The author is Charles Darwin’s great-grandson. In his autobiography, charles darwin wrote: ‘the voyage of the beagle has been by far the most important event in my life and has determined my whole career; yet it depended on so small a circumstance as my uncle offering to drive me 30 miles to Shrewsbury, which few uncles would have done, and on such a trifle as the shape of my nose.
Fossils, Finches and Fuegians: Charles Darwin's Adventures and Discoveries on the Beagle Text Only #ad - I was led to attend closely to several branches of natural history, and thus my powers of observation were improved, though they were already fairly developed. The investigation of the geology of all the places visited was far more important, as reasoning here comes into play. No biography of darwin has yet done justice to what the scientific research actually was that occupied Darwin during the voyage.
I have always felt that I owe to the voyage the first real training or education of my mind.
Science is GoldenHarperCollins #ad - Gold, gold, gold for Australia's mega-selling scientist's 27th book. Nullius in verba', roughly translated, the Royal Society's motto, means? 'take nobody's word for it'. Don't trust authority - trust nature. Does cranberry juice cure urinary tract infections? is the hookah really a safer way to smoke? will the large hadron collider destroy the Earth and the Universe? Is the purpose of the peacock's tail to attract females? And in the unlikely event of a plane crash, being 3 x 3 x 3; and in this, are some seats safer than others?the human hand has 27 bones; Uranus has 27 moons; 27 is a perfect cube, Dr Karl's 27th book, he takes us on another exploration of the dazzling world of science.
Why not do the experiment for yourself and see the reality of nature.
Eye of the Beholder: Johannes Vermeer, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, and the Reinvention of SeeingW. W. Norton & Company #ad - Scientists peered at nature through microscopes and telescopes, chemistry, making the discoveries in astronomy, physics, and anatomy that ignited the Scientific Revolution. At the same time, a camera obscura, in a nearby attic, the painter Johannes Vermeer was using another optical device, to experiment with light and create the most luminous pictures ever beheld.
See for yourself!” was the clarion call of the 1600s. The story of these two geniuses and the transformation they engendered shows us why we see the world—and our place within it—as we do today. Eye of the beholder was named "a best art book of the Year" by Christie's and "A Best Read of the Year" by New Scientist in 2015.
Eye of the Beholder: Johannes Vermeer, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, and the Reinvention of Seeing #ad - Snyder transports us to the streets, where they mixed paints and prepared canvases, and to their studios and laboratories, ground and polished lenses, examined and dissected insects and other animals, and guildhalls of seventeenth-century Holland, inns, where artists and scientists gathered, and invented the modern notion of seeing.
Artists investigated nature with lenses, shadow, mirrors, and scenes filled with realistic effects of light, and camera obscuras, creating extraordinarily detailed paintings of flowers and insects, and color. But they also raised questions about how we see and what it means to see. In answering these questions, scientists and artists in Delft changed how we perceive the world.
In eye of the Beholder, Laura J. With charm and narrative flair Snyder brings Vermeer and Van Leeuwenhoek—and the men and women around them—vividly to life.
Evolution: The Remarkable History of a Scientific Theory Modern Library Chronicles Series Book 17Modern Library #ad - I often said before starting, that I had no doubt I should frequently repent of the whole undertaking. So wrote charles darwin aboard the Beagle, bound for the Galapagos Islands and what would arguably become the greatest and most controversial discovery in scientific history. Here are portraits of cuvier, wallace, darwin, Fisher, Watson and Crick, Mendel, Huxley, Morgan, Galton, Lamarck, Dobzhansky, Haeckel, W.
Celebrated as one of mankind’s crowning scientific achievements and reviled as a threat to our deepest values, origins, the theory of evolution has utterly transformed our view of life, religion, and remains controversial, and the theory itself, especially in the United States where 90% of adults do not subscribe to the full Darwinian vision.
Evolution: The Remarkable History of a Scientific Theory Modern Library Chronicles Series Book 17 #ad - . O. Public schools, even as the theory itself continues to evolve in new and surprising directions. Throughout, larson trains his spotlight on the lives and careers of the scientists, explorers, and eccentrics whose collaborations and competitions have driven the theory of evolution forward. D. Replete with fresh material and new insights, Evolution will educate and inform while taking readers on a fascinating journey of discovery.
But the theory of evolution did not spring full-blown from the head of Darwin. Hamilton, E.
Into AfricaNew Word City, Inc. #ad - They turned their backs on the young explorer, ignored his accomplishments, and let him die neglected. Here are the epic adventures of the european explorers who opened Africa – from Mongo Park and Vasco da Gama to Francis Burton and David Livingstone and Henry Stanley. When the explorer rené caillié returned to France from Africa in 1828, he published a sketch of the legendary city he had discovered - Timbuctoo.
But neither that simple drawing nor his matter-of-fact description gave Caillié's countrymen a sufficiently colorful picture to match their preconceptions of how Africa should look.
The Sickening Mind: Brain, Behaviour, Immunity and DiseaseFlamingo #ad - He also provides many examples from literature, Goethe and Hardy to Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and Kafka… Interesting, ranging widely from Shakespeare, informative and a pleasure to read. Anthony storr, sunday times‘excellent’ jon turney, financial times‘this most accessible account of a difficult subject blows away some prejudices and pleasingly justifies others… Martin is a biologist whose style is considerate of the layman…and it is a tribute to his own benignly infectious enthusiasm for his subject that his closing thoughts are encouraging… Remarkable.
