-old school buses on unkempt dirt roads (and sometimes off-road) where they learn a curriculum outdated for a decade or more........ I can go on and on. Get in your car and drive to Pine Ridge Reservation RIGHT NOW, you'll be convinced that you walked into a third world country in the middle of a war. Its not pretty. The corruption in the tribal government needs to be put in the spotlight, and the part that the Federal and State governments have played in this tragedy need to be righted. That's the facts.
u/theKinkajou · 2 pointsr/confession

As for books, the best I could find on Amazon (based on ratings) was Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. is a syllabus I found for a Native American History course that could have some good resources.

Also check out this IamA which may provide some perspective and/or resources or you could PM them.

IAmA Native American who lives on a reservation. AMA

Also there is r/NativeAmerican if you want to ask over there.

u/ahalenia · 2 pointsr/AskHistorians

The overwhelming majority of historians not only believe genocide was committed, but that the genocide against Indigenous peoples of the Americas by Europeans is the worst genocide in human history. Here's some of the thousands of published books on the subject.

The fact that the genocide wasn't 100% effective in wiping out every single Indigenous person in the Americas doesn't mean it wasn't genocide. Here's the legal definition of genocide. And many ethnic groups were completely killed, notably the Selknam people who were hunted for sport well into the 20th century.

Bison aren't endangered now but they certainly were in the late 19th century. The US government hired private contractors to slaughter as many bison as possible as a means of forcing Plains tribes onto reservations and into submission. Here's an Indian Country Today article on the subject. The Red River War of 1874-5 is the one war in US history where people fought the US government to protect another species, i.e. the last free-roaming herd of bison.

If you are lecturing and trying to educate the public, it behooves you to read up more on the subject. Dee Brown's classic Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is a good place to start.

u/MONDARIZ · 2 pointsr/books

This is an excellent read on Native American history and their relation to white Americans – a true classic.

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West

u/sharer_too · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

[This] ( is a great book - and actually a lot more fun than it sounds at first -

John Allen Paulos - Innumeracy

|Why do even well-educated people understand so little about mathematics? And what are the costs of our innumeracy? John Allen Paulos, in his celebrated bestseller first published in 1988, argues that our inability to deal rationally with very large numbers and the probabilities associated with them results in misinformed governmental policies, confused personal decisions, and an increased susceptibility to pseudoscience of all kinds. Innumeracy lets us know what we're missing, and how we can do something about it|

u/SchrodingerDevil · 2 pointsr/worldnews

Technically I don't think it's an "official" word. I got it from this guy.

u/r_a_g_s · 2 pointsr/math

There is some statistics in K-12 math in North America, but it's pretty rudimentary and basic (i.e. it's mostly simple probability, and doesn't get into samples vs. populations and so on). Things like "If a bag has 1 red marble, 2 blue marbles, 3 green marble, and 4 yellow marbles, and you reach in and pick a marble at random, what is the probability you'll get a green marble?"

I picked up a little book a long time ago called Innumeracy - Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences by John Allen Paulos, a math professor at Temple University. In that book (updated in 2001), he talks about the problems people have when they aren't very "numerate", and most of the topics he covers have to do with statistics.

Actually, in his preface to the updated 2001 edition (use Amazon's "Look Inside" feature), Paulos also talks about mathematical pedagogy. He discusses: 5 key misconceptions:

  1. "Mathematics is nothing more than computation" - False - "our mathematical problems result more from insufficient exposure to mathematics as a way of thinking ... than from an inability to compute."
  2. "Math is a completely hierarchical subject" - False - "There is a cumulative aspect to certain parts of mathematics, to be sure, but it is frequently less important than many realize...."
  3. "Storytelling is as effective an educational tool in mathematics as it is in other domains, and belief to the contrary is the third misconception. ... I've always been very sensitive to the way stories, parables, vignettes, and sometimes even jokes help put formal mathematics into context, illustrate its limitations, and emphasize what should be a truism: that numbers and statistics always require interpretation."
  4. "Math is only for the few" - False - "Almost everybody can devevlop a workable understanding of numbers and probabilities, of relationships and arguments, of graphs and rates of change and of the ubiquitous role these notions play in everyday life."
  5. "Math numbs us or limits our freedom in some way" - False - "Too many people cling to the usually unarticulated belief that one must choose between life and love on the one hand and numbers and details on the other. ... Balderdash."

    Anyhow. Sorry for the long post, but I think it's worthwhile. Read Paulos' preface in its entirety.
u/MonkeyPanls · 2 pointsr/math

Check out Prof John Allen Paulos' work. 'Innumeracy' comes to mind. I'm on mobile, so I won't try to link.

EDIT: Found a Real Computer, here's a link

Here's his website.

