Mark Pilkington charts some of the more curious byways, scenic detours, and inspired failures of scientists, inventors, and, yes, crackpots, over the past few hundred years. From the Aquatic Ape Hypothesis to zero-point energy, via the Hieronymous Machine and Phlogiston, Far Out tells the stories that are all too often ignored, lost, or simply forgotten by conventional science books. Some of them are perhaps best left languishing in the margins of history, but others may yet change our future. Entries cover physics, chemistry, biology, archaeology, parapsychology, psychology, and other areas yet to be inducted into mainstream science, including radionics, keranography, erotoxin, and remote viewing. Written in a succinct and engaging style, each piece provides a useful, self-contained introduction to its topic, and provides enough information to allow readers to discover more if they so desire. Far Out is the latest in the unique CD-sized book format from Disinformation, following the best-selling 50 Things You’re Not Supposed To Know series by Russ Kick. Once again, the book is printed in two colors, with the entries arranged into sections, many with appropriate illustrations, diagrams, or photographs.
Did you know that the European eel can migrate far distances simply from memory? Did you know that chimpanzees can learn sign language? Far Out! is packed with interesting facts about animals that can do amazing and humanlike things, such as the dolphin, silverback gorilla, Egyptian vulture, and monarch butterfly.
What would you do if little men in purple uniforms filled your living room with impossible machinery? A machine made it possible to bury your crimes in the future? You were abandoned on an asteroid alone with a murderous living snake of metal?
Saturn—the jewel of the solar system—has seven mysterious and beautiful rings. These rings, made of ice, dust, and rock, range in size from a snow crystals to a house. Learn about the amazing spacecraft missions to Saturn, the dedicated scientists who plan them, and more far-out facts about the sixth planet from the sun.
Earth is the only planet in our solar system that is suitable for life. It has liquid water, oxygen, and enough gravity to hold its own atmosphere. But did you know that Earth is always changing? Scientists have used spacecraft and satellites to learn more about our planet. They can better predict natural disasters like hurricanes, and monitor volcano eruptions and climate changes. Learn lots of far-out facts about our home planet.
Cratered Mercury is the smallest and fastest planet in the solar system. Temperatures there vary more than on any other planet. Readers will learn lots of far-out facts about the closest planet to the Sun. This book features a center spread with fast facts, perfect for report writing.
At a scorching 462°C, Venus is the hottest planet in the solar system—and poisonous clouds of gas surround it. Spacecraft from Earth have visited Venus. Learn about the amazing missions and the scientists who plan them This book features a center spread with fast facts, perfect for report writing.