Alan judd, daily telegraph‘compelling… balanced and impressively up to date… the tone of voice, the open-minded but critical intelligence should uplift the quality of the debate… Martin’s lucid account of possible mechanisms of the connections between mental states and personality traits and illnesses is a notable triumph of his book… Excellent.
The Sickening Mind: Brain, Behaviour, Immunity and Disease #ad - Raymond tallis, times literary Supplement. A masterpiece of popularization’ times literary supplement‘A fascinating account, based on objective scientific research, of the ways in which mental states affect the individual’s liability to disease… Martin is a highly civilised scientist, who seasons his text with witty parentheses.
Eclipse: The science and history of nature's most spectacular phenomenonWilliam Collins #ad - As millions encamp for the brief spectacle with mylar glasses, binoculars and telescopes, pin-hole cameras, space agency satellites and mountain-top observatories study the corona, flares and the magnetosphere of the Sun as the 125 mile-wide black patch zooms along the ground at 2000 mph. Britain’s next eclipse will be in September, 2090
Throughout history, mankind has exhibited a changing response to the eclipse of the sun. J p mcevoy looks at remarkable phenomenon of a solar eclipse through a thrilling narrative that charts the historical, cultural and scientific relevance of solar eclipses through the ages and explores the significance of this rare event.
Eclipse: The science and history of nature's most spectacular phenomenon #ad - In the year when britain will be touched by a solar eclipse for the first time since 1927, J P McEvoy looks at this remarkable phenomenon through a thrilling narrative that charts the historical, cultural and scientific relevance of solar eclipses through the ages and explores the significance of this rare event.
Eclipse shows how the english astronomer norman lockyer named the element Helium from the spectra of the eclipsed Sun, and how in Cambridge Arthur Eddinton predicted the proof of Einstein’s General Relativity from the bending of sunlight during the famous African eclipse of 1919. During late morning on 11 august, 1999 the shadow of the last total eclipse of the Millennium will cut across the Cornwall Peninsula and skirt the coast of Devon before moving on to the continent, ending its journey at sunset in the Bay of Bengal, India.
The ancient mexicans believed the Sun and the Moon were quarrelling whilst the Tahitians thought the two celestial objects were making love. Today, astronomers can calculate the exact path the moon’s shadow will track during the solar eclipse.
Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 ChaptersHarper Perennial #ad - It will help you understand what this scientific milestone means for you, for your children, and for humankind. The genome's been mapped. But what does it mean?arguably the most significant scientific discovery of the new century, the mapping of the twenty-three pairs of chromosomes that make up the human genome raises almost as many questions as it answers.
Questions that will profoundly impact the way we think about disease, about longevity, and about free will. From huntington's disease to cancer, matt ridley probes the scientific, philosophical, from the applications of gene therapy to the horrors of eugenics, and moral issues arising as a result of the mapping of the genome.
Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters #ad - Questions that will affect the rest of your life. Genome offers extraordinary insight into the ramifications of this incredible breakthrough. By picking one newly discovered gene from each pair of chromosomes and telling its story, Matt Ridley recounts the history of our species and its ancestors from the dawn of life to the brink of future medicine.
The Men Who United the States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, IndivisibleHarper #ad - Featuring 32 illustrations throughout the text, The Men Who United the States is a fresh look at the way in which the most powerful nation on earth came together. From its beginnings. How did america become “one nation, indivisible”? what unified a growing number of disparate states into the modern country we recognize today? To answer these questions, Winchester follows in the footsteps of America’s most essential explorers, and innovators, thinkers, such as Lewis and Clark and the leaders of the Great Surveys; the builders of the first transcontinental telegraph and the powerful civil engineer behind the Interstate Highway System.
Simon winchester, delivers his first book about america: a fascinating popular history that illuminates the men who toiled fearlessly to discover, connect, the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Atlantic and The Professor and the Madman, and bond the citizenry and geography of the U. S. A. He treks vast swaths of territory, from pittsburgh to Portland, Seattle to Anchorage, Rochester to San Francisco, introducing the fascinating people who played a pivotal role in creating today’s United States.
The Men Who United the States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible #ad - Throughout, he ponders whether the historic work of uniting the States has succeeded, and to what degree.
Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading BrainHarper Perennial #ad - The potential transformations in this changed reading brain, Wolf argues, have profound implications for every child and for the intellectual development of our species. Reading is a human invention that reflects how the brain rearranges itself to learn something new. In this ambitious, provocative book, but also over the course of a single child's life, since writing began, Wolf chronicles the remarkable journey of the reading brain not only over the past five thousand years, showing in the process why children with dyslexia have reading difficulties and singular gifts.
Lively, erudite, and rich with examples, proust and the Squid asserts that the brain that examined the tiny clay tablets of the Sumerians was a very different brain from the one that is immersed in today's technology-driven literacy. Human beings were never born to read, " writes Tufts University cognitive neuroscientist and child development expert Maryanne Wolf.
Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of ExtinctionThe Experiment #ad - Citizen science may be the future of large-scale field research—and our planet’s last, best hope. As she wades into tide pools, spots hawks, and scours mountains, she discovers the power of the heroic volunteers who are helping scientists measure—and even slow—today’s unprecedented mass extinction.
A san francisco chronicle best book of 2016: “Intelligent and impassioned, Citizen Scientist is essential reading for anyone interested in the natural world. Award-winning writer mary ellen hannibal has long reported on scientists’ efforts to protect vanishing species, but it was only through citizen science that she found she could take action herself.