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19 Inspiring Educational Gifts For Aspiring Scientists

Budding scientists will be gripped by these gifts. Empower them to pursue their amazing dreams!

An interest in science is almost natural in children, who always ask questions about how the world works. A lot of children pursue this interest and become passionate about science. Through encouragement and empowerment, it is much more likely that they will commit and work hard to get the career they want.

We’ve included a wide range of books and games to propel a dream into reality, whichever area of science that may be. These gifts appeal to younger ones because while they satisfy the need to know, they’re also fun. It’s often that sciency gifts are gimmicks or aren’t fun. But it’s not the case with this list!

#1 Nautical Science – Past, Present, Future

A Book of Rather Strange Animals by Caleb Compton
A Book of Rather Strange Animals by Caleb Compton

Nautical Science – Past, Present, Future is a fascinating, in-depth history of nautical science which will appeal to those with a serious interest in the field.

Furness and Dragnes’s substantial work spans the period from the Magna Carta up to a meticulous examination of the modern science integral to human activity at the sea every day. Lined with hundreds of informative and intriguing illustrations, nautical science belies a lifelong interest and involvement in the field.

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#2 A Book of Rather Strange Animals by Caleb Compton

The History of Life on Earth by Nathan Keighley
The History of Life on Earth by Nathan Keighley

From the creator of the hugely popular @StrangeAnimals on Twitter comes A Book of Rather Strange Animals – a collection of one hundred remarkable animal specimens from around the world.

With fascinating descriptions of nasty feeding habits, bizarre mating rituals and shocking defence mechanisms, you will marvel at both the splendor and gruesomeness of nature.

Meet the lizard that shoots blood from its eyes, the isopod that replaces the tongues of fish, the bug that stacks the corpses of ants on its back and the amphibian that looks like a penis. Come and discover the world’s most peculiar species!

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#3 The History of Life on Earth by Nathan Keighley

Nautical Science - Past, Present, Future
Nautical Science – Past, Present, Future

Evolution is one of the most fundamental principles that governs life. Its actions may be subtle, but they can be observed every day, such as predators hunting prey, or plant successions in competing for empty space.

These habituations were envisaged by Charles Darwin to be the properties of nature that lead to evolution and prompted the conceptualisation of the theory of natural selection.

The force of this process can be most dramatically depicted by looking at the variation of organisms throughout the history of life on Earth.

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#4 Brilliant! Scottish Inventors, Innovators, Scientists and Engineers Who Changed the World

Brilliant! Scottish Inventors, Innovators, Scientists and Engineers Who Changed the World
Brilliant! Scottish Inventors, Innovators, Scientists and Engineers Who Changed the World

Over eight hundred great minds are introduced in Brilliant! Scottish Inventors, Innovators, Scientists and Engineers Who Changed the World. Metal-works, medicine, astronomy, surgery, architecture, machinery, transportation, geology and mathematics; among many others, those are only a select handful of fields explored in this collection of brief accounts of life-altering Scottish accomplishments.

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#5 Worlds Of Motion: Why And How Things Move by Isaac Williams

Worlds Of Motion: Why And How Things Move by Isaac Williams
Worlds Of Motion: Why And How Things Move by Isaac Williams

Modern physics is one of the most exciting subjects studied by humanity, but popular books on the subject usually either over-simplify their content or assume prior knowledge of mathematical theory. Worlds of Motion attempts to cross this bridge by tackling the mathematics in an accessible way, introducing each equation step-by-step and justifying why it is necessary.

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#6 The Resurrection by Mike O’Neill

The Resurrection by Mike O’Neill
The Resurrection by Mike O’Neill

World-renowned scientist and Nobel laureate, Sir Francis MacLeod, is about to make a startling revelation – a revelation that would challenge everything scientists have thought about DNA – when he suddenly collapses.

What happens next is a bizarre chain of events that puts science and religion on a collision course and spurs an international murder investigation. Set in Cambridge in the mid-2020s, The Resurrection is a fast-paced mystery thriller that exposes the inner workings of the Catholic Church, corruption within the pharmaceutical industry and proposes answers to some of mankind’s most profound questions.

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#7 The Story Of Humankind by Eli S. LeJeune

The Story Of Humankind by Eli S. LeJeune
The Story Of Humankind by Eli S. LeJeune

The Story of Humankind is a comprehensive up-to-date survey of the scientific accounts of the creation of the universe, the physical origins and evolution of mankind, and the continuous search for spiritual fulfillment.

This book sets out, in a clear and jargon-free way, the most up-to-date scientific discoveries concerning the creation of the universe and the physical origins of life on planet earth.

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#8 What Are They On About? by Dr. Tammy Porter

What Are They On About? by Dr. Tammy Porter
What Are They On About? by Dr. Tammy Porter

Find science hard? Not sure what to believe with different headlines all the time?

This book will inform you of the science behind current issues such as the environment and alternative medicine, without any maths or scientific equations!

