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Einstein's War - How Relativity Conquered Nationalism and Shook the World (Hardcover): Matthew Stanley Einstein's War - How Relativity Conquered Nationalism and Shook the World (Hardcover)
Matthew Stanley 1
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How an unknown German and an Englishman on opposite sides of WWI created a scientific revolution In 1916, Arthur Eddington, a war-weary British astronomer, opened a letter written by an obscure German professor named Einstein. The neatly printed equations on the scrap of paper outlined his world-changing theory of general relativity. Until then, Einstein's masterpiece of time and space had been trapped behind the physical and ideological lines of battle, unknown. Many Britons were rejecting anything German, but Eddington realized the importance of the letter: perhaps Einstein's esoteric theory could not only change the foundations of science but also lead to international co-operation in a time of brutal war. Few recognize how the Great War, the industrialized slaughter that bled Europe from 1914 to 1918, shaped Einstein's life and work. While Einstein never held a rifle, he formulated general relativity blockaded in Berlin, literally starving. His name is now synonymous with 'genius', but it was not an easy road. This was, after all, the first complete revision of our conception of the universe since Isaac Newton. Its victory was far from sure. Einstein spent a decade creating relativity and his ascent to global celebrity, which saw him on front pages around the world, also owed much to against-the-odds international collaboration, including Eddington's crucial, globe-spanning expedition of 1919 - which was still two years before they finally met - to catch a fleeting solar eclipse for a rare opportunity to confirm Einstein's bold prediction that light has weight. We usually think of scientific discovery as a flash of individual inspiration, but here we see it is the result of hard work, gambles and wrong turns. Einstein's War is a celebration of how bigotry and nationalism can be defeated and of what science can offer when they are. Using previously unknown sources and written like a thriller, it sheds light on science through history: we see relativity built brick-by-brick in front of us, as it happened 100 years ago.

Chasing the Moon - The Story of the Space Race - from Arthur C. Clarke to the Apollo Landings (Hardcover, Epub Edition): Robert... Chasing the Moon - The Story of the Space Race - from Arthur C. Clarke to the Apollo Landings (Hardcover, Epub Edition)
Robert Stone, Alan Andres 1
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Chasing the Moon thoroughly reimagines the race to the moon, upending much of the conventional mythology. With newly revealed stories about the space race, from its earliest days to the monumental achievement of the lunar landing in 1969, the book features a diverse cast of characters who played key roles in these historic events. Utilising a wealth of previously overlooked and lost archival material, much of which has never before been revealed to the public, the Space Age is recast as a fascinating stew of scientific innovation, political calculation, media spectacle, visionary impulses and personal drama in this fascinating new book. Among those included are astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Frank Borman and Bill Anders; Sergei Khrushchev, son of the former Soviet premier and a leading Soviet rocket engineer; Poppy Northcutt, a 25-year old `mathematics whiz' who gained worldwide attention as the first woman to serve in the all-male bastion of NASA's Mission Control; and Ed Dwight, the Air Force pilot selected by the Kennedy administration to train as America's first black astronaut.

Scientists Who Changed History (Hardcover): Dk Scientists Who Changed History (Hardcover)
Dk 1
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Explore the lives and achievements of more than 85 of the world's most inspirational and influential scientists with this innovative and boldly graphic biography-led book. The second title in DK's new illustrated biography series, Scientists profiles trailblazing individuals from Greek mathematicians, such as Archimedes and Pythagoras, through physicists of the early 20th-century, such as Marie Curie and Albert Einstein, to modern greats such as Stephen Hawking and Tim Berners-Lee. Each featured individual has made a major contribution to one or more scientific fields, from physics and astronomy to chemistry, biology, psychology, and from genetics and computer science to geology and palaeontology. Combining elements of biography, history, and analysis, Scientists Who Changed History explains the groundbreaking contributions made by these revolutionary men and women in a clear and informative way.

