ISBN-10:
1841882542
ISBN-13:
9781841882543
Pub. Date:
08/28/2004
Publisher:
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Limited
The Science Book

The Science Book

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From the world's greatest scientists comes the world's greatest science book--now in a smaller format at a great new affordable price. With a foreword written by critically acclaimed author Simon Singh (Fermat's Last Theorem), and essays by such major writers as Richard Dawkings, Susan Greenfield, and John Gribbin, it presents 250 of the most significant milestones in the history of scientific discovery. Accompanying this unique perspective on our ever-evolving view of the universe are some of the most visually dramatic illustrations you'll ever see. Short, lucid articles focus on everything from the speculations of the ancient Greeks to today's Nobel Prize winners, from Ptolemy's theory of an earth-centered universe to the first steps on the moon, and from the dawning of the concept of zero to the cloning of Dolly the sheep. Biology, physics, astronomy, medicine and mathematics: the breakthroughs in every field are all here and celebrated, in the first truly accessible, fully illustrated story of science.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781841882543
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Limited
Publication date: 08/28/2004
Pages: 528
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 8.36(h) x 1.26(d)

Table of Contents

-35,000 Origins of counting10
-3000 Astronomy before history12
-530 Music of the spheres14
-350 Aristotle's legacy16
-320 Birth of botany18
-300 Euclid's20
-260 Moving the world22
-240 Circumference of the Earth24
-134 Celestial predictions26
50 Medicinal plants28
140 Earth-centred universe30
180 The body in question32
876 Zero34
1025 Unweaving the rainbow36
1202 Algebra38
1435 Perspective40
1543 Sun-centred universe42
1543 Human anatomy44
1565 Fossil objects46
1572 A new star48
1600 Natural magnetism50
1609 Laws of planetary motion52
1609 Heavens through a telescope54
1614 Logarithms56
1628 Circulation of the blood58
1638 Falling objects60
1639 Transit of Venus62
1648 Atmospheric pressure64
1654 Rules of chance66
1656 Saturn's rings68
1661 Boyle's70
1669 Geological strata72
1671 Planetary distances74
1673 Microscopic life76
1687 Newton's78
The Calculus80
1694 Plant sex82
1705 Halley's comet84
1735 Trade winds86
1735 Naming life88
1765 Spontaneous generation90
1768 [pi]92
1774 Combustion94
1781 Discovery of Uranus96
1784 Hydrogen and water98
1785 Earth cycles100
1796 Vaccination102
1796 Origin of the Solar System104
1796 Comparative anatomy106
1797 Catastrophist geology108
1798 Population pressure110
1798 'Weighing' the Earth112
1799 Humboldt's voyage114
1799 Electric battery116
1800 Wave nature of light118
1801 Discovery of an asteroid120
1807 New elements122
1808 Atomic theory124
Mapping the Elements126
1809 Acquired characteristics128
1814 Spectral lines130
1815 Fossil sequences132
1820 Electromagnetism134
1822 Deciphering hieroglyphics136
1822 Difference Engine138
1826 Eggs and embryos140
1828 Synthesis of urea142
1829 Non-Euclidean geometry144
1830 Lyell's146
1834 Prehistoric humans148
1838 Distance to a star150
1840 Ice ages152
1842 Invention of the dinosaur154
1842 Doppler effect156
1843 Sunspot cycle158
1845 Spiral galaxies160
1846 Discovery of Neptune162
1847 Laws of thermodynamics164
1851 Foucault's pendulum166
1854 Cholera and the pump168
1856 Neanderthal man170
1856 Mauve dye172
1858 Communities of cells174
1859 Darwin's176
The First Humans178
1860 Archaeopteryx180
1861 Mapping speech182
1863 Greenhouse effect184
1864 Maxwell's equations186
1865 Regulating the body188
1865 Benzene ring190
1865 Mendel's laws of inheritance192
1867 Dynamite194
1869 Periodic table196
1873 Changes of state198
1877 'Canals' on Mars200
1878 Germ theory202
1882 Cellular immunity204
1885 Mountain formation206
1886 Nitrogen fixation208
1889 Nervous system210
