Take a journey through time with an author who understands the politics, intrigue, and human nature of science inquiry. Be prepared to spend hours of delightful reading learning about everything you wanted to know about the quantum world, physics, and relativity.
About the Book : - Accompanying a landmark BBC television series, "Science Story" traces the breakthroughs in every area of science from classical times to today. Throughout, the award-winning authors show us the big historical picture too. Great science happens when brilliant minds collide with new discoveries and tools at specific points in time. These intriguing and sometimes quirky insights are summarized in unique 'Connections' diagrams throughout the book. And we see the powerful and poignant human stories behind the discoveries. Scientists have always struggled against prejudice and closed minds - often their own. It takes a great deal of evidence to shift our world view. Challenging many of our assumptions about the history of science this is the perfect guide to where science has come from and why it is so vital today. About the Authors : - Michael Mosley's background is fascinatingly diverse. After studying politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University, he worked for two years as a banker in the City of London. He then left to study medicine, before becoming a producer and presenter of science programmes for the BBC. Following his work on an award-winning documentary first broadcast in 1994, which revealed a proposed link between Helicobacter pylori and gastric ulcers, the British Medical Association gave Michael a gold award and the title of Medical Journalist of the Year. John Lynch, the Head of Science at the BBC, is an award-winning producer, director and author. As a producer and director he made several television series, covering everything from the eruption of Mount St Helens to the Nobel prize-winning discovery of buckminsterfullerene and the dinosaur-hunting expeditions in the Gobi Desert. He was the executive producer of the BBC's international hit 'Walking With Dinosaurs', netting a BAFTA and an Emmy in the process. He has also written the books Wild Weather, Walking With Cavemen and Earth: The Power Of The Planet, which accompanied their respective BBC television series.
Chocolate . . . - Its scientific name means “food of the gods.” - The Aztecs mixed it with blood and gave it to sacrificial victims to drink. - The entire town of Hershey, Pennsylvania was built by Milton Hershey to support his chocolate factory. Its streetlights are shaped like chocolate Kisses. - The first men to climb to the top of Mount Everest buried a chocolate bar there as an offering to the gods of the mountain. - Every twenty-four hours, the U.S. chocolate industry goes through eight million pounds of sugar. - Its special flavor is created by a combination of 600 to 1000 different chemical compounds Join science author HP Newquist as he explores chocolate’s fascinating history. Along the way you’ll meet colorful characters like the feathered-serpent god Quetzalcoatl, who gave chocolate trees to the Aztecs; Henri Nestlé, who invented milk chocolate while trying to save the lives of babies who couldn’t nurse; and the quarrelsome Mars family, who split into two warring factions, one selling Milky Way, Snickers, and 3 Musketeers bars, the other Mars Bars and M&M’s. From its origin as the sacred, bitter drink of South American rulers to the familiar candy bars sold by today’s multimillion dollar businesses, people everywhere have fallen in love with chocolate, the world’s favorite flavor.