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From the world's greatest scientists comes the world's greatest science book--now in a smaller format at a great new affordable price. With a foreword written by critically acclaimed author Simon Singh (Fermat's Last Theorem), and essays by such major writers as Richard Dawkings, Susan Greenfield, and John Gribbin, it presents 250 of the most significant milestones in the history of scientific discovery. Accompanying this unique perspective on our ever-evolving view of the universe are some of the most visually ...
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Overview

From the world's greatest scientists comes the world's greatest science book--now in a smaller format at a great new affordable price. With a foreword written by critically acclaimed author Simon Singh (Fermat's Last Theorem), and essays by such major writers as Richard Dawkings, Susan Greenfield, and John Gribbin, it presents 250 of the most significant milestones in the history of scientific discovery. Accompanying this unique perspective on our ever-evolving view of the universe are some of the most visually dramatic illustrations you'll ever see. Short, lucid articles focus on everything from the speculations of the ancient Greeks to today's Nobel Prize winners, from Ptolemy's theory of an earth-centered universe to the first steps on the moon, and from the dawning of the concept of zero to the cloning of Dolly the sheep. Biology, physics, astronomy, medicine and mathematics: the breakthroughs in every field are all here and celebrated, in the first truly accessible, fully illustrated story of science.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841882543
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Table of Contents

-35,000 Origins of counting 10
-3000 Astronomy before history 12
-530 Music of the spheres 14
-350 Aristotle's legacy 16
-320 Birth of botany 18
-300 Euclid's 20
-260 Moving the world 22
-240 Circumference of the Earth 24
-134 Celestial predictions 26
50 Medicinal plants 28
140 Earth-centred universe 30
180 The body in question 32
876 Zero 34
1025 Unweaving the rainbow 36
1202 Algebra 38
1435 Perspective 40
1543 Sun-centred universe 42
1543 Human anatomy 44
1565 Fossil objects 46
1572 A new star 48
1600 Natural magnetism 50
1609 Laws of planetary motion 52
1609 Heavens through a telescope 54
1614 Logarithms 56
1628 Circulation of the blood 58
1638 Falling objects 60
1639 Transit of Venus 62
1648 Atmospheric pressure 64
1654 Rules of chance 66
1656 Saturn's rings 68
1661 Boyle's 70
1669 Geological strata 72
1671 Planetary distances 74
1673 Microscopic life 76
1687 Newton's 78
The Calculus 80
1694 Plant sex 82
1705 Halley's comet 84
1735 Trade winds 86
1735 Naming life 88
1765 Spontaneous generation 90
1768 [pi] 92
1774 Combustion 94
1781 Discovery of Uranus 96
1784 Hydrogen and water 98
1785 Earth cycles 100
1796 Vaccination 102
1796 Origin of the Solar System 104
1796 Comparative anatomy 106
1797 Catastrophist geology 108
1798 Population pressure 110
1798 'Weighing' the Earth 112
1799 Humboldt's voyage 114
1799 Electric battery 116
1800 Wave nature of light 118
1801 Discovery of an asteroid 120
1807 New elements 122
1808 Atomic theory 124
Mapping the Elements 126
1809 Acquired characteristics 128
1814 Spectral lines 130
1815 Fossil sequences 132
1820 Electromagnetism 134
1822 Deciphering hieroglyphics 136
1822 Difference Engine 138
1826 Eggs and embryos 140
1828 Synthesis of urea 142
1829 Non-Euclidean geometry 144
1830 Lyell's 146
1834 Prehistoric humans 148
1838 Distance to a star 150
1840 Ice ages 152
1842 Invention of the dinosaur 154
1842 Doppler effect 156
1843 Sunspot cycle 158
1845 Spiral galaxies 160
1846 Discovery of Neptune 162
1847 Laws of thermodynamics 164
1851 Foucault's pendulum 166
1854 Cholera and the pump 168
1856 Neanderthal man 170
1856 Mauve dye 172
1858 Communities of cells 174
1859 Darwin's 176
The First Humans 178
1860 Archaeopteryx 180
1861 Mapping speech 182
1863 Greenhouse effect 184
1864 Maxwell's equations 186
1865 Regulating the body 188
1865 Benzene ring 190
1865 Mendel's laws of inheritance 192
1867 Dynamite 194
1869 Periodic table 196
1873 Changes of state 198
1877 'Canals' on Mars 200
1878 Germ theory 202
