The Handy Geology Answer Book (The Handy Answer Book Series)

Answering approximately 1,000 of the main usually requested questions about the complexities that formed our planet, The convenient Geology resolution Book strains the formation of the universe and the planet, investigating the layers of the Earth, and explaining the formation of mountains and our bodies of water. Questions and solutions also are dedicated to volcanoes, fault traces, caves, fossil fuels, international morphological positive factors, or even the geology of alternative planets.

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Smoking Ears and Screaming Teeth: A Celebration of Scientific Eccentricity and Self-Experimentation

A witty get together of the good eccentrics who've played risky experiments on themselves for the advantage of humankind.

Many scientists have the recommendation of the nice Victorian health care provider Jack Haldane to “never scan on an animal if a guy will do” and “never ask someone to do something you wouldn’t do yourself.” He and his father inhaled toxic gases to check the efficacy of the prototype gasoline masks they'd invented. whereas respiring gases stressed, he suffered the smoking ears and screaming enamel of the title.

The tales in Norton’s new publication are spectacular, demanding or absurd. The zoologist Frank Buckland made a targeted attempt to widen the nation’s vitamin by means of individually trying out every little thing that crossed his direction, from boiled elephant’s trunk to slug soup. a few medics intentionally shrunk lethal blood illnesses within the desire of discovering treatments. Then there has been the health professional who was once fired and hence received the Nobel Prize for thrusting a catheter into his personal beating middle.

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What Darwin Got Wrong

What Darwin acquired Wrong is a awesome publication, person who dares to problem the idea of usual choice as a proof for the way evolution works—a devastating critique now not within the identify of faith yet within the identify of excellent science.

Jerry Fodor and Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini, a exceptional thinker and a scientist operating in tandem, show significant flaws on the middle of Darwinian evolutionary thought. Combining the result of state-of-the-art paintings in experimental biology with crystal-clear philosophical arguments, they mount a reasoned and convincing attack at the crucial tenets of Darwin’s account of the starting place of species. The common sense underlying usual choice is the survival of the fittest lower than altering environmental strain. This common sense, they argue, is fallacious, and so they again up the declare with remarkable facts of what truly occurs in nature. it is a infrequent achievement—a concise argument that's prone to make loads of distinction to a really huge topic. What Darwin obtained Wrong may be debatable. The authors’ arguments will reverberate throughout the clinical global. no less than they're going to rework the controversy approximately evolution and movement us past the fake trouble of being both for average choice or opposed to science.

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The Remedy: Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Quest to Cure Tuberculosis

By Thomas Goetz

The riveting historical past of tuberculosis, the world’s such a lot deadly affliction, the 2 males whose lives it tragically intertwined, and the delivery of scientific science.
 
In 1875, tuberculosis was once the deadliest illness on this planet, responsible for a 3rd of all deaths. A analysis of TB—often referred to as consumption—was a dying sentence. Then, in a triumph of scientific technological know-how, a German medical professional named Robert Koch deployed an remarkable clinical rigor to find the micro organism that triggered TB. Koch quickly launched into a remedy—a treatment that may be his undoing.
 
When Koch introduced his medication for intake, Arthur Conan Doyle, then a small-town health care professional in England and someday author, went to Berlin to hide the development. traveling the ward of reportedly cured sufferers, he used to be horrified. Koch’s “remedy” used to be both sloppy technology or outright fraud.
 
But to an international determined for reduction, Koch’s treatment wasn’t so simply brushed off. As Europe’s consumptives descended upon Berlin, Koch urgently attempted to turn out his case. Conan Doyle, in the meantime, again to England decided to desert medication in prefer of writing. specifically, he grew to become to a personality encouraged by means of the very medical tools that Koch had formulated: Sherlock Holmes.
 
Capturing the instant whilst secret and magic started to yield to science, The Remedy chronicles the beautiful tale of ways the germ concept of sickness grew to become a real truth, how males of ambition have been emboldened to arrive for whatever extra, and the way medical discoveries evolve into social truths.

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Hawthorn: The Tree That Has Nourished, Healed, and Inspired Through the Ages

By Bill Vaughn

An attractive advent to the traditional hawthorn tree and its assorted roles in human history

one in all humankind’s oldest partners, the hawthorn tree is sure up within the stories of each recorded age and the plot strains of cultures around the Northern Hemisphere. In Hawthorn, invoice Vaughn examines the little-recognized political, cultural, and normal heritage of this old spiky plant. Used for hundreds of thousands of years within the impenetrable dwelling fences that outlined the landscapes of Europe, the hawthorn finally helped feed the category antagonism that ended in frequent social upheaval. within the American Midwest, hawthorn-inspired hedges at the prairies made nineteenth-century farming economically profitable for the 1st time. Later, in Normandy, mazelike hedgerows bristling with those thorns approximately rate the Allies global battle II. Vaughn shines mild at the complete scope of the tree’s impression over human occasions. He additionally explores medicinal price of the hawthorn, using its fruit within the world’s first wine, and the symbolic position its spikes and plant life performed in pagan ideals and Christian iconography. As enjoyable because it is illuminating, this e-book is the 1st complete appreciation of the hawthorn’s considerable connections with humanity.
 