Disclaimer: I had Prof Paulos for a class before I dropped out of Uni. :)

u/I_am_usually_a_dick · 2 pointsr/Showerthoughts

it has been done.

the most interesting was a test for a disease that has a 98% accuracy rate for a disease that only 1 out of 200 have and if you test positive you have only a 20% chance of having the disease. google Bayes Therom.
if you like math read it.

u/Slacker5001 · 2 pointsr/learnmath

I know you said your not a fan of "puzzles" but in particular there is a very interesting one I liked as an math undergraduate that I think is very accessible understanding wise to non-stem majors and gives a hint about what the field of topology looks like. We has a sub in one of my math classes cover this once when he didn't properly get the material he was suppose to teach sent to him.

The Bridges of Königsberg it's puzzling at first but with the right guidance, I feel that even someone who has no background in math can grasp the answer and understand how it works as well as how it's solution is found.

Touching on some math history is also a possibility. The history of how numbers developed can be interesting and applies to everyone since everyone learns about and uses numbers in their life. Seeing the natural progression from natural numbers to integers to rationals and finally to reals throughout history is really cool if you ask me. And learning about some of the "crazy smart" math people in history can really make math feel every so slightly more relevant and relatable because you realize that it was real people who invented this abstract "math stuff" in a sense.

There is also the applications of number theory and modulo arithmetic stuff to encryption. At first doesn't seem super relatable to non-stem people but I've run across two more relatable problems in my classes. The first was the Luhn algorithm which can be used to check if certain identifying numbers like credit cards or social security numbers are indeed actual credit card or social security numbers.

The second (which I don't know if it is actually how it works in real life) is the idea of using modular arithmetic to preserve CD/DVD information despite scratches. If your CD for example has the numbers 101 and you get a scratch through the "0" part of the cd, how does the cd player know what was there? Well you can add up those three digits and take them mod 2 and add the answer to the end of your string as a 4th digit. So 101 becomes 1010 because 1+1=2=0 mod 2. Now if the cd is scratched the cd player can check the 4th number and go "Oh ok, all three numbers have to add to 0, so my lost digit must be 0!" and your cd still works!

Those are a couple of random interesting problems/topics I've run into in my higher level math courses that I think are accessible for non-math majors and interesting.

EDIT - I also just remembered that I've been reading a lot of books about the importance of understanding math and statistics lately (Proofiness and Innumeracy if your interested) and I think it's a very important skill for anyone who is not so inclined towards math. Being able to understand numbers in a real world sense and be skeptical about data we see in the real world, is a powerful skill for building knowledge and avoiding biased information.

u/hencethus · 2 pointsr/books

I really liked Innumeracy by John Allen Paulos.

u/abecedarius · 2 pointsr/learnmath

Try to find entry points that interest you personally, and from there the next steps will be natural. Most books that get into the nitty-gritty assume you're in school for it and not directly motivated, at least up to early university level, so this is harder than it should be. But a few suggestions aimed at the self-motivated: Lockhart Measurement, Gelfand Algebra, 3blue1brown's videos, Calculus Made Easy, Courant & Robbins What Is Mathematics?. (I guess the last one's a bit tougher to get into.)

For physics, Thinking Physics seems great, based on the first quarter or so (as far as I've read).

u/mst3kcrow · 2 pointsr/Physics

>I'm a 17 year old senior in HS looking to major in physics or engineering next year when I go off to college. I'm subscribed to this subreddt because I find it very interesting. That being said, I don't have an extensive background on physics and was very curious about the Higgs-Boson.

Good for you! We need more people going into the hard sciences. Take the following with a grain of salt, just wanted to share some hindsight. When it comes to physics, start early. I highly recommend a book called Thinking Physics. I didn't find out about it until college when a TA recommended it in an intro course; wish someone told me about it in High School. It would be right up your alley. :) Also, don't be discouraged if the math roughs you up a bit when you get to linear algebra.

u/dannydale · 2 pointsr/pics

Look for another one called Blood in the Face. I found it at my house in Redneckistan southeast of New Orleans sometime while my older sister dated this Nazi rich-boy asshole back in high school. Being a bookworm, I read it cover to cover multiple times. I didn't read the copy of Mein Kampf he left behind, however. I think my being gay may have had something to do with these books appearing, because it wasn't long after I came out that they showed up.

My sister dumped the hate politics when she dumped him, so we're okay with each other. I still live in Cajun Redneckistan, just not that particular bumfuck town anymore. I much prefer to read books like [Thinking Physics]( anyway.

And nobody fucks with me for being gay.

u/getting_serious · 2 pointsr/Physics

Get Epstein's book Thinking Physics. Every physicist loves it, it requires no mathematical knowledge whatsoever, and I have seen more than one professor struggle with finding answers. This doesn't teach you the underlying mathematical structure, leaves out most of what you need to pass exams, but once you're through, you've built up a thorough understanding of the world around you.

u/birkeland · 2 pointsr/ScienceTeachers

Here is my copy and paste list:



u/We_have_no_future · 2 pointsr/Physics

Yes, Bryson's is a good one. I'd also recommend some classic books: 1. The Universe and Dr. Einstein. 2. About any book written by George Gamow, like One Two Three . . . Infinity. 3. Thinking Physics. I think all these books are quite motivating.

u/GRelativist · 2 pointsr/Physics

Learning physics is learning to think. Start here, don't cheat, you will thank me when your done.

