This is my son (Figure 1), and his name is Jett. He is now 4 years old, but he was 3 back in May 2015 when the following story occurred.
Let me just preface this story by saying that Jett has surprised me by being very inquisitive and interested in science in his short time on earth. Just about every day, he talks about planets, traveling to Mars and other scientific things that may be a little unexpected from a boy that young. He is dialed into both Tableau and Alteryx and will soon be using these tools to learn about the world.
It was Sunday May 24, 2015, when I told Jett to go get a book that he wanted me to read to him. He promptly went over to the bookcase and returned with a surprising selection. What he had in his hands was a very old box, as shown in Figure 2.
It took me a moment to remember what that box contained. It had been years since I looked into that box.
My wife Toni and I used to buy and sell antiques. We purchased a lot of things through the years, and this box was one of those things.
When I opened the box, I instantly remembered the contents. There are two books included in that box from the 1870’s. The books are shown in Figure 3.
These books were written by a pretty famous guy, as shown in Figure 4.
Now I thought to myself for a moment. How long can I get into this book before Jett is totally disinterested?
Well, one thing lead to another and I just decided to repackage the books. Before doing so, I took a few pictures to appreciate the treasure that was in my hand.
Inside the book, I found an article from 1909. Figure 5 shows that article.
I noticed that imperfect pages as shown in Figure 6. This gave me chills for some reason. The smell of the paper was even different. The lack of precision, the bleeding of ink through the pages, and the age of the book is truly magnificent.
Finally, here is a collage of the experience as shown in Figure 7. One day, I promised myself, that I would begin explaining this book to Jett when the time is right. A lot has been learned in the 140 years since this book was published and I look forward to sharing these insights with Jett.