Presented with colourful timelines and a mixture of bright illustrations and photography, Flashpoints in Science is an accessible introduction into the major events of modern science and the characters involved. Divided into chapters, the book highlights the moments that turned the tide of public opinion, the points of no return, and recognize the exact flashpoint that defined eras, people and events. With bite-sized overviews, easy-to-follow timelines and the scientific flashpoints helpfully identified and explored in greater depth, the book focuses on major events such as the unveiling of the first computers, the discovery of continental drift, Rutherford's model of the atom and Dolly the sheep. How was smallpox eradicated? Who made the first world wide web page? And just what exactly is dark matter?