The Elements

An Illustrated History of the Periodic Table

Author: Tom Jackson

Publisher: Ponderables

ISBN: 9781627950947

Category: Science

Page: 168

View: 1385

Profiles every element on the periodic table and describes their properties, when they were discovered, and how they are used in household materials.
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Mathematics

An Illustrated History of Numbers

Author: Tom Jackson

Publisher: Ponderables

ISBN: 9781627950954

Category: Mathematics

Page: 168

View: 3106

"Includes foldout timeline with over 1,000 milestone facts" -- Cover.
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The Universe

An Illustrated History of Astronomy

Author: Tom Jackson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780985323059

Category: Science

Page: 144

View: 9331

Covering one hundred scientific breakthroughs, presents a history of astronomy and man's quest to understand the universe.
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Physics

An Illustrated History of the Foundations of Science

Author: Tom Jackson

Publisher: Ponderables

ISBN: 9781627950961

Category: Science

Page: 144

View: 4405

Here is the essential guide to physics, an authoritative reference book and timeline that examines the foundations upon which all scientific knowledge rests. Without physics, everything else -- from astronomy to zoology -- would be a meaningless conjecture. Our journey begins with the first attempts to understand reality, Mother Nature -- or as the ancient Greeks called it, physics. Follow the journey through history as great scientists, such as Thales, Galileo, Feynman, and many others, gradually unpick the fabric of the Universe, revealing an array of fundamental forces, intangible particles, and indestructible energy. Today, physics discoveries make headline news as we confirm the fresh mysteries of the Higgs boson, supersymmetry, and dark energy.
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Chilled

How Refrigeration Changed the World and Might Do So Again

Author: Tom Jackson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472911423

Category: Science

Page: 288

View: 9056

The refrigerator. This white box that sits in the kitchen may seem mundane nowadays, but it is one of the wonders of 20th century science – life-saver, food-preserver and social liberator, while the science of refrigeration is crucial, not just in transporting food around the globe but in a host of branches on the scientific tree. Refrigerators, refrigeration and its discovery and applications provides the remarkable and eye-opening backdrop to Chilled, the story of how science managed to rewrite the rules of food, and how the technology whirring behind every refrigerator is at play, unseen, in a surprisingly broad sweep of modern life. Part historical narrative, part scientific mystery-lifter, Chilled looks at the ice-pits of Persia (Iranians still call their fridge the 'ice-pit'), reports on a tug of war between 16 horses and the atmosphere, bears witness to ice harvests on the Regents Canal, and shows how bleeding sailors demonstrated to ship's doctors that heat is indestructible, featuring a cast of characters such as the Ice King of Boston, Galileo, Francis Bacon, and the ostracised son of a notorious 18th-century French traitor. As people learned more about what cold actually was, scientists invented machines for making it, with these first used in earnest to chill Australian lager. The principles behind those white boxes in the kitchen remain the same today, but refrigeration is not all about food – for example, a refrigerator is needed to make soap, penicillin or orange squash; without it, IVF would be impossible. Refrigeration technology has also been crucial in some of the most important scientific breakthroughs of the last 100 years, from the discovery of superconductors to the search for the Higgs boson. And the fridge will still be pulling the strings behind the scenes as teleporters and intelligent computer brains turn our science-fiction vision of the future into fact.
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Engineering

An Illustrated History from Ancient Craft to Modern Technology

Author: Tom Jackson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780985323097

Category:

Page: 168

View: 2762

Combining engaging text with captivating images and helpful diagrams, renowned science writer Tom Jackson guides readers through the history of Engineering in the 7th installment of the groundbreaking Ponderables? series.Engineering is all around us. From our bridges, tunnels and skyscrapers, to our cars, computers and smartphones, engineering shapes our world and influences just about everything we see and do. And it's been that way for longer than you might think. From the crudely knapped hand axes of our human ancestor Homo Habilis to the mind-blowing ways in which modern engineering has improved our quality of daily life and expanded the scope of our civilization, the story of engineering is the story of humankind itself. In a series of 100 enlightening articles, this book tells that incredible story by exploring the biggest names, grandest achievements and greatest inventions of the engineering world from prehistory all the way up to present day. Carefully curated, beautifully illustrated and addictively fun, this volume is your ultimate guide to the dreamers, thinkers, tinkerers and builders that make our world.
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Elements

The Ultimate Guide to the Building Blocks of Our Universe

Author: Jack Challoner

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780233005508

Category: Chemical elements

Page: 160

View: 5175

The Elements: An Interactive Guide to the Building Blocks of Our Universe is an illustrated reference book to the elements that make up everything in our universe. General information about the properties, behaviour and occurrence of the elements, their main compounds and their principal uses is given. It is authoritative and accessible, with a sense of wonder about the way the material world works, thanks to the protons, neutrons and electrons that make up the atoms of the elements.
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Rare

