by Dan Green, illustrated by David Lyttleton (Weldon Owen)
The judges said: “This is a brilliant book. It’s about science in a really novel way. It has fantastic bits in it, like a rap battle between Sir Isaac Newton and Robert Hooke, and funny bits like the Great Atomic Bake Off. It talks about the unsung heroes of science that are not usually mentioned in text books. It’s a really fun way for children to explore science and the story of science.”
From ground-breaking discoveries to disastrous dead ends, science isn't always, well...scientific. Without some catastrophic mess-ups, the world might never know modern marvels, miraculous medicines, magnificent machines and much more. This dynamically illustrated book brings to life the rebel scientists who stuck out their necks to achieve our greatest leaps forward, and uncovers the shocking truth about the biggest blunders and most unexpected successes ever to happen in the lab.