A Most Improbable Journey: A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - Carrollbig history, the field that integrates traditional historical scholarship with scientific insights to study the full sweep of our universe, has so far been the domain of historians. Famed geologist walter alvarez—best known for the “Impact Theory” explaining dinosaur extinction—has instead championed a science-first approach to Big History.

Here he wields his unique expertise to give us a new appreciation for the incredible occurrences—from the Big Bang to the formation of supercontinents, the dawn of the Bronze Age, and beyond—that have led to our improbable place in the universe. A thrilling synthesis from a brilliant scientist who discovered one of the most important chapters in our history.

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T. rex and the Crater of Doom Princeton Science Library

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Princeton University Press #ad - Sixty-five million years ago, a comet or asteroid larger than Mount Everest slammed into the Earth, inducing an explosion equivalent to the detonation of a hundred million hydrogen bombs. When conditions returned to normal, half the plant and animal genera on Earth had perished. This horrific chain of events is now widely accepted as the solution to a great scientific mystery: what caused the extinction of the dinosaurs? Walter Alvarez, one of the Berkeley scientists who discovered evidence of the impact, tells the story behind the development of the initially controversial theory.

T. rex and the Crater of Doom Princeton Science Library #ad - Disastrous environmental consequences ensued: a giant tsunami, and cold, continent-scale wildfires, darkness, followed by sweltering greenhouse heat. It is a saga of high adventure in remote locations, of arduous data collection and intellectual struggle, of long periods of frustration ended by sudden breakthroughs, of friendships made and lost, and of the exhilaration of discovery that forever altered our understanding of Earth's geological history.

Vaporized detritus blasted through the atmosphere upon impact, falling back to Earth around the globe.

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The Universe: Leading Scientists Explore the Origin, Mysteries, and Future of the Cosmos Best of Edge Series

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Harper Perennial #ad - Neil turok analyzes the fundamental laws of nature, what came before the big bang, and the possibility of a unified theory. Seth lloyd investigates the impact of computational revolutions and the informational revolution. Benoit mandelbrot looks back on a career devoted to fractal geometry. Brian greene and walter Isaacson illuminate the genius who revolutionized modern science: Albert Einstein.

And much more. Explore the universe with some of today's greatest minds: what it is, how it came into being, and what may happen next. John brockman brings together the world's best-known physicists and science writers—including Brian Greene, Walter Isaacson, Nobel Prize-winner Frank Wilczek, Benoit Mandelbrot, and Martin Rees—to explain the universe in all wondrous splendor.

The Universe: Leading Scientists Explore the Origin, Mysteries, and Future of the Cosmos Best of Edge Series #ad - In the universe, today's most influential science writers explain the science behind our evolving understanding of the universe and everything in it, including the cutting edge research and discoveries that are shaping our knowledge. Lee smolin reveals how math and cosmology are helping us create a theory of the whole universe.

Lawrence krauss provides fresh insight into gravity, dark matter, and the energy of empty space.

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We Are All Stardust: Scientists Who Shaped Our World Talk about Their Work, Their Lives, and What They Still Want to Know

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The Experiment #ad - Ramachandran on consciousnessgeographer Jared Diamond on chance in historyAnthropologist Sarah Hrdy on motherhoodAnd cosmologist Martin Rees on how “ultimately we ourselves are stardust. ”. And they see inspiration everywhere: from the sports car that physicist Steven Weinberg says helped him on his quest for “the theory of everything” to the jazz musicians who gave psychologist Alison Gopnik new insight into raising children, they reveal how their paradigm-changing work entwines with their lives outside the lab.

We Are All Stardust: Scientists Who Shaped Our World Talk about Their Work, Their Lives, and What They Still Want to Know #ad - S. What distinguishes scientists, in your eyes?”—Stefan Klein“First and foremost, curiosity. Roald hoffmann, nobel prize–winning chemistwhen stefan Klein, an acclaimed journalist, he finds they’re driven by, sits down to talk with 18 of the world’s leading scientists, above all, curiosity. We hear from extraordinary natural and social scientists, including:Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins on ego and selflessnessPrimatologist Jane Goodall on chimpanzee behaviorNeuroscientist V.

When they talk about their work, they turn to what’s next, to what they still hope to discover.

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Science in the Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist

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Random House #ad - Elected officials have opened the floodgates to prejudices that have for half a century been unacceptable or at least undercover. Though it spans three decades, this book couldn’t be more timely or more urgent. And in the essays themselves, he investigates a number of issues, and decries bad science, religion in the schools, newly annotated by the author, including the importance of empirical evidence, and climate-change deniers.