u/blahblehgu · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

May I suggest this important book for babies on quantum physics?

u/losangelesmonamour · 2 pointsr/iamverysmart

From the Amazon page:

>... this installment of the Baby University board book series is the perfect way to introduce basic concepts to even the youngest scientists. After all, it’s never too early to become a quantum physicist!

u/DirtStarWars · 2 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions
u/ciaoSonny · 2 pointsr/funny

This reminds me of the book P is for Pterodactyl

A is for Aisle

B is for Bdellium

C is for Czar

D is for Djibouti

E is for Ewe

F is not for Photo, Phlegm, Phooey, or Phone

G is for Gnocchi

H is for Heir

I is not for Eye

J is for Jai Alai

K is for Knight

L is not for Elle

M is for Mnemonic

N is not for Knot

O is for Ouija

P is for Pterodactyl

Q is for Quinoa

R is not for Are

S is for Seas

T is for Tsunami

U is not for You

V is for Five

W is for Wren

X is for Xylophone

Y is not for Why

Z is for Zhivago

u/K2TU · 2 pointsr/funny

P Is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever

In case anyone wants a nice link!

u/anonemouse2010 · 2 pointsr/math

That's what I'd do with a grade 7/8 class. But... typical 2nd graders don't relate fractions with division but as separate objects... that's if they've been introduced to them at all, which typically they havn't.

Oh... in the future there is a book called... sir cumference and the dragon of pi, or sir cumference and the first round table

You could read it to them.

u/fight_for_anything · 2 pointsr/archeage

there is nothing in there that says "potential feature".

it plainly states "Patrons will enjoy the following benefits:"

"10% discount on Marketplace purchases (after launch)"

that is a promise that, after launch, if you have patron, you will receive a discount on market place purchases.

its written in plain english.

here, this might help you out.

u/SteelerSuperFan · 2 pointsr/funny

This book will help you understand what is happening here

u/BaiJiGuan · 2 pointsr/tea

no, its xin shiyong hanyu keben, 新实用汉语课本

its a good textbooks series for learning, the first volume still has pinyin under the characters and the second one still has tone markers over them , easing you into reading over time.

i recommend getting each together with its workbook, since you get a lot of practice examples in the workbook. I`m currently in book 5 out of 6 but im looking at switching since ive heard that for advanced level theres better textbooks available, im just used to the format by now :)

u/thenumber28 · 2 pointsr/ChineseLanguage

yes I know that Japan borrowed Chinese characters for their writing system but that doesn't make the languages related. just like koreans used the chinese writing system to express their language, and the vietnamese also. however, neither of those languages are related to chinese except that there is a great deal of vocabulary that is borrowed.

that would be like saying that because my friend borrowed my clothes to wear, he is my brother, which isn't true either.

chinese and japanese are from different language families and have evolved independently of each other.

I honestly don't know why you made this thread because you seem to think you know more than you really do. I have been taking chinese for almost two years and am in china RIGHT NOW studying chinese.

it is my opinion that if you actually want to learn chinese and not flex your intellectual penis on reddit you should do it from the standpoint that you don't have any experience with chinese, because in reality you don't.


also, just so I can feel like I'm being more helpful rather than feel like I'm berating you here is the book I used in "chinese 101"

it has dialogues in chinese characters subtitled with the pinyin. and the vocab lists are the same way. and until you get to an intermediate chinese course all beginning level chinese text books will have pinyin. it is necessary to learning the language.

THIS is the book they use for entry level courses here at BLCU for people learning Chinese. it is in much the same format as the other book (dialogues in chinese characters subtitled with pinyin).

I think you will find this to be the most common format and also the most logically designed for learning chinese.

u/ZhunCn · 2 pointsr/Purdue

This textbook and workbook was used for CHNS 101 and 102 for Spring and Fall 2018:

CHNS 101 went half way, while 102 finished the textbook. So if you are going for upper level chinese, you probably would need something else.

u/Hindenburg_Baby · 1 pointr/tipofmytongue
u/athennna · 1 pointr/TwoXChromosomes


Thank you all for your suggestions!! I bought a few of the ones mentioned here as well as some others. I went a little overboard, but I figure I can space out the gifts for later in the year, and some are for her little brother too.

  1. Nancy Drew (1-5) I LOVED these when I was younger, they're such a classic and Nancy's take charge attitude taught me so much.

  2. Little Pea (for her brother) A cute little kids book about a young pea who has to eat all of his candy for dinner, so he can have veggies for dessert! It's so charming and silly and is a fun reversal for kids who don't want to eat their veggies :)

  3. The Planets in Our Solar System (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) Thanks for the suggestion /u/tectonicus!

