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Full of extraordinary discoveries and wonder at the world we live in, this is a thrilling scientific journey through history. It raises and answers many of the questions young readers ask about how the greatest scientific discoveries were made and who made them. Starting with the Big Bang (which wasn’t really a bang after all…) it looks at what we know about the earth and how dangerous it is, how life is sustained on the planet and ends by raising some of the issues about how we protect the planet for the future. The individuals who have contributed most to these debates such as Newton, Einstein, Darwin and Marie Curie are also highlighted. Fully illustrated and with a useful index, this makes entertaining reading as well as being a useful reference book.
Covers the mysteries of time and space, the obsessive scientists and the methods they used, the theories, the accidental discoveries which advanced whole areas of science when the people were actually looking for something else (or in the wrong direction) and the fact that the universe exists and life came to be on this planet.
|Publication date:||2nd October 2008|
|Publisher:||Random House Children's Books|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 3|
Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951. He settled in England in 1977, and lived for many years with his English wife and four children in North Yorkshire. He and his family then moved to America for a few years but have now returned to the UK. He succeeded Sir Peter Ustinov as Chancellor of the University of Durham in April 2005. His bestsellers include The Lost Continent, Neither Here Nor There, Notes From a Small Island, A Walk in the Woods, Down Under and, most recently, A Short History of Nearly Everything which won the Aventis Prize for Science ...More About Bill Bryson