Time for a spot of science on this week's Ladybird Tuesday. We've covered Magnets, Bulbs and Batteries from the Junior Science series (621) before on here, but now it's the turn of Light, Mirrors and Lenses.
This book covered everything from why we need some amount of light to be able to see, and how the human eye works right through to how light travels from stars so that we can see them here on earth. There are experiments for children to carry out including simply playing with shadows and making your own microscope using two convex mirrors and a ruler.
This book was originally published in 1962 and the illustrations are all very much of that time and several of them would make lovely decorations for a child's room. Before children had access to television channels and the internet doing experiments like these would have been the way for children to learn about science and try it out for themselves.
Looking through the experiments it's interesting to see that I can actually remember doing several of them either at school or at home with my Dad. I can even remember the science behind some of them!
The original Junior Science series contained four titles – Magnets, Bulbs and Batteries, Light, Mirrors and Lenses, Air, Wind and Flight and Levers, Pulleys and Engines – and they were published in the early 1960s. In the early 1980s the series was reissued and now there were five titles – Magnets and Electricity, Light, Air, Simple Mechanics and Simple Chemistry. The style of these newer books is very different and instead of the classic 1960s illustrations there were a mix of photographs, picture illustrations and diagrams showing how to do the experiments. I'm currently on the look out for both old and new versions of books in series 621 to hopefully be able to do some direct comparisons in a future Ladybird Tuesday post.
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