The Foundations of Science: Space (Textbook)

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“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?”

—Job 38:4

The Foundations of Science introduces children to the wonders of the natural world in light of God’s providential care over creation.

Too often we hear messages that science is in conflict with faith, but Pope St. John Paul II wrote that faith and science “each can draw the other into a wider world, a world in which both can flourish.” Foundations seeks to spawn this flourishing in the hearts and minds of young readers, guiding them into a world that will delight their imaginations and inspire awe in the awesome power of God.

Authored by Dr. Timothy Polnaszek, this eight-part series covers an extensive scope of scientific studies, from animals and plants, to the galaxies of outer space and the depths of the ocean, to cells and organisms, to the curiosities of chemistry and the marvels of our planet. Still more, it reveals the intricate order found beneath the surface of creation and chronicles many of the Church’s contributions to science throughout history.

Space: A Tour of the Cosmos launches us into the distant reaches of our solar system, and beyond! On this cosmic exploration, children will visit and become familiar with each of the planets that orbit our sun, learn the fascinating history of the scientific field of astronomy, meet famous astronauts, and take witness to the wonder and mystery of what lies even beyond our own galaxy.

Did you know . . .

  • Some say that astronomy was the first science because we have archeological evidence of ancient cultures recording their observations of the night sky?
  • Molecular clouds are also called “stellar nurseries” because these regions of space are where new stars are born?
  • Due to its slow rotation and short orbit, a “day” on Mercury is longer than a “year”?
  • Venus rotates on its axis in the opposite direction of most planets—so the sun rises in the west and sets in the east?
  • Olympus Mons is an ancient volcano on Mars that forms the tallest mountain in our solar system at almost 15 miles high, three times larger than Mount Everest?
  • There is a continuous storm raging on Jupiter, known as “the Great Red Spot,” that is larger than Earth?
  • The word astronaut comes from two Greek words that translate to “star sailors”?

In addition, children will also learn about St. Joseph of Cupertino, the patron saint of astronauts, meet Catholic astronomers, including some on the path to sainthood, read about some of the most famous astronomical events from the Bible, and learn how the teachings of our Catholic faith are compatible with all modern theories and hypotheses concerning the universe.   

Take a journey back to when God laid the foundation of the world with this groundbreaking science curriculum! 

Timothy Polnaszek, PhD
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3 Reviews

  • 5
    Good Introduction

    Posted by Erik A. on May 24th 2023

    Great book for exploring the universe. The chapters are brief yet packed with plenty of information. Great definitions and facts throughout the text. Excellent pictures and illustrations complement the topics. Each chapter finished with a helpful review.

  • 5
    Quality Resource

    Posted by AMANDA P. on Oct 24th 2022

    I have found our new favorite science curriculum. All of my 3 school elementary age children are learning interesting and challenging information from these lessons. The video lessons are a nice touch to really solidify what we;ve read. Thank you Tan books for these courses.

  • 5

    Posted by Suzanne Z. on Aug 15th 2022

    My sixth grader is very enthusiastic and willing to read this textbook. I love how they intertwine faith and science. The layout is beautifully done with lots of colorful images that make it appealing to young students. Thank you for producing a wonderful product for my children to learn from.