  4. The Daring Book for Girls - a fun reference for knowledge and classic kids games, always ideas for fun stuff to do!

  5. Getting To Know The World's Greatest Artists - These art history books for kids gave me such a decent foundation in art history that when I finally took it in college I got my first A+ at a university level. Not to mention, having that knowledge made my time at art museums for field trips and such so much more relevant as I grew up! Also, I give these books full credit for my success in Jeopardy studio auditions :)

  1. The Paper Bag Princess - another one of my favorites that my dad used to read to me when I was younger. I loved it because when the Dragon strikes, it's the princess who has to outsmart him to save the bratty prince :)

  2. The Magic School Bus Lost In The Solar System, and The Magic School Bus On The Ocean Floor. Classics! Thank you /u/tectonicus, /u/mariposamariposa, and /u/caemin!

  3. The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak - couldn't tell too much about this one, but it's supposed to be very clever and leave a lot to the kid's imagination, fun to read out loud!

  4. Annie Oakley: Young Markswoman (Childhood of Famous Americans). Another book I enjoyed as a girl about a young woman who who "broke the mold" - stepping outside of social boundaries and working hard at something she was incredibly talented at.

  5. The Way Things Work - This one looks great!
    Thank you /u/mariposamariposa, and /u/moration!

    Edit: For the commenters saying I should just give her princess stuff if that's what she likes - I have and will continue to. This year I spent over 100 hours making her an Elsa from Frozen dress for her birthday. This should be proof enough that I encourage and share her enthusiasm.
u/Supergooseberry · 1 pointr/AskReddit

I loved this cookbook when I was a kid; you should check it out!

u/Ankyra · 1 pointr/Cooking

Roald Dahl's Completely Revolting Recipes: A Collection of Delumptious Favourites is absolutely charming!

Cook It Together is beautifully illustrated and is a very good starting point.

Good luck! :D

u/jaxieslm · 1 pointr/whatsthatbook

Not sure if it’s the right book but reminds me of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes, illustrated by Quentin Blake:

u/CaptainCrackbaby · 1 pointr/TumblrInAction

Could be worse this is what MIT is putting out.

u/grrrrreat · 1 pointr/4chan4trump

138585609| > Unknown Anonymous


u/lobaron · 1 pointr/television

Don't cut yourself short, man. Maybe try easier things, like this. Or maybe this.

u/charcuterie_bored · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

My son is flipping obsessed with these books and also this one.

u/buster_boo · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

[Under $4] (

[Under $3] (

I don't have anything under $2 except for digital, which I CANNOT SEE THE PRICE OF ON MOBILE because Amazon hates me.

These are both books for my niece. I want her to be a reader like me. So far, she LOVES books.

Thanks for the contest!!

u/pbtree · 1 pointr/Damnthatsinteresting

So, I think the book ya'll were deprived of this wonder in your childhoods, The Way Things Work

Gorgeous illustration, combined with diagrams that a 5 year old can understand, i5's a great way to learn some basic science!

u/ZedOud · 1 pointr/AdviceAnimals

Like I said, people are not ignorant, just lazy. I was implying that a parent ought to impart the mental tools needed to explore the world themselves.

I was taught to read and to ask questions. My parents played the "why" game with me till I was so invested in my stubbornness that they handed me an "encyclopedia for kids" and I actually read it.

I started reading this when I was in the 2nd grade. Reading on and off again I finished it in the 4th grade. The Way Things Work.

newer version: The New Way Things Work

u/Dr_Gage · 1 pointr/NoStupidQuestions

If you like the advise if the comment above you, check out this book , "the way things work" it's under teen and young adult section but I (31, M.D) still check it every now and again because it explains how things work in a great and informative way, from a simple slope to a computer and everything in between.

It's a great starting point on each topic and once you get the basics of say a motor you can google and wikipedia the particular aspects that interest you the most.

u/AkodoRyu · 1 pointr/pics

Older version was one of my favorite books as a child. Got few others on electricity, lasers, optics and such specifically. Best... thing...ever! Sparked my interest in, well, everything :)

u/te4rdf · 1 pointr/tipofmytongue

This? New Way Things Work by David Macaulay

u/CheeseBiscuits · 1 pointr/AskReddit

I love this idea. However, I can't think of any that I know of aside from ones that I find through Googling "kids science magazines." I do, however, know a pretty neat book that I read as a child that really opened my mind to the way things worked (I assume this newer version is just as good). From what I remember, it doesn't really delve into stuff like religion, but satisfies that curiosity every kid probably had at one point regarding the why of everything. I can't say that this is what made me become as scientifically-minded as I am now, but I can say that this was a start.

Also your nephew will develop a strange love for mammoths.

u/vsaint · 1 pointr/books

for me it was this minus the 'new'

u/answerisalways42 · 1 pointr/pics

I recently bought the updated version after seeing a post like this a while ago. Here is a link to Amazon.

u/wanderer333 · 1 pointr/ScienceParents

Can't resist adding a few book suggestions - he's a bit young but I think you two would enjoy looking through something like David MacAulay's Way Things Work. A book of science questions and answers might be fun too, like How Come? or National Geographic's Why?; there's an equivalent for younger kids too but sounds like you guys might prefer the big kids version. Mistakes that Worked is another great book.

u/b1g_b1g_b1g · 1 pointr/AskReddit
u/aliasesarestupid · 1 pointr/engineering

If you're ok with used, you can pick one up for less than $5 on Amazon

u/wdjm · 1 pointr/funny
u/UnaccompaniedMinor · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

If you don't have The Stars by H. A. Rey, that's a great place to start.

