“Music rhythms are mathematical patterns. When you hear a song and your body starts moving with it, your body is doing math. The kids in their parents’ garage practicing to be a band may not realize it, but they’re also practicing math.”
– Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
* I’ve always believed this to be true, as a math student in college-turned musician. If you haven’t read Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s book yet What Color Is My World? I strongly recommend it.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, basketball legend and the NBA's alltime leading scorer, champions a lineup
of little-known African-American inventors in this lively, kid-friendly book.
Did you know that James West invented the microphone in your cell phone? That Fred Jones invented the refrigerated truck that makes supermarkets possible? Or that Dr. Percy Julian synthesized cortisone from soy, easing untold people's pain? These are just some of the black inventors and innovators scoring big points in this dynamic look at several unsung heroes who shared a desire to improve people's lives. Offering profiles with fast facts on flaps and framed by a funny contemporary story featuring two feisty twins, here is a nod to the minds behind the gamma electric cell and the ice-cream scoop, improvements to traffic lights, open-heart surgery, and more - inventors whose ingenuity and perseverance against great odds made our world safer, better, and brighter.
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What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors (Hardcover)
By (author) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Raymond Obstfeld
This childrens/family book was written by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. It is a wonderful and important book. It will help children and the whole family to find their path. This book makes a great gift.
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“My mother had to send me to the movies with my birth certificate, so that I wouldn’t have to pay the extra fifty cents that the adults had to pay.”
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
*Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Grew up in Harlem. When he was a boy he first played baseball and later switched to basketball after he watched a show about the Harlem Globetrotters which inspired him. He wrote a children’s book called “What Color Is Your World” The lost History Of African-American Inventors, which is a wonderful and important book for all children to read and help them find their path.