It is an award book in the category of “popular science” in the first edition of “The Next Writer Publication Funding Scheme” organized by the Hong Kong Publishing Federation and sponsored by Create Hong Kong of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
Mankind has always been fascinated with the origin of pearls. Whether it be the ancient legends or the modern sciences, such as the invention of microscopes and the application of radio frequency identification technology, scientific advancements gradually reveal the secrets of pearls. We even begin to observe the intimate relationship between pearls and the mother nature. We invite you to explore the sciences behind these natural gems from the ocean!
Pearl cultivation is a part of the marine heritage of Hong Kong. From the ancient pearl hunt to the modern pearl cultivation, the readers will learn about the global scientific discoveries that contribute to the evolution of the Hong Kong pearl industry. Furthermore, from the inspiration of nature, we investigate the possibility of cross-industrial collaboration that contributes to the symbiotic growth of the economy.
We encourage the parents and teachers to use this book as a guide to build a small aquarium to grow pearls at home or at school. Children will be able to learn about biology, chemistry, physics, and beyond, to build a foundation for their understanding of the sciences behind a life-supporting ecosystem. This is also a lesson about the respect for life, the interaction with nature, and the responsibility as a steward for our planet.