The What on Earth? Wallbook Timeline of Science & Engineering by Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Skipworth

The What on Earth? Wallbook Timeline of Science & Engineering

Written by Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Skipworth
Illustrated by Andy Forshaw

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The story of human invention and engineering began at least 10,000 years ago in the stone age and has continued non-stop ever since with each discovery leading to new developments in our understanding. The Wallbook Timeline of Science and Engineering demonstrates this brilliantly, a two metre long poster – ideal for pinning to the wall or poring over on the table or floor – places scientists, physicians, astronomers and more in chronological order, their work illustrated in attractive pictures accompanied by informative captions. Men – and women – from different regions and races are united in this brilliant visual demonstration of the nature of human discovery. Newspaper style articles provide longer reading and support what is described on the poster. It’s a triumph of an information book, comprehensive and inspiring, bound to set readers off on their own journeys of discovery. ~ Andrea Reece

The wallbooks are an amazing feat of publishing. The Timeline of Science and Engineering shows the extraordinary story of how humans have shaped and reshaped the world through ingenuity and invention from the Stone Ages to today on a timeline of more than 1,000 pictures and captions.

In addition to the Wallbook, The Timeline of Science and Engineering includes a Chronicle which features more than 35 newspaper stories and a quiz.


The What on Earth? Wallbook Timeline of Science & Engineering by Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Skipworth

The What on Earth? Wallbook of Science & Engineering contains more than 1,000 hand-drawn illustrations that highlight every major event in the history of Maths & Measurement, Physics & Chemistry, Biology & Medicine, Earth & Agriculture Building & Invention, Transport & Communication and Sky, Stars and Space.

The Wallbook of Science & Engineering is published in collaboration with the Science Museum in London and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

The wallbook is A3 size with hardback covers for extra durability. It can either be read like a book or unfolded into a 2.4 metre long timeline for hanging on a wall.

You can see the author demonstrating his wallbooks in this video -

The What on Earth? Wallbook series includes -

What on Earth? Timeline of Shakespeare

What on Earth? Timeline of Sport

What on Earth? Timeline of Science & Engineering

What on Earth? Timeline of Big History

What on Earth? Timeline of Nature

You can find out more about The What On Earth Wallbooks at


'A truly epic undertaking, in terms of layout, typography, design and sheer scale of ambition' - Christopher Middleton, The Daily Telegraph

“I wasn't able to get to the camera to catch the moment of my 4 y/o grandson on hands and knees on the dining room table looking for dinosaurs and boats. Your heart would melt. Many thanks to you, Chris and all those that made these delightful posters.” Ted Mead (grandparent)

“I have been reading your What On Earth Happened? book and it has inspired me to rethink my history teaching. The way you link one event/invention to another is brilliant. Would you object if I borrowed some of your content for use in my History class-notes?” Alex Kirkpatrick, Bishopsgate School

“Christopher Lloyd came to our school to give a talk and it was compulsory for me to go. I really dreaded it, and thought that it would be boring. However, to my pleasant surprise the talk was one of the most interesting talks I have ever listened to. It sparked in me a real interest in history and current events, so much so that I went home and got the What On Earth Happened Wallbook and the full book. I have chosen GCSE for history and will likely go on to study it at A-level. Thanks again for what you are doing and for inspiring me.” Aidan Bartholomew (14 years old)

About the Author

Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Skipworth

Christopher (pictured) graduated with a double first in history from Cambridge in 1990 and went on to become the Technology Editor for The Sunday Times. He left in 2000 to become CEO of Immersive Education in Oxford before becoming an author in 2006. His best selling history of the world, called What on Earth Happened? (Bloomsbury 2008) is now in 15 languages and has sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide. He established his own publishing house What on Earth Publishing in Spring 2010 and has published a series of timelines in collaboration with illustrator Andy Forshaw covering history, nature, science, sport, Shakespeare and Magna Carta. Christopher is now in great demand as a lecturer and storyteller in schools, museums and at literary festivals throughout the UK and abroad. He divides his time between lecturing and writing.

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20th October 2015




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