The Way Science Works

This page is dedicated to my co-author Robin Kerrod who sadly passed away in September 2005. It was a privilege to know Robin, who was an inspirational writer and an inspirational friend.

My first book The Way Science Works – which I co-authored with astronomy and children’s author Robin Kerrod – is a highly illustrated introduction to physics and chemistry for children aged around 9-14. There are five main sections: Looking at Matter, Atoms and Elements, Forces and Energy, Heat and Sound, Light and Colour, and Electricity and Magnetism. 

The Way Science Works was published by Dorling Kindersley in association with the Science Museum in April 2002, and contains over 60 experiments for budding young scientists to try at home. I demonstrated some of these experiments during the launch event in Ottaker’s bookstore at the Science Museum in London, and was helped by plenty of enthusiastic volunteers from the audience!  I also gave the same talk with demonstrations and audience participation for patients at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London.

Sharon Ann signing books at the Science Museum in London
Photo: Ian Rennison

In May 2003, The Way Science Works was shortlisted for the Junior Prize in the Aventis Prizes for Science Books. The pictures below were taken at the Award Ceremony at the Science Museum on 25th June 2003. They show (first image below) my co-author Robin and I collecting our award from broadcaster Carol Vorderman and Chief Executive of Aventis UK Pierre Chancel, and (second image below) Robin and I with the other shortlisted authors for the Junior Prize (from left to right): Nicholas Harris, Nick Arnold and Tony de Saulles, Sally Hewitt, myself and Robin, Dr Frances Dipper (the winner) and Sholly Fisch.

Sharon Ann and Robin collecting their award from Carol Vorderman and Pierre Chancel
Robin and I collecting our award from Carol Vorderman and Pierre Chancel
The shortlisted authors for the Junior Prize
The shortlisted authors for the Junior Prize

If you would like to read extracts from the reviews, or the publisher’s description of the book, please page down.


“…an authoritative introduction to a whole range of scientific principles…this excellent resource will challenge and appeal to confident young readers.”

Terry Jennings, for Child Education and Junior Education’s ‘Best Books 2002’ supplement, UK

“…good as an idea starter for science fair projects, as well as a book to simply browse… will attract reluctant upper elementary and junior high learners…. recommended because of its multiple uses and appreciation by both younger and a little more mature audience”.

Gale Group Educational Resources, USA

“With DK’s remarkable introduction to science, young readers can learn many of the most important principles of chemistry and physics – and have a whole lot of fun while they’re at it…. Gorgeous photos and clear, step-by-step instructions make this a learning experience budding young scientists won’t mind a bit”.

Emilie Coulter, for, USA

“Young scientists will find all they need to know in The Way Science Works….”

Publishers Weekly, USA

“…an exciting introduction for young readers to the deductive process of science… superbly organized instructional reference…The Way Science Works is particularly geared to show younger folks just how much amazing fun science can be!”

Midwest Book Review, USA

“…lucid and exciting volume which clearly lays out the fundamental principles of physics and chemistry…a useful and fascinating compendium.”

A Common Reader, USA

“An engaging book for young adults.”

Book News, USA

“…thorough discussion of physics and chemistry…ideal for learning more outside the classroom…visually appealing…”

Jeri Fischer Krentz, for The Charlotte Observer, USA

“The Way Science Works is a must read.”

William Johnstone, for the Denver Post, USA

“If you like science, The Way Science Works is perfect for you! If you don’t like science, this might change your mind!”

Christian Schneider, for Colorado Kids Book Reviews, USA

“…an interesting mix of scientific facts…clear explanations and layout make this a useful book for both home and school libraries. One to keep in mind for end of year prizes.”

Peta Harrison, for The Singing Tree Book News, Australia

Dorling Kindersley’s Description:

    From lightning bolts to robotics, this book lifts the lid on science, giving you the chance to experiment with the theories for yourself.

    Whether you want to learn about the myriad colours that make up the Aurora Borealis or discover what makes you float in the Dead Sea, this book explains key theories in clear and accessible language with breathtaking images. You can explore and test scientific principles in the dramatic experiments in each section – from creating your own polymer slime to investigating rocket power.

    Authoritative and down-to-earth coverage of the major chemistry and physics topics means that you can find out why science matters and how it is changing our world. From the material world to magnetism and electricity, you’ll find the latest examples of science in action, and you’ll be able to learn by doing, with lots of exciting, practical experiments. With a fascinating collection of facts and figures, and a full glossary and index, The Way Science Works is the ideal companion to the science curriculum.