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Nibbling on Einstein's Brain

Nibbling on Einstein's Brain

Illustrated by Francis Blake
By Diane Swanson
Interest Age: 9–12
Grade: 4–7
Hardcover : 9781554511877, 160 pages, February 2009 , 9.5" x 7.25"
Rights sold: Turkish


Science affects every part of our lives. It can determine the foods we eat, the clothes we weareven the video games we play. But how do you tell the good science from the bad?

Bite into Nibbling on Einstein’s Brain and learn some winning strategies for sorting the good from the misleading in science. Through playful scenarios and fascinating real-world examples, each chapter encourages critical thinking. You’ll find tips for spotting bad science, ideas for identifying reports that misrepresent facts, and ways to keep your own brain from muddling the science news you receive.

Bursting with “Baloney Buster” information, quick “Your Turn” activities and playful new illustrations, this brightly redesigned edition, with recent examples of suspicious science, offers a fun approach to becoming a sharp-minded watchdog of reliable science. 


  • Joint winner, Notable Non-Fiction List, Canadian Library Association 2002
  • Joint winner, Non-Fiction Honor List, VOYA 2002
  • Joint winner, White Raven Collection, International Youth Library, Munich 2002
  • Joint winner, Eisenhower Collection of Math and Science Books 2002
  • Joint winner, 100 Best Books List, IRA 2002
  • Joint winner, Top 10 Sci-Tech Books for Youth, Booklist 2002
  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2002
  • Joint winner, Best Books of the Year List & Editor’s Choice List, Science Books & Films 2002


“Awhimsically illustrated treasure trove of learning for young minds.”

- January Magazine, 06/09

“This fascinating and kid-friendly book gives budding scientists and others an introduction to the tools and strategies needed to evaluate and understand scientific information.” 

- School Library Journal

An excellent book.”

- Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, 07/27/16