The High-Stakes Race to Satisfy Our Need for the Scarcest Metals on Earth

Author: Keith Veronese

Publisher: Prometheus Books

ISBN: 1616149736

Category: Science

Page: 270

View: 1265

How will your life change when the supply of tantalum dries up? You may have never heard of this unusual metal, but without it smartphones would be instantly less omniscient, video game systems would falter, and laptops fail. Tantalum is not alone. Rhodium. Osmium. Niobium. Such refugees from the bottom of the periodic table are key components of many consumer products like cell phones, hybrid car batteries, and flat screen televisions, as well as sophisticated medical devices and even weapon systems. Their versatile properties have led manufacturers to seek these elements out to maximize longevity, value, and efficiency, but not without a human price. In addition to explaining the chemistry behind rare earth metals, Rare delves into the economic and geopolitical issues surrounding these “conflict minerals,” blending tales of financial and political struggles with glimpses into the human lives that are shattered by the race to secure them. In the past decade, the Congo has been ravaged by tribal wars fought to obtain control of tantalum, tungsten, and tin supplies in the region, with over five million people dying at the crossroads of supply and demand. A burgeoning black market in China, Africa, and India is propped up by school-age children retrieving and purifying these metals while risking their lives and health in the process. Fears of future political struggles inside China, the world’s largest supplier of these metals, have already sent the United States, Great Britain, and Japan racing to find alternative sources. Will scientists be able to create lab substitutes for some or all of these metals? Will Afghanistan be the next big supplier of rare metals? What happens when the limited supply runs out? Whatever the answers, it is clear that our modern lifestyle, dependent on technology, is far from stable. From the Hardcover edition.
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Philosophy

An Illustrated History of Thought

Author: Tom Jackson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780985323073

Category: Philosophy

Page: 144

View: 8886

Presents a history of philosophy chronologically organized, offering descriptions of the "schools" of philosophy and brief profiles of notable philosophers.
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Cosmic Imagery

Key Images in the History of Science

Author: John D. Barrow

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393061772

Category: Science

Page: 608

View: 3067

Uses iconic images to teach the history of modern science, from early depictions of the constellations to magnifications of single atoms.
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The Awkward Age

Author: Henry James

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Mothers and daughters

Page: 544

View: 3775

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The Brain

An Illustrated History of Neuroscience

Author: Tom Jackson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780985323080

Category:

Page: 144

View: 9825

Here is the essential guide to the human brain, an authoritative reference book and timeline that examines the three pounds of matter inside our heads that does all our thinking for us. With 100 billion nerve cells joined by thousands more to every corner of the body, the brain is wired together with 100 trillion connections. That makes each and every human brain a contender for the most complex system in the universe, endowing us with an intellect that far outstrips any other creature. However, one difficult question remains: Are we intelligent enough to understand our own brains? Follow the journey as history's greatest brains, including Avicenna, Thomas Willis, Charles Darwin, and Paul Broca, try to figure it out by linking structure to function. How does the brain control the body, make sense of our surroundings, and allow us to understand, empathize with, and love other people--and their brains? And how does it create that most mysterious feature of the universe, consciousness? 100 chronological articles tell the story of neuroscience from the dawn of history to the present day. Authoritative text, exciting imagery, and helpful diagrams accompany each of the steps along the way. Biographies of great neuroscientists and a functional map of the brain boost the content for all readers. This simple guide to neuroscience draws together current understanding and sets out the basics of the field. A 24-page removable foldout concertina neatly housed at the back of the book includes a 12-page Timeline History of the Brain and 12 pages of optical illusions that demonstrate how our view of the world comes entirely from the brain--which can sometimes be fooled.
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Worlds of Flow

A History of Hydrodynamics from the Bernoullis to Prandtl

Author: Olivier Darrigol

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198568438

Category: Mathematics

Page: 356

View: 3865

This book provides the first fully-fledged history of hydrodynamics, including lively accounts of the concrete problems of hydraulics, navigation, blood circulation, meteorology, and aeronautics that motivated the main conceptual innovations. Richly illustrated, technically competent, and philosophically sensitive, it should attract a broad audience and become a standard reference for any one interested in fluid mechanics.
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The Story of Physics

Author: Lloyd Motz,Jefferson Hane Weaver

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1489963057

Category: Science

Page: 412

View: 6738

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The Periodic Table

An infographic guide to the elements

Author: Tom Jackson

Publisher: Aurum Press

ISBN: 9781781316719

Category: Science

Page: 224

View: 5256

The Periodic Table: An infographic guide to the elements is a fresh new approach to a truly remarkable and instantly recognizable piece of science! Combining cutting edge science with visually fascinating infographics, The Periodic Table allows you to compare and contrast all the different elements at a glance. Which is the densest? Which has the largest atoms? And why are some of them radioactive? Including a big picture view of the periodic table and how atoms work, this book also offers a fact-filled visual guide to each element, from hydrogen to oganesson. Each one is accompanied by technical date (category, atomic number, weight, boiling point) as well as fun facts and stories about their discovery and surprising uses.
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The Cause and Evolution of the Universe: Fact and Myth in Modern Astrophysics

Author: John Auping

Publisher: Universidad Iberoamericana

ISBN: 1910301523

Category: Science

Page: 434

View: 1697

This book differentiates observationally verified aspects of cosmology from ideas whose verification is distant or perhaps impossible by careful application of orthodox scientific method. This English edition is a part of his original work devoted to describing the dynamics of stars, and analysing the Big Bang, steady state and multiverse models.
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The Spirit of the Ghetto

Studies of the Jewish Quarter in New York

Author: Hutchins Hapgood

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Jews

Page: 311

View: 5448

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Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science

Author: Martin Gardner

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486131629

Category: Science

Page: 384

View: 1832

Fair, witty appraisal of cranks, quacks, and quackeries of science and pseudoscience: hollow earth, Velikovsky, orgone energy, Dianetics, flying saucers, Bridey Murphy, food and medical fads, and much more.
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