Book review by Aarene Storms: IF

Saturday, July 27, 2019

If: a mind-bending new way of looking at big ideas and numbers by David J. Smith

I have trouble with numbers.

I can barely remember my own phone number and zip code, and please don't ask me to estimate distances (in miles) or divide up a bar tab and figure out how much my share should be.

This book takes big numbers and ideas and divides them into ways that make sense to me.

From the size of the galaxy (if the sun were a grapefruit on a football field goal line, Saturn would be a small pea on the opposite goal line) to the length of your life (if your life is a pizza, you sleep through 4 slices of it), these graphic representations make sense to me!

Cataloged juvenile non-fiction, I recommend this to anybody who needs help with numbers.


The events may not have happened; still, the story is true. --R. Silvern

Aarene Storms, youth services librarian
Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, KCLS astorms@kcls.org



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