San Francisco Chronicle - (Sunday)

Adventures in science for curious kids

- By Susan Faust

Science matters. In the past year, we have learned that lesson the hard way. Just consider the coronaviru­s pandemic and the disastrous consequenc­es of ignoring public health directives derived from scientific research. No mask, no protection and many unnecessar­y deaths.

Perhaps like firefighte­rs after 9/11, scientists will finally garner the hero status they deserve. After all, in this crisis, they are on the front lines of lifesaving patient care and research. Often with broader points to make, some new books spotlight the realm of their vital work — from physical to life science, from micro to macro worlds.

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