The First Scientists is the highly anticipated, illustrated science book from Corey Tutt of DeadlyScience. With kids aged 7 to 12 years in mind, this book will nourish readers’ love of science and develop their respect for Indigenous knowledge at the same time.
Have you ever wondered what the stars can tell us? Did you know the seasons can be predicted just by looking at subtle changes in nature? Maybe you have wondered about the origins of glue or if forensic science is possible without a crime scene investigation. Australia's First peoples have the longest continuing culture on Earth and their innovation will amaze you as you leaf through the pages of this book, learning fascinating facts and discovering the answers to life's questions.
In consultation with communities, Corey tells us of many deadly feats – from bush medicine to bush trackers – that are today considered 'science', and introduces us to many amazing scientists, both past and present. The breadth of ‘sciences’ is incredible with six main chapters covering astronomy, engineering, forensic science, chemistry, land management and ecology. The first scientists passed on the lessons of the land, sea and sky to the future scientists of today through stories, song and dance, and many of these lessons are now shared in this book.
Vibrant illustrations by Blak Douglas bring the subjects to life, so you’ll never think about science as just people in lab coats ever again!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Corey Tutt is a Kamilaroi man from Nowra on the New South Wales south coast. As a kid, he dreamed of becoming a zookeeper and in high school he developed a love of STEM subjects. But unlike the arts and sport, he found there was little encouragement for Aboriginal people to pursue careers in STEM.
In 2018, while working as a research assistant for the University of Sydney, Corey founded DeadlyScience, a not-for-profit organisation that aims to provide science books and telescopes to remote schools in Australia, and connects young Indigenous people with mentors to encourage their participation in STEM subjects.
In 2020, Corey was named the NSW Young Australian of the Year, and a Human Rights Hero by the Australian Human Rights Commission. He continues to work tirelessly to send STEM resources to Indigenous communities, and show First Nations kids that STEM is for them. The organisation has even attracted international attention, with Corey presenting at Harvard and Oxford universities.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Born Adam Douglas Hill in Blacktown, Western Sydney to a Dhungatti Aboriginal father and Caucasian mother, Blak Douglas was trained in illustration & photography and became selfpracticed in painting. Blak has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions both domestically and abroad. Winning the Kilgour Prize in 2019 became his first major art achievement, followed by becoming the first Aboriginal artist to win the national STILL (life) award in 2021.
He has also been a consistent finalist in the Archibald & Wynne Prizes, the Blacktown, Mosman and Paddington Art Prizes. Blak’s art is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, National Museum of Australia, National Maritime Museum, Town Hall Collection, The Art Gallery of NSW, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Taipei Museum, AAMU, Utrecht, and regional Sydney Councils including Blacktown, Campbelltown, Liverpool and Penrith.