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Great Discoveries in Science


The most profound discoveries in science have cracked longstanding mysteries and altered how we think about life on our planet. 

The Great Discoveries in Science series tells the stories of momentous discoveries, including Darwin’s and Wallace’s epic voyages and the forging of the theory of evolution, Watson and Crick’s solution of the structure of DNA, and Walter and Luis Alvarez’s discovery that an asteroid triggered a mass extinction 66 million years ago. While the discoveries themselves may be widely known, the story of how they were made are not, but deserve to be appreciated by every student and citizen.

In This Series (3)

The epic voyages of Darwin and Wallace led each to independently discover the natural origin of species and to formulate the...

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The Double Helix is the story of the scientists and evidence involved in one of the most important scientific quests...

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The disappearance of the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period posed one of the greatest, long-standing scientific...

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