Maria Birmingham

Ian Turner

Biometrics — the science of using the body to identify a person — is everywhere, not just in science fiction, but in everyday life. Today, biometrics is on the cutting edge of security. It’s used for access into banks and airports, as well as to keep money and personal information safe. Methods like fingerprinting and retinal scanning might be more familiar, but biometrics can also identify people based on ear shape, scent, vein pattern, and much more.

This book explores nine biometrics in detail, explaining how each works, where it’s used, its pros and cons, and how it compares to other techniques. It also discusses privacy, security, why we need methods of identification, and touches on biometrics of the future. Engaging and colorful design and playful illustrations alongside surprising anecdotes, historical context, and humor make this an enjoyable, in-depth look at a hot topic. Informational text features include sidebars, diagrams, sources, a glossary and an index. Maria Birmingham, Ian Turner
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SKU: 200197n0nn1nWWW | ISBN: 9781771471930

"From fingerprints to voice, tongue, and even odor recognition, Birmingham explores the ways our identities are being linked to unique physical features or behaviors... May spur young readers into taking care with their IDs and personal information." - Kirkus Reviews

"A fun, futuristic look as the fascinating worlds of recognition technology...ignites the imagination...offering great depth while managing to keep the reader engaged with Birmingham's expert excellent study guide for an inspired science-fair project, and equally effective as a read for young tweens needing a reminder of their wonderful uniqueness." - Quill & Quire

"Written in a friendly and accessible style... This compelling and comprehensible overview of the field is recommended for middle school readers." - School Library Journal

"Appealingly presented... There's a real need for information on this topic for this age." - Booklist

"Accessible, well-organized... an effective springboard for young researchers attempting to zero in on an interesting topic." - Bulletin for the Centre for Children's Books

"Each biometric section provides an overview of the method of collection, and the type and case of collection, and the level of security it provides, in addition to where it is use and the cons of that particular process... Recommended." - School Library Connection

"Biometrics: Your Body and the Science of Security fills a gap as a readable and comprehensive introduction to the topic of biometrics for young scientists, one applicable for elementary and middle school research or a nice option for young readers of nonfiction and high-interest titles." - Canadian Review of Materials

Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada's 2018 Information Book Award, 2018

Science Writers & Communicators of Canada 2017 Youth Book Award,

Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and Teens,

2018-19 BC Red Cedar Awards,

Lane Anderson Award for Canadian Science Writing, 2017

Silver Birch Nonfiction,

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Publication date

September 15, 2017

Number of pages



Social Studies

Lexile® Level


Interest age

From 8 to 12