TIME Great Discoveries: Explorations that Changed History

TIME Great Discoveries: Explorations that Changed History

by TIME Magazine, Kelly Knauer


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Here is a book designed to inspire the heart, challenge the mind, delight the eye, engage the armchair traveler and, yes, encourage your bootheels to be wanderin'. The editors of Time have sought out the most exciting new discoveries in the fields of geography, paleontology, astronomy and archaeology and combined them with classic tales of exploration to present a book that is vast in scope and pulsing with the energy of fresh knowledge. It includes the latest updates on the fascinating fossilized dinosaur-birds of China; reports of revelatory recent digs in Egypt; and an overview of new findings from the swarm of craft now investigating Mars, Jupiter and the moons of Saturn.

The book's journey takes us from Siberia's Yamal Peninsula, where the 40,000-year-old carcass of the baby mammoth Lyuba emerged from the permafrost, to a mysterious cave on Indonesia's island of Flores, where an unusual species of miniature early humans, dubbed "the hobbits," once lived. The cast of striking characters includes the brilliant Chinese paleontologist Xing Xu, Egypt's famed tomb-raider Zahi Hawass-and nasa's plucky Martian rovers, Opportunity and Spirit. Readers will be surprised to learn how much new information has emerged in recent years about subjects we thought we knew well, from the wreck of the Titanic to the mysteries of the Pueblo cliff-dwellers of the American Southwest.

In addition to its probing, wide-ranging account of great discoveries past and present, the book offers a host of arresting photographs that create a spectacular visual panorama of Planet Earth's most powerful forces and most exotic regions. Welcome aboard-and bon voyage!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603200837
Publisher: Time Home Entertainment, Inc
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 11.10(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

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The editors of TIME, noted for putting out a slew of quality books on various educational topics such as America: An Illustrated History, Abraham Lincoln: His Life and Times, and The Middle East: The History, the Conflict, the Culture, the Faiths, have outdone themselves with their newest offering, Great Discoveries: Explorations that Changed History. This visually appealing book takes a look at 30 different discoveries that every schoolchild should study. The topics covered within Great Discoveries are quite varied and include a look at China's clay army, the bog bodies, Lewis and Clark's adventures, Yellowstone, Indonesia's 'hobbits,' comets, and the mapping of Mars. Broken down into four main sections, exploring the past, exploring planet Earth, exploring life on Earth, and exploring the solar system, it is easy to flip the pages to find a topic of interest. Each topic is accompanied by numerous photographs, most in color with a few in black and white. Indeed, it is likely that youngsters reading this book are apt to pick their favorites by the beautiful, vibrant pictures that accompany each article. (This reviewer found the full page photos of Saturn and Jupiter particularly stunning.) But once on a particular topic, the clear, concise writing will keep the reader's attention. Readers have probably heard about all (or most) of the discoveries covered in this book, however, the editors have done a wonderful job of including the most up-to-date information on each as well as adding little known facts. For instance, did you know that a tyrannosaur was recently found with feathers? That the fingers of one of the "bog bodies" was so well preserved that scientists were able to get fingerprints from them? What about the reason(s) the Pueblo "cliff dwellers" abandoned their now famous cliff homes? You'll have to get a copy of Great Discoveries to read the current theories on what happened! Quill says: A coffee table book that should be on every coffee table!