Visions of Science: Books and Readers at the Dawn of the Victorian Age

By James A. Secord

The first half the 19th century witnessed a rare transformation in British political, literary, and highbrow existence. there has been common social unrest, and debates raged relating to schooling, the lives of the operating category, and the hot business, machine-governed international. while, smooth technology emerged in Europe in additional or much less its present shape, as new disciplines and progressive innovations, together with evolution and the vastness of geologic time, started to take shape.        
           
In Visions of Science, James A. Secord deals a brand new method to trap this targeted second of swap. He explores seven key books—among them Charles Babbage’s Reflections at the Decline of Science, Charles Lyell’s Principles ofGeology, Mary Somerville’s Connexion of the actual Sciences, and Thomas Carlyle’s Sartor Resartus—and exhibits how literature that displays at the wider which means of technology should be revelatory whilst granted the type of shut interpreting often reserved for fiction and poetry. those books thought of the meanings of technological know-how and its position in sleek existence, trying to the longer term, coordinating and connecting the sciences, and forging wisdom that might be applicable for the recent age. Their target was once frequently philosophical, yet Secord indicates it used to be simply as usually inventive, projective, and functional: to indicate not just the best way to take into consideration the wildlife but additionally to point modes of motion and strength effects in an period of remarkable swap.            
           
Visions of Science opens our eyes to how genteel women, operating males, and the literary elite replied to those striking works. It finds the significance of figuring out the actual features of books and the major position of printers and publishers, from factories pouring out reasonable compendia to trendy publishing homes in London’s West finish. Secord’s brilliant account takes us to the guts of a knowledge revolution that used to be to have profound results for the making of the trendy world.

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Visible and Invisible: The Wonders of Light Phenomena (Astronomers' Universe)

Light phenomena have intrigued humankind considering that prehistory. examine the rainbow, a sundown at the sea, a video game of shadows. people have continuously used gentle for his or her personal wishes, from cooking nutrients to illuminating a room.

However, gentle is not just constrained to what we will see with our eyes. The invisible a part of the electromagnetic spectrum is wide and dynamic. This booklet outlines the mysteries and wonders of electromagnetism, warmth, and lightweight. It additionally covers the background of our clinical realizing of light.

The darkish in addition to the intense aspects of sunshine are absolutely explored in those pages, from their effect on our global to their use in state of the art applied sciences in various fields. various full-color pictures and drawings supplement the textual content, and light-weight phenomena are defined in an easy and fascinating way.

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Am I a Monkey?: Six Big Questions about Evolution

Despite the continuing cultural controversy in the US, evolution continues to be a cornerstone of technology. during this e-book, Francisco J. Ayala―an evolutionary biologist, member of the nationwide Academy of Sciences, and winner of the nationwide Medal of technology and the Templeton Prize―cuts to the chase in a bold try and tackle, in nontechnical language, six perennial questions about evolution:

• Am I a Monkey?• Why Is Evolution a Theory?• what's DNA?• Do All Scientists settle for Evolution?• How Did existence Begin?• Can One think in Evolution and God?

This to-the-point ebook solutions each one of those questions with strength. Ayala's sometimes biting essays refuse to lend credence to disingenuous principles and arguments. He lays out the fundamental technology that underlies evolutionary idea, explains how the method works, and soundly makes the case for why evolution isn't really a danger to religion.

Brief, incisive, topical, authoritative, Am I a Monkey? will take you an afternoon to learn and an entire life to ponder.

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The Act of Creation

By Arthur Koestler

The Act of production starts off the place this view ceases to be precise. Koestler affirms that every one creatures have the ability for inventive task, often suppressed by way of the automated workouts of suggestion and behaviour that dominate their lives. The learn of psychology has provided little within the method of an evidence of the artistic method, and Koestler means that we're at our such a lot artistic whilst rational notion is suspended - for instance in goals and trance-like states. Then the brain is able to receiving notion and perception.

Taking humor as his place to begin, Koestler examines what he phrases 'bisociative' pondering - the inventive bounce made by means of the brain that provides upward thrust to new and startling perceptions and glimpses of truth. From the following he assesses the workings of the brain of the medical or creative genius. the final reader in addition to the reader with a deeper wisdom of the themes coated will locate this richly documented learn of creativity either illuminating and compelling.

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Agroforestry - The Future of Global Land Use (Advances in Agroforestry)

This quantity incorporates a strong physique of the present nation of information at the numerous issues and actions in agroforestry around the globe. it's prepared into 3 sections: the advent part contains the summaries of six keynote speeches on the second global Congress of Agroforestry held in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2009; that's via sections of peer-reviewed thematic chapters grouped as “Global views” (seven chapters) and “Regional views” (eleven chapters), authored by way of expert leaders of their respective agroforestry-related fields all over the world. a complete of a hundred thirty execs from associations in 33 international locations in either constructing and the industrialized temperate areas of the area contributed to the booklet as bankruptcy authors and/or reviewers. hence, the e-book provides a complete and authoritative account of the worldwide photo of agroforestry this day.

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Why Can't Elephants Jump?: And 113 Other Tantalizing Science Questions Answered (New Scientist)

From the editors that introduced you Why do not Penguins' toes Freeze? and Do Sparrows Like Bach?, an exploration of the unusual and beautiful margin of science―the most modern within the incredible New Scientist series.

What’s the garage ability of the human mind in gigabytes? Why is frozen milk yellow? Why do flamingos stand on one leg? And why can’t elephants bounce? Is it simply because elephants are too huge or heavy (after all, they are saying hippos and rhinos can play hopscotch)? Or is it simply because their knees face the opposite direction? Or do they simply wait till no one’s taking a look? learn this awesome new compilation to determine. this can be well known technological know-how at its such a lot soaking up and enjoyable.

the former titles within the New Scientist sequence were foreign bestsellers and bought over million copies among them. this is one other exceptional selection of clever, witty, and sometimes awesome solutions to a fabulous diversity of technology questions.

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40 Years of Evolution: Darwin's Finches on Daphne Major Island

Renowned evolutionary biologists Peter and Rosemary provide have produced landmark reports of the Galápagos finches first made well-known by means of Charles Darwin. In How and Why Species Multiply, they provided a whole evolutionary historical past of Darwin's finches when you consider that their beginning nearly 3 million years in the past. Now, of their richly illustrated new book, forty Years of Evolution, the authors flip their awareness to occasions happening on a modern scale. through always monitoring finch populations over a interval of 4 many years, they discover the reasons and outcomes of important occasions resulting in evolutionary adjustments in species.

The authors used an enormous and extraordinary variety of ecological, behavioral, and genetic data--including music recordings, DNA analyses, and feeding and breeding behavior--to degree alterations in finch populations at the small island of Daphne significant within the Galápagos archipelago. They locate that normal choice occurs time and again, that finches hybridize and alternate genes hardly, and they compete for scarce meals in occasions of drought, with the amazing end result that the finch populations at the present time fluctuate considerably in standard beak dimension and form from these of 40 years in the past. The authors' such a lot staggering discovery is the initiation and institution of a brand new lineage that now behaves as a brand new species, differing from others in measurement, track, and different features. The authors emphasize the immeasurable worth of constant long term reviews of common populations and of severe possibilities for detecting and realizing infrequent yet major occasions.

By following the fates of finches for a number of generations, 40 Years of Evolution deals unheard of insights into ecological and evolutionary adjustments in common environments.

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