Stephen Hawking - Remarkable Lives (Paperback): Kitty Ferguson Stephen Hawking - Remarkable Lives (Paperback)
Kitty Ferguson
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Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21 and was expected to live for only another two years. He went on to write books and deliver public lectures right up until his death at the age of 76 in 2018. Hawking achieved commercial success with several works of popular science in which he discusses his own theories and cosmology in general. His book A Brief History of Time, a layman's guide to cosmology, appeared on the Sunday Times best-seller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks and sold more than 10 million copies. As Martin Rees, the cosmologist, astronomer royal and Hawking's longtime colleague wrote, "His name will live in the annals of science; millions have had their cosmic horizons widened by his best-selling books; and even more, around the world, have been inspired by a unique example of achievement against all the odds - a manifestation of amazing willpower and determination." In this concise and informative guide to Hawking's life and work, his key scientific achievements - from gravitational singularities to quantum cosmology - are covered in an approachable and accessible way. This is a celebration of an icon of modern physics, who inspired generations of scientists and changed our understanding of the universe.

The Art of Innovation (Hardcover): Ian Blatchford, Tilly Blyth The Art of Innovation (Hardcover)
Ian Blatchford, Tilly Blyth 1
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Throughout history, artists and scientists have been driven by curiosity and the desire to experiment. Both have wanted to make sense of the world around them, to change it, sometimes working closely together, certainly taking inspiration from each other's disciplines. But they imagine and act on the world from different perspectives, with different goals. The relationship between the two has traditionally been perceived as one of love and hate, fascination and revulsion, symbiotic but antagonistic. Art is crucial to helping us understand our science legacy. And science is well served by applying an artistic lens. But exactly how has the ingenuity of science and technology been incorporated into artistic expression? And how has creative practice, in turn, stimulated innovation and technological change? The Art of Innovation is a history of the modern world through the lens of art and science, showing how artists and scientists are not two cultures but two poles of the same culture. Through fascinating stories exploring exciting relationships between famous artworks and significant scientific and technological objects - from Constable's Clouds and the chemist who measured changes in air pressure, to the introduction of photography and the representation of natural history in print - it offers a new perspective on how we interpret, study and explore the extraordinary world around us.

Out of the Shadow of a Giant - How Newton Stood on the Shoulders of Hooke and Halley (Paperback, Epub Edition): John Gribbin Out of the Shadow of a Giant - How Newton Stood on the Shoulders of Hooke and Halley (Paperback, Epub Edition)
John Gribbin; As told to Mary Gribbin 1
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What if Isaac Newton had never lived? Robert Hooke and Edmond Halley, whose place in history has been overshadowed by the giant figure of Newton, were pioneering scientists within their own right, and instrumental in establishing the Royal Society. Whilst Newton is widely regarded as one of the greatest scientists of all time, and the father of the English scientific revolution, John and Mary Gribbin uncover the fascinating story of Robert Hooke and Edmond Halley, whose scientific achievements neatly embrace the hundred years or so during which science as we know it became established in Britain. They argue persuasively that even without Newton science in Britain would have made a great leap forward in the second half of the seventeenth century, headed by two extraordinary men, Hooke and Halley.

Science - A History in 100 Experiments (Hardcover): John Gribbin Science - A History in 100 Experiments (Hardcover)
John Gribbin; As told to Mary Gribbin 1
R689 R424 Discovery Miles 4 240 Save R265 (38%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A history of science distilled into 100 notable experiments - epic moments that have fuelled our understanding of Earth and the Universe beyond. The history of science is a fascinating and long one, covering thousands of years of history. The development of scientific experiments involves some of the most enlightened cultures in history, as well as some great scientists, philosophers and theologians. As the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman said, `If it disagrees with experiment, it is wrong', the simplest summary of what science is all about. And science is nothing without experiments. Everything in the scientific world view is based on experiment, including observations of phenomena predicted by theories and hypotheses, such as the bending of light as it goes past the Sun. From the discovery of microscopic worlds to weighing the Earth, from making electricity to the accelerating Universe and gravitational waves, this stunning book by renowned science writers John and Mary Gribbin tells the fascinating history of science through the stories of 100 groundbreaking experiments.

