The world of science offers countless wonders for us to consider, but many of its key concepts can be difficult to understand. Designed with the layman in mind, these guides focus on 100 milestones, each discussed in an accessible text that provides scientific and historical perspective. Illustrated throughout with photographs and period illustrations, each volume also includes capsule biographies on the discipline's greatest thinkers, and a pull-out poster with a timeline of 1,000 important breakthroughs.
How did our planet form, and what is made of? From ancient times, scientists have considered this foundational question, leading to an ever-greater understanding of geology as well as meteorology and paleontology. This whirlwind tour considers the rise and fall of the dinosaurs, Leif Erikson's expedition to North America, the first hot air balloon flight, the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa, the discovery of the greenhouse effect, and the exploration of the Marianas Trench, plus our ongoing attempts to defend ourselves against dangerous weather phenomena.