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|This website is devoted to the African-American scientists
of our time and their contribution to the modern world. Amongst the
biographies included here are
Mae Jemison, the first African-american female astronaut, Percy Julian,
chemist who invented aero-foam, and Lewis Latimer who along with
Alexander Graham Bell invented the carbon filaments used in light
bulbs. This website is as yet underdeveloped but looks set to expand in
the near future - worth bookmarking.
|This is the Science and Technology section of a website
constructed by the American non-commercial TV enterprise P.B.S. This
part of the site People and Discoveries gives a history and biography
of a vast number of multi-disciplinary scientists. Their particular
area of science or their discovery is detailed on the initial
page whilst each biography is littered with cross references to related
or to other parts of the site. Nicely set up site with excellent
|This website has been put together to answer kids' questions
on science - all those
annoying questions like 'Why is the sky blue?' or 'What are animals
of ?' The site has been put together by Hubert Van Hecke, a Dutch
who has been teaching at his kid's school in his spare time. Here on
website there are sections on astrology, the environment, electricity,
biology with simple explanations, diagrams and suggestions to adults on
to demonstrate basic scientific principles.
|This is the website which accompanies the New Scientist
Magazine and if you really
want to know what modern day scientists are up to, this is the place to
for the most up to the minute research. New stories from the current
are available as well as current features and a library of searchable
material. One of the impressive things about websites like this one is
information is cross-referenced by subject area and even by researcher.
|The Great Canadian Scientists website has an associated
CD-ROM and book - all put together by science writer Barry Shell to
document the leading Canadian scientists of our time. He not only
includes Canada's Nobel Prize winning chemists and physicists, but also
medical scientists, geneticists, cognitive psychologists,
ethnobotanists, physical anthropologists, meteorologists and
leaders in many other scientific specialities. There's also a facility
kids to ask science-related questions which are answered by a real
Technology and Medicine
|This comprehensive historical archive is part of the
University of Melbourne's website. It provides links to a vast amount
of historical information in the
form of academic articles written by contemporary scientists. There is
impressive number of categories including Alchemy and Early Science,
and Mining, Women Scientists, and Technology and Engineering. The links
on this site lead to the science and history departments of academic
all over the world.
Mathematicians and Astronomers
|This website is devoted to Muslim scientists who lived
before the European Renaissance 700-1500 CE. The site is brimming with
detailed biographies of Muslim thinkers and discovers who have fuelled
our basic (Western) understanding of science, mathematics, medicine,
technology, sociology and philosophy. The underlying thesis is that
these scientists originating from Islamic society have not been given
credit for their work and contributions to the European Renaissance.
and Inventors on the Web
academic, Dan Jones at the University of Central Florida has put
this library of material as a course bibliography for his students.
are URLs to entire works available online such as Darwin's Origin of
and papers by the biologist Gregor Mendel. The references are divided
century with original tracts and papers interspersed with comment and
There are also sections on The History of Science, The Scientific
and on Women in Science.
|This is the official European Space Agency website,
it really is brimming over with scientific information, press releases,
educational material as well as containing a fantastic picture and
gallery. Footage of specific space missions are available and
is kept up to the minute with scheduled transmissions arriving live by
This site is huge, well constructed, and packed full of detailed
on current and future space missions.
|This refreshing site is stuffed with information
specifically concerning the misconceptions
which surround the study of astronomy. According to Phil Plait the
(and technical editor of the book 'Astronomy for Dummies'), there is
astronomy everywhere; in TV, film, and in the press. This site debunks
myths and bad information as it arises in the press, as well as
ongoing analysis of new scientific discoveries and a bulletin board for
|The BNSC website contains information on Britain's National
Space programs. A
clunky menu system provides the means of navigation to a whole host of
covering such subjects as the UK's space strategy, future directions in
exploration, and the military use of space. Despite the 'official'
which this site emanates, it is nevertheless packed with interesting
on the future direction of space exploration as well as the latest
releases and some excellent UK-based links.
- The Essential Magazine of Astronomy
|Enthusiasts of all kinds need to keep track of the gidgets
and gadgets made for their particular area of interest, and astronomers
are no exception. This ezine website keeps you informed of all the
latest telescopes and refractors available
on the market with comparison reviews, performance tests, and
of new market developments. A tips and tricks page provides a wealth of
on how to use a telescope, choosing binoculars and advice on how to
your observing sessions.
|This site, put together by Maximov Publications is dedicated
to Russia and Europe's involvement in the International Space Station.
It contains news and information on the project including an archive of
detailed status reports from the space
station and an outline of the research aims of the project. An image of
space station's position is available from NASA as well as links to
sites which list sighting times and locations of the station from your
|NASA's website is jam-packed full of news, information,
educational material, startling
images and video clips. An astronautics history page gives details of
NASA projects including the Sputnik, and other famous programs like the
probes Pioneer and Voyager, while another offers an evolving series of
aimed at modelers and other space enthusiasts who want to see
of the various US piloted aircraft. A regularly updated newsletter
keeps you informed of the latest NASA news.
|Although parts of this site are currently under
construction, it is an important source
of information for any amateur astronomers in the UK. The Royal
at Greenwich is an educational centre for all kinds of events,
lectures, planetarium shows and practical sessions with telescopes.
year, an 'Open Museum' course looks at the mechanics of time and the
of the calendar. Great site for clear explanations of astronomical
some excellent FAQs and information leaflets.
|This site developed by Athena is packed full of excellent
educational material on astronomy. It contains a page on the properties
and orbits of each of the
planets in our solar system, as well as several moving images showing
each of the planets revolves around the sun. The Hubble Space Telescope
also covered in some detail, while another page displays a whole host
pictures taken by the Space Shuttle Endeavour of the Earth's Aurora.