Psychedelic Apes - From parallel universes to mushroom gods - the weirdest theories of science and history (Paperback): Alex... Psychedelic Apes - From parallel universes to mushroom gods - the weirdest theories of science and history (Paperback)
Alex Boese 1
R349 R268 Discovery Miles 2 680 Save R81 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

What if we're living inside a black hole? What if we've already found extraterrestrial life? What if the dinosaurs died in a nuclear war? What if Jesus Christ was actually a mushroom? In Psychedelic Apes, bestselling author Alex Boese will delve into the curious scientific subculture of weird theories. Thoroughly bizarre and contrary to the established norm, these ideas are often vehemently rejected by the intellectual community. From the creation of the universe to the evolution of humans, the birth of civilization right through to our more recent past, Psychedelic Apes explores some of the craziest ideas from science and history and shows that, sometimes, even the weirdest theories may be proved true . . .

The Compact Guide: The Elements (Mixed media product): Jack Challoner The Compact Guide: The Elements (Mixed media product)
Jack Challoner 1
R240 R149 Discovery Miles 1 490 Save R91 (38%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Birders of Africa - History of a network (Paperback): Nancy J. Jacobs Birders of Africa - History of a network (Paperback)
Nancy J. Jacobs
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In this unique and unprecedented study of birding in Africa, historian Nancy Jacobs reconstructs the collaborations between well-known ornithologists and the largely forgotten guides, hunters and taxidermists who worked with them. Drawing on ethnography, scientific publications, private archives and interviews, Jacobs asks: How did white ornithologists both depend on and operate distinctively from African birders? What investment did African birders have in collaborating with ornithologists? By distilling the interactions between European science and African vernacular knowledge, this work offers a fascinating examination of the colonial and postcolonial politics of expertise about nature. It is also a riveting history of the discovery of certain bird species.

Liquid - The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives (Paperback): Mark A Miodownik Liquid - The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives (Paperback)
Mark A Miodownik 1
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By the author of the best-selling, prize-winning Stuff Matters 'A truly delightful read' Jim Al-Khalili, author of Paradox 'Exciting, anarchic and surprising' Katy Guest, The Guardian This fascinating new book by the bestselling scientist and engineer Mark Miodownik is an expert tour of the world of the droplets, heartbeats and ocean waves that we come across every day. Structured around a plane journey which sees encounters with substances from water and glue to coffee and wine, he shows how these liquids can bring death and destruction as well as wonder and fascination. From Laszlo Biro's revolutionary pen and Abraham Gesner's kerosene to cutting-edge research on self-repairing roads and liquid computers, Miodownik uses his winning formula of scientific storytelling to bring the everyday to life. He reveals why liquids can flow up a tree but down a hill, why oil is sticky, how waves can travel so far, and how to make the perfect cup of tea. Here are the secret lives of substances that we rely on but rarely understand. 'An exhilarating, eye-opening ride' Philip Ball, science writer and author of H2O 'A thrilling read, from start to finish' Tim Radford, author of The Consolations of Physics

Genuine Fakes - How Phony Things Teach Us About Real Stuff (Paperback): Lydia Pyne Genuine Fakes - How Phony Things Teach Us About Real Stuff (Paperback)
Lydia Pyne
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Does an authentic Andy Warhol painting need to be painted by Andy Warhol? Why do audiences feel outraged when they find out that scenes from their beloved blockbuster documentaries are staged? Can people move past assuming that a diamond grown in a lab is a fake? What happens when a forged painting or manuscript becomes more valuable than its original? This is a book about genuine fakes - the curious and complex objects that provoke these very sorts of questions. Genuine fakes fall in between things that are real and things that are not; whether or not we think that those things are authentic is a matter of perspective. Unsurprisingly, the world is full of genuine fakes - full of things that defy simple categorization. From stories of audacious forgeries to feats of technological innovation, historian Lydia Pyne explores how the authenticity of eight genuine fakes depends on their unique combinations of history, science and culture. The stories of art forgeries, fake fossils, nature documentaries, synthetic flavours, museum exhibits, Maya codices and Palaeolithic replicas shows that genuine fakes are complicated and change over time. Drawing from historical archives, interviews, museum exhibits, science fiction as well as her own research, Pyne brings each genuine fake to life through unexpected and often outrageous stories. Genuine Fakes will make readers think about all the unreal things that they encounter in their daily lives and why they invoke the reactions - surprise, wonder, understanding or annoyance - that they do.