Yes, it's by the guy who wrote Curious George, but it's a highly used and respected book.

u/Teejay90 · 1 pointr/Astronomy

The ones I grew up on may be a little dated at this point, but are still worth a read:

"The Stars" by H A Rey

"Stars and planets" by WS KALS (ISBN: 0-871561671-0)

"How to make a telescope" by Jean Texereau (ISBN:0-943396-04-2)

More on the math side, but still helpful: "celestial navigation step by step" by Warren Norville (ISBN: 0-87742-177-3)

"Field guide to the night sky" by National Audubon Society (ISBN: 0-679-40852-5)

[edit:] and I found the most recent one I bought, "atlas of the universe" by Sir Patrick Moore (ISBN: 1-55297-819-2)

This one was I actually used as a stand-in for the assigned college level astronomy course (mostly for accurate data)

[edit 2:] you may also want to study a little chemistry for a better understanding of the stars themselves

u/ltp1984 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

How do I make the world a better place? I listen, I care, I do what I can when I can, and I remember that I can do more and can always try.

The people who make my world better are my wife and my child. They are the only two people I give that power to.

My dream? That is someday get up enough courage to create (in photography or in writing) the thing that I am capable of making but too afraid to do.

You're pretty sexy yourself.

The thing I'd like (It'll be something I'll read to my daughter):


  • Cheers, friend
u/savedigi · 1 pointr/atheism
u/DinosaurInTheMorning · 1 pointr/Gifts

That's awesome! Go Mom! :)

I think that this book might be unexpectedly empowering for her as she begins her next adventure:


u/loudandproudfag · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Well, I'm not sure if this one qualifies.

So if it doesn't, I'll do this one

Either one, both are great and I plan to use for baby sitting gigs.

u/MaeBeWeird · 1 pointr/BabyBumps

this is a VERY suitable one. I bought it for my sister as a graduation present, but it works for new baby very well.

u/DaveMichelsBrothers · 1 pointr/childrensbooks

Nothing sweeter I can think of than Dr Seuss's Oh the Places You'll Go!

The last book he wrote before he died, it's full of important life lessons, captured in his inimitable rhyme and rhythm.

"You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose."

  • Dr Seuss, Oh The Places You'll Go
u/Shh-NotUntilMyCoffee · 1 pointr/AmItheAsshole

In terms of the issue of retaliation it depends on the gangs prevalence around the nation, and the places you'll go (Oh! The places you'll go!). Hard to determine the accuracy of that given the information.

u/DearBurt · 1 pointr/OldSchoolCool

For those interested, I highly recommend reading Russell Means' autobiography, "Where White Men Fear to Tread."

And, of course, all Americans should read Dee Brown's "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee."

u/dogdiarrhea · 1 pointr/math

I've always been good at math, logical and analytical thinking. I think it's partially doing my homework, extra math stuff my grandparents did with me (including contests and stuff like that), as well as hobbies that require such thinking being encouraged (card games, chess, dominoes, board games, etc.).

All I do is look at numbers and see numbers as well. Finding patterns in numbers, or systems, or whatever isn't something that comes natural to most people, even those who are competent at math. Being able to come up with predictions, patterns, and models is among the most difficult tasks we have, which is why we have professional scientists rather than a growing body of knowledge entirely done by hobbyists and amateurs. The point being that training your mind to do these tasks isn't some terrible character flaw you have, in fact most people who try struggle with it.

The Khan academy is a commonly suggested, and excellent, resource for most basic math topics. What I think you're asking for, specifically, is applying math and analytical thinking to day-to-day scenarios in order to make sense of the world around you. That skill actually has a name: "numeracy", the name given by some mathematicians as they believe it is as fundamental a skill as literacy. I do think that it's a crucial skill, but don't get discouraged by the comparison at something as "basic" as literacy. For one because there is an overwhelming amount of people who are not numerically literate, and also literacy itself is not trivial, while we learn the basics of reading at a very young age typically there is a more advanced comprehension requirement and we are not considered "literate" until about the 10th or 11th grade (and a standardized test usually determines this).

I can't think of any activities to build numeracy skills, but to get started John Paulos' Innumeracy is a good resource. It shows common pitfalls, why they are wrong, reasons as to why they occur, and the correct way to think about the suggested problems. If you feel confident after reading it a good way to practice the skill is to find news articles, and see if any of the numbers are misleading.

Critical thinking courses (typically listed as a philosophy course, I believe?) are also a great way to improve logical and analytical reasoning. This is the rather pricy textbooks I used, I linked to the Canadian site because Amazon Canada lists the complete table of contents, so you can search around for other books that cover the topics, if you wish. You could also find courses online, for example khan academy (to be honest, I don't like the topics as presented because it spends a lot of time on fallacies, but doesn't even cover inductive reasoning), or on Coursera.

u/Stuckinaloop · 1 pointr/news

I can also cherry-pick statistics to make them fit my paradigm.

