By the age of nine, Taylor had mastered the science of rocket propulsion. And by fourteen, Taylor had built a reactor which produces temperatures hotter than the sun, becoming the youngest person in history to achieve nuclear fusion. How did Taylor manage all this? This is the story of a boy whose world seems to have no limits.
In An Appetite for Wonder, the author brought us his memoir of the first 35 years of his life from early childhood in Africa to publication of The Selfish Gene in 1976. In this book, he continues his autobiography, following the threads that have run through the second half of his life so far.
Was there a beginning of time? Could time run backwards? Is the universe infinite or does it have boundaries? This book examines these questions. It begins by reviewing the great theories of the cosmos from Newton to Einstein, before delving into the secrets which still lie at the heart of space and time, from the Big Bang to black holes.
Isaac Newton (1642-1727), the English genius, made his greatest contributions to original thought before the age of twenty-five, while at home in Lincolnshire escaping the great plague of 1665, a period of which he wrote: 'I was in the prime of age for invention'. This book demonstrates his perceptions, which changed our world forever.
Calculus is the mathematical method for the analysis of things that change, and since in the natural world we are surrounded by change, the development of calculus was a huge breakthrough in the history of mathematics. David Acheson charts the historical development of calculus and takes readers through the basic ideas, step by step.
Paul Heiney unravels further science behind those things we take for granted, and explains just why the world and its contents are the way they are. Drawing on questions asked by the public, this book brings some of the finest scientific minds to bear on how the laws of science apply to everyday life.
Drawing on scientific research and logical argument James Jones directly confronts the claims that cognitive science can eliminate, or debunk, religion. He provides an accessibly written, persuasive account of why these claims are not convincing.
Focusing on the theme of collective nouns for animals, this title includes a charm of goldfinches, an ascension of larks, a school of dolphins, a cloud of bats, a murder of crows. Illustrated with watercolours, it is a suitable gift for nature and art lovers.
United by the transit of Venus, scientists from around the globe came together to answer the essential question: how can the universe be measured? The author paints a portrait of the rivalries, triumphs and misfortunes that befell these men, along with their passion and determination to succeed.
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a portrait of great charm and sophistication' Guardian The irresistible story of Japanese cherry blossoms, threatened by political ideology and saved by an unknown EnglishmanCollingwood Ingram, known as 'Cherry' for his defining obsession, was born in 1880 and lived until he was a hundred, witnessing a fraught century of conflict and change.
William Harvey's theory of circulation was as controversial in its day as Copernicus' idea that the earth revolved around the sun. This title charts the rise of the yeoman's son who demolished beliefs held by anatomists since Roman times, going on to become arguably the greatest Englishman in the history of science after Darwin & Newton.