DNA: A Graphic Guide to the Molecule that Shook the World

By Israel Rosenfield

With humor, intensity, and philosophical and historic perception, DNA reaches out to quite a lot of readers with its image portrayal of a classy technological know-how. compatible to be used out and in of the school room, this quantity covers DNA's many marvels, from its unique discovery in 1869 to early-twentieth-century debates at the mechanisms of inheritance and the deeper nature of life's evolution and diversity.

Even readers who lack a heritage in technology and philosophy will study an enormous volume from this enticing narrative. The publication elucidates DNA's dating to future health and the reason and remedy of sickness. It additionally covers the construction of latest existence types, nanomachines, and views on crime detection, and considers the philosophical assets of classical Darwinian concept and up to date, radical adjustments within the figuring out of evolution itself. Already those advancements have profoundly affected our notions approximately dwelling issues. Borin Van Loon's funny illustrations recount the contributions of Gregor Mendel, Frederick Griffith, James Watson, and Francis Crick, between different biologists, scientists, and researchers, and vividly depict the trendy controversies surrounding the Human Genome venture and cloning.

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Visions of Science: Books and Readers at the Dawn of the Victorian Age

By James A. Secord

The first half the 19th century witnessed a unprecedented transformation in British political, literary, and highbrow existence. there has been common social unrest, and debates raged concerning schooling, the lives of the operating classification, and the hot business, machine-governed global. whilst, sleek technology emerged in Europe in additional or much less its present shape, as new disciplines and innovative thoughts, together with evolution and the vastness of geologic time, started to take shape.        
           
In Visions of Science, James A. Secord bargains a brand new method to trap this targeted second of swap. He explores seven key books—among them Charles Babbage’s Reflections at the Decline of Science, Charles Lyell’s Principles ofGeology, Mary Somerville’s Connexion of the actual Sciences, and Thomas Carlyle’s Sartor Resartus—and indicates how literature that displays at the wider that means of technological know-how could be revelatory whilst granted the type of shut analyzing frequently reserved for fiction and poetry. those books thought of the meanings of technological know-how and its position in smooth existence, seeking to the long run, coordinating and connecting the sciences, and forging wisdom that might be applicable for the recent age. Their objective used to be usually philosophical, yet Secord indicates it was once simply as frequently innovative, projective, and sensible: to indicate not just how one can take into consideration the flora and fauna but additionally to point modes of motion and capability outcomes in an period of unheard of switch.            
           
Visions of Science opens our eyes to how genteel women, operating males, and the literary elite answered to those impressive works. It finds the significance of knowing the actual characteristics of books and the major position of printers and publishers, from factories pouring out affordable compendia to modern publishing homes in London’s West finish. Secord’s vibrant account takes us to the center of a data revolution that used to be to have profound results for the making of the trendy world.

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The Oxford Guide to Library Research

The data international has gone through drastic alterations because the booklet of the third version of The Oxford advisor to Library Research in 2005, and Thomas Mann, a veteran reference librarian on the Library of Congress, has widely revised his textual content to mirror these alterations. This publication will solution easy questions: First, what's the volume of the numerous learn assets you are going to you leave out should you confine your examine solely, or maybe basically, to resources on hand at the open web? moment, while you're attempting to get a fairly stable evaluate of the literature on a specific subject, instead of simply "something speedy" on it, what are different replacement tools of topic searching--which aren't on hand at the Web--that are typically even more effective for that goal than typing keyword phrases right into a clean seek field, with the implications displayed by way of relevance-ranking computing device algorithms?

This booklet exhibits researchers how you can do complete examine on any subject. It explains the range of seek mechanisms to be had, in order that the researcher may have the moderate self belief that s/he has now not missed anything very important. This comprises not only lists of assets, yet discussions of the how one can seek inside them: how to define the simplest seek phrases, tips on how to mix the phrases, and the way to make the databases (and different assets) express suitable fabric even if you do not know find out how to specify the simplest seek phrases upfront. The book's total structuring through 9 equipment of looking which are acceptable in any topic quarter, instead of by means of matters or by means of sorts of literature, is exclusive between courses to investigate. additionally distinct is the diversity and diversity of concrete examples of what to do--and of what to not do.

The publication isn't "about" the net: it truly is concerning the most sensible choices to the Internet--the resources that aren't at the open internet first of all, that may be chanced on basically via examine libraries and which are greater than ever beneficial for any type of noticeable scholarly learn. greater than the other examine consultant to be had, this ebook without delay addresses and gives strategies to the intense difficulties defined in fresh stories documenting the profound loss of study talents possessed through state-of-the-art "digital natives."

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Human Evolution: A Very Short Introduction

The new discovery of the diminutive Homo floresiensis (nicknamed "the Hobbit") in Indonesia has sparked new curiosity within the learn of human evolution. during this Very brief Introduction, popular evolutionary pupil Bernard wooden strains the historical past of paleoanthropology from its beginnings within the eighteenth century to modern most recent fossil reveals. alongside the way in which we're brought to the energetic solid of characters, previous and current, serious about evolutionary learn. even supposing focusing on the fossil proof for human evolution, the e-book additionally covers the newest genetic facts approximately neighborhood diversifications within the glossy human genome that relate to our evolutionary background. wooden attracts on over thirty years of expertise to supply an insiders view of the sphere, and demonstrates that our figuring out of human evolution is significantly depending on advances in similar sciences similar to paleoclimatology, geochronology, systematics, genetics, and developmental biology. this is often an amazing creation for a person drawn to the origins and improvement of humankind.