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Wholeness and the Implicate Order

By David Bohm

David Bohm used to be one of many leading clinical thinkers and philosophers of our time. even supposing deeply inspired by way of Einstein, he used to be additionally, extra strangely for a scientist, encouraged by way of mysticism. certainly, within the Seventies and Eighties he made touch with either J. Krishnamurti and the Dalai Lama whose teachings contributed to shaping his paintings. In either technology and philosophy, Bohm's major obstacle was once with figuring out the character of truth typically and of cognizance specifically. during this vintage paintings he develops a thought of quantum physics which treats the totality of life as an unbroken entire. Writing sincerely and with out technical jargon, he makes complicated principles available to a person attracted to the character of fact.

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Vanished Ocean: How Tethys Reshaped the World

Six million years in the past, an enormous ocean--which scientists have named Tethys--vanished from the face of the earth. How may well any such large physique of water easily disappear? extra fascinating, how is it attainable for scientists to grasp with sure bet that Tethys existed for 1 / 4 of a thousand million years, a interval that comes with the total "Age of Dinosaurs" and just about all of the "Age of Mammals," correct as much as the purpose whilst our far away ancestors started to stroll upright.

Vanished Ocean tells the attention-grabbing tale of Tethys, supplying an illuminating account of the clinical proof for the ocean's life. popular geologist Dorrik Stow describes the strong forces that formed the sea; the marine lifestyles it as soon as held and the wealthy deposits of oil that existence left in the back of; and the influence of its currents on setting and weather. the tale of Tethys is additionally a narrative of extinctions, floods, and notable episodes corresponding to the digital drying up of the Mediterranean, sooner than being crammed back via a dramatic cascade of water over the straits of Gibraltar. In telling this tale, Stow finds how geologists and oceanographers have spent years proving the previous life of Tethys, from a notable sequence of clues locked away in rocks now uncovered excessive up in mountain levels and buried in sediments deep underneath ultra-modern oceans. certainly, those myriad clues at the moment are scattered from Morocco to China and from the depths of the Caspian Sea to the top Himalayan peaks.

the following then is the gripping tale of the merging and splintering of continents, the increase and fall of mountain levels, and an old, huge ocean that easily vanished from sight. it's a tale that reminds us of the profound impression of oceans and their currents at the surroundings, weather, and lifetime of our planet.

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Gray's Basic Anatomy with Student Consult

Gray’s simple Anatomy equips you with all the fundamental anatomy info you want to know, in a concise, effective, high-yield format! This new clinical textbook helps you to study efficiently whereas being convinced on your mastery of the most vital anatomical concepts.

  • See the scientific implications with "Clinical Apps," "Imaging Apps," and floor anatomy containers throughout.
  • Get a transparent photograph with rigorously chosen illustrations which are effortless to profit from, sleek in layout, and concisely labeled.
  • Access a wealth of ancillary fabric on-line for a greater total realizing of the topic together with a floor anatomy software, case reviews, self-test questions, and extra at www.studentconsult.com.

Trust Gray’s to grasp the necessities of anatomy.

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The Origin of Life

By Paul C. W. Davies

The origins of existence continues to be one of many nice unsolved mysteries of technological know-how. becoming proof means that the 1st organisms lived deep underground, in environments formerly regarded as uninhabitable, and that microbes carried within rocks have travelled among Earth and Mars.

But the query continues to be: how can lifestyles spring into being from non-living chemical compounds? The beginning of Life finds the outstanding new theories and discoveries that appear set to rework our figuring out of life's function within the unfolding drama of the cosmos.

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The Shaking Woman or A History of My Nerves

By Siri Hustvedt

In this detailed neurological memoir Siri Hustvedt makes an attempt to resolve her personal mysterious condition

While talking at a memorial occasion for her father in 2006, Siri Hustvedt suffered a violent seizure from the neck down. regardless of her flapping hands and shaking legs, she persisted to talk sincerely and used to be capable of end her speech. It used to be as though she had abruptly turn into humans: a relaxed orator and a shuddering spoil. Then the seizures occurred time and again. The Shaking Woman tracks Hustvedt’s look for a prognosis, person who takes her contained in the inspiration techniques of a number of clinical disciplines, every one of which bargains a different standpoint on her paroxysms yet no prepared answer. within the technique, she reveals herself entangled in basic questions: what's the courting among mind and brain? How can we keep in mind? what's the self?

During her investigations, Hustvedt joins a dialogue team within which neurologists, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, and mind scientists exchange rules to improve a brand new box: neuropsychoanalysis. She volunteers as a writing instructor for psychiatric in-patients on the Payne Whitney health facility in long island urban and finds precedents in clinical heritage that light up the origins of and shifts in our theories concerning the mind-body challenge. In The Shaking Woman, Hustvedt synthesizes her event and examine right into a compelling secret: who's the shaking girl? in any case, the tale she tells turns into, within the phrases of George Makari, writer of Revolution in Mind, “a marvelous illumination for us all.”

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