How to Be Human - The Manual (Paperback): Ruby Wax How to Be Human - The Manual (Paperback)
Ruby Wax 1
R277 R142 Discovery Miles 1 420 Save R135 (49%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

How to be Human is the only manual you need to help you upgrade your mind as much as you've upgraded your iphone. 'With this marvellous book, Ruby Wax has confirmed her position as one of the most readable, inspirational and engaging writers in the field of human mental health, happiness and fulfilment.' Stephen Fry "It took us 4 billion years to evolve to where we are now - completely brilliant and yet, some might say, emotionally dwarfed. The question is: can our more empathetic side catch up in time to save us and the world? I've got nothing against smarts, but it's smarts without emotional awareness that got us into this position of being able to nuke each other into oblivion and rape the earth for oil." With a little help from a monk (who tells us how our mind works) and a neuroscientist (who tells us how our brain works), Ruby Wax answers every question you've ever had about: evolution, thoughts, emotions, the body, addictions, relationships, sex, kids, the future and compassion. Filled with witty anecdotes from Ruby's own life, and backed up by smart science and practical mindfulness exercises, How to be Human is the only manual you need to help you upgrade your mind as much as you've upgraded your iphone. 'Ruby has beautifully fused neurology and spirituality and given us a means to cope with operating both a mind and a brain. If this mental upgrade works then all other books will become defunct as we repose in bliss.' Russell Brand 'How to Be Human is, without exaggeration, a lifeline; wise, practical and funny, it is a handbook for those in despair. It is actually for everyone alive, for the curious, or disillusioned or muddled or just plain happy.' Joanna Lumley

Origin Story - A Big History of Everything (Paperback): David Christian Origin Story - A Big History of Everything (Paperback)
David Christian 1
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Losing Earth - A Recent History (Hardcover): Nathaniel Rich Losing Earth - A Recent History (Hardcover)
Nathaniel Rich 1
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Zwicky - The Outcast Genius Who Unmasked the Universe (Hardcover): John Johnson Jr. Zwicky - The Outcast Genius Who Unmasked the Universe (Hardcover)
John Johnson Jr.
R664 R514 Discovery Miles 5 140 Save R150 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

From a prize-winning science writer, a riveting account of the life and work of the prodigiously original maverick who has been called "the most unrecognized genius of twentieth-century astronomy." Fritz Zwicky was one of the most inventive and iconoclastic scientists of the twentieth century. He predicted the existence of neutron stars, and his research pointed the way toward the discovery of pulsars and black holes. He was the first to conceive of the existence of dark matter, the first to make a detailed catalog of thousands of galaxies, and the first to correctly suggest that cosmic rays originate from supernovas. Not content to confine his discoveries to the heavens, Zwicky contributed to the US war against Japan with inventions in jet propulsion that enabled aircraft to launch from carriers in the Pacific. After the war, he was the first Western scientist to interview Wernher von Braun, the Nazi engineer who developed the V-2 rocket. Later he became an outspoken advocate for space exploration, but also tangled with almost every leading scientist of the time, from Edwin Hubble and Richard Feynman to J. Robert Oppenheimer and Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar. In Zwicky, John Johnson Jr. brings this tempestuous maverick to life. Zwicky not only made groundbreaking contributions to science and engineering; he rose to fame as one of the most imaginative science popularizers of his day. Yet he became a pariah in the scientific community, denouncing his enemies, real and imagined, as "spherical bastards" and "horses' asses." Largely forgotten today, Zwicky deserves rediscovery for introducing some of the most destructive forces in the universe, and as a reminder that genius obeys no rules and has no friends.

Leonardo da Vinci - A Mind in Motion (Paperback): Juliana Barone Leonardo da Vinci - A Mind in Motion (Paperback)
Juliana Barone 1
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Written by leading Leonardo experts from London and Florence, and accompanying a major British Library exhibition, this fascinating new book reveals the central importance of motion in Leonardo's art and thought. Large-scale reproductions of Leonardo's handwritten notes include clear illustrations of dozens of pages from Codex Arundel, alongside other manuscripts and paintings. Leonardo's ingenious, cutting-edge ideas about the art and physics of motion - the dynamics of motion in water; movement of the human form; and motion as a force in artistic composition - are explained in a clear and accessible form as never before.

