Jan Paul Schutten

The Mystery of Life: How Nothing Becomes Everything

STEM education is the latest buzz term, and science literacy is enjoying a renewed focus, but getting middle graders excited about basic scientific questions remains a challenge. For instance, how did life on earth begin? How did scientists discover what they know about it? Have scientists been able to prove it? And, is it possible for a book about evolution to be funny? These big questions are engagingly answered by Jan Paul Schutten, whose genuine sense of fun enlivens smaller questions too, like: How do you build a planet? Did life on Earth actually start on Earth? What is DNA and why does everyone keep talking about it on cop shows? How does a bacterium become a whale? Does a tree really want to be tall? Do you have the same ancestors as an earwig? How do you survive without a butt? How can you see evolution for yourself? Why do we still know so little, in spite of all those fossils? And, are space aliens probably carnivores?

Published: September 1, 2015
ISBN: 9781582705255
Pages: 240
Dimensions: 8 x 9 inches