. Rendered in gloriously spiky and opinionated prose. Science in the soul brings together forty-two essays, polemics, remorseless wit, and paeans—all written with Dawkins’s characteristic erudition, and unjaded awe of the natural world. In a world grown irrational and hostile to facts, Science in the Soul is an essential collection by an indispensable author.

Science in the Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist #ad - Praise for science in the Soul“Compelling. Dawkins is one of the great science popularizers of the last half-century. The christian science monitor “Dawkins is a ferocious polemicist, a defender of reason and enemy of superstition. John horgan, Scientific American. Woven into an exploration of the vastness of geological time, for instance, is the peculiar history of the giant tortoises and the sea turtles—whose journeys between water and land tell us a deeper story about evolution.

New york times bestseller • the legendary biologist and bestselling author mounts a timely and passionate defense of science and clear thinking with this career-spanning collection of essays, including twenty pieces published in the United States for the first time.

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Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe

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Ecco #ad - In a sense, it might have been dark matter that killed the dinosaurs. Working through the background and consequences of this proposal, and life, our galaxy, our Solar System, Randall shares with us the latest findings—established and speculative—regarding the nature and role of dark matter and the origin of the Universe, along with the process by which scientists explore new concepts.

What was its origin? in dark matter and the dinosaurs, Lisa Randall proposes it was a comet that was dislodged from its orbit as the Solar System passed through a disk of dark matter embedded in the Milky Way. In this brilliant exploration of our cosmic environment, the renowned particle physicist and New York Times bestselling author of Warped Passages and Knocking on Heaven’s Door uses her research into dark matter to illuminate the startling connections between the furthest reaches of space and life here on Earth.

Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe #ad - Sixty-six million years ago, an object the size of a city descended from space to crash into Earth, creating a devastating cataclysm that killed off the dinosaurs, along with three-quarters of the other species on the planet. In dark matter and the dinosaurs, randall tells a breathtaking story that weaves together the cosmos’ history and our own, illuminating the deep relationships that are critical to our world and the astonishing beauty inherent in the most familiar things.

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Human Universe

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William Collins #ad - With groundbreaking insight it reveals how time, but how it can think, physics and chemistry came together to create a creature that can wonder at its own existence, blessed with an unquenchable thirst to discover not just where it came from, where it is going and if it is alone. Accompanies the acclaimed BBC TV series.

. Top ten sunday times bestseller‘engaging, ambitious and creative’ guardianWhere are we? Are we alone? Who are we? Why are we here? What is our future?Human Universe tackles some of the greatest questions that humans have asked to try and understand the very nature of ourselves and the Universe in which we live.

Human Universe #ad - Through the endless leaps of human minds, it explores the extraordinary depth of our knowledge today and where our curiosity may lead us in the future.

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Lucy's Legacy: The Quest for Human Origins

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Broadway Books #ad - Since that dramatic find in 1974, there has been heated debate and–most important–more groundbreaking discoveries that have further transformed our understanding of when and how humans evolved. Lucy literally changed our understanding of our world and who we come from. In that time, a transitional creature between apes and humans, spanning 400, Johanson and his colleagues have uncovered a total of 363 specimens of Australopithecus afarensis Lucy’s species, 000 years.

In lucy’s legacy, johanson takes readers on a fascinating tour of the last three decades of study–the most exciting period of paleoanthropologic investigation thus far. Lucy is a 3. 2-million-year-old skeleton who has become the spokeswoman for human evolution. She is perhaps the best known and most studied fossil hominid of the twentieth century, the benchmark by which other discoveries of human ancestors are judged.

Lucy's Legacy: The Quest for Human Origins #ad - From lucy’s legacyin his new york times bestseller, Lucy: The Beginnings of Humankind, renowned paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson told the incredible story of his discovery of a partial female skeleton that revolutionized the study of human origins. As a result, we now have a unique fossil record of one branch of our family tree–that family being humanity–a tree that is believed to date back a staggering 7 million years.

Focusing on dramatic new fossil finds and breakthrough advances in dna research, johanson provides the latest answers that post-lucy paleoanthropologists are finding to questions such as: How did Homo sapiens evolve? When and where did our species originate? What separates hominids from the apes? What was the nature of Neandertal and modern human encounters? What mysteries about human evolution remain to be solved?Donald Johanson is a passionate guide on an extraordinary journey from the ancient landscape of Hadar, Ethiopia–where Lucy was unearthed and where many other exciting fossil discoveries have since been made–to a seaside cave in South Africa that once sheltered early members of our own species, and many other significant sites.