1882 Cellular immunity 204
1885 Mountain formation 206
1886 Nitrogen fixation 208
1889 Nervous system 210
1889 Measuring variation 212
1890 Antitoxins 214
1891 Java man 216
1894 Enzyme action 218
1895 X-rays 220
1895 The unconscious mind 222
1896 Radioactivity 224
1897 Aspirin 226
1897 The electron 228
1897 Malarial parasite 230
1898 Viruses 232
1900 The quantum 234
1901 Blood groups 236
1903 Chaos theory 238
1904 Intelligence testing 240
1904 Conditioned reflexes 242
1905 Special relativity 244
From Newton to Einstein 246
1906 Vitamins 248
1906 Inside the Earth 250
1907 Rocks of ages 252
1908 Brownian motion 254
1909 Synthesis of ammonia 256
1909 Inborn metabolic errors 258
1909 Burgess Shale 260
1910 A magic bullet 262
1910 Genes in inheritance 264
1911 Superconductivity 266
1911 Cosmic rays 268
1912 Continental drift 270
1913 Model of the atom 272
1914 Neurotransmitters 274
1914 Climate cycles 276
1915 General relativity 278
1918 Our place in the cosmos 280
1918 Neo-Darwinism 282
1920 Weather forecasting 284
1920 Stellar evolution 286
1921 Insulin 288
1922 Eel migration 290
1923 Crop diversity 292
1924 Child development 294
Words and Rules 296
1925 Taung child 298
1925 Wave-particle duality 300
1928 Penicillin 302
1929 Geomagnetic reversals 304
1929 Expanding universe 306
1931 Limits of mathematics 308
1931 White dwarfs 310
1932 The neutron 312
1932 Antimatter 314
1934 Nylon 316
1935 Animal instincts 318
1937 Citric-acid cycle 320
1938 Behavioural reinforcement 322
1938 A living fossil 324
1939 DDT 326
1940 Bat echolocation 328
1942 Power from the nucleus 330
1943 Genes in bacteria 332
1943 Artificial neural networks 334
1944 Game theory 336
1945 Honeybee communication 338
1946 The computer 340
Turing Machines 342
1946 Photosynthesis 344
1947 Radiocarbon dating 346
1947 Slime-mould aggregation 348
1947 The transistor 350
1948 Quantum electrodynamics 352
1948 Information theory 354
1949 Transplant rejection 356
1949 Sickle-cell anaemia 358
1950 A cometary reservoir 360
1951 Jumping genes 362
1951 Chemical oscillations 364
1952 Nerve impulses 366
1952 Growth of nerve cells 368
1953 Origin of life 370
1953 REM sleep 372
1953 The double helix 374
The Digital River 376
1954 Contraceptive pill 378
1956 Left-handed universe 380
1956 Chemical basis of vision 382
1956 A subatomic ghost 384
1957 Language instinct 386
1958 Solar wind 388
1959 Structure of haemoglobin 390
1959 Olduvai Gorge 392
1961 Hayflick limit 394
1961 Chimpanzee culture 396
1961 Alien intelligence 398
1962 Right brain, left brain 400
1962 Psychology of obedience 402
1963 Quasars 404
1964 Evolution of cooperation 406
1964 Quarks 408
1965 Oldest fossils 410
1965 Afterglow of creation 412
1967 Plate tectonics 414
1967 Unified forces 416
1967 Symbiotic cell 418
1967 Pulsars 420
1968 Random molecular evolution 422
1969 Apollo mission 424
1969 Five kingdoms of life 426
1970 Green revolution 428
1971 Biological self-recognition 430
1972 Gaia hypothesis 432
1973 Gamma-ray bursts 434
1973 Genetic engineering 436
1974 Ozone hole 438
1974 Black-hole evaporation 440
1975 Genetic cousins 442
A Unique Species 444
1975 Fractals 446
1975 Monoclonal antibodies 448
1976 Four-colour map theorem 450
1977 Life at the extreme 452
1977 Public-key cryptography 454
1980 Human cancer genes 456
1980 Extinction of the dinosaurs 458
1980 Genetics of animal design 460
1980 Eruption of Mt St Helens 462
1982 Quantum weirdness 464
1982 Prion proteins 466
1982 Diversity of life 468
1983 Memory molecules 470
1983 AIDS virus 472
1984 Superstrings 474
1984 Ancient DNA 476
1984 Images of the mind 478
1984 Nariokotome boy 480
1984 Quasicrystals 482
1984 Genetic fingerprinting 484
1985 Buckminsterfullerene 486
1987 Supernova 1987A 488
1987 Edge of chaos 490
1987 Out of Africa 492
1988 Directed mutation 494
1990 Nitric oxide 496
1990 Great Attractor 498
1990 Bumblebee flight 500
1991 Maleness gene 502
1991 Iceman 504
1994 Fermat's last theorem 506
1994 Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 508
1995 A new state of matter 510
1995 Planetary worlds 512
1995 Galileo mission 514
1996 Dolly the cloned sheep 516
1996 Martian microfossils 518
1998 Lake Vostok 520
1998 Water on the Moon 522
2000 Human genome sequence 524
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