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Symphony in C - Carbon and the Evolution of (Almost) Everything (Hardcover, Edition): Robert M. Hazen Symphony in C - Carbon and the Evolution of (Almost) Everything (Hardcover, Edition)
Robert M. Hazen 1
R466 R321 Discovery Miles 3 210 Save R145 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

An enchanting biography of the most resonant - and most necessary - chemical element on Earth. Carbon. It's in the fibres in your hair, the timbers in your walls, the food that you eat and the air that you breathe. It's worth billions as a luxury and half a trillion as a necessity, but there are still mysteries yet to be solved about the element that can be both diamond and coal. Where does it come from, what does it do, and why, above all, does life need it? With sparkling prose and engaging narrative, earth scientist Robert Hazen leads us on a vibrant journey through the origin and evolution of life's most ubiquitous element. The story unfolds in four movements - Earth, Air, Fire and Water - and transports us through 14 billion years of cosmic history. From the outer reaches of the universe to the cliffs of Scotland and into the precious-metal mines of Namibia, Symphony in C is a sweeping chronicle of carbon: the most essential element on Earth.

Symphony in C - Carbon and the Evolution of (Almost) Everything (Paperback): Robert M. Hazen Symphony in C - Carbon and the Evolution of (Almost) Everything (Paperback)
Robert M. Hazen 1
R397 R257 Discovery Miles 2 570 Save R140 (35%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

An enchanting biography of the most resonant - and most necessary - chemical element on Earth. Carbon. It's in the fibres in your hair, the timbers in your walls, the food that you eat and the air that you breathe. It's worth billions as a luxury and half a trillion as a necessity, but there are still mysteries yet to be solved about the element that can be both diamond and coal. Where does it come from, what does it do, and why, above all, does life need it? With sparkling prose and engaging narrative, earth scientist Robert Hazen leads us on a vibrant journey through the origin and evolution of life's most ubiquitous element. The story unfolds in four movements - Earth, Air, Fire and Water - and transports us through 14 billion years of cosmic history. From the outer reaches of the universe to the cliffs of Scotland and into the precious-metal mines of Namibia, Symphony in C is a sweeping chronicle of carbon: the most essential element on Earth.

Symphony in C - Carbon and the Evolution of (Almost) Everything (Hardcover): Robert M. Hazen Symphony in C - Carbon and the Evolution of (Almost) Everything (Hardcover)
Robert M. Hazen
R531 R421 Discovery Miles 4 210 Save R110 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Carbon is everywhere: in the paper of this book and the blood of our bodies. It's with us from beginning to end, present in our baby clothes and coffin alike. We live on a carbon planet, and we are carbon life. No other element is so central to our well-being; yet, when missing or misaligned, carbon atoms can also bring about disease and even death. At once ubiquitous and mysterious, carbon holds the answers to some of humanity's biggest questions. Where did Earth come from? What will ultimately become of it-and of us? With poetic storytelling, earth scientist Robert M. Hazen explores the universe to discover the past, present, and future of life's most essential element. We're not only "made of star stuff," as Carl Sagan famously observed, but "Big Bang stuff," too. Hazen reveals that carbon's grand symphony began with a frenzied prelude shortly after the dawn of creation, bringing new attention to the tiny number of Big Bang-created carbon atoms that often get overlooked. In minutes, violently colliding protons and neutrons improbably formed the first carbon atoms, which can still be found within our bodies. His book then unfolds in four movements, building momentum as he explores carbon as the element of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. He visits the famed volcanic crater Solfatara di Pozzuoli near Naples, where venting carbon dioxide and other noxious fumes condense into beautiful crystals. He climbs the cliffs of the Scottish Highlands and delves deep into the precious-metal mines of Namibia, journeying toward Earth's mysterious core in search of undocumented carbon structures. Hazen often asks us to pause and consider carbon's role in climate change and what we can do about it, for our lives and this element are inextricably intertwined. With prose that sparkles like a diamond, Symphony in C tells the story of carbon, in which we all have a part.

Science Matters - Achieving Scientific Literacy (Paperback, 2nd ed.): Robert M. Hazen, James Trefil Science Matters - Achieving Scientific Literacy (Paperback, 2nd ed.)
Robert M. Hazen, James Trefil
R331 R271 Discovery Miles 2 710 Save R60 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Knowledge of the basic ideas and principles of science is fundamental to cultural literacy. But most books on science are often too obscure or too specialized to do the general reader much good.
Science Matters is a rare exception-a science book for the general reader that is informative enough to be a popular textbook for introductory courses in high school and college, and yet well-written enough to appeal to general readers uncomfortable with scientific jargon and complicated mathematics. And now, revised and expanded for the first time in nearly two decades, it is up-to-date, so that readers can enjoy Hazen and Trefil's refreshingly accessible explanations of the most recent developments in science, from particle physics to biotechnology.

