Scientists are often presented as old men in white coats, but this series shows that great discoveries have been made by people of all ages and cultures—some are young people, and many are female.
Book 1: SECRETS IN THE ROCKS 5 astounding tales of people solving mysteries beneath our feet
HERE BE DRAGONS: A poor girl finds the bones of a strange, winged creature on a beach—and it changes her life forever. Meet Mary Anning in one of five exciting true stories in this book of tales of early paleontology.
Book 2: FABULOUS PHYSICS
5 amazing stories of people who solved nature’s puzzles
A LIVING SKELETON: Something mysterious was glowing in his room—and he knew that he had discovered something extraordinary. Meet Wilhelm Rontgen in one of five exciting true stories in this book of tales of key figures in physics.
Book 3: MAGICAL MATHEMATICS
5 astonishing stories of people who did miracles with numbers
THE MARRIAGE MACHINE: A teenage girl stares at the machine that is her one chance of finding a husband—but it has stopped working. Meet Lilavati in one of five exciting true stories in this book of tales from mathematics.
Book 4: BREAKERS OF BARRIERS
5 stunning stories of people demolishing walls to make history
THE MYSTERIOUS MACHINE: Abandoned by both parents, the troubled teenage girl was on the road to ruin—until she met a strange man creating the first computer. Meet Ada Byron Lovelace in one of five exciting true stories in this collection of tales of barrier-busting breakthroughs.
Book 5: SCIENTIFIC PIONEERS
5 incredible tales of people who helped develop the scientific method
THE MIDNIGHT MIRACLE: She stared at her charts and realized she could tell people she could hide the moon—and it made her famous. Meet the witch-scientist Aglaonike in one of five exciting true stories of the development of observational science.
Book 6: THE AMAZING QUANTUM
5 awesome stories of people who made a revolution in physics
PIXELS OF REALITY: All the great discoveries in physics have already been made, his teacher said—but the boy went on to find something that triggered a scientific revolution. Meet quantum pioneer Max Planck in one of five exciting true stories of quantum physics.
Book 7: THE SCIENCE OF HUMANITY
5 fascinating stories of people who helped us understand ourselves
THE MOON GOD’S GIRL: The Warrior King Sargon of Akkad married the High Priestess of the Moon God—and their daughter became one of the world’s first authors. Meet Enheduanna in one of five true stories about people in humanities and human science.
Book 8: WOMEN OF DISCOVERY
5 super stories of fabulous females who made scientific history
THE MURDEROUS PRINCESS: The young woman’s plot to kill her brother and take his throne was foiled—but she was banished to a place where she made scientific history instead. Meet Anna of Byzantium in one of five true stories of women who made amazing contributions to human progress.
Book 9: THE INVENTOR’S SPARK
5 marvelous stories of people who helped shape the modern world
YOUR PERSONAL TRAIN: A boy decided to combine two of his favorite things: trains and bicycles—and changed the world by inventing the first car. Meet Karl Benz in one of five extraordinary true stories of offbeat inventors from around the world.
Book 10: ADVANCES IN ALCHEMY
5 startling stories of chemistry and biology
RISKY LIQUID ASSETS: The brave young man’s nickname was Doctor Poison—but his discoveries transformed society in the best possible way. Meet F.F. Runge in one of five amazing true stories of chemical and biological history.
Book 11: THE CALL OF THE STARS
5 wonderful stories of people looking to the heavens
MESSAGE IN THE STARS: A teenage boy staring at the night sky realized that the dance of stars could be decoded to reveal the mysteries of the heavens—but his remarkable story has a sad ending. Meet Jeremiah Horrocks in one of five true tales about the history of astronomy.
Book 12: MYSTERIES OF NATURE’S LAWS
5 striking stories of people investigating the deepest puzzles of reality
THE QUIET LURKER: Banished to the back of the classroom, the young woman found a law of nature that transformed our understanding of reality. Meet Emmy Noether in one of five amazing true stories about physics and the laws of nature.
By (author): Nury Vittachi (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)
Illustrated by: Step Cheung