Science is Golden

Gold, gold, gold for Australia's mega-selling scientist's 27th book. Nullius in verba', the royal Society's motto, roughly translated, means? 'take nobody's word for it'. Don't trust authority - trust nature. Does cranberry juice cure urinary tract infections? is the hookah really a safer way to smoke? will the large hadron collider destroy the Earth and the Universe? Is the purpose of the peacock's tail to attract females? And in the unlikely event of a plane crash, are some seats safer than others?the human hand has 27 bones; Uranus has 27 moons; 27 is a perfect cube, being 3 x 3 x 3; and in this, Dr Karl's 27th book, he takes us on another exploration of the dazzling world of science.

Why not do the experiment for yourself and see the reality of nature.

Fossils, Finches and Fuegians: Charles Darwin's Adventures and Discoveries on the Beagle Text Only

The investigation of the geology of all the places visited was far more important, as reasoning here comes into play. No biography of darwin has yet done justice to what the scientific research actually was that occupied Darwin during the voyage. I have always felt that I owe to the voyage the first real training or education of my mind.

The author is Charles Darwin’s great-grandson. In his autobiography, which few uncles would have done, charles darwin wrote: ‘The voyage of the Beagle has been by far the most important event in my life and has determined my whole career; yet it depended on so small a circumstance as my uncle offering to drive me 30 miles to Shrewsbury, and on such a trifle as the shape of my nose.

I was led to attend closely to several branches of natural history, and thus my powers of observation were improved, though they were already fairly developed. A narrative account of darwin’s historic 4-year voyage on the beagle to South America, Australia and the Pacific in the 1830s that combines the adventure and excitement of Alan Moorehead’s famous and now out of print account with an expert assessment of the scientific discoveries of that journey.

Keynes shows exactly how darwin’s geological researches and his observations on natural history sowed the seeds of his revolutionary theory of evolution, and led to the writing of his great works on The Origin of Species and The Descent of Man.

The Frog with Self-Cleaning Feet: . . . And Other Extraordinary Tales from the Animal World

Packed full of entertaining surprises and unusual information, you may not believe your tiny, human-sized eyes. Others are devious, using chemical warfare and theft to get what they want. Then there are slackers, which migrates over forty-four thousand miles every year! discover:  the squid with eyes as big as dinner platesthe termite assassin bugThe largest rodent you hope to never find in your cupboardAnd the frog with self-cleaning feet!  If you’ve ever wanted to know why a zebra has stripes, like the sloth, and the overachievers like the Arctic tern, which only moves up to 125 feet a day, or which animal is the most dangerous, boasts the longest tongue, or is the most mysterious, has the loudest voice, The Frog with Self-Cleaning Feet is here to reveal the curiosities of nature.

Did you know that an ostrich egg can make an omelet for ten people? how about that crocodiles have the world’s most powerful bite, yet their mouths can be held shut by a man’s bare hands? Or that box jellyfish are the most venomous creature in the world, and they’re almost impossible to see?Wild animals do the most extraordinary, and sometimes frightening, things.

Some are exceptionally bright, using tools and even treating themselves with medicinal plants.

Eclipse: The science and history of nature's most spectacular phenomenon

Britain’s next eclipse will be in September, 2090 Throughout history, mankind has exhibited a changing response to the eclipse of the sun. J p mcevoy looks at remarkable phenomenon of a solar eclipse through a thrilling narrative that charts the historical, cultural and scientific relevance of solar eclipses through the ages and explores the significance of this rare event.

In the year when britain will be touched by a solar eclipse for the first time since 1927, J P McEvoy looks at this remarkable phenomenon through a thrilling narrative that charts the historical, cultural and scientific relevance of solar eclipses through the ages and explores the significance of this rare event.

Eclipse shows how the english astronomer norman lockyer named the element Helium from the spectra of the eclipsed Sun, and how in Cambridge Arthur Eddinton predicted the proof of Einstein’s General Relativity from the bending of sunlight during the famous African eclipse of 1919. During late morning on 11 august, ending its journey at sunset in the Bay of Bengal, 1999 the shadow of the last total eclipse of the Millennium will cut across the Cornwall Peninsula and skirt the coast of Devon before moving on to the continent, India.

. As millions encamp for the brief spectacle with mylar glasses, space agency satellites and mountain-top observatories study the corona, pin-hole cameras, binoculars and telescopes, flares and the magnetosphere of the Sun as the 125 mile-wide black patch zooms along the ground at 2000 mph. The ancient mexicans believed the Sun and the Moon were quarrelling whilst the Tahitians thought the two celestial objects were making love.

Today, astronomers can calculate the exact path the moon’s shadow will track during the solar eclipse.

Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life

Czerski’s quest to enhance humanity’s everyday scientific literacy is timely and imperative. Sciencestorm in a teacup is Helen Czerski’s lively, entertaining, and richly informed introduction to the world of physics. Czerski provides the tools to alter the way we see everything around us by linking ordinary objects and occurrences, the energy crisis, to big ideas like climate change, coffee stains, and fridge magnets, like popcorn popping, or innovative medical testing.

She provides answers to vexing questions: how do ducks keep their feet warm when walking on ice? Why does it take so long for ketchup to come out of a bottle? Why does milk, look like billowing storm clouds? In an engaging voice at once warm and witty, when added to tea, Czerski shares her stunning breadth of knowledge to lift the veil of familiarity from the ordinary.