Genuine Fakes - How Phony Things Teach Us About Real Stuff (Hardcover): Lydia Pyne Genuine Fakes - How Phony Things Teach Us About Real Stuff (Hardcover)
Lydia Pyne 1
R398 R308 Discovery Miles 3 080 Save R90 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Does an authentic Andy Warhol painting need to be painted by Andy Warhol? Why do audiences feel outraged when they find out that scenes from their beloved blockbuster documentaries are staged? Can people move past assuming that a diamond grown in a lab is a fake? What happens when a forged painting or manuscript becomes more valuable than its original? This is a book about genuine fakes - the curious and complex objects that provoke these very sorts of questions. Genuine fakes fall in between things that are real and things that are not; whether or not we think that those things are authentic is a matter of perspective. Unsurprisingly, the world is full of genuine fakes - full of things that defy simple categorization. From stories of audacious forgeries to feats of technological innovation, historian Lydia Pyne explores how the authenticity of eight genuine fakes depends on their unique combinations of history, science and culture. The stories of art forgeries, fake fossils, nature documentaries, synthetic flavours, museum exhibits, Maya codices and Palaeolithic replicas shows that genuine fakes are complicated and change over time. Drawing from historical archives, interviews, museum exhibits, science fiction as well as her own research, Pyne brings each genuine fake to life through unexpected and often outrageous stories. Genuine Fakes will make readers think about all the unreal things that they encounter in their daily lives and why they invoke the reactions - surprise, wonder, understanding or annoyance - that they do.

Controversy of the Ages - Why Christians Should Not Divide Over the Age of the Earth (Paperback): Theodore Cabal, Peter Rasor II Controversy of the Ages - Why Christians Should Not Divide Over the Age of the Earth (Paperback)
Theodore Cabal, Peter Rasor II
R265 R218 Discovery Miles 2 180 Save R47 (18%) Shipped within 5 - 10 working days
Einstein's War - How Relativity Conquered Nationalism and Shook the World (Paperback): Matthew Stanley Einstein's War - How Relativity Conquered Nationalism and Shook the World (Paperback)
Matthew Stanley 1
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The story of relativity - showing how science really works, and how Einstein became famous In 1916, Arthur Eddington, a war-weary British astronomer, opened a letter written by an obscure German professor named Einstein. The neatly printed equations on the scrap of paper outlined his world-changing theory of general relativity. Until then, Einstein's masterpiece of time and space had been trapped behind the physical and ideological lines of battle, unknown. Many Britons were rejecting anything German, but Eddington realized the importance of the letter: perhaps Einstein's esoteric theory could not only change the foundations of science but also lead to international co-operation in a time of brutal war. Einstein's name is now synonymous with 'genius', but it was not an easy road. He spent a decade creating relativity and his ascent to global celebrity, which saw him on front pages around the world, also owed much to against-the-odds international collaboration, including Eddington's crucial expedition of 1919 -- which was still two years before they finally met. We usually think of scientific discovery as a flash of individual inspiration, but here we see it is the result of hard work, gambles and wrong turns -- in this case subject to the petty concerns of nations, religions and individuals. Einstein's War is a moving human story of a pair on opposite sides of history who came together for science. It sheds light on science through history, and the physics is more accessible as a result: we see relativity built brick-by-brick in front of us, as it happened 100 years ago.

Inventions That Changed the World (Hardcover): Jack Challoner Inventions That Changed the World (Hardcover)
Jack Challoner
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Inventions That Changed the World gives readers an unprecedented insight into the events, people and histories behind technological and scientific developments that have helped shape modern civilization. The book transports the reader back in time to share the excitement and inspiration of some of the most important moments in the history of technology. An invention is rarely the brainchild of a single person, however brilliant, and the book includes timelines that explain the development of each creation and pay homage to some of the other great developments that came before and after. Beautifully illustrated throughout, the book contains 20 items of rare, on-the-page documents and memorabilia, from plans of the Wright Brothers' plane to extracts from the notebook of Alexander Graham Bell.

