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Science textbooks can be boring. Pages of
text broken up by the odd technical
diagram quickly become tedious, and
unless you learn easily through the written
word, you may fi nd yourself switching off after
a few paragraphs, let alone a few pages. But not
all science books are like that, as Eureka
The front of the book suggests that it is fi lled
with infographics – the kind of thing you see
on blogs all the time, with simple images and
big numbers giving you a ton of information
quickly. In reality, it’s really more of a halfway
point between these simple graphics and a
more in-depth textbook, and we have to say
that the balance is great.
While there are some very simple pages （pi
is listed to 1,001 places on one double-page
spread, with each digit a different colour），
others cover expansive or complex topics with
a mixture of diagrams and text. The Earth’s
atmosphere, for example, uses a combination
of graphs, imagery and infographics to explain
how the different layers work.
There are hundreds of topics covered in
the 240 pages, each grouped into one of four
categories – Universe, Earth, Life and Human.
Everything from human emotion to nuclear
fi ssion is explored through graphics and text,
and for the most part, everything is explained
in suffi cient detail and in language that’s easy
enough to understand.
We found this book was best read in snippets
– fl icking through and fi nding topics that
interested us was more enjoyable than reading
cover to cover, and this will certainly be a book
you keep returning to for a quick read.
If there’s one downside to the graphical
presentation style, it’s that in certain cases the
text can be small and diffi cult to read. With so
much to fi t on the page, the text size has clearly
been the compromise, resulting in most letters
being less than two millimetres high. This
shouldn’t bother younger readers or those with
good eyesight, but if you struggle with this it’s
something to bear in mind.