Eureka! : Discoveries

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It is not just inventors who have moments of revelation. Archaeologists, explorers, naturalists, astronomers, even ordinary people like you and me - all have made discoveries which have caused the world to marvel, or advanced our knowledge in some important way. Whether by chance or in the course of years of hard work, their breakthroughs can truly be termed 'eureka' moments. Eureka! Discoveries looks at the stories behind some of the world's most astonishing finds. It focuses on the moments when someone first set eyes on an object that brought a thrill of discovery and led to further excavation or further study until the full significance or splendour of the object was revealed. It covers the opening of Tutankhamun's tomb to reveal a wealth of treasures within, the remarkable discovery of the world's oldest bird, the astonishing 5,000-year-old mummy found preserved in ice in Europe, the events that led to the Gold Rush of 1848, and lots more. Eureka! Discoveries contains stunning photography and digital illustrations that give a contemporary insight into the stories of excitement and discovery it describes. Like its predecessor Eureka! this book is a fresh take on an absorbing and ever-popular more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 80 pages
  • 221 x 282mm | 661g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • Kingfisher Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • colour illustrations
  • 0753409747
  • 9780753409749

Table of contents

1 Half title; 2-3 Title; 4-5 Imprint & contents; 6-7 Foreword; 8-9 Chapter One: Nature's Marvels; 10-11 Dinosaurs; 12-13 Archaeopteryx; 14-15 Tollund Man; 16-17 Otzi the iceman; 18-19 Coelocanth; 20-21 Przewalski's horse; 22-23 Komodo dragon; 24-25 Chapter Two: Earth's Riches; 26-27 Gold at Sutter's Mill; 28-29 Carlsbad Caverns, Mexico; 30-31 Deep-sea vents; 32-33 Oil at Spindletop; 34-35 Diamonds at Kimberley; 36-37 Source of the Nile; 38-39 Coffee; 40-41 Silk; 42-43 Chapter Three: Lost Wonders; 44-45 Machu Picchu; 46-47 Titanic; 48-49 Caves at Lascaux; 50-51 Rosetta Stone; 52-53 Tutankhamun; 54-55 Dead Sea Scrolls; 56-57 Petra; 58-59 Angkor Wat; 60-61 Vung Tau wreck; 62-63 Terracotta Army; 64-65 Chapter Four: Hoaxes And Frauds; 66-67 Washington portrait; 68-69 Piltdown Man; 70-71 Fairies; 72-73 Vermeer hoax; 74-75 Hitler Diaries; 76-77 Fossil fake: Archaeorapter; 78-79 Index; 80 Acknowledgementsshow more

About Claire Llewellyn

Claire Llewellyn is one of Britain's best non-fiction authors for young children, and she has won many children's literary awards. She is the author of Kingfisher's recent Saints and Angels. Claire lives in Hertford, England. Dr Robert Ballard is a renowned underwater explorer who has taken part in more than 125 expeditions. Most famously, he was the man who discovered the sunken Titanic in 1985. He is President of the Institute for Exploration in Mystic, Connecticut, and director of the Institute for Archaeological Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island. He founded the Jason Foundation for Education - a project in which every year he leads a team of scientists, students and teachers on a two-week expedition to remote research locations, at sites such as the Galapagos Islands, Amazon rainforest and Hawaii. Currently he is a National Geographic more