Thirty-five years after lucy, Johanson continues to enthusiastically probe the origins of our species and what it means to be human.

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How It Began: A Time-Traveler's Guide to the Universe

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - Because it takes time for light to travel, we see more and more distant regions of the universe as they were in the successively greater past. Impey uses this concept—"look-back time"—to take us on an intergalactic tour that is simultaneously out in space and back in time. His lucid, timelessness, wonderfully engaging scientific discussions bring us to the brink of modern cosmology and physics, illuminating such mind-bending concepts as invisible dimensions, and multiple universes.

A dynamic and unforgettable portrait of the cosmos, How It Began will reward its readers with a deeper understanding of the universe we inhabit as well as a renewed sense of wonder at its beauty and mystery. Performing a type of cosmic archaeology, Impey brilliantly describes the astronomical clues that scientists have used to solve fascinating mysteries about the origins and development of our universe.

How It Began: A Time-Traveler's Guide to the Universe #ad - The milestones on this journey range from the nearby to the remote: we travel from the Moon, and even the strange, Jupiter, the first ray of light, roiling conditions of the infant universe, and the black hole at the heart of our galaxy all the way to the first star, an intense and volatile environment in which matter was created from pure energy.

Impey gives us breathtaking visual descriptions and also explains what each landmark can reveal about the universe and its history. Impey combines the vision of a practicing scientist with the voice of a gifted storyteller. Dava sobelin this vibrant, chris impey guides us through space and time, eye-opening tour of milestones in the history of our universe, leading us from the familiar sights of the night sky to the dazzlingly strange aftermath of the Big Bang.

What if we could look into space and see not only our place in the universe but also how we came to be here? As it happens, we can.

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The Gecko's Foot: How Scientists are Taking a Leaf from Nature's Book

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Harper Perennial #ad - We also discover, amongst other things, how george de mestral's brush with the spiny fruits of the cocklebur inspired him to invent Velcro; how the shape of leaves opening from a bud has inspired the design of solar-powered satellites; and the parallels between cantilever bridges and the spines of large mammals such as the bison.

The new 'smart' science of bio-inspiration is going to produce a plethora of products over the next decades that will transform our lives, and force us to look at the world in a completely new way. Extending beyond our established and preconceived notions, scientists, architects and engineers are looking at imitating nature by manufacturing 'wet' materials such as spider silk or the surface of the gecko's foot.

The amazing power of the gecko's foot has long been known – it can climb a vertical glass wall and even walk upside down on the ceiling – but no ideas could be harnessed from it because its mechanism could not be seen with the power of optical microscopes. Each foot has half a million bristles and each bristle ramifies into hundreds of finer spatula-shaped projections.

The Gecko's Foot: How Scientists are Taking a Leaf from Nature's Book #ad - It is science we will be reading about in our papers very soon; it is the science of tomorrow's world. The fine scale of the gecko's foot is beyond the capacity of conventional microengineering, but a team of nanotechnologists have already made a good initial approximation. The gecko's foot is just one of many examples of this new 'smart' science.

Recently however the secret was solved by a team of scientists in Oregon who established that the mechanism really is dry, and that it does not involve suction, capillary action or anything else the lay person might imagine. A cutting-edge science book in the style of ‘Fermat’s Last Theorem’ and ‘Chaos’ from an exciting and accessible voice in popular science writing.

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The Mountains of Saint Francis: Discovering the Geologic Events That Shaped Our Earth

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - Rex and the Crater of Doom--a fascinating history. Walter alvarez and his team made one of the most astonishing scientific discoveries of the twentieth century--that an asteroid smashed into the Earth 65 million years ago, exterminating the dinosaurs. Alvarez had the first glimmer of that amazing insight when he noticed something odd in a rock outcrop in central Italy.

Alvarez now returns to that rich terrain, this time to take the reader on an distant past. We encounter the volcanoes that formed the seven hills of rome; the majestic limestone apennine mountains that started to develop millions of years ago under water; the evidence that the Mediterranean Sea completely evaporated to a sunken desert, perhaps several times; and the proof that continental plates once overran one another to form telling, all major geologic episodes are as dramatic as the great impact that killed the dinosaurs, even when they happen over eons and without huge creatures to witness them.

The Mountains of Saint Francis: Discovering the Geologic Events That Shaped Our Earth #ad - The major new work by the best-selling author of T.

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