An absorbing introduction to the growth of scientific knowledge over the last 500 years. It sets important discoveries in a context of time and place, and introduces the reader to the people who brought them to life. Along the way, it provides a framework for understanding the concepts and theories which collectively form our modern scientific view. Entries are arranged chronologically from around 1500 to the present day. This book can be used as a question and answer book, as a book for dipping into, as an overview of a particular discipline or the work of a particular scientists, or it can be simply read as the unfolding story of discovery.
David Ellyard has been in science and technology all his working life. Trained in physics and education, he has been a researcher, a high-school and university teacher, writer, lecturer, radio and TV broadcaster and a government policy advisor. As a result he has a multi-sided understanding of science and technology and their place in today's, and tomorrow's, world. He spent 6 years with the ABC's Radio Science Unit where he pioneering talking science on 'popular' radio, and an equal period in ABC TV as a researcher, producer and presenter on Towards 2000, Quantum and Skywatch. He also spent 6 years presenting the weather on Channel 10 in Sydney. David has written ten books on weather, astronomy and current developments in science and technology, as well as an award-winning biography of Australian physicist Sir Mark Oliphant. He is a lively and provocative speaker.