Cars, Trains, Ships & Planes
A Visual Encyclopedia of Every Vehicle
When it comes to travelling by land, air or sea, humans have shown remarkable creativity. From the penny farthing and George Stephenson’s Rocket, through the record-breaking Blue Bird to today’s supercars, spacecraft and nuclear submarines, this is a visual tour of the history of vehicles. Age 9+
The Practical Encyclopedia of Drawing
The first part of this fully illustrated introduction to all aspects of drawing explains the materials and equipment required and explores a variety of techniques via guided exercises. Part two contains over 25 step-by-step projects commissioned from leading artists and a series of ‘quick sketch’ tutorials which demonstrate how to approach these subjects in less than 30 minutes.
Very Important Dinosaurs
My Encyclopedia of
In this colourful encyclopedia, the directory of dinosaurs is divided into types (including grazers, predators, giants and sharp, bumpy and spiky ones) and provides realistic artworks and information on each creature’s diet, habitat, size and how to pronounce its name. Other chapters describe the prehistoric world, life as a dinosaur and research as a palaeontologist. Age 8+
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rocks
Minerals and Gemstones
This volume is a comprehensive introduction to the study of rocks and minerals, with chapters devoted to understanding their formation, types and properties preceding the main directories. Each entry contains a full description, notes on identification, one or more photographs and an information box with geological data – grain size, texture, structure etc for rocks, and crystal system, colour etc for minerals. Altogether the encyclopedia describes around 300 specimens, shown in over 800 photographs.
Medal Yearbook 2019
This is the 25th anniversary edition of the independent price guide and collectors’ handbook published annually by Medal News. An invaluable reference for collectors, it gives details of dealers and specialist booksellers as well as prices, order of wear and detailed, illustrated entries on hundreds of medals, from the Order of the Garter to the Dickin Medal for birds and animals. With an index of medals and cumulative index to Medal News, 1989–2018.
The Natural History Museum Book of Predators
How Predators Find, Catch and Consume Their Prey
Many different strategies have evolved that allow predators to overcome their prey, from the deadly trap of a spider's web to the pack hunting of wolves and wild dogs. This illustrated exploration of the natural world explains how predators find, catch and consume their quarry, revealing an array of heightened senses and weaponry from the telephoto eyesight of a hawk to the deadly venom of a king cobra.
Flags of the World
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, this A–Z of nations and their flags contains basic information, a summary history and an example of each country’s postage stamps as well as the illustration and full description of its flag. The book also provides introductory sections on topics such as flag history, anatomy and styles; world maps; and illustrated lists of international organizations, sub-national flags, and alphabet and numeral signal flags.
Can Crocodiles Cry?
Amazing Answers to Mind-Blowing Questions
The sea is salty because minerals (including salts) wash down to the oceans through rocks and up through vents in the ocean floor. Icebergs, conversely, are made of fresh water from glaciers and compacted snow. This book reveals a host of such fascinating facts in answering hundreds of baffling questions about science, the world, the universe, the human body and the animal kingdom.
They Got it Wrong: Science
All the Facts that Turned Out to Be Science Fiction
Is the Earth hollow? Can lead be turned into gold? Could tobacco smoke resurrect the dead? Of course not – but some of history's greatest minds accepted these and many other scientific theories that have since been proven to be completely ridiculous. But we must not feel too superior: as well as showing why these ideas seemed so convincing, Donald also highlights other myths that persist today.
Inventors and Inventions
Yorkshire road contractor Percy Shaw developed his 'cat's eye' reflector device in the 1930s – a simple but critical innovation that soon spread all over the world. This attractively illustrated book explores many such inventions that have shaped human progress and characterize modern civilization. Covering a range of fields it traces, for example, innovation in communication from the quill pen to global positioning systems, and progress in medicine from the invention of spectacles in the 13th century to genetic engineering.