This inspirational book celebrates the lives and achievements of highly original, convention-defying scientists who trod the road less traveled, overcame great odds, and changed the world.
Spanning from the Renaissance to the present day, this beautifully illustrated full-color book explores some of the greatest innovators in the history of science. Inside you will find the fascinating stories of 16 pioneering figures of strikingly different backgrounds: people of varied ethnicities, nationalities, genders, lifestyles, and wealth. What they all have in common - other than their genius - is their bravery, resilience, and ability to think beyond the bounds of established convention.
This innovative and boldly visual book will inspire readers follow in the footsteps of these STEM heroes and spark their curiosity in the history of science.
Our trailblazing scientists include such figures as:
• Valentina Tereshkova, the extraordinary first woman in space.
• Marie Sklodowska Curie, the great pioneer of radioactivity, and first person to win two Nobel prizes.
• Galileo Galilei, the great physicist who bravely stood by his cosmic theories in the face of the Roman Inquisition.
• Katherine Johnson, the "human computer" who played a key part in NASA's space programme.
• Stephen Hawking, the world-famous physicist who overcame physical paralysis to transform our understanding of black holes.
ABOUT THE SERIES: Trailblazers celebrates the achievements of men and women from across the arts and sciences - from computer scientists to sculptors. By sharing their life stories and amazing accomplishments, this series will inspire a new generation.
Emily Holland is the author of five children's fiction titles, four under a pseodynm and one, Mud, which was long-listed for the Carnegie Medal in 2019, under her married name of Emily Thomas. She has also worked in publishing as an editor for over three decades, in both adult and children's fiction and non-fiction and across a variety of genres and subjects. Emily is now a freelance editor, non-fiction writer and copywriter, as well as a novelist, and she lives in South London.
Salini Perera is a freelance picture book illustrator based in Toronto, Canada, who was born in Sri Lanka, raised in Scarborough, and has been making art for as long as she can remember.