It’s probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think about children’s favourite story books. One scientist thinks quantum physics is just the perfect topic for babies.

Jorja McDonnell reports.


Quantum physics can be a difficult subject to understand, even for those who study it.

But one scientist thinks it’s the perfect topic for babies.

Chris Ferrie has already written a number of children’s books about science and today he read a selection to a crowd of little fans in Brisbane.

For many it was the first time hearing his newest title, Quantum Physics for Babies.

Chris Ferrie, Author: “So I started writing the books when they were young and I just wanted something for them that was about science.”

What started out as a family-driven project has become a popular phenomenon in Australia.

With some parents reading the books every night, at the request of their tiny scientists.

Child: “ball, ball.”

Ellie Smith, Mother: “Yeah he loves books so we got some of these.”

Lifelong learning has to start with a single step.

For the future scientists here at the State Library, these colourful picture books are just the beginning.

Jorja McDonnell, QUT News.