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Max the Demon vs Entropy of Doom

Author: Assa Auerbach
Lower Age: 8+
Website: http://maxthedemon.com/
Price: $24.95
Year Added: 2018

Max the Demon vs Entropy of Doom is a fun graphic novel based around the discussion of thermodynamics and environmental issues intended for readers ages eight and up. The book follows Max the Demon (a reference to Maxwell’s Demon, a philosophical idea as to how the second law of thermodynamics could be violated) though his quest to help save the earth from environmental ruin. It is divided into chapters where Max first time travels in order to learn about thermodynamics from famous scientists, applies his knowledge in an irresponsible way, and finally use it in an appropriate way in order to help the world. This book is awesome when it comes to thermodynamic discussion. Not only does it present the second law in a way that is easily digestible for a younger audience, it also goes through tons of different misconceptions about thermodynamics and answers many commonly asked questions. It also uses it’s format as a graphic novel to present many simplified diagrams that would be seen in any collegiate thermodynamics course. But it doesn’t stop there. The book also goes in depth with the role of entropy in modern climate change, and the importance of practicing science in an ethical and responsible manor. While the story itself can be nonsensical, the information provided by this book does a wonderful job at discussing entropy --a rather intangible scientific topic-- in a way that a younger mind could comprehend. It encourages the reader to think critically and logically while applying the information they are presented with.

 

Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about: learn about the problem, idea generation, apply science skill

Engineering text or context explicitly provided by the gift: a problem to be solved, criteria, constraints

Additional practices and skills needed by engineers that were addressed by the gift: critical thinking, evidence-based reasoning, perseverance, logical thinking

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    • Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0
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      • “This book is incredibly thorough in explaining thermodynamic concepts. It defines the first two laws and goes through multiple examples and explanations to make sure that the information is absorbed.”
      • “This book is thorough when explaining difficult concepts, however the story was not interesting enough.”