Someone told me we need another child so we can cover all 7 colours of the rainbow. As they say in Australia: yeah, nah đ

**Eureka!**

The big aha! moment was seeing how much school children love YouTube stars. OK, maybe I should say âstarsâ. And by âstarsâ I mean people that have at least one YouTube video with them in it.

So, I planned on going to McCallums Hill PS to read to the Stage 1 students and do some physics activities. It was a great time and we all had a lot of fun.

But, what I didnât expect was for the teachers and students to do a little research on me before I arrived. At some point they came across this video from the Perimeter Institute.

And, that was it, they decide I was a YouTube star đ When I arrive they swarmed me asking, âAre you the author from YouTube?!â Then they took turns taking pictures with me. It was all very charming and amusing.

**Reading!**

## Childrenâs Literature Recommendations

*Doll-E 1.0 ***by Shanda McCloskey**

Fun illustrations and story of the technology infused world of todayâs children. Itâll fit great in any bedtime picture book rotation. It also works to motivate the tinkerer in young listeners.

*Ada Lace is on the Case ***by Emily Calandrelli and Renaee Kurilla**

One of the few âfirst chapter booksâ that isnât all about problems encountered at school. Ada, the main character, has to investigate and solve a neighborhood mystery that had my kids thinking and guessing along the way. Whereas many STEM-inspired fiction in this reading category resort to science fiction, Ada Lace sticks to real science and engineering.

*Amulet 2 & 3*** by Kazu Kibuishi**

We continued reading the Amulet graphic novel series. It only gets better! We definitely recommend this for any age. Again, reading aloud a graphic novel may seem counterintuitive, but it definitely works!

## Adult Literature September Reads

** This Idea Is Brilliant: Lost, Overlooked, and Underappreciated Scientific Concepts Everyone Should Know** by

**John Brockman**

This is such a great book to have lying around. It is so easy to dip in and out of. Each chapter is a unique description of a new scientific idea. While they are on the shallow side (think: somewhere between a tweet and a TED talk), the book makes up for it in quantity. I really enjoyed learning about so many new scientific ideas.

** Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life** by

**Peter Gray**

Read this book whether you have children or not. Itâs not just a story about children and schooling, but one of Western society more generally. It really sharpened my observations of my own childrenâs experience in the school system. There is plenty of advice in here for parents.

Currently reading: ** Wooâs Wonderful World of Maths** by

**Eddie Woo**

**Writing!**

Wow! 8 Little Planets was named Best Childrenâs Book 2018 for ages 0-2 by Amazon!

Next year, some books on engineering topics will be released. Here is the final version of the first cover! Itâs ABCs of Engineering with my amazing co-author, engineer and lasers-in-space physicist, Dr Sarah Kaiser.

Itâs been a while in the making but the first translations of the new versions of the book are available. First up we have Italian! Available now are Ingegneria spaziale and RelativitĂ generale. Next April, Ottica fisica and Fisica Quantistica will arrive.

Molto buona! I did an interview with the Italian publisher, which you can find here. (Google will do a great job translating it from Italian as well đ)

**Arithmetic! ****(academic news)**

All this exciting childrenâs book news sure illustrates how slow academia moves! Of course, when trying to prove fundamental truths about the world, we are happy to take our time đ

This month Iâve been dealing with reports from referees. Criticism is a necessary part of science and in many cases referees have provided crucial insight. But, you also have to develop a fairly thick skin.

This rather is rather timely since a podcast recorded last month with Sc-gasm about peer review just aired.

**Events!**

- ACEMS 2018 Retreat Keynote titled âAll your Bayes are Belong to Usâ.

- I spent a couple days in Perth talking about the childrenâs books and reading to a great crowd.

- MathsCraft is workshop for high-schoolers which encourages them to âthink like a research mathematicianâ. Each workshop brings together students, teachers, and mathematicians guide the students in their âplayâ at maths. It was a great experience and fun to watch the students explore their curiosity with maths.

**Up next!**

December in Australia combines the holiday season *and *summer. Youâll find me at the beach!