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The Nature Of The Universe
Why can''t we tickle ourselves? When can you drive through the end of a rainbow? What would happen if you fell into a black hole? Is it ever possible to hurt your brain by thinking too much? Most of the great discoveries in science begin with a question. In this bestselling scientific tour of answers both cosmic and quotidian, science columnist and researcher Robert Matthews tackles an array of baffling conundrums, delivering entertaining and enlightening answers from the worlds of biology, physics, meteorology, neuroscience, and much more. From the curious mathematics of odd socks to the real ''string theory'' mystery ? how does string acquire all those unwanted knots? ? Matthews reveals the science that proves once and for all that no question is ever too trivial. Robert Matthews is a visiting lecturer in science at Aston University, in Birmingham, England. He has published pioneering research in fields ranging from code-breaking to predicting coincidences, and wonthe internationally renowned Ig Nobel Prize in Physics for his studies of Murphy''s Law, including the reason why toast so often lands butter-side down. An award-winning science writer, he has contributed to many newspapers and magazines world-wide, and is currently science consultant for Focus magazine, a flagship BBC publication. His book 25 Big Ideas: The Science that''s Changing our World (9781851683918) is also published by Oneworld. Why can''t we tickle ourselves? When can you drive through the end of a rainbow? What would happen if you fell into a black hole? Is it ever possible to hurt your brain by thinking too much? Most of the great discoveries in science begin with a question. In this bestselling scientific tour of answers both cosmic and quotidian, science columnist and researcher Robert Matthews tackles an array of baffling conundrums, delivering entertaining and enlightening answers from the worlds of biology, physics, meteorology, neuroscience, and much more. From the curious mathematics of odd socks to the real ''string theory'' mystery ? how does string acquire all those unwanted knots? ? Matthews reveals the science that proves once and for all that no question is ever too trivial. Robert Matthews is a visiting lecturer in science at Aston University, in Birmingham, England. He has published pioneering research in fields ranging from code-breaking to predicting coincidences, and wonthe internationally renowned Ig Nobel Prize in Physics for his studies of Murphy''s Law, including the reason why toast so often lands butter-side down. An award-winning science writer, he has contributed to many newspapers and magazines world-wide, and is currently science consultant for Focus magazine, a flagship BBC publication. His book 25 Big Ideas: The Science that''s Changing our World (9781851683918) is also published by Oneworld.
Tracking and Reading Sign is a colorful, practical introduction to tracking and reading sign that will help you spot and analyze tracks, prints, gaits, scats, scents, and animal behavior. With full-color photographs illustrating every nuance, the author makes these essential outdoor skills as easy as possible, and profiles more than twenty different animals and detailing their basic characteristics, tracks, habitat, diet, behaviors, and common relatives.Tracking animals is the original forensic science. Following the same techniques taught in forensic science, you''ll learn to recognize clues and then piece together a story about how they came to be. This informative book is the perfect guide for anyone interested in honing their skills of studying animals and reading their tracks. Tracking and Reading Sign includes profiles of dozens of animals, including the New World Moose, American Elk, Eastern Cottontail Rabbit, Brown Bear, Gray Fox, White-tailed Deer. Each profile lists geographic range, habitat and basic characteristics.Whether you are tracking a white-tailed deer or pondering what four-legged creature visited your backyard during the night, Tracking and Reading Sign is the definitive one-stop reference guide for hunters and animal watchers.
The ultimate breed by breed guide to choosing a dog that is your ideal match. Just like finding your life partner, finding the perfect doggy match is about choosing a dog or puppy with a personality that is just right for you.
Encyclopedia of Acoustics
Encyclopedia of Acoustics
Encyclopedia of Acoustics
Handbook of Combustion: eMRW Update
Best-selling photographer and author Rachael Hale McKenna is world renowned for her animal and baby portraits. Now for the first time ever she combines her two favorite subjects in this irresistible collection of images featuring adorable babies snuggled up to their lovable furry companions, from puppies and kittens to bunnies and ducklings, and more! With uplifting quotes on friendship sprinkled throughout, Best Friends Forever makes a heartwarming gift for newborns and their parents, animal lovers, and anyone''s own BFF.
From the bestselling author of Shelter Dogs comes a heart-wrenching collection of 90 irresistible, soulful portraits and outdoor photographs of street dogs. This volume features mini-biographies of many of the dogs featured, with details about their rescue and journeys to new homes. Full color.
What links the Taj Mahal and our skeleton? The Eiffel Tower and our blood? The salt on our food and the street lamps that guide us home? The answers are calcium, iron and sodium - each one an element. Forged in the Big Bang and in supernovas, the elements and their resulting compounds went on to create our Solar System, the planet we live on, the air we breath, the water we rely on, and the proteins that would become life. This book features every one of the 118 known elements. Some, like carbon, oxygen and aluminum, are familiar; others, like gadolinium and tellurium, are not. Inside the book you will find the elements' vital statistics, their important compounds and applications and the fascinating histories of their discovery. You will also find clear and concise explanations of what an element is, how and why the elements are arranged in the periodic table, and of the structue of atoms, the building blocks of everything around you. The Elements is your defnitive illustrated guide to the elements. it is authoritative, accessible and filled with wonder.