Where do you think the saying...

"Lies, Lies, and Damn Statistics" comes from.

That is the problem with statistics, and why scientists sometimes arrive at bad conclusions.

It is very hard to be completely objective when trying to evaluate social phenomenon clear of preconceived notions.

I recommend this book, Innumerancy.

Even though we disagree, it is a good read.

u/battletoadz4ever · 1 pointr/NoStupidQuestions

Hi, I have spent the past few years of my life advocating for critical thinking, and giving training on the topic. Many people have talked about listening to and reading both sides on any topic which is an important point - I like to say that critical thinking is a team sport. I also recommend that your first step should always be to read the Wikipedia article on any new topic that you encounter. You should not trust information on Wikipedia 100%, but this step will help you to get an overall understanding of the topic and a sense of how experts think on it.

I also recommend the following books, and I have put them in order from shortest/easiest to longest/hardest so I recommend reading them in this order:

An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments


Critical Thinking

Some free resources:

And I am currently working on a free multiplayer game where you learn the logical fallacies by trying to fool your friends with deceptive famous quotes. It should be ready in a few months so I will take note of your username and DM you the link when it is ready.

u/TooMuchPants · 1 pointr/AskReddit

innumeracy I know you didn't mention math, but this book completely changed the way I think about the subject.

u/jaroto · 1 pointr/PoliticalDiscussion

I didn't even realize that was a perception. I guess people in this sub may find this book illuminating.

u/atomic_m · 1 pointr/engineering

Suggestion: Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences

Not directly related to engineering, but still very good.

I also like books about design, especially opinionated design (I think design and engineering go hand in hand). One good one I've read lately is The Compact Culture.

u/Bogatyr1 · 1 pointr/JustTzimisceThings

The Tzimisce Teacher:


Carl Sagan warned of a world of scientific ignorance where illogical superstitions like the anti-vaccine movement and religious tribalism increasingly took hold.


John Allen Paulos warned of a world of mathematical illiteracy where pyramid schemes and predatory lotteries increasingly took hold, reflected perhaps even in the popularity of the non-mathematical D&D5e and v5 VTM tabletop games.


In an increasingly hostile environment for the Kindred, where through the ages, not only a secretive cabal of academic vampire mages attack the clan, but a zealot-led Second Inquisition and a beckoning spell to remove former leaders, the Tzimisce have to be more intelligent and clever than the huge population of psychotic, self-serving, technologically-adjacent humans to preserve the clan's secret affairs, and excel mentally beyond the ranks of the enemy clans and factions in order to ensure survival.


In countries across the world, the populace are encouraged through effective emotional manipulation to become mindless, passive consumers, docile, disposable workers, and uninformed citizens, an inclination infecting even the most vaunted of intelligentsia, so while a prospective candidate member for the clan (even among the revenant families) may be admired for certain strengths of personality and courage or a unique perspective or fetishistic abberance, such individuals still remain the product of successive centuries of refulgent anti-intellectualism, and as such, must be taught or destroyed if not able to meet the challenges of membership.


To this end, The Tzimisce teacher dedicates their unlife to a calling of judgement. The teacher pays visits to members of the clan one can find with auspex through the world (a personal specialty from the teacher's experience), and tests them and corrects holes in their understanding of the kindred or the world or political ensnarement. If the Kindred is receptive and willing to improve and shows reasonable progress they are allowed to live, and if they are intellectually stagnant, recalcitrant, or umasterful to a degree beyond redemption, then they are executed, along with any sires or packmates or regional Sabbat leaders that attempt to stop this from happening.


There are some Tzimisce that completely remove themselves from the reach of other clans through adapting their bodies to hostile environments far beneath the Earth, within the oceans, or even outer space (to still contend with other supernatural creatures), but for those that remain at risk among the humans, The Teacher has culled a huge number (perhaps thousands or tens of thousands) of unacceptable clan-mates. The Teacher has not been previously spoken of much through clan histories because many fail to live to tell of meeting The Teacher.

u/ieattime20 · 1 pointr/politics

Key word is thorough. Prob and stat is actually very intuitive, the issue is that that intuition must be built from the ground up. Most university courses fail in this respect.

Let me recommend some good, useful, and fun to read books for you: Innumeracy, Beyond Numeracy, and probably most importantly A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper all by John Allen Paulos. He's sort of a pop-math author I would consider analogous to Carl Sagan for numbers.

u/arvi1000 · 1 pointr/statistics

A good book about how people are generally bad with quantitative intuition is Innumeracy, by John Paulos

u/MikeTheInfidel · 1 pointr/skeptic

I've heard great things about John Allen Paulos' Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences but haven't read it myself yet so I don't know how much it covers about probability.

u/spoonmonkey · 1 pointr/tipofmytongue

It's not particularly small, but Relativity Visualized by Lewis Carroll Epstein is mostly pictures and is an awesome book.

