100 Discoveries: The Greatest Breakthroughs in History

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Throughout history, momentous, enabling discoveries have led to a giant leap in our understanding of the workings of the universe and fast-tracked human progress. 100 Discoveries presents in chronological order the greatest 100 breakthroughs in science and technology, medicine, exploration and the major areas of human endeavor of the past 10,000 years, from the development of agriculture in 10,000 BC, through inventing the telescope, explaining gravity, measuring the speed of light, to the discovery of genomics ...

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Throughout history, momentous, enabling discoveries have led to a giant leap in our understanding of the workings of the universe and fast-tracked human progress. 100 Discoveries presents in chronological order the greatest 100 breakthroughs in science and technology, medicine, exploration and the major areas of human endeavor of the past 10,000 years, from the development of agriculture in 10,000 BC, through inventing the telescope, explaining gravity, measuring the speed of light, to the discovery of genomics and the unraveling and manipulation of genes in living things. In identifying and describing these discoveries, this book tells the stories of the amazing people behind them, and where appropriate breaks down the complex concepts under discussion in easy-to-understand terms. 100 Discoveries presents, in engaging, lively text accompanied by fascinating photographs and illustrations, the crossing of every major intellectual, scientific, technological, geographic and cultural frontier of the past ten millennia.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781435104341
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 12/30/2008
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Macinnis is a science writer who enjoys chasing temporary obsessions down burrows. He trained as a biologist and worked as a science teacher, education bureaucrat, and museum educator, but prefers writing, mainly about the history of science or technology.

He is the author of Pioneers, Heroes and Fools, Mr. Darwin’s Incredible Shrinking World and The Speed of Nearly Everything, and has written social histories of sugar (Bittersweet), rockets (Rockets) and poisons (The Killer Bean of Calabar). His book for younger readers, Kokoda Track: 101 Days, won a Children’s Book Council of Australia Eve Pownall honor award in 2008 and was short-listed for the New South Wales Premier’s History Awards in 2007.

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