e-Science : October 2015 Issue 15
E-SCIENCE AND YOU The wonder of wondering This year marks 100 years since Sir William Henry Bragg and his son Sir William Lawrence Bragg were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in recognition of their work using X-ray crystallography to discover the density, size and shape of atoms. Their discoveries underpin some of the fundamental technologies and techniques that research across many scientific fields still rely on today. To help celebrate this milestone, the Government of South Australia has produced a large-format picture book for primary school children entitledWillie Wonders Why. The book, written by Mark Thomson with illustrations by George Aldridge, tells the story of Sir William Lawrence's childhood adventures and how his natural curiosity led to a career in science. To help link the book and the centenary of the Braggs’ Nobel Prize to a new generation, a professional development session for primary school teachers was held recently in Adelaide that saw researchers talking about how their work is made possible by the Braggs’ discoveries. The session was developed in partnership with the South Australian Science Teachers Association, the Department of State Development, and the University of Adelaide, where Sir William Henry was once a Professor and where Sir William Lawrence was educated. Download your own copy of Willie Wonders Why here: http://riaus.org.au/wp-content/ uploads/2014/12/Willie-A3-optimised.pdf Have feedback or got a question? Click here to contact us.
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