Edit: by the description of the cover, maybe it's Thinking Physics, also by Epstein?

u/NuneShelping · 1 pointr/Physics

Thinking Physics by Lewis Carroll Epstein. It focuses on building physical intuition without mathematics.

u/Carpe_cerevisiae · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Best science teacher I ever had the pleasure of being taught by introduced me to this book. This book and his class changed my world.

A little about joe for anyone who's interested.

u/PaLMscalBier · 1 pointr/chemistry
u/sumguywithkids · 1 pointr/wholesomememes

Are you familiar with Quantum Physics for Babies ?

u/CrudelyAnimated · 1 pointr/pics
u/therealsix · 1 pointr/funny

Reminds me of the "P is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever" that I got for my 7 year old this Christmas.

u/steinman17 · 1 pointr/funny

Looks like they did P Is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever

u/mike_gifford · 1 pointr/accessibility

Well there is that... If you don't want to be disappointed I'd suggest checking out

u/admiralkit · 1 pointr/nfl

I accidentally ended up ordering two copies of P is for Pteradactyl (The Worst Alphabet Book Ever) and after reading it at my wife she's ready to send them both back. I don't know how you can't appreciate a gem like this book.

u/melonlollicholypop · 1 pointr/childrensbooks

The King's Chessboard - Exponents

Math Curse - Word Problems.

Grandfather Tang - Tangrams.

The Grapes of Math - Number sense and multiplication. This author has lots of others as well.

The M&M Math Book - Counting, shapes, early number sense.

How much is a million? - Complex numbers. I think there's a sequel out too.

Sir Cumference and the First Round Table - Geometry. There is an entire Sir Cumference series.

So many more, but those are off the top of my head. Follow the Amazon links and click through related books. You'll find a ton.

u/TheMiamiWhale · 1 pointr/redditblack

yep! it all checks out! Next stop.... Amazon

u/harsesus · 1 pointr/technology

No, the comments are on Vice. You failed to read the entire article,

>Politic365's content is distributed widely, and High has published a slew of anti-net neutrality op-eds at the Huffington Post.

And misinterpreted the parts you did read...

> For a story about how civil rights groups with funding from Comcast and other telecom companies wrote a letter to the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) supporting the agency’s proposal to gut net neutrality, High showed up in the comment section to call me "paternalistic."

You might try something more your speed first:

u/Q-Kyoo · 1 pointr/IWantToLearn

Why do you need this for college? I'm not trying to be mean but most colleges don't care if you know a language unless you're fluent. And I'm not sure how much you mean by "a bit".

The textbooks my Mandarin class in college is using are the New Practical Chinese Reader Series They're pretty cheap as far as textbooks go and you can watch video clips of their conversations on youtube.

Here is a website that has a lot of links for how to learn Chinese. I know not all of the links work, but a couple of them looked pretty good.

u/Lanulus · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Recommended Textbooks
Integrated Chinese - This is used in many university classes in the US. The companion CD is definitely recommended. The workbook wont be much use if you don't have someone to check your answers, as the company is pretty strict about not letting out the answer keys.

New Practical Chinese Reader - This is a great alternative to Integrated Chinese. There are also PDFs and mp3s of all materials floating around on the internet if you look.

Character Practice
Skritter - Seriously awesome. It does have a monthly subscription though.

Oral Practice
Pimsleur, Assimil, or the FSI course (free). I've only used Pimselur, but I've heard good things about the others. These are good for practicing your tones.

Online Resources

nciku - A Chinese - English dictionary. You can draw out unknown characters, which can be much easier than going by radical like in other dictionaries.

You should also set up Windows (or whatever OS you use) to be able to type in Chinese (usually through pinyin).

Once you're good enough, you can find easy books called "Graded Chinese Readers" that often have a companion CD to help with pronunciation. They're pretty cheap as well if you import them from China.

Good luck, Mandarin is a difficult language, but it's also really fun. It might take a long time to see progress (I still can't read newspapers), but as long as you keep at it you'll probably be happy with your results.

u/flyingkangaroo · 1 pointr/language

I bought some great material the other day on Amazon.

[This is the book](

And here are the CDs

You'll see that both things are available used for very reasonable prices. It's the best language learning self-teaching system I've seen out there in a long time. It seems to be thorough, and the student is expected to learn and use that knowledge in the exercises - just like a student would with a real elementary school lesson book.

It's a refreshing departure from most language learning materials I've found out there in bookstores and on the net, which are woefully inadequate.

u/forrealthistime50 · 1 pointr/ChineseLanguage

Vigernere1 gave you some pretty solid advice. It sounds like you are focusing on reading more than speaking, correct?

I have studied for a few years, and I am probably around 2000 characters. I bounced around with a few textbooks, but if I were to start over, I'd use New Practical Chinese Reader books 1-4. The videos from the lessons are on youtube as well. Then move to All Things Considered (put out by Princeton). I have 4 of the books from their series. They are all good, but All Things Considered is fabulous. They have a few books that are higher level than that as well. It also has simplified and traditional characters.