The Story of Earth - The First 4.5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet (Paperback): Robert M. Hazen The Story of Earth - The First 4.5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet (Paperback)
Robert M. Hazen
R340 R275 Discovery Miles 2 750 Save R65 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Hailed by "The New York Times "for writing "with wonderful clarity about science . . . that effortlessly teaches as it zips along," nationally bestselling author Robert M. Hazen offers a radical new approach to Earth history in this intertwined tale of the planet's living and nonliving spheres. With an astrobiologist's imagination, a historian's perspective, and a naturalist's eye, Hazen calls upon twenty-first-century discoveries that have revolutionized geology and enabled scientists to envision Earth's many iterations in vivid detail--from the mile-high lava tides of its infancy to the early organisms responsible for more than two-thirds of the mineral varieties beneath our feet. Lucid, controversial, and on the cutting edge of its field, "The Story of Earth" is popular science of the highest order.

High-Temperature and High Pressure Crystal Chemistry (Paperback): Robert M. Hazen, Robert T Downs High-Temperature and High Pressure Crystal Chemistry (Paperback)
Robert M. Hazen, Robert T Downs
R972 R859 Discovery Miles 8 590 Save R113 (12%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Keepers of the Flame - The Role of Fire in American Culture, 1775-1925 (Paperback): Robert M. Hazen, Margaret Hindle Hazen Keepers of the Flame - The Role of Fire in American Culture, 1775-1925 (Paperback)
Robert M. Hazen, Margaret Hindle Hazen
R592 R457 Discovery Miles 4 570 Save R135 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

"For, Lo We live in an Iron Age--In the age of Steam and Fire " wrote a poet mesmerized by the engines that were transforming American transportation, agriculture, and industry during his lifetime. Indeed, by the nineteenth century fire had become America's leitmotif--for good and for ill. "Keeping the flame" was deadly serious: even the slightest lapse of attention could convert a fire from friendly ally to ravaging destroyer. To examine the cultural context of fire in "combustible America," Margaret Hazen and Robert Hazen gather more than a hundred illustrations, most never before published, together with anecdotes and information from hundreds of original sources, including newspapers, diaries, company records, popular fiction, art, and music. What results is an immensely entertaining and encyclopedic history that ranges from stories of the tragic "great fires" of the century to fire imagery in folktales and popular literature. Dealing more with technology than with fire in nature, the book provides a vast amount of information on fire manipulation and prevention in urban life. Hazen and Hazen discuss the people who worked with fire--or against it. Founders, gaffers, blacksmiths, boilers at saltworks, and housewives knew how to "read" a fire and employ it for their purposes. A few dedicated investigators inquired about the scientific nature of heat and flame. And firefighters gradually progressed from "bucket brigades" to "using fire to fight fire" with the newly invented steam engine. The colorful stories of these Americans--the risks they took and the rewards they received--will fascinate not only social historians but also a broad audience of general readers.

Originally published in 1992.

The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

The Sciences - An Integrated Approach (Loose-leaf, 8th ed.): James Trefil, Robert M. Hazen The Sciences - An Integrated Approach (Loose-leaf, 8th ed.)
James Trefil, Robert M. Hazen
R3,487 Discovery Miles 34 870 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Activity Book to accompany Physics Matters: An Introduction to Conceptual Physics, 1e (Paperback): James S. Trefil, Robert M.... Activity Book to accompany Physics Matters: An Introduction to Conceptual Physics, 1e (Paperback)
James S. Trefil, Robert M. Hazen
R905 R758 Discovery Miles 7 580 Save R147 (16%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

From amusement park rides to critical environmental issues such as energy generation-physics affects almost every aspect of our world. In PHYSICS MATTERS, James Trefil and Robert Hazen examine the fundamental physics principles at work behind the many practical applications that fuel our society and individual lives. Their goal is to promote a deeper understanding of how the great ideas of physics connect to form a much larger understanding of the universe in which we live.

Highlights Helps readers build a general knowledge of key ideas in physics and their connection to technology and other areas of science. Promotes an appreciation of what science is, how scientific knowledge is developed, and how it differs from other intellectual activities. Examines modern technologies, including GPS, the Internet, and information technologies, as well as medical technologies, such as MRI, PET scans, CAT scans, and radioisotope tracers. Explores key issues facing the world today, such as global warning, nuclear waste, and government funding for research.

