nearly a milestone

Last week while writing about cells for my book – the moon underground guide to human cells and how they work – I jotted down roughly what sections the next part would contain and realised that I’d finally outlined the whole thing. Here is the contents page:

Currently I am on section 7.8 – Making More Mitochondria. Much of the book has been written several times so far, so it’s not remotely close to being done, but some sort of progress is being made.

Part 1: Atoms and Energy is the part that’s been rewritten the most – because it is the first part and because it is the hardest area to understand and describe. When I was rewriting about bonds recently, and puzzling over molecular vibration, I found this excellent educational video from the 1960s:

What struck me about it is the clarity of explanation and animation. The video simply shows and tells what’s going on. The words are sciency but you can decipher what they mean from the context, which is how we learn what words mean normally. I don’t remember that happening in our science videos at school. Mostly I think they involved presenters using a bunsen burner to boil water and then saying “that’s chemistry”.

Another similarly great video that tells you and shows you what’s going on is this one from the early 70s about the findings of the Mariner 9 mission to Mars:

I found that one while writing the moon underground mini guide to NASA interplanetary vehicles.

And finally, if you liked the Mariner 9 video, there is a companion one that came later about the Viking lander mission:

The Viking lander mission is also in the guide to interplanetary vehicles.

I’m hoping to do at least 5 mini guides this year. I’ve completed 2 so far (the other is on soviet earth-orbiting space vehicles). If you’d like copies of them (and whatever else I make this year, and would like to pre-order the cell book if you haven’t already) you should join the moon underground club by clicking on the image below:

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