The Origin of (almost) Everything: from the Big Bang to Belly-button Fluff
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Science is packed with surprising discoveries. Did you know, for instance, that if you were to get too close to a black hole it would suck you up like a noodle? It's called 'Spaghettification'. Or why your keyboard is laid out in QWERTY? It's not to make it easier to type... Or whether the invention of the wheel was more or less important to civilization than the invention of the bag? Think about it...
Now the team at the New Scientist, the world's most popular science magazine, have teamed up with the New York Times' award-winning designer, Jennifer Daniel, to answer these questions and more. Together they take us on a whistle-stop tour from the start of our universe (through the history of stars, galaxies, meteorites, the Moon and dark energy) to our planet (through oceans and weather to oil) and life (through dinosaurs to emotions and sex) to civilization (from cities to alcohol and cooking), knowledge (from alphabets to alchemy) ending up with technology (computers to rocket science). Witty essays explore the concepts alongside enlightening infographics that zoom from how many people have ever lived to showing you how a left-wing brain differs from a right-wing one.