Magic Universe: A Grand Tour of Modern Science
By: Nigel Calder (author)Paperback
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This is a marvellously engaging tour covering the whole of modern science, from transgenic crops to quantum tangles. Written by one of the most experienced and well-known names in science writing, it is also assuredly reliable science. Although arranged for convenience and quick reference as a collection of topics in alphabetical order, it is very different from any conventional encyclopedia. Each topic tells a story, making the book eminently browsable. Packed with information, yet carrying its immense learning lightly, this is a book that would appeal to anyone with the slightest interest in how the world works.
Nigel Calder is a long-established and widely known science writer, and a former Editor of New Scientist.
INTRODUCTION: Welcome to the spider's web ; OVER 130 ARTICLES, FROM... ; ALCOHOL: Genetic revelations of when yeast invented booze ; ALTRUISM AND AGGRESSION: Looking for the origins of those human alternatives ; ANTIMATTER: Does the coat that Sakharov made really explain its absence? ; ARABIDOPSIS: The modest weed that gave plant scientists the big picture ; ASTRONAUTICS: Will interstellar pioneers be overtaken by their grandchildren? ; BERNAL'S LADDER: Pointers ; BIG BANG: The inflationary Universe's sleight-of-hand ; BIODIVERSITY: The mathematics of co-existence ; BIOLOGICAL CLOCKS: Molecular machinery that governs life's routines ; BIOSPHERE FROM SPACE: 'I want to do the whole world' ; BITS AND QUBITS: The digital world and its looming quantum shadow ; BLACK HOLES: The awesome engines of quasars and active galaxies ; BRAIN IMAGES: What do all the vivid movies really mean? ; BRAIN RHYTHMS: The mathematics of the beat we think to ; BRAIN WIRING: How do all those nerve connections know where to go? ; BUCKYBALLS AND NANOTUBES: Doing very much more with very much less ; ...TO... ; SMALLPOX: The dairymaid's blessing and the general's curse ; SOLAR WIND: How it creates the heliosphere in which we live ; SPACE WEATHER: Why it is now more troublesome than in the old days ; SPARTICLES: A wished-for superworld of exotic matter and forces ; SPEECH: A gene that makes us more eloquent than chimpanzees ; STARBURSTS: Galactic traffic accidents and stellar baby booms ; STARS: Hearing them sing and sizing them up ; STEM CELLS: Tissue engineering, natural and medical ; SUN'S INTERIOR: How sound waves made our mother star transparent ; SUPERATOMS, SUPERFLUIDS AND SUPERCONDUCTORS: The march of the boson armies ; SUPERSTRINGS: Retuning the cosmic imagination ; TIME MACHINES: The biggest issue in contemporary physics? ; TRANSGENIC CROPS: For better or worse, a planetary experiment has begun ; TREE OF LIFE: Promiscuous bacteria and the course of evolution ; UNIVERSE: 'It must have known we were coming' ; VOLCANIC EXPLOSIONS: Where will the next big one be?
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