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"I will Author a science text-book, and donate the copyright to Oxfam so they can distribute it to the third world but only if 10 other budding scientists will help."

— Darren Grover, Crazy International Scientist

Deadline to sign up by: 1st October 2006
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A major problem with regard to education in the developing world is access to copyrighted, and therefore expensive textbooks and materials. I propose to produce a general-science text book with the aim of covering upto GCSE-level standard and I am prepared to hand-over the copyright to Oxfam, so they can both make money from it, and distribute the text book to developing nations.

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  • This is a great idea. If you're desperate for help, email me. I have A*s in the sciences at GCSE but no knowledge beyond that.
  • I have a-levels in Physics and Biology and got Gold in biology olympiad - my chemistry isn't so good. Not doing a science degree...
    Michelle Dumont, 12 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I have chemistry and Bio A-levels, and I'm off to med school. Whatsmore, I would like to regard myself as a Crazy International Scientist. So if I can be of help (do I know enough?) I'd love to help.

    Hannah xxx
    Hannah, 12 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I did physics and maths at A-level, chemistry at AS and now I'm doing a physics degree. I'll help out a bit if I can..
    Mat, 12 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • There are allready projects to build course materials that can be used for free.

    From MIT with it university level courses:

    Schools science under creative commons license:

    Maybe you should build on these projects, or set up similar open colaborative projects that produce materials that can be freely reproduced and distributed by anyone, rather than have Oxfam handle the rights to the work which maybe more than burden than a help for them.

    Also there are many issues to consider with science text books such as how they fit a school curriculum, with all sorts of vested interests pushing their free materials.

    btw for your interest I myself studied Biology, Chemistry and Physics up to A level. And went on to study Chemical Engineering at University.
    Bunny, 12 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Thank-you for your comments, Bunny.

    In some respects, I totally agree with you. In that the services you link to are flexible, accessible, and of course, free for all.

    However, in both examples, they are far from complete. In agreement with part of your comment, I would support the expansion of these, possibly as part of this project.

    However, provision of educational services through the internet makes some assumptions that are unlikely, firstly, that the audience have internet access. Secondly, they have resources to obtain information in a useable form, and thirdly, they are aware of the resouce.

    Another problem with both resources is the lack of formality or consistency. In that, yes they are excellent materials support learning, but they lack the structure

    Of your comment, the part I find most interesting is the idea of the creative commons license. I hadn't thought about that. This will definately be something I shall investigate - having looked on the website, I see there is a special license for work which is for use in developing nations.

    Thanks for your comments!
    Darren, 12 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • An excellent idea. I would be more than happy to help on physics content in whatever spare time I get in between teaching (I'm currently teaching A Level physics, have a MPhys and PhD in subject and experience in writing GCSE physics revsion guides). Please feel free to contact me as soon as possible.

    Dr Taj Bhutta, 12 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I have A Level Physics and Chemistry and a Maths Degree. Happy to do what ever I can to help.
    John Cross, 12 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • This is a great idea

    I'm currently entering into my third year of an undergraduate masters degree in physics and will be happy to help as much as i can on any sections related to maths or physics.
    Simon James freethy, 12 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • As a result of media interest over the past few months, this project now has a small amount of funding to get it going. If those of you who signed the pledge (or even those that did not) are still interested, please e-mail me, or visit my website and get in contact throug there.

    Many thanks,

  • We are also working on this as the
    Free High School Science Texts ( - we are finishing off Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry content for Grades 10 - 12 for the South African curriculum. Please consider helping us finish off our texts, they are free (GFDL) and people can use them as a starting point for other countries/districts.

    I pledge to help you use any of our stuff to speed up your work.

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Current signatories (Green text = they've done it)

Darren Grover, the Pledge Creator, joined by:

  • Michelle Dumont
  • Gianluca Campanella
  • Hannah
  • Mike Loftus
  • Emilie Yerby
  • John Pipet
  • Mathew Moore
  • John Angliss
  • Dr Tajamal (Taj) Bhutta
  • John Cross
  • Simon James freethy
  • 6 people who did not want to give their names

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