About the book
The Young Scientists Series:
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.
- Advances in Alchemy
Did you know that popsicles were invented by an 11-year-old boy, Frank Epperson, by accident? Or that caffeine was discovered by a chemist nicknamed Dr Poison? Read about them and other startling discoveries in the fields of Chemistry and Biology!
- Breakers of Barriers
Did you know that Blaise Pascal became one of the first inventors of the mechanical calculator while trying to help his father with his work? Or that Tu Youyou, a Chinese scientist, found a cure for malaria by reading ancient Chinese medical texts and then using herself as a human test subject? Read about them and other stunning stories of people who made history after overcoming many barriers!
- Fabulous Physics
Did you know that Marie Curie, who discovered radioactivity, started off as a domestic helper looking after a farmer’s children? Or that Michael Faraday, inventor of the electric motor, taught himself science while working in a small bookshop? Read about them and other amazing people who solved puzzles related to Physics!
- Magical Mathematics
Did you know that Carl Gauss, a German mathematician, used mathematics to find his own date of birth? Or that Maria Agnesi, the first woman to be appointed a mathematics professor at a university, could speak 7 languages at the age of 13? Read about them and other astonishing stories of people who were magical with numbers!
- Scientific Pioneers
Did you know that Al-Haytham, one of the originators of the scientific method, pretended to be a lunatic to get himself locked up? Or that Carl Linnaeus, famous for his classification system for living things, once preferred exploring forests to reading books? Read about them and other incredible people who helped develop the scientific method!
- Women of Discovery
Did you know that the Eiffel Tower was partly built based on the calculations of Sophie Germain, a French mathematician? Or that one of the world’s greatest bug scientist was a woman named Maria Merian? Read about them and other fabulous females who made significant contributions to science!
- Secrets in the Rocks
Did you know that Georges Cuvier, the father of the dinosaur world, loved sketching flowers and animals? Or that Louis Aggasiz, discoverer of the Ice Age, kept a live tree full of birds and bugs in his bedroom? Read about them and other astounding tales of people who uncovered secrets in the rocks and solved the mysteries beneath our feet!
About the Author
Nury Sam Jam Vittachi has written more than 50 books, sometimes using his “outer names” and sometimes his “inner names”. He is the author of more than 40 books, several of which have been published in many languages around the world. He particularly enjoys bringing science and history to life for readers young and old. He is chairman of Asia Pacific Translators & Writers, Inc., Asia’s biggest association of writers. A lecturer at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design, he teaches students how to write stories and how to create content for novels and movies.