The origin of (almost) everything / words by Graham Lawton ; illustrations by Jennifer Daniel ; introduction by Professor Stephen Hawking.
Publication year: 2016
Publisher: London : John Murray (Publishers),
ISBN: 9781473629257 (hbk.) :
At foot of title: New scientist.
From what actually happened in the Big Bang to the accidental discovery of post-it notes, science is packed with surprising discoveries. Did you know, for instance, that if you were to get too close to a black hole it would suck you up like a noodle (it's called spaghettification), why your keyboard is laid out in QWERTY (it's not to make it easier to type) or whether the invention of the wheel was less important to civilisation than the bag (think about it). This book takes you on a whistlestop journey from the start of our universe (through the history of stars, galaxies, meteorites, the Moon and dark energy) to our planet (through oceans and weather to oil) and life (through dinosaurs to emotions and sex) to civilisation (from cities to alcohol and cooking), knowledge (from alphabets to alchemy) ending up with technology (computers to rocket science).
255 pages : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 25 cm
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