Were you aware. . .

. . . that the girl who chanced on the biggest and such a lot whole T. rex fossil on list was once a high-school dropout who grew to become one of many world's maximum fossil hunters? . . . that the nice British scientist Michael Faraday was once the son of a blacksmith and had little or no formal schooling? . . . that Gregor Mendel had time to check inherited features in backyard peas simply because he failed the try out to qualify as a highschool technological know-how teacher?

This is simply a small sampling of the various surprises you will find during this enlightening survey of the mavericks, misfits, and unschooled investigators who've been liable for a number of the maximum medical discoveries in historical past. It does not Take a Rocket Scientist explains the achievements of every of those comprehensive amateurs, describes how they approached their investigations, and discusses the impression in their discoveries. In those impressive and encouraging tales, you will examine about:
* Grote Reber and the delivery of radio astronomy
* Arthur C. Clarke's imaginative and prescient of communique satellites
* Joseph Priestley and the invention of oxygen
* Felix d'Herelle's pinpointing of bacteriophages, killers of bacteria
* Thomas Jefferson and the technology of archaeology

You'll additionally notice which fields of technological know-how nonetheless provide nice possibilities for contemporary amateurs desirous to make a reputation for themselves. in spite of everything, it does not take a rocket scientist!

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