The history of discovery and invention is so thrilling, millions of people take an interest. From scanning of the skies by astronomers to the awe-inspiring studies in genetics, our world becomes more precious to us as mysteries are revealed. In 365 Fascinating Facts from the World of Discovery, you will find hours of great reading as the great moments of discovery, both large and small, come to light: Enduring a three-month voyage to the New World in 1620, half the colony of pilgrims died during the harsh first winter. In 1677, Anton van Leeuwenhoek sent a letter to the Royal Society of London, describing his discoveries with the microscope; the paper was titled "Observations Concerning Little Animals." Swiss engineer Georges de Mestral took his hunting dog into the woods one October morning in 1948 and, noticing cockleburs in the dog's hair, Mestral studied the tiny hooks on the burrs and went on to invent... Velcro. On May 19, 1910, the earth passed through the tail of Halley's Comet, prompting dire warnings of mass death from poisoning. This compelled people to buy "comet pills."
An engaging look at significant discoveries through the centuries, mostly geared around science and invention. Dr. DeYoung uses his astronomy background as a basis for sharing many significant events down through the years, and adds to the mix with facts related to many different areas of science. This compilation of short facts will thrill trivia enthusiasts and are designed to help the reader commit them quickly to memory.
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