The U.S. may have put the first man on the moon, but it was the Soviet space program that made Valentina Tereshkova the first woman in space. It took years to catch up, but soon NASA’s first female astronauts were racing past milestones of their own. The trail-blazing women of Group 9, NASA’s first mixed gender class, had the challenging task of convincing the powers that be that a woman’s place is in space, but they discovered that NASA had plenty to learn about how to make space travel possible for everyone.
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From his early days at the St Albans School and Oxford to his rise to celebrity at Cambridge, Stephen Hawking’s brilliance and good humor were obvious to everyone he met. From A Brief History of Time to Star Trek, The Simpsons, and The Big Bang Theory, he was both a great thinker and a public figure. This is the story of the man behind these identities.
What happens when you’re a genius mathematician, war hero cryptographer, and visionary computer scientist? If you’re Alan Turing your fate is determined by the secrets you keep to save your country, and the secrets you don’t keep that your country uses against you.
How do you find out what makes us human? Courage. Intelligence. Patience. (And opposable thumbs help too!)
Physicist . . . Nobel winner . . . bestselling author . . . safe-cracker?
Astronauts, engineers, cosmonauts, wolves, rocket scientists, and that giant glowing rock in the sky. They all add up to a space race.
“Never hug and kiss them, never let them sit on your lap. … The end result is a happy child. Free as air, because he has mastered the stupidly simple demands society makes upon him.”
Psychologists know best, of course, and in the 1950s they warned parents about the dangers of too much love. Besides, what was ‘love’ anyway?
These things may make the magician, but science makes the magic…
250,000,003 years in the making…
The story of Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh, two scientists who found and fought for the fossil treasures discovered in the American West in the late 1800s. It also introduces the young artist Charles R. Knight who almost single-handedly brought dinosaurs back to life for an awestruck public.
When you think about atoms, chances are you think of Niels Bohr’s model. But beyond that model (which he soon left behind…since it’s wrong!) his life and discoveries blazed the trail from a world without cars or radio, much less airplanes and television, to one of space travel and the World Wide Web.
The lives of scientists J. Robert Oppenheimer and Leo Szilard offer a cautionary tale about the uneasy alliance between physicists, the military, the government, and the beginnings of “big science.”
Stories about Marie Curie, Emmy Noether, Lise Meitner, Rosalind Franklin, Barbara McClintock, Birute Galdikas, and Hedy Lamarr. Yes, that Hedy Lamarr.
Two-Fisted Science, a Xeric Award-winning and Eisner nominated original trade paperback, features true stories from the history of science. Some are serious, some are humorous, and most are a bit of both. Scientists highlighted include physicists Richard Feynman, Galileo, Niels Bohr, and Werner Heisenberg, but you’ll find a cosmologist and some mathematicians inside as well.
It’s not a book, but it’s also not a true story, so I guess that makes it okay. Even better, you can read it right here on the Web for the cost of a click or two, courtesy of the fine folks at Tor.com. Any resemblance to actual events or characters or locales or physical laws is probably intentional, but not malicious.