The What On Earth Wallbook of Science and Engineering

The What On Earth Wallbook of Science and Engineering, you don’t have to start at the beginning or finish at the end with this book you can start in the middle if the mood takes you. This interactive book, folds out to a poster size to explore together of can be read as a traditional book by turning pages. This great fact book RRP £15 is part of a series of books made for the Science Museum, and is available in bookshops and online now.

The What on Earth? Wallbook of Science & Engineering tells the complete story of human invention from the dawn of civilisation to the present day and beyond. More than 1,000 pictures and captions tell the story of Maths, Measurement, Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Biology, Earth, Land, Building, Invention, Transport, Communication, Sky and Space. A3 in format and opening into a 2.3 metre long. On the reverse side a second narrative identifies 18 of the most amazing moments in the history of science, from Greek engineering genius Archimedes leaping out of the bath shouting Eureka to the rise of the World Wide Web.


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  1. It can take a photon 40,000 years to travel from the core of the sun to the surface, but only 8 minutes to travel the rest of the way to earth

  2. Erm… there are enough in NYC for one person to eat out every day for 54 years and never visit the same place twice 😮

  3. Energy can neither be created or destroyed. It can only be converted into other forms. I didn’t know that, I looked it up in a book and realised how little I know about science.

  4. The smallest bone in your body is inside your ear and is called the stirrup, and is one of the 3 bones just behind the eardrum.

  5. Each year Disneyland uses over 5,000 gallons of paint to maintain the clean appearance of the park

  6. The main component of modern capacitive touch screens is indium tin oxide which is expected to run out in 2017

  7. Owls don’t say ‘Toowit-toowoo’…it’s actually two owls that you hear – one owl says ‘Toowit’ and another replies saying ‘Toowoo’!

  8. Antifreeze is made artificially bitter because the natural sweet flavour made it perfect for poisoning people.

  9. Whenever anybody says that I always think of the cute kid out of Jerry Maguire who says The human head weighs 9 lbs…On the same note, did you know that you are born with 300 bones but by the time you are in your 25 you only have 206.

  10. People used to collect acorns from oak trees to make flour when there was a wheat shortage. Worked, but was apparently quite bitter.

  11. There are more possible iterations of a game of chess than there are atoms in the known universe.

  12. The footprints on the Moon (made by the astronauts) will never ever disappear.There is no weather that can remove them.

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