Carbon in Earth (Paperback): Robert M. Hazen, Adrian P. Jones, John A. Baross Carbon in Earth (Paperback)
Robert M. Hazen, Adrian P. Jones, John A. Baross
R1,226 Discovery Miles 12 260 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
The Diamond Makers (Paperback, Revised): Robert M. Hazen The Diamond Makers (Paperback, Revised)
Robert M. Hazen
R528 R413 Discovery Miles 4 130 Save R115 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Since time immemorial, we have treasured diamonds for their exquisite beauty and unrivaled hardness. Yet, most of the earth's diamonds lie deep underground and totally unaccessible to us--if only we knew how to fabricate them! In The Diamond Makers Robert Hazen vividly recounts the very human desire to exceed nature and create a synthetic diamond. Spanning centuries of ground-breaking science, instances of bitter rivalry, cases of outright fraud and self-delusion, Hazen blends drama and science to reveal the extraordinary technological advances and devastating failures of the diamond industry. Along the way, readers will be introduced to the brilliant, often eccentric and controversial, pioneers of high-pressure research who have harnessed crushing pressures and scorching temperatures to transform almost any carbon-rich material, from road tar to peanut butter, into the most prized of all gems. Robert M. Hazen is the author of fifteen books, including the bestseller, Science Matters: Achieving Scientific Literacy, which he wrote with James Trefil. Dr. Hazen has won numerous awards for his research and scientific writing.

Physics Matters, Binder Ready Version - An Introduction to Conceptual Physics (Loose-leaf): James Trefil, Robert M. Hazen Physics Matters, Binder Ready Version - An Introduction to Conceptual Physics (Loose-leaf)
James Trefil, Robert M. Hazen
R2,539 Discovery Miles 25 390 Special order
The Sciences - An Integrated Approach (Hardcover, High school ed): James S. Trefil, Robert M. Hazen The Sciences - An Integrated Approach (Hardcover, High school ed)
James S. Trefil, Robert M. Hazen
R2,846 Discovery Miles 28 460 Special order

Over 100,000 readers have relied on Tefil to gain a better understanding of physics, chemistry, astronomy, earth sciences, and biology. The book focuses on the great ideas in each field while showing readers how core scientific principles connect to their daily lives. The sixth edition emphasizes important themes and relationships, along with new real world connections. Scientific American has been added to the book along with completely updated examples. The presentation also employs a more visual approach that includes new illustrations and visuals. In addition, new problems help readers answer the big questions in science.

Physics Matters an Introduction to Physics 1E WileyPlus Standalone Registration Card (Other digital): James S. Trefil, Robert... Physics Matters an Introduction to Physics 1E WileyPlus Standalone Registration Card (Other digital)
James S. Trefil, Robert M. Hazen
R759 Discovery Miles 7 590 Special order
The Sciences: WITH Study Guide (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition): James S. Trefil, Robert M. Hazen The Sciences: WITH Study Guide (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition)
James S. Trefil, Robert M. Hazen
R582 Discovery Miles 5 820 Special order

The Sciences: An Integrated Approach, 3e is the only text on the market for the integrated science course. It integrates physics, chemistry, astronomy, earth sciences and biology for students with little or no science background.

The new, third edition builds on the successful previous edition by incorporating changes that meet reform curriculum guidelines. Given the dynamic nature of the science disciplines covered in Trefil's text, updated content is critical. The new, third edition has thoroughly updated content throughout bringing the most up-to-date discoveries to the students in all five disciplines. its broad approach that covers such a variety of the science disciplines, updated content is crucial. This revision has several significant changes: URL's are included at the ends of each chapter, many of the Science News boxes are updated to show "hot topics".

The Sciences: Wiley Plus Stand Alone (Other digital, 5th ed.): James S. Trefil, Robert M. Hazen The Sciences: Wiley Plus Stand Alone (Other digital, 5th ed.)
James S. Trefil, Robert M. Hazen
R958 Discovery Miles 9 580 Special order
Physics Matters - An Introduction to Conceptual Physics (Hardcover, New): James S. Trefil, Robert M. Hazen Physics Matters - An Introduction to Conceptual Physics (Hardcover, New)
James S. Trefil, Robert M. Hazen
R6,539 R838 Discovery Miles 8 380 Save R5,701 (87%) Special order

Physics Is No Small Matter

From amusement park rides to critical environmental issues such as energy generation-physics affects almost every aspect of our world. In PHYSICS MATTERS, James Trefil and Robert Hazen examine the fundamental physics principles at work behind the many practical applications that fuel our society and individual lives. Their goal is to promote a deeper understanding of how the great ideas of physics connect to form a much larger understanding of the universe in which we live.

