Ahead of the first total eclipse of the sun in 40 years, which will take place on August 21, 2017, an astronomer describes how solar eclipses were treated and interpreted by past civilizations, philosophers and Victorian scientists.
Accompanied by 75 specially commissioned blueprint-style illustrations, an incredible exploration into the real science behind 25 inventions from popular sci-fi movies and TV series explains and dissects each concept, from time machines to exoskeletons.
A visionary in responsible urban development and renewal presents an interdisciplinary exploration of the development of cities from the beginning of civilization to the present, revealing the conditions that gave rise to the happiest communities, and the qualities that define them.
A nasty sea urchin sting prompted molecular biologist Christie Wilcox to take a closer look at the world of venomous creatures -- from spiders, snakes, and scorpions, to octopuses and platypuses (yes, really). Breaking down the chemical composition of venom, she also explains the purposes of venom and describes its effects.