Einstein's Genius Club: The True Story of a Group of Scientists Who Changed the World

As world war ii wound down and it became increasingly clear that the allies would emerge victorious, New Jersey, Albert Einstein invited three close friends—all titans of contemporary science and philosophy—to his home at 112 Mercer Street in Princeton, to discuss what they loved best—science and philosophy.

His guests were the legendary philosopher and pacifist, Bertrand Russell; the boy wonder of quantum physics, Wolfgang Pauli; and the brilliant logician, Kurt Gödel. Their casual meetings took place far from the horrific battlefields of the war and the then secret lair of experimental atomic physicists in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

Using these historic meetings as his launching pad, innately self-confident but frustrated in his attempt to come up with a unified theory, and rivals—especially Einstein, colleagues, Feldman sketches the lives and contributions of the four friends, and the aristocratic but self-doubting Lord Russell.

Masterfully researched, this book accessibly illuminates the feelings of these notable men about the world of science that was then beginning to pass them by, and about the dawning atomic age that terrified them all.

The Quantum Rules: How the Laws of Physics Explain Love, Success, and Everyday Life

Rather, in a way never done before – by showing how the defining patterns of our lives, The Quantum Rules will familiarize you with the important and established laws at the heart of physics, our behavior and our society already follow similar rules. Never took an interest in science before? No problem! you will still understand everything and find plenty to relate to.

Best of all, you will discover how to have meaningful conversations about physics in a way that won’t make eyes glaze over, and in which all can gladly participate. The quantum rules also does something you would never expect from a book on physics – it makes you laugh, often. Its new and original take on established natural laws injects plenty of dry humor into this serious subject, by using life to explain physics and in turn using physics to understand life.

It is not meant to dazzle you with unproven speculations that have no bearing on your life. The quantum rules is a different kind of physics book, as easy to read as a novel and directly relevant for everyday life issues that affect us all. A scientist or a science junkie? You will find a different perspective on things you may already know.

A new york times best seller!here is a book to lead you through the fascinating intersections of life and physics with humor and intelligence. Find out how the laws of physics define every aspect of our lives and society, from human nature and relationships to geopolitical issues like financial markets, globalization and immigration.

Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

It will help you understand what this scientific milestone means for you, for your children, and for humankind. From huntington's disease to cancer, from the applications of gene therapy to the horrors of eugenics, philosophical, Matt Ridley probes the scientific, and moral issues arising as a result of the mapping of the genome.

. By picking one newly discovered gene from each pair of chromosomes and telling its story, Matt Ridley recounts the history of our species and its ancestors from the dawn of life to the brink of future medicine. The genome's been mapped. But what does it mean?arguably the most significant scientific discovery of the new century, the mapping of the twenty-three pairs of chromosomes that make up the human genome raises almost as many questions as it answers.

Questions that will affect the rest of your life. Genome offers extraordinary insight into the ramifications of this incredible breakthrough. Questions that will profoundly impact the way we think about disease, about longevity, and about free will.

The Secret Life of Fat: The Science Behind the Body's Least Understood Organ and What It Means for You

Exploring the unexpected ways viruses, and genetics impact fat, Tara uncovers the true secret to losing weight: working with your fat, hormones, sleep, not against it. A biochemist shows how we can finally control our fat—by understanding how it works. Fat is not just excess weight, smart, but actually a dynamic, and self-sustaining organ that influences everything from aging and immunity to mood and fertility.

Sylvia tara reveals the surprising science behind our most misunderstood body part and its incredible ability to defend itself. With cutting-edge research and riveting case studies—including the story of a girl who had no fat, and that of a young woman who couldn’t stop eating—Dr.

The Physics of Everyday Things: The Extraordinary Science Behind an Ordinary Day

Most of us are clueless when it comes to the physics that makes our modern world so convenient. What’s the simple science behind motion sensors, touch screens, and toasters? how do we glide through tolls using an E-Z Pass, or find our way to new places using GPS?  In The Physics of Everyday Things, James Kakalios takes us on an amazing journey into the subatomic marvels that underlie so much of what we use and take for granted.

With his signature clarity and inventiveness, Kakalios ignites our imaginations and enthralls us with the principles that make up our lives.  . Physics professor, bestselling author, and dynamic storyteller James Kakalios reveals the mind-bending science behind the seemingly basic things that keep our daily lives running, from our smart phones and digital “clouds” to x-ray machines and hybrid vehicles.

Breaking down the world of things into a single day, how a plane manages to remain airborne, Kakalios engages our curiosity about how our refrigerators keep food cool, and how our wrist fitness monitors keep track of our steps. Each explanation is coupled with a story revealing the interplay of the astonishing invisible forces that surround us.

Through this “narrative physics, ” the physics of Everyday Things demonstrates that—far from the abstractions conjured by terms like the Higgs Boson, black holes, and gravity waves—sophisticated science is also quite practical.

Wonders of the Universe Wonders Series

Cox brings a magical enchantment to this life-changing book.  .  .  . I swear that you will never be the same again after you turn the last page of this unique and irresistible book. Sunday express londonexperience the cosmos as never before with Brian Cox’s Wonders of the Universe, a gorgeously illustrated, full-color companion to his wildly popular miniseries on the Discovery Channel and BBC.

. Cox, called “carl sagan with a britpop haircut” by the Los Angeles Times, follows in the footsteps of Stephen Hawking and Brian Greene in this riveting and dynamic tour through the Wonders of the Universe. Breathtaking images brighten Cox’s enthralling exploration of the fascinating science and overwhelming majesty of natural phenomena from ocean currents to black holes.