The Department of Mad Scientists - How DARPA Is Remaking Our World, from the Internet to Artificial Limbs (Paperback): Michael... The Department of Mad Scientists - How DARPA Is Remaking Our World, from the Internet to Artificial Limbs (Paperback)
Michael P. Belfiore
R286 R268 Discovery Miles 2 680 Save R18 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

America's greatest idea factory isn't Bell Labs, Silicon Valley, or MIT's Media Lab. It's the secretive, Pentagon-led agency known as DARPA. Founded by Eisenhower in response to Sputnik and the Soviet space program, DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) mixes military officers with sneaker-wearing scientists, seeking paradigm-shifting ideas in varied fields--from energy, robotics, and rockets to doctorless operating rooms, driverless cars, and planes that can fly halfway around the world in just a few hours.

Michael Belfiore was given unpre-cedented access to write this first-ever popular account of DARPA. "The Department of Mad Scientists" contains material that has barely been reported in the general media--in fact, only 2 percent of Americans know much of anything about the agency. But as this fascinating read demonstrates, DARPA isn't so much frightening as it is inspiring--it is our future.

Making the Monster - The Science Behind Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (Paperback): Kathryn Harkup Making the Monster - The Science Behind Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (Paperback)
Kathryn Harkup 1
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The year 1818 saw the publication of one of the most influential science-fiction stories of all time. Frankenstein: Or, Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley had a huge impact on gothic horror and science-fiction genres, and her creation has become part of our everyday culture, from cartoons to Hallowe'en costumes. Even the name `Frankenstein' has become a by-word for evil scientists and dangerous experiments. How did a teenager with no formal education come up with the idea for an extraordinary novel such as Frankenstein? Clues are dotted throughout Georgian science and popular culture. The years before the book's publication saw huge advances in our understanding of the natural sciences, in areas such as electricity and physiology, for example. Sensational science demonstrations caught the imagination of the general public, while the newspapers were full of lurid tales of murderers and resurrectionists. Making the Monster explores the scientific background behind Mary Shelley's book. Is there any science fact behind the science fiction? And how might a real-life Victor Frankenstein have gone about creating his monster? From tales of volcanic eruptions, artificial life and chemical revolutions, to experimental surgery, 'monsters' and electrical experiments on human cadavers, Kathryn Harkup examines the science and scientists that influenced Shelley, and inspired her most famous creation.

The Agile Gene - How Nature Turns on Nurture (Paperback, 1st Perennial ed): Matt Ridley The Agile Gene - How Nature Turns on Nurture (Paperback, 1st Perennial ed)
Matt Ridley
R269 R253 Discovery Miles 2 530 Save R16 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Armed with extraordinary new discoveries about our genes, acclaimed science writer Matt Ridley turns his attention to the nature-versus-nurture debate in a thoughtful book about the roots of human behavior.

Ridley recounts the hundred years' war between the partisans of nature and nurture to explain how this paradoxical creature, the human being, can be simultaneously free-willed and motivated by instinct and culture. With the decoding of the human genome, we now know that genes not only predetermine the broad structure of the brain, they also absorb formative experiences, react to social cues, and even run memory. They are consequences as well as causes of the will.

Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Leicester: A New Edition (Hardcover): Domenico Laurenza, Martin Kemp Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Leicester: A New Edition (Hardcover)
Domenico Laurenza, Martin Kemp
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Leonardo's greatest work of science beautifully reproduced for the 500th anniversary of his death. This edition offers a high-quality facsimile reproduction of Leonardo Da Vinci's Codex Leicester, a collection of his scientific writings. Named after Thomas Coke (later Earl of Leicester) who purchased it in 1719, Codex Leicester holds the record as the most expensive book ever when it was bought by Bill Gates in 1994. Consisting of 72 pages, it was handwritten in Italian by Leonardo using his characteristic mirror writing, and is supported by drawings and diagrams. The Codex Leicester is an extraordinary mixture of Leonardo's observations and theories. Topics include his explanation of why fossils can be found on mountains; the flow of water in rivers; and the luminosity of the moon which Leonardo attributed to its surface being covered by water which reflects light from the sun. The facsimile reproduction is complemented by three further volumes that include a new transcription and translation, accompanied by a paraphrase in modern language, a page-by-page commentary, and a series of interpretative essays. These four volumes together introduce important new research into the interpretation of the texts and images, on the setting of Leonardo's ideas in the context of ancient and medieval theories, and above all into the notable fortunes of the Codex within the sciences of astronomy, water, and the history of the earth, opening a new field of research into the impact of Leonardo as a scientist after his death.

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