I, Humanity

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Story Time From Space Official Selection

Part of a set of books launched to the International Space Station through NASA’s Story Time from Space program, read aloud by astronauts for children around the world
 
Written in the first person with the viewpoint of a narrator who represents the human race throughout history, I, Humanity tells the story of what we now know about the universe and how we learned it. It begins with the ancient view of a small, flat Earth, and page-by-page shows how we’ve gradually learned about our planet, its orbit, and its place in the vast universe. The book is designed to work on three different levels: education, perspective, and inspiration. The educational aspect comes in the factual content of the story, the perspective element involves enabling children learn to see themselves and our planet in a new light, and the inspirational component comes in helping children dream of how they can help make the world a better place.

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Jeffrey Bennett, winner of the 2013 American Institute of Physics Science Communication Award, is an astrophysicist and educator who proposed the idea for and helped develop the Voyage Scale Model Solar System—the first science-oriented exhibit approved for permanent installation on the National Mall in Washington, DC. He is the lead author of college textbooks in four subjects—astronomy, astrobiology, mathematics, and statistics—and has written critically acclaimed books for the general public including Beyond UFOs and On the Cosmic Horizon. He is also the author of children's books, including those in the Science Adventures with Max the Dog series and The Wizard Who Saved the World. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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"I love this book. I, Humanity masterfully describes human exploration of the heavens in an easy, flowing narrative. Elegantly presented scientific and historical information will have readers returning to its pages again and again." —Andrea Beaty, author, Rosie Revere, Engineer "I, Humanity speaks to all ages, all cultures, and all genders, unifying us as one people throughout the ages with the common curiosity of understanding how we all fit together in this vast space we call The Universe. Jeffrey Bennett has once again hit the mark in creating a visually expressive and engaging science story that is both scientifically accurate and easy to understand." —Susan Lederer, NASA Johnson Space Center "A great book, with a wonderfully interesting angle on the evolution of science and technology relating to space and human understanding of our place in the universe." —Edward Gomez, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network

"Sometimes you come across a book that is innovative and truly different, providing inspiration by taking a completely different perspective. I, Humanity is just such as book . . .  although written for children, anyone can read and be inspired by it." —Richard Harrison, Space Research Today

"Night Owl Reviews Top Pick. I, Humanity is an amazing book in so many ways . . . [It] will definitely have your child looking to the stars. Yay for showing kids how to love science!" —Pamela Robinson, nightowlreviews.com"With beautiful images, imaginative storytelling, and an inspirational message, I, Humanity will educate both children and adults about how we as individuals fit into the grand scheme of the universe." —Larry Bock, Founder, USA Science & Engineering Festival"A wonderful historical and scientific adventure, following humankind’s ever-growing conception of the universe. Entices curiosity and propels imagination." —Alan J. McCormack, former President, National Science Teachers Association"A compelling and thought-provoking book! It gave me a new perspective, as if I had lived through all of human history gaining knowledge of the universe along the way. My students loved the book, too, saying that they were inspired to learn more about the universe. Well done!" —Kristi Fehr, Kentucky Science Teacher if the Year"Brilliantly conveys our shared human passion for understanding the universe, and how we have learned so much through the collective efforts of all races and cultures across the ages.” —Tomita Akihiko, Wakayama University, Japan"Audacious – the entire cosmos in a thin book . . . A wonderful way to interest young people in a subject that is literally of universal appeal." —Seth Shostak, SETI Institute; Host, Big Picture Science"Wow . . . what a fabulous book!!! With fascinating science and magnificent illustrations, I, Humanity captures the excitement of space and where we fit in as humanity." —Steve Sherman, Living Maths, South Africa"Brilliant book! I love the style, which offers an enormous wealth of information." —Rosa Duran, Núcleo Interactivo de Astronomia, Portugal"A wonderful book! It is pouring love and inspiration!" —Cecilia Scorza, Haus der Astronomie, Germany"Mesmerizing! We learn new things and even with the things we did know, we see them in a new perspective. The book will inspire both youngsters and adults to expand their thinking." —Mark Levy, St. Johns University
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