Buy Pleco if you haven't already and make flashcards. Do quizzes and quiz yourself to you go blind and you should be good to go.

[New Practical Chinese Reader] (

[All Things Considered] (

u/LarryBills · 1 pointr/languagelearning

In addition to the Chinese Breeze series already recommended, you can't go wrong with a text book.


Try New Practical Chinese Reader (comes with CD). Basically, each chapter is a reading/dialogue that lists the vocab and defines grammar structures used in the chapter. Working your way through the book will give you a really solid foundation in the language, which will pair nicely with your other methods.


The NPCR series goes up through level 6 btw. 加油!


*Edit: Also, check out /r/ChineseLanguage for other Mandarin learners

u/wh0ligan · 0 pointsr/Buffalo

I taking a wild guess that you have read this book Innumeracy

Even if you haven't it is a very interesting read.

u/Not-Kevin-Bacon · 0 pointsr/funny

I bought this book for my nephew:

u/thecouchpundit · 0 pointsr/funny

I object. This meme is stealing good dad jokes from king author.

u/DNZ_not_DMZ · 0 pointsr/IAmA

Wow, Amazon links. You totally converted me. So did this here:

Err, no. This is moronic. But hey, each to their own - kind regards from New Zealand (1.45 gun-related deaths per 100,000 population per year) to the US (10.3 gun-related deaths per 100,000 population per year).

u/VeIca · 0 pointsr/summonerswar

that sure isnt a quote of where I said "why are you saying this is going to affect your gaming experience"

ill be waiting

if you remove the non existent implication itll still say the same exact thing

i asked "why would it matter to you or anyone else if everyone got compensation"

and in the next sentence I put my two sense in, logically if I was trying to IMPLY you said that I would not separate the two sentences NOR would I ask you why it mattered if everyone got the compensation

here's the link for you;

u/phattie83 · -1 pointsr/news


That should be 98.44-99.9%

>being european.

Actually, it's "something other than NA"...

>So yeah, between naught and fuckall percent native American

Again, I'm going to need a numerical value for "fuckall".. Because "naught" means zero, so I'd have to assume fuckall means "more than zero"...

Innumeracy can be overcome with the proper desire and effort. This might be a good place to start...

u/Ryder_GSF4L · -1 pointsr/australia

Thats a great bot. Also look at you taking what I said out of context, and missing the point I was attempting to make.

Once again here is the full quote:

>Since we are both making assumptions based off very little evidence, I will assume you are a virgin. See how that works?

The point behind this statement was not to call you a virgin (I dont care where you stick your dick or whatever genitalia you have). The point was to show that anyone can make baseless assumptions based on very little evidence. As an example, I called you a virgin. Why must you take everything I say out of context? Do you need this? That might help you out dude, I suggest you purchase it....

u/Pinetarball · -2 pointsr/funny
u/Firesinis · -3 pointsr/AskReddit

Dawkins is a great author and thinker, and he would benefit a lot from taking a look at this.

u/MasterFubar · -6 pointsr/news

> I own 1000 acres of farmland that I use to grow corn.

So you cannot use rain water to grow that corn? You are forced to cover those acres in plastic, so the rainwater flows downhill, instead of watering your corn?

If you use a 1000 acres of land to grow corn, you are using all the water that rains on that field, then why cannot you store any of that water?

> Every time it rains, I divert the stream into my water tower because I am allowed to collect rain water.

Does your water tower grow bigger and bigger every time it rains?

You see, if you have a planted field in your farm you ARE using rainwater, much much more rainwater than you could ever collect.

Imagine one inch of rain falling on one acre of land. That's 25,000 gallons of water. Over one acre. It's a big amount of water, but only 0.1% of the total that fell on those 1000 acres of farmland. So, if your farmer owns 1000 acres of land and builds a one-acre rainwater collector, he's storing 0.1% of the rainwater that falls on his property. Do you call that being greedy?

If the farmer has a thousand acres of land, he gets 25 million gallons of water for every inch it rains on his property. There's no way he could ever store any significant part of all that water.

The sad reality is that most people cannot do the simplest math. And, unfortunately, those people are allowed to vote. This is what makes people vote for law like those restricting the collection of rain water. They only see the COMMERCIAL and GREEDY catchwords there, without ever stopping to do some simple math and think, does this make any sense?

u/remludar · -14 pointsr/videos

Well I won't resort to name calling, but here's the quickest example of US universities being okay with teaching communism as superior to capitalism.

The book, Communism For Kids has been published by a major U.S. university publisher, MIT Press, and is now available in paperback or Kindle on Amazon.

From the description: "Once upon a time, people yearned to be free of the misery of capitalism. How could their dreams come true? This little book proposes a different kind of communism, one that is true to its ideals and free from authoritarianism."

There's also video of students in various universities in the US protesting debates held by people like Jordan Peterson, Ben Shapiro, and others where students flew the hammer and sickle, screamed in megaphone, and even attempted to bash in the windows of the hall... all with zero repercussions from the campus.

Perhaps your information isn't complete.

Edit: Here's video of Berkley enjoying a celebration of Communism