Universe Illust History Of Astronomy
The Human Brain: Its Capacities And Functions
The Bedside Book of Psychology delves deep into the human consciousness and casts light onto the hidden reasons why we feel, think and behave the way we do. Packed with illuminating real life examples, introductions to groundbreaking psychologists, and plenty of experiements and tests to unveil the way your own mind works, The Bedside Book of Psychology has the power not just to intrigue and entertain, but also to change the way you think. Divided into eight fascinating chapters, it covers everything from the real reasons we fall in love to the science behind a good night's sleep. From extreme disorders to the truth behind the ways we live our everyday lives, The Bedside Book of Psychology takes you on a journey through the amazing landscape of the mind.
The Wilderness Reader
Pollution: Causes, Effects And Control
Paul Glendinning is Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Manchester. He was founding Head of School for Mathematics at the combined University of Manchester and has published over fifty academic articles and an undergraduate textbook on chaos theory.Both simple and accessible,Math in Minutesis a visually led introduction to 200 key mathematical concepts. Each concept is described by means of an easy-to-understand illustration and a compact, 200-word explanation. Concepts span all of the key areas of mathematics, including Fundamentals of Mathematics, Sets and Numbers, Geometry, Equations, Limits, Functions and Calculus, Vectors and Algebra, Complex Numbers, Combinatorics, Number Theory, and more.
From Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Matt Richtel, a brilliant, narrative-driven exploration of technology’s vast influence on the human mind and society, dramatically-told through the lens of a tragic “texting-while-driving” car crash that claimed the lives of two rocket scientists in 2006.In this ambitious, compelling, and beautifully written book, Matt Richtel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times, examines the impact of technology on our lives through the story of Utah college student Reggie Shaw, who killed two scientists while texting and driving. Richtel follows Reggie through the tragedy, the police investigation, his prosecution, and ultimately, his redemption.In the wake of his experience, Reggie has become a leading advocate against “distracted driving.” Richtel interweaves Reggie’s story with cutting-edge scientific findings regarding human attention and the impact of technology on our brains, proposing solid, practical, and actionable solutions to help manage this crisis individually and as a society.A propulsive read filled with fascinating, accessible detail, riveting narrative tension, and emotional depth, A Deadly Wandering explores one of the biggest questions of our time—what is all of our technology doing to us?—and provides unsettling and important answers and information we all need.
An intimate history of Earth and the quest for life beyond the solar systemFor 4.6 billion years our living planet has been alone in a vast and silent universe. But soon, Earth''s isolation could come to an end. Over the past two decades, astronomers have discovered thousands of planets orbiting other stars. Some of these exoplanets may be mirror images of our own world. And more are being found all the time.Yet as the pace of discovery quickens, an answer to the universe''s greatest riddle still remains just out of reach: Is the great silence and emptiness of the cosmos a sign that we and our world are somehow singular, special, and profoundly alone, or does it just mean that we’re looking for life in all the wrong places? As star-gazing scientists come closer to learning the truth, their insights are proving ever more crucial to understanding life’s intricate mysteries and possibilities right here on Earth.Science journalist Lee Billings explores the past and future of the exoplanet boom through in-depth reporting and interviews with the astronomers andplanetary scientists at its forefront. He recounts the stories behind their world-changing discoveries and captures the pivotal moments that drove them forward in their historic search for the first habitable planets beyond our solar system. Billings brings readers close to a wide range of fascinating characters, such as:FRANK DRAKE, a pioneer who has used the world’s greatest radio telescopes to conduct the first searches for extraterrestrial intelligence and to transmit a message to the stars so powerful that it briefly outshone our Sun.JIM KASTING, a mild-mannered former NASA scientist whose research into the Earth’s atmosphere and climate reveals the deepest foundations of life on our planet, foretells the end of life on Earth in the distant future, and guides the planet hunters in their search for alien life.SARA SEAGER, a visionary and iron-willed MIT professor who dreams of escaping the solar system and building the giant space telescopes required to discover and study life-bearing planets around hundreds of the Sun’s neighboring stars.Through these and other captivating tales, Billings traces the triumphs, tragedies, and betrayals of the extraordinary men and women seeking life among the stars. In spite of insufficient funding, clashing opinions, and the failings of some of our world’s most prominent and powerful scientific organizations, these planet hunters will not rest until they find the meaning of life in the infinite depths of space. Billings emphasizes that the heroic quest for other Earth-like planets is not only a scientific pursuit, but also a reflection of our own culture’s timeless hopes and fears. 
The language of genes has become common parlance. We know they make our eyes blue, our hair curly, and they control our risks of cancer, heart disease, alcoholism, and Alzheimer''s. One thousand dollars will buy you your own genome readout, neatly stored on a USB stick. And advances in genetic medicine hold huge promise.We''ve all heard of genes, but how do they actually work? There are six feet of DNA inside every one of your cells; this encodes 20,000 or so genes, tangled into a mass of molecular spaghetti. This is the text of the cookbook of life, and hidden within these strands are the instructions that tell cells when and where to turn genes on or off.In 1935, Ernest Hemingway was supposedly given Snow White, a six-toed cat who went on to father a line of similar offspring that still roam the writer''s Florida estate. Scientists now know that the fault driving this profusion of digits lies in a tiny genetic control switch, miles away (in molecular terms) from the gene that makes toes. Researchers are discovering more about the myriad molecular switches that make sure genes are turned on at the right time and in the right place, and what happens when they don''t work properly. This is allowing a four-dimensional picture of DNA to be built--a dynamic biological library, rather than static strings of code. Geneticist Kat Arney explores the intricacies of how, out of this seeming genetic chaos, life is created.
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