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Magic Universe: The Oxford Guide to Modern Science

Calder, Nigel

Editore: Oxford University Press, 2003
ISBN 10: 0198507925 / ISBN 13: 9780198507925
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Titolo: Magic Universe: The Oxford Guide to Modern ...

Casa editrice: Oxford University Press

Data di pubblicazione: 2003

Legatura: Hardcover

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: INTRODUCTION: Welcome to the spider's webOver 130 articles, from.ALCOHOL: Genetic revelations of when yeast invented boozeALTRUISM AND AGGRESSION: Looking for the origins of those human alternativesANTIMATTER: Does the coat that Sakharov made really explain its absence?ARABIDOPSIS: The modest weed that gave plant scientists the big pictureASTRONAUTICS: Will interstellar pioneers be overtaken by their grandchildren?BERNAL'S LADDER: PointersBIG BANG: The inflationary Universe's sleight-of-handBIODIVERSITY: The mathematics of co-existenceBIOLOGICAL CLOCKS: Molecular machinery that governs life's routinesBIOSPHERE FROM SPACE: 'I want to do the whole world'BITS AND QUBITS: The digital world and its looming quantum shadowBLACK HOLES: The awesome engines of quasars and active galaxiesBRAIN IMAGES: What do all the vivid movies really mean?BRAIN RHYTHMS: The mathematics of the beat we think toBRAIN WIRING: How do all those nerve connections know where to go?BUCKYBALLS AND NANOTUBES: Doing very much more with very much The dairymaid's blessing and the general's curseSOLAR WIND: How it creates the heliosphere in which we liveSPACE WEATHER: Why it is now more troublesome than in the old daysSPARTICLES: A wished-for superworld of exotic matter and forcesSPEECH: A gene that makes us more eloquent than chimpanzeesSTARBURSTS: Galactic traffic accidents and stellar baby boomsSTARS: Hearing them sing and sizing them upSTEM CELLS: Tissue engineering, natural and medicalSUN'S INTERIOR: How sound waves made our mother star transparentSUPERATOMS, SUPERFLUIDS AND SUPERCONDUCTORS: The march of the boson armiesSUPERSTRINGS: Retuning the cosmic imaginationTIME MACHINES: The biggest issue in contemporary physics?TRANSGENIC CROPS: For better or worse, a planetary experiment has begunTREE OF LIFE: Promiscuous bacteria and the course of evolutionUNIVERSE: 'It must have known we were coming'VOLCANIC EXPLOSIONS: Where will the next big one be?. Codice inventario libreria ABE_book_new_0198507925

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Riassunto: As a prolific author, BBC commentator, and magazine editor, Nigel Calder has spent a lifetime spotting and explaining the big discoveries in all branches of science. In Magic Universe, he draws on his vast experience to offer readers a lively, far-reaching look at modern science in all its glory, shedding light on the latest ideas in physics, biology, chemistry, medicine, astronomy, and many other fields.
What is truly magical about Magic Universe is Calder's incredible breadth. Migrating birds, light sensors in the human eye, black holes, antimatter, buckyballs and nanotubes--with exhilarating sweep, Calder can range from the strings of a piano to the superstrings of modern physics, from Pythagoras's theory of musical pitch to the most recent ideas about atoms and gravity and a ten-dimensional universe--all in one essay. The great virtue of this wide-ranging style--besides its liveliness and versatility--is that it allows Calder to illuminate how the modern sciences intermingle and cross-fertilize one another. Indeed, whether discussing astronauts or handedness or dinosaurs, Calder manages to tease out hidden connections between disparate fields of study. What is most wondrous about the "magic universe" is that one can begin with stellar dust and finish with life itself.
Drawing on interviews with more than 200 researchers, from graduate students to Nobel prize-winners, Magic Universe takes us on a high-spirited tour through the halls of science, one that will enthrall everyone interested in science, whether a young researcher in a high-tech lab or an amateur buff sitting in the comfort of an armchair.

Nigel Calder is the author of dozens of books on science, including Einstein's Universe, Restless Earth, Nuclear Nightmares, Spaceship Earth, and The Manic Sun. The former editor of New Scientist, he has conceived and scripted many special science documentaries for BBC Television. He lives in the United Kingdom.

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