1889 Measuring variation212
1890 Antitoxins214
1891 Java man216
1894 Enzyme action218
1895 X-rays220
1895 The unconscious mind222
1896 Radioactivity224
1897 Aspirin226
1897 The electron228
1897 Malarial parasite230
1898 Viruses232
1900 The quantum234
1901 Blood groups236
1903 Chaos theory238
1904 Intelligence testing240
1904 Conditioned reflexes242
1905 Special relativity244
From Newton to Einstein246
1906 Vitamins248
1906 Inside the Earth250
1907 Rocks of ages252
1908 Brownian motion254
1909 Synthesis of ammonia256
1909 Inborn metabolic errors258
1909 Burgess Shale260
1910 A magic bullet262
1910 Genes in inheritance264
1911 Superconductivity266
1911 Cosmic rays268
1912 Continental drift270
1913 Model of the atom272
1914 Neurotransmitters274
1914 Climate cycles276
1915 General relativity278
1918 Our place in the cosmos280
1918 Neo-Darwinism282
1920 Weather forecasting284
1920 Stellar evolution286
1921 Insulin288
1922 Eel migration290
1923 Crop diversity292
1924 Child development294
Words and Rules296
1925 Taung child298
1925 Wave-particle duality300
1928 Penicillin302
1929 Geomagnetic reversals304
1929 Expanding universe306
1931 Limits of mathematics308
1931 White dwarfs310
1932 The neutron312
1932 Antimatter314
1934 Nylon316
1935 Animal instincts318
1937 Citric-acid cycle320
1938 Behavioural reinforcement322
1938 A living fossil324
1939 DDT326
1940 Bat echolocation328
1942 Power from the nucleus330
1943 Genes in bacteria332
1943 Artificial neural networks334
1944 Game theory336
1945 Honeybee communication338
1946 The computer340
Turing Machines342
1946 Photosynthesis344
1947 Radiocarbon dating346
1947 Slime-mould aggregation348
1947 The transistor350
1948 Quantum electrodynamics352
1948 Information theory354
1949 Transplant rejection356
1949 Sickle-cell anaemia358
1950 A cometary reservoir360
1951 Jumping genes362
1951 Chemical oscillations364
1952 Nerve impulses366
1952 Growth of nerve cells368
1953 Origin of life370
1953 REM sleep372
1953 The double helix374
The Digital River376
1954 Contraceptive pill378
1956 Left-handed universe380
1956 Chemical basis of vision382
1956 A subatomic ghost384
1957 Language instinct386
1958 Solar wind388
1959 Structure of haemoglobin390
1959 Olduvai Gorge392
1961 Hayflick limit394
1961 Chimpanzee culture396
1961 Alien intelligence398
1962 Right brain, left brain400
1962 Psychology of obedience402
1963 Quasars404
1964 Evolution of cooperation406
1964 Quarks408
1965 Oldest fossils410
1965 Afterglow of creation412
1967 Plate tectonics414
1967 Unified forces416
1967 Symbiotic cell418
1967 Pulsars420
1968 Random molecular evolution422
1969 Apollo mission424
1969 Five kingdoms of life426
1970 Green revolution428
1971 Biological self-recognition430
1972 Gaia hypothesis432
1973 Gamma-ray bursts434
1973 Genetic engineering436
1974 Ozone hole438
1974 Black-hole evaporation440
1975 Genetic cousins442
A Unique Species444
1975 Fractals446
1975 Monoclonal antibodies448
1976 Four-colour map theorem450
1977 Life at the extreme452
1977 Public-key cryptography454
1980 Human cancer genes456
1980 Extinction of the dinosaurs458
1980 Genetics of animal design460
1980 Eruption of Mt St Helens462
1982 Quantum weirdness464
1982 Prion proteins466
1982 Diversity of life468
1983 Memory molecules470
1983 AIDS virus472
1984 Superstrings474
1984 Ancient DNA476
1984 Images of the mind478
1984 Nariokotome boy480
1984 Quasicrystals482
1984 Genetic fingerprinting484
1985 Buckminsterfullerene486
1987 Supernova 1987A488
1987 Edge of chaos490
1987 Out of Africa492
1988 Directed mutation494
1990 Nitric oxide496
1990 Great Attractor498
1990 Bumblebee flight500
1991 Maleness gene502
1991 Iceman504
1994 Fermat's last theorem506
1994 Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9508
1995 A new state of matter510
1995 Planetary worlds512
1995 Galileo mission514
1996 Dolly the cloned sheep516
1996 Martian microfossils518
1998 Lake Vostok520
1998 Water on the Moon522
2000 Human genome sequence524

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