DR IYA WHITELEY is a training developer for Astronauts with a background in Clinical Psychology and Cognitive Engineering. She designs both equipment and training programmes to improve the performance of highly trained professionals, including military pilots, astronauts, cosmonauts and surgeons. Iya is a Deputy Director of the Centre for Space Medicine at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London. Iya has worked at the European Astronaut Centre (European Space Agency) in Cologne, Germany and now collaborates with NASA and the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Star City, Russia. Since having her own children, Iya now also designs high contrast black and white visual books for a newborn and baby to tap into their developmental potential and give them the best possible start on our unique planet Earth. DR GRAHAM WHITELEY trained as a Design Engineer. He is a robotics designer and inventor. Graham devises new concepts and realises them using state of the art mechanical and electrical engineering. Graham helped design the world's first five-fingered prosthetic hand which is now worn by thousands of people, making their everyday quality of life that little bit better. The hand won the Da Vinci award and was named one of the top inventions of 2008 by Time Magazine. He has also designed the Schunk SVH, the world's first serially produced anthropomorphic robot hand.
'Helped me to have a closer bond with my little lad'. New Dad comment 'I ordered this book as a gift for a friend with a new baby. We watched her 3 week old be totally mesmerized by the first image we showed her. Now they keep a new picture from the book near her change mat and it is very calming. Earth Designs is a very innovative idea and is filled with so much information. It is much more interesting than your standard black and white baby book--for parents and babies alike!' Elizabeth P. Turner, Amazon Customer 'A most wonderful introduction to the intricate designs hidden in science and nature' Olga Bogatyreva, Doctor of Science and Dr Nikolaj Bogatyrev, Biologist www.biotriz.com '... gives fresh stimulation for young brains ... provides cognitive encouragement which can increase the desire to learn, to question, and to find logic in the world.' Dr. Raymond H. Hamden, Clinical Psychologist The Foundation For International Human Relations, Washington, DC. www.fihr.info '...they [Iya and Graham] have joined forces and created an amazing world, accessible to all, where science and art merge for human contemplation. Maria Montessori talked of 'seeking order' as a human tendency and the pages of this book provide incredible images where order and beauty can be sought to satisfy this human sensibility as well as being a unique resource to seek knowledge of our universe in the micro and macro.' Anne Shiner, KleinKinder Montessori Education www.kleinkinder.co.uk 'This beautiful book is a unique blend of mesmerising images for young eyes and fascinating facts to enlighten any parent' Chrissie Weltike, Early years Educator 'The EARTH DESIGNS are a wonderful invention in the world where children are exposed to a vast sea of information, sometime dissonant and chaotic. They [EARTH DESIGNS images] help a young developing mind to tune into the natural harmonics of symmetry, rhythmical patterns and the logic behind the laws of creation. Such visual stimuli will nurture the imagination and appreciation of harmony.' Maria Davinshvar Brown, Painter and Art Lecturer www.mariadanishvar.co.uk 'I highly recommended this book. You'll love looking at it as much as your baby does and that is so important when encouraging a child's development. There's a lot of validity in the power of black and white images to young babies and this is a really nice way to share the experience with them.' Laura, Parent in Somerset, UK 'If you want to introduce your baby to the wonders of nature, this is perfect for you... Or if you believe that there are no limits to your baby's understanding and you want to maximise learning potential. There are no other well researched and creative images that I have come across. This is the best. Great start for the baby'. Adrian, Parent in Somerset, UK