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Coloring Book Features Famous Physicists

Color Me Physics
Illustration by:Kerry G. Johnson

The APS Public Outreach department has produced Color Me Physics, a coloring book that highlights ten famous physicists. Each page features a drawing of the physicist, suitable for coloring, together with a verse giving a brief description of what the physicist did. For example, the verse about Galileo reads:

Galileo was no dope
Looking through his telescope.
He would have to be much stupider
Not to see the moons of Jupiter.

and the verse about Marie Curie is:

Men said women can't do science
Marie Curie showed defiance.
She was not afraidy 'um
She discovered radium.

In addition to these, the book contains pages devoted to Copernicus, Newton, Franklin, Bouchet, Einstein, Fermi, Goeppert-Mayer, and Feynman. The inside front cover gives additional biographical information on each physicist.

The book will be distributed to teachers and others who can use it as a fun way to give younger children a first impression of physics and physicists. It is also online, in a format suitable for downloading, at www.physicscentral.com/coloringbook. The website contains additional source material on the featured physicists. Further information can be obtained by emailing outreach@aps.org.