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Twelve Diseases That Changed Our World

By Irwin W. Sherman

Covers the heritage of twelve very important ailments and addresses public wellbeing and fitness responses and societal upheavals.

  • Chronicles the methods illness outbreaks formed traditions and associations of Western civilization.
  • Explains the results, motives, and results from earlier epidemics.
  • Describes a dozen ailments to teach how affliction regulate both was once accomplished or failed.
  • Makes transparent the interrelationship among ailments and background.
  • Presents fabric in a compelling, transparent, and jargon-free prose for a large viewers.
  • Provides an image of the simplest practices for facing illness outbreaks.

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Darwin Among The Machines: The Evolution Of Global Intelligence (Helix Books)

By George B. Dyson

Darwin one of the Machines retraces the stairs that led us into the electronic wasteland, no much less wild for being a universe of our personal machine. Introducing a forged of recognized and unknown characters, George B. Dyson lines the process the data revolution, illuminating the lives and paintings of visionaries-from the time of Thomas Hobbes to the time of John von Neumann-who foresaw the advance of man-made intelligence, synthetic existence, and synthetic brain. This deep and stylish booklet derives either its identify and its outlook from Samuel Butlers 1863 essay Darwin one of the Machines. gazing the beginnings of miniaturization, self-reproduction, and telecommunication between machines, Butler expected that natures intelligence, purely briefly subservient to know-how, may resurface to assert our creations as her personal. Updating Butlers arguments, Dyson has distilled the old list to chronicle the origins of electronic telecommunications and the evolution of electronic pcs, starting lengthy earlier than the time of Darwin and exploring the bounds of Darwinian evolution to indicate what lies past. Weaving a cohesive narrative between his really good predecessors, Dyson constructs an easy, convincing, and sometimes scary view of the evolution of brain within the international community, on a degree transcending our personal. Dyson concludes that we're in the course of an test that echoes the prehistory of human intelligence and the origins of lifestyles. simply because the trade of coded molecular directions introduced existence as we all know it to the early earths primordial soup, and as language and brain mixed to shape the tradition during which we are living, so, within the electronic universe, are desktop courses and world wide networks combining to supply an evolutionary theater within which the differences among nature and expertise are more and more obscured. Nature, believes Dyson, is at the part of the machines.

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Mutants: On Genetic Variety and the Human Body

By Armand Marie Leroi

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Stepping without difficulty from fable to state of the art technological know-how, Mutants supplies an excellent narrative account of our genetic code and the desirable humans whose our bodies have printed it—a French convent woman who came upon herself altering intercourse at puberty; teenagers who, echoing Homer’s Cyclops, are born with a unmarried eye in the midst of their foreheads; a village of long-lived Croatian dwarves; one family members, whose our bodies have been totally coated with hair, was once saved on the Burmese royal court docket for 4 generations and gave Darwin one among his keenest insights into heredity. This based, humane, and fascinating publication “captures what we all know of the advance of what makes us human” (Nature).

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Never Mind the Bullocks, Here's the Science

By Karl Kruszelnicki

Dr Karl has taken on Santa Claus, atom bombs, 'friendly' dolphins and 'killer' whales, meteors, black holes, string concept and camel's humps. In his 27 mega-selling books, he demolishes myths, tells readers the best way to spot bogus technology and advises readers to be clever, sceptical and to regularly problem authority. In his twenty eighth e-book he keeps his campaign to maintain the realm a rational position through answering very important questions like 'Are white cats deaf?' and 'Will lemon juice make you slimmer?'

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Curious Folks Ask 2: 188 Real Answers on Our Fellow Creatures, Our Planet, and Beyond (FT Press Science)

By Sherry Seethaler

Why do lizards do pushups? what's going to occur if the Earth’s magnetic box reverses? How does water get from the roots to the tops of timber? Why and the way do stars die? Is there fairly this type of factor because the eco-friendly flash?

In Curious fogeys Ask 2: 188 solutions approximately Our Fellow Creatures, Our Planet, and Beyond, proficient technological know-how explainer Sherry Seethaler offers 188 of the main attention-grabbing new questions actual humans have requested approximately science–together with solutions which are transparent, exact, sincere, and a excitement to learn.

Like her earlier booklet, Curious fogeys Ask, the Q&As during this booklet are gathered from Seethaler’s well known weekly column within the San Diego Union-Tribune. From the Earth’s strangest lifeforms to the inner most reaches of the universe. Seethaler introduces intriguing components of study, cuts via myths, bargains genuine perception into what technological know-how has learned–and finds the ongoing mysteries scientists are nonetheless operating to appreciate.

Written in Seethaler’s trademark style, Curious fogeys Ask 2: 188 solutions approximately Our Fellow Creatures, Our Planet, and past presents subtle technological know-how in a lighthearted, fun manner. Seethaler’s solutions may help re-light the sweetness of technological know-how in readers of every age and backgrounds–and aid them intelligently interpret the most recent information approximately technology and medication for years to come.

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