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Timeline. Science & Technology. A visual History of Our world by Peter Goes. Pub. Gecko Press, 2020.

October 16, 2020 Comments off

A non fiction large sized book like this is better than 20 web pages for the amount of information it has about inventions and technological change that has happened since the world began.

It starts with the Sone Age when early man learned how to use and make fire and start making tools. It moves to the copper age, the first metal that man utilised, the improvement in farming techniques and the growth of towns.

It then moves to the firat civilisations and the contribution each made to the evolution of technology including Mesopotamia, North and South America, the first Chinese, Egyptian, Greek and Romans. Then through the middle ages and every Century until the twentieth century when it moves in decades right up to today when it ends with the development of Artificial Intelligence.

Some of the inventions and inventors you will never have heard off with each dealt with by an appropriate drawing and 4-5 lines of text.

Totally fascinating and essential for school libraries and in the home. My granddaughters already have my copy and are pouring over it.

The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan, illus. Neil Packer.

October 22, 2018 Comments off

silk roadsThe Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan, illus. Neil Packer. Pub. Bloomsbury, 2018.

The history of the World has never been as well presented as it is in this big book. History not only helps us to understand the past but helps explain why things are the way they are today. Globalisation is not a new term, it has been around for centuries and this book shows how we are all connected.

Starting with the Ancient Greeks and Chinese this concentrates on the trade routes that historian Peter Frankopan calls Silk Roads, whether they be over land or across oceans, and along which flowed not only goods to make money but ideas, innovations, religions and life styles. .

In sixteen short chapters we learn of every major cultural and innovative change from East to west and from North to South including Africa and the New World of the Americas. The history is simply presented  with anecdotes that will have you astounded. For example the Black Plague spread along these same trade routes starting in China in 1335 and arriving in England in 1348. All because of a flea that lived on the backs of rats. One third of the population died in 5 years.

The slave trade which has existed for ever is outlined as are all the historical movements and Empires and Religious movements. All in 126 pages.

Neil Packer’s illustrations are outstanding and reflect the different cultures, and the maps of the World depicting different eras will have you absorbed for hours. The book concludes with author observing that with the rise of China the Silk Roads are starting again.

This book is for everybody and will be at home equally in the school, the coffee table and the office cafeteria. Get it you will be amazed.

Timeline: A Visual History of Our World by Peter Goes.

December 7, 2015 Comments off

timelineTimeline: A Visual History of Our World by Peter Goes. Pub. Gecko Press, 2015.

If you haven’t caught up with this outstanding book yet get to it now. Every school and library in the land should have more than one copy and it would be great for the home that has children.

Why do I say this? Because it is a brief and historically accurate and thought provoking book that is big, easy to read that charts the history of Humankind from the Big Bang and the beginning of life right through  to the 2010’s and the rise of ISIS, Charlie Hebdo and refugees crossing into Europe.

Each Historical period is illustrated in a two page spread with pen and ink drawings suitably coloured  to create realistic effect. Into the illustrations are put interesting and important historical facts, happenings, artistic and social developments. From the dinosaurs to the Industrial Revolution to the Space Race from Beethoven and Mozart to the Beatles and to the first album by AC/DC in 1975.

All of that you say? Yes and I have left heaps out. Get it and see cause it is for everybody.