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#9 Consciousness Redefined by Marcin Modesto

Consciousness Redefined by Marcin Modesto
Consciousness Redefined by Marcin Modesto

Is extrasensory perception fictitious or can it be more real than we can even imagine? This question is being asked not only by the public, but also by scientists. Recent breakthroughs in quantum physics and neuroscience might finally provide the answer.

Only when we put all the pieces together can we uncover the biggest mystery of our nature: the human consciousness.

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#10 The Age of Aquarius: The Golden Age of Mankind by David Hart

The Age of Aquarius: The Golden Age of Mankind by David Hart
The Age of Aquarius: The Golden Age of Mankind by David Hart

Part religious study and part scientific study The Age of Aquarius: The Golden Age of Mankind is a fascinating insight into religion, science and the stars.

Split into chapters, providing tips on how to meditate, information on astrological symbolism, the Seven Seals and the planets, there is sure to be something to interest everyone in this book.

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#11 The Door on High Friar by B N Naml

The Door on High Friar by B N Naml
The Door on High Friar by B N Naml

The world is experiencing unprecedented advances in technology and science, testament to the ingenuity of the human mind.

Paradoxically, we seem unable to grasp the fundamentals of social interactions, our nations and institutions of government struggle to appease their own citizens as well as co-exist harmoniously.

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#12 Great Discoveries in Medicine

Great Discoveries in Medicine
Great Discoveries in Medicine

This book provides an inspiring insight into the groundbreaking moments of medical history. Any scientist is sure to love it, but for biologists, it is life-affirming.

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#13 Z-Man Games Pandemic Board Game

Z-Man Games Pandemic Board Game
Z-Man Games Pandemic Board Game

This is definitely one for the geeky-scientists. Fight epidemics and save the world with your team in this fast-paced board game.

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#14 Periodic Table Shower Curtain

Periodic Table Shower Curtain
Periodic Table Shower Curtain

No scientist’s home is complete without a periodic table shower curtain. Perfect for multitaskers who want to revise at every opportunity.

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#15 Are You a Monster or a Rock Star? by Danielle Robertson

Are You a Monster or a Rock Star? by Danielle Robertson
Are You a Monster or a Rock Star? by Danielle Robertson

Perfect for scientists who love caffeine, this book reviews the 20 most common ingredients in caffeinated beverages, from B-vitamins to yerba mate.

For each ingredient, food scientist and biochemist GreenEyedGuide shares the mechanism of how the ingredient affects the human body, as well as some colorful metaphors to help explain the action.

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#16 Goodnight Lab: A Scientific Parody

Goodnight Lab: A Scientific Parody
Goodnight Lab: A Scientific Parody

Whether you read the iconic children’s book “Goodnight Moon” to your child, or if you remember it as a part of your nighttime routine as a young’n, “Goodnight Lab” is a parody that is sure to delight.

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#17 Power in Numbers: The Rebel Women of Mathematics by Talithia Williams

Power in Numbers: The Rebel Women of Mathematics by Talithia Williams
Power in Numbers: The Rebel Women of Mathematics by Talithia Williams

Power in Numbers: The Rebel Women of Mathematics is an affirmation of female genius and a celebration of the boundless applications of mathematics.

This books is a full-color volume that takes aim at the forgotten influence of women on the development of mathematics over the last two millennia.

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#18 The Periodic Table: A visual guide to the elements by Tom Jackson

The Periodic Table: A visual guide to the elements by Tom Jackson
The Periodic Table: A visual guide to the elements by Tom Jackson

Combining cutting edge science with fascinating facts and stunning infographics, A Periodic Table looks at the extraordinary stories of discovery, amazing properties and surprising uses of each elements, whether solid, liquid or gas – naturally occurring, synthesized or theoretical!

This is a fact-filled visual guide to each element, each accompanied by technical date (category, atomic number, weight, boiling point) as well as fun facts and stories about their discovery and surprising uses.

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#19 Mindful Thoughts for Stargazers: Find your inner universe by Mark Westmoquette

Mindful Thoughts for Stargazers: Find your inner universe by Mark Westmoquette
Mindful Thoughts for Stargazers: Find your inner universe by Mark Westmoquette

Noticing the wonders of the night skies can foster a sense of curiosity, awe and deep interconnectedness like nothing else on Earth! Mindful Thoughts for Stargazers presents a constellation of meditations on how the mysteries of the outer universe connect us all more deeply to our inner universes.

Astronomer and ex-Zen monk Mark Westmoquette explores how astronomy proves to be an enlightening tool to transformative awareness-through shooting stars, eclipses and the journey of a photon, we discover how to find meaning and presence here and now.

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Contributors to this article
Alisha Billmen from Austin Macauley Publishers

Tamsin Nicholson from Yekize

Danielle Robertson Rath from GreenEyedGuide

Kelsey Duran from BabySensei

Lydia Rasmussen from The Quarto Group

Lydia Rasmussen from The Quarto Group

Lydia Rasmussen from The Quarto Group

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