Highlights Helps readers build a general knowledge of key ideas in physics and their connection to technology and other areas of science. Promotes an appreciation of what science is, how scientific knowledge is developed, and how it differs from other intellectual activities. Examines modern technologies, including GPS, the Internet, and information technologies, as well as medical technologies, such as MRI, PET scans, CAT scans, and radioisotope tracers. Explores key issues facing the world today, such as global warning, nuclear waste, and government funding for research.

Keepers of the Flame - The Role of Fire in American Culture, 1775-1925 (Hardcover): Robert M. Hazen, Margaret Hindle Hazen Keepers of the Flame - The Role of Fire in American Culture, 1775-1925 (Hardcover)
Robert M. Hazen, Margaret Hindle Hazen
R1,855 R1,523 Discovery Miles 15 230 Save R332 (18%) Special order

"For, Lo! We live in an Iron Age--In the age of Steam and Fire!" wrote a poet mesmerized by the engines that were transforming American transportation, agriculture, and industry during his lifetime. Indeed, by the nineteenth century fire had become America's leitmotif--for good and for ill. "Keeping the flame" was deadly serious: even the slightest lapse of attention could convert a fire from friendly ally to ravaging destroyer. To examine the cultural context of fire in "combustible America," Margaret Hazen and Robert Hazen gather more than a hundred illustrations, most never before published, together with anecdotes and information from hundreds of original sources, including newspapers, diaries, company records, popular fiction, art, and music. What results is an immensely entertaining and encyclopedic history that ranges from stories of the tragic "great fires" of the century to fire imagery in folktales and popular literature. Dealing more with technology than with fire in nature, the book provides a vast amount of information on fire manipulation and prevention in urban life. Hazen and Hazen discuss the people who worked with fire--or against it. Founders, gaffers, blacksmiths, boilers at saltworks, and housewives knew how to "read" a fire and employ it for their purposes. A few dedicated investigators inquired about the scientific nature of heat and flame. And firefighters gradually progressed from "bucket brigades" to "using fire to fight fire" with the newly invented steam engine. The colorful stories of these Americans--the risks they took and the rewards they received--will fascinate not only social historians but also a broad audience of general readers. Originally published in 1992. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Symphony in C - Carbon and the Evolution of (Almost) Everything (Standard format, CD): Robert M. Hazen Symphony in C - Carbon and the Evolution of (Almost) Everything (Standard format, CD)
Robert M. Hazen; Narrated by Paul Brion
R643 R493 Discovery Miles 4 930 Save R150 (23%) Special order
The Story of Earth - The First 4.5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet (Hardcover): Robert M. Hazen The Story of Earth - The First 4.5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet (Hardcover)
Robert M. Hazen
R536 R481 Discovery Miles 4 810 Save R55 (10%) Special order

Earth evolves. From first atom to molecule, mineral to magma, granite crust to single cell to verdant living landscape, ours is a planet constantly in flux. In this radical new approach to Earth's biography, senior Carnegie Institution researcher and national bestselling author Robert M. Hazen reveals how the co-evolution of the geosphere and biosphere--of rocks and living matter--has shaped our planet into the only one of its kind in the Solar System, if not the entire cosmos.

With an astrobiologist's imagination, a historian's perspective, and a naturalist's passion for the ground beneath our feet, Hazen explains how changes on an atomic level translate into dramatic shifts in Earth's makeup over its 4.567 billion year existence. He calls upon a flurry of recent discoveries to portray our planet's many iterations in vivid detail--from its fast-rotating infancy when the Sun rose every five hours and the Moon filled 250 times more sky than it does now, to its sea-bathed youth before the first continents arose; from the Great Oxidation Event that turned the land red, to the globe-altering volcanism that may have been the true killer of the dinosaurs. Through Hazen's theory of "co-evolution," we learn how reactions between organic molecules and rock crystals may have generated Earth's first organisms, which in turn are responsible for more than two-thirds of the mineral varieties on the planet--thousands of different kinds of crystals that could not exist in a nonliving world.

"The Story of Earth" is also the story of the pioneering men and women behind the sciences. Readers will meet black-market meteorite hawkers of the Sahara Desert, the gun-toting Feds who guarded the Apollo missions' lunar dust, and the World War II Navy officer whose super-pressurized "bomb"--recycled from military hardware--first simulated the molten rock of Earth's mantle. As a mentor to a new generation of scientists, Hazen introduces the intrepid young explorers whose dispatches from Earth's harshest landscapes will revolutionize geology.

Celebrated by the New York Times for writing "with wonderful clarity about science . . . that effortlessly teaches as it zips along," Hazen proves a brilliant and entertaining guide on this grand tour of our planet inside and out. Lucid, controversial, and intellectually bracing, "The Story of Earth" is popular science of the highest order.

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