Barbara Fritchman Thompson
Barbara Fritchman Thompson is a coauthor of Building the Perfect PC and PC Hardware in a Nutshell. Barbara worked for 20 years as a librarian before starting her own home-based consulting practice, Research Solutions, and is also a researcher for the law firm Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge, & Rice, PLLC. During her leisure hours, Barbara reads, works out, plays golf, and, like Robert, is an avid amateur astronomer.
"Middle to high school students and many an adult DIY science person will find this an inviting collection packed with fun experiments and ideas."
"It does an outstanding job of teaching the reader how to build a computer. Having it on hand could be a great confidence booster for a novice."
"It would be a great book for budding (teenage or older) scientist or detective! I bet science teachers would have great participation--with minimal whining--by implementing some of these science labs into their curriculum--in the school system or for home schooling."
"This book is a pretty straightforward read. It makes you feel as if you are part of CSI!"
"There is quite a bit of fun to be had here though, and a great deal of understanding of how things work to be gained by working through this book. The Illustrated Guide to Home Forensic Science Experiments is do it yourself science at a very basic level, and recommended for all nerds in training."
"I couldn't do home labs without it...If you want to do home labs on your own, I would suggest this."
"With proper supervision, this is an ideal book for middle-school and above students who are interested in the whys behind forensic science and those who want to challenge themselves in learning about chemical and physical reactions used in our everyday lives. "
"For the teenager, the Illustrated Guide to Home Forensic Science Experiments: All Lab, No Lecture is a great resource that will inspire and educate them, not numb their mind like a gratuitous video game. For the adult, it may reveal the latent forensic scientist that was always within them."
"If there's one thing that really irritates me about some homeschool science books, it's that they assume you are fully equipped with a school-sized lab and have more equipment than most families can afford. The Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments doesn't do that; in fact, it's a very practical and approachable method to teach kids of any age some of the most important biology principles they'll need to know!"
"Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments is well-written and well-illustrated."
"This book is for anyone, from responsible teenagers to adults, who wants to learn about biology by doing real, hands-on laboratory work."
"Great both for homeschoolers or for anyone who just wants to learn more about biology by doing real, hands on lab work."
"The Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments would also make a great course for homeschool Co-Op classes. Especially considering it can be used with so many different curriculums. The students can do biology at home and the lab at co-op. Im seriously considering this for next year."
"Both of my kids enjoy and excel in the study of science. My daughter has even expressed her desire to become a neurosurgeon someday, though it is still early and that is subject to change. I like to fill some of those Summer Vacation "Mom, I'm so bored!", moments with something educational and The Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments by Robert Bruce Thompson and Barbara Fritchman Thompson from O'Reilly Media helped me do that. The photographs were amazing and definitely are favorite part of this book. "
"I have used and loved the authors Chemistry book, Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments: All Lab, No Lecture (DIY Science), but I honestly did not expect to like this one as well, just because it isnt my favorite subject. But now I am actually excited about doing Biology, and looking forward to it! I decided we are going to start the using this book now, because it seems too interesting to wait. So we are going to learn to use the microscope, make slides and mount specimens over the summer, and have fun with this book."
"My husband's next school course is in Biology and as my son is going into High-School Biology this year, I thought this would be a great book to have at home. It talks about the importance of keeping a Lab Notebook (and how to format it), how to prepare and give careful consideration to your work area (especially at home) and planning / scheduling. I found the experiments to be very interesting and the procedures not difficult to read at all. After each Lab there are Review Questions and some of them come with colored photos to assist you on the provided steps. "
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"The book features large, full-color photographs, showing various points of construction for each project. In addition to construction details, in-depth discussions of component selections are also given in each section, giving the reasoning behind the ones selected and why...Authors Robert Bruce Thompson and Barbara Fritchman Thompson give you all you need to know in one neat package. Well worth the price and time to read."
"It doesn't matter if you've never built a computer system before or if you've built PCs for your entire extended family, you need this book if you want to be confident that you're doing it right and for the right price."
"The Illustrated Guide is useful for beginners and experienced astronomers alike. For beginners, the book will be challenging to use, but will provide years of deep-sky targets to chase down. For those with more experience the book will be a great reference."
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