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H. G. Wells may be our author of the month, and science fiction may have been the name of his game... but even more fascinating is it when we remove the fiction and focus on the scientific leaps we've already dared to take in reality. From delving deep into the past and learning about the origins of the earth, to looking ahead and beyond our own world towards countless others in the great and grand cosmos, now anyone can pick up a book and discover the wonders of the universe. Here are just a few picks from our library covering some of the most mind-blowing and relevant topics in the world of science.
Let's kick things off on our own planet, shall we? The others aren't going anywhere - at least not any time soon! A Guide to Earth History is a fantastic way to find out about the origins of the planet we live on, its exotic life, its perilous geography, and so much more. From the dinosaurs to the modern age, there's an endless supply of knowledge to be uncovered on this topic, and this book is really only the beginning of that journey. And, as a bonus, it's part of the wonderful blue classic Pelican series, making it a collector's item as much as it is a captivating read.
Moving beyond the earlier days of planet earth to the rise of science, The Atom and the Energy Revolution by Norman Lansdell touches upon the wildly captivating topics mentioned in the title. A Penguin special (making this yet another sought after collector's item), this is the perfect read for anyone interested in discovering the details regarding some of the most significant and historical happenings surrounding recent scientific advancements, as well as how they shaped the world we live in today.
And now it's time to reach beyond the stars. The Observer's Book of Astronomy takes you further than any man has ever gone before, exploring the vast realms of outer space and the wonders that thrive there. From strange planets to incomprehensibly huge galaxies, from stars that dwarf our own sun to worlds not all that different from our own at all, this book on the topic of astronomy is a must-have for anyone intrigued by what exists beyond our world. Just one of many books in the educational series of classic Observers!
While it's easy to get fascinated by the far reaches of our universe, places that are well beyond our reach for the time being, it's also easy to forget about what we've already explored beyond our atmosphere. From the early days of space travel (something that was once considered impossible), the journey of humanity mastering spaceflight and venturing out into the endless unknown is something that will forever be one of humanity's greatest achievements. And, while what we have accomplished may pale in comparison to many science fiction stories, the fact that we have done it - and that this is only the beginning - is something to marvel at.
If this blog post has got you in the mood for learning about the laws of science as it has us, you can always head over to our vintage science books collection - who knows what you might find there?
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