Unique insight into life at one of the world's favourite museums.
How can the growth of insects help to solve crimes? What did the world look like in the time of the dinosaurs? How do shark experts help Olympic athletes swim faster?
Based on the major six-part BBC TV series, this book offers a unique insight into the innovative, dramatic, and often surprising work of this world renowned institution. Many aspects of Museum life are investigated as vaults are opened, world-leading scientists observed, and the public spaces explored.
The book also reveals how the Museum maintains, studies, and adds to the ever-growing collections, and why they are such a valuable resource. The book follows Museum scientists in the laboratory and out into the field to find out how they are trying to conserve and catalogue the natural world, and help solve global problems in agriculture, medical, and forensic science.
Join botanists in the hunt for the original British bluebell in Spain, discover how Museum experts are tackling disease in Uganda, find out how to spring clean a 100-year-old, 80 foot dinosaur model, and get a glimpse of many of the Museum's amazing treasures along the way.
About the Author
Steve Parker is an author, editor and consultant specializing in the natural world, biology, technology and general sciences. He has written more than 250 books and has worked on the staff at London's Natural History Museum. Steve is a Senior Scientific Fellow of the Zoological Society of London. Zoologist Mark Carwardine has written the foreword to the book. He is an award-winning writer, photographer and radio presenter. He recently co-presented the major BBC Two TV series Last Chance to See with Stephen Fry and is one of the co-presenters of Museum of Life.
"Museum of Life ventures into the secret heart of the museum to shed light on the pioneering role it plays in conserving biodiversity and advancing our understanding of nature's wonders. The institute's collections are awe-inspiring, so perhaps it is no surprise that this book is packed with stunning photographs. The images are accompanied by engaging, bite-sized stories that put the various artefacts in context...this book is an inspirational and educational tool." BBC Wildlife Magazine
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 18th March 2010
Publisher: The Natural History Museum
Dimensions (cm): 25.3 x 21.6 x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.9