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The Scientific Method (a Wandering Koala tale) by [Jeff Thomason]
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He’s done it! Brent Jakes has discovered the Unified Field Theory, the Holy Grail of Physics! It will provide unlimited energy, new medical breakthroughs, and other advances only dreamed of before. There’s just one on catch: it’ll cost one man his fame, another his career, and a third his company.

When politics and science mix, it's not pretty. Only the intervention of a silent wanderer can stop them.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1613 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jeff Thomason; First Kindle edition (14 June 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002DGSMSQ
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Give the kids science (fiction)! 17 April 2011
By Isabela Morales - Published on Amazon.com
Don't tell my hipster friends (they're all engrossed in Proust, I'm sure), but I've been on a young adult fiction binge lately. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, was brilliant--and entirely deserving of its recent popularity. Catching Fire was a decent sequel, but I took a break with Cory Doctorow's latest novel of teenage gamers and badass gold farmer unions in China, For the Win, before jumping back into the Hunger Games trilogy with the final book, Mockingjay (brilliant again, and so completely unexpectedly dark that even I, who am masquerading as a grown up, was a little shocked). Beautiful writing, though--that last chapter gave me chills.

In any case, it is now once again time to get back to the indie authors I've been neglecting this month--starting with Jeff Thomason's YA SF novel (how's that for gratuitous acronyms?) The Scientific Method, A Wandering Koala Tale.

I think young adult novels are incredibly important--I'm a history student, but I try to proselytize science as well as science fiction to the young'uns whenever I can (somewhere in the multiverse, it's comforting to think, there's a version of me studying physics... or cryptozoology...). Which is why I'm thrilled to feature Thomason's book here on the blog, such as it is.

Jeff Thomason is a writer, graphic designer, and really excellent cartoonist. The Scientific Method, a short book with lovely black-and-white illustrations, is premised on this quote, the book's epigraph:

"No science is immune to the infection of politics and the corruption of power." --Jacob Bronowski, British Mathematician and Scientist

Thomason's book is an engaging read--starting with a brief prologue on the four terrible and powerful forces driving the universe: gravitation, electromagnetism, the weak nuclear force, and the strong nuclear force. Of course, when you add humans into the mix, you get the fifth fundamental force: politics. Here's the book description:

Wait--what? Scientists aren't all knights in white lab coats? Ye gads! The horror! Here's the book description:

He's done it! Brent Jakes has discovered the Unified Field Theory, the Holy Grail of Physics! It will provide unlimited energy, new medical breakthroughs, and other advances only dreamed of before. There's just one on catch: it'll cost one man his fame, another his career, and a third his company.

When politics and science mix, it's not pretty. Only the intervention of a silent wanderer can stop them.

Thomason's prose is clean and colorful, but not condescending (the absolute worst mistake a young adult author could ever make). His dialogue, however, is stand-out. In fact, I'm pretty sure this brief exchange must come from a real classroom somewhere:

The few students who had paused their games to listen gave him a blank stare. One went back to playing.

"The Unified Field Theory is like the Holy Grail for science. Physicists since Einstein have been searching for it without success."

"Like Monty Python."

"Not exactly."

Or this one:

"Benjamin Franklin? Is he your dad?"

"No, no, he lived hundreds of years ago."

"So... is he your grandpa then?"

You get the point. So let's sum things up:

Recommendation: The Scientific Method may be a dry-sounding title for young adult fiction, but, as the kids are saying these days, the writing is at times LOL, imho. That means laugh-out-loud, btdubs. Take it from a selective connoisseur of 8th-grade reading level fiction: Thomason gets my highest recommendation.

Reading Time: 2,000+ "locations" on the Kindle means... 200 pages in paper form? In any case, this is a weekend read for a college student avoiding academic journals, and 1-2 weeks for the younger set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A choice pick of science fiction, highly recommended 11 April 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Never underestimate the selfishness of man. "The Scientific Method" tells the story of Brent Jakes, a man who has uncovered the Unified Field Theory, a major scientific breakthrough that can change the world as we know it. Despite the overwhelming goodness the discovery can bring, Jakes is pitted against the greed of three people who don't see this discovery as profitable today. But one unnamed individual has progressive minded intentions. "The Scientific Method" is a choice pick of science fiction, highly recommended.