Download E-books Une histoire de tout, ou presque... PDF

By Bill Bryson

Posez une query, Bryson y répond dans ce livre clair, synthétique, vivant, qui conjugue avec bonheur technological know-how et sourire. Vous y apprendrez sans efforts par quels hasards, features de génie, intuitions, déductions, expérimentations, débats, les hommes en sont arrivés à connaître le monde tel qu'ils le connaissent aujourd'hui. Tout y est (ou presque) de l'histoire des sciences, de notre planète et de l'univers. Un merveilleux compagnon, dont l. a. lecture devrait être recommandée à tous les collégiens... et à leurs mom and dad ! Ce livre a reçu aux États-Unis, en 2004, le prestigieux prix Aventis du meilleur livre de vulgarisation scientifique et, en 2005, le prix Descartes pour l. a. verbal exchange scientifique, qui lui a été décerné par l'Union européenne.

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Download E-books Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Ischemic Stroke PDF

By K. Sartor, A. L. Baert

The imaging of stroke has gone through major adjustments due to the swift growth in imaging know-how. This quantity, comprising 3 elements, is designed to supply a finished precis of the present position of MR imaging in sufferers with ischemic stroke. the 1st half outlines the medical displays of stroke and discusses the diagnostic efficacy and healing effect of MR imaging. the second one and 3rd elements shape the middle of the quantity, and are in keeping with a singular process in that the subject is gifted from very diversified viewpoints. half 2 offers a close presentation of the distinguishing good points of stroke from the radiologist's standpoint. in contrast, half three addresses the wishes of the clinician, documenting particular stroke syndromes and their correlates on MR imaging. the general target has been to create a well-illustrated quantity with vast attraction that hyperlinks pathology, radiology and stroke drugs in an informative manner.

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Download E-books The Gecko's Foot: How Scientists are Taking a Leaf from Nature's Book PDF

By Peter Forbes

A state-of-the-art technological know-how ebook within the kind of ‘Fermat’s final Theorem’ and ‘Chaos’ from an exhilarating and obtainable voice in well known technological know-how writing.

Bio-inspiration is a sort of engineering yet now not within the traditional experience. Extending past our tested and preconceived notions, scientists, architects and engineers are imitating nature by means of production 'wet' fabrics similar to spider silk or the outside of the gecko's foot.

The notable energy of the gecko's foot has lengthy been identified – it might climb a vertical glass wall or even stroll the other way up at the ceiling – yet no principles will be harnessed from it simply because its mechanism couldn't be noticeable with the ability of optical microscopes. lately but the mystery was once solved by way of a group of scientists in Oregon who proven that the mechanism quite is dry, and that it doesn't contain suction, capillary motion or the rest the lay individual may think. every one foot has part one million bristles and every bristle ramifies into hundreds and hundreds of finer spatula-shaped projections. The advantageous scale of the gecko's foot is past the skill of traditional microengineering, yet a staff of nanotechnologists have already made an exceptional preliminary approximation.

The gecko's foot is only one of many examples of this new 'smart' technological know-how. We additionally observe, among different issues, how George de Mestral's brush with the spiny end result of the cocklebur encouraged him to invent Velcro; how the form of leaves commencing from a bud has encouraged the layout of solar-powered satellites; and the parallels among cantilever bridges and the spines of huge mammals resembling the bison.

The new 'smart' technology of Bio-inspiration goes to provide a plethora of goods over the subsequent many years that would remodel our lives, and strength us to examine the realm in a very new method. it really is technological know-how we'll be examining approximately in our papers very quickly; it's the technological know-how of tomorrow's global.

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Download E-books Diamond: The History of a Cold-Blooded Love Affair PDF

By Matthew Hart

For hundreds of years, diamonds have symbolized wealth, status and love; even though, in the back of these symbols lies an international of deceit, monopoly and battle.

Hart follows the diamond path all over the world, from the basement room the place Gabi Tolkowsky, the world's maximum diamond cutter, confronted the 599-carat Centenary diamond, to the fogbound smugglers' paradise of Africa's Diamond Coast. He files the heroic fight of the 24-year outdated lady who chanced on a multibillion buck diamond mine at the Arctic Circle and describes the corporate that feared her such a lot, masterminds of the good and shadowy diamond cartel.

Combining heritage, technology, enterprise, and experience, Diamond captures the essence of this invaluable gem and the area that surrounds it.

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Download E-books The Universe Within: The Deep History of the Human Body PDF

By Neil Shubin

A Kirkus Reviews top Nonfiction e-book of the Year

In The Universe inside of, Neil Shubin unearths the relationship among the evolution of the cosmos and the evolution of the human physique.
Just because the background of the earth is written within the rocks, so too is the universe’s 14-billion-year background written within the human physique. beginning on the smallest point, with our very molecular composition, Shubin explores the query of why we're the means we're, tracing the formation of the planets, the moon, and the globe of Earth during the improvement of the organs, cells, and genes that make up human life.

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Download E-books The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom PDF

We reside within the such a lot ethical interval of our species' background. Best-selling writer Michael Shermer's so much complete and bold publication so far demonstrates how the clinical mind set has made humans, and society as a complete, extra ethical. Ever because the Age of cause and the Enlightenment thinkers consciously utilized the equipment of technology to resolve social and ethical difficulties. The experimental equipment and analytical reasoning of technology created the trendy global of liberal democracies, civil rights and civil liberties, equivalent justice less than the legislations, open political and financial borders, unfastened minds and loose markets, and prosperity the likes of which no human society in heritage has ever loved. extra humans in additional areas have larger rights, freedoms, liberties, literacy, schooling, and prosperity - the likes of which no human society in historical past has ever loved. during this provocative and compelling e-book - that comes with short histories of freedom rights, women's rights, homosexual rights, and animal rights, in addition to issues of the character of evil and ethical regress - Shermer explains how summary reasoning, rationality, empiricism, skepticism - clinical methods of pondering - have profoundly replaced the way in which we understand morality and, certainly, flow us ever in the direction of a extra simply world.

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Download E-books Soul of the World: Unlocking the Secrets of Time PDF

By Christopher Dewdney

Mixing technology with an evocative narrative, Christopher Dewdney takes readers on a desirable trip to the main elusive and fluid of the size mendacity inside human conception: time. As he did with the hours among nightfall and sunrise in conversant in the evening, Dewdney unlocks all of this present day, the next day and the day gone by via his wide-ranging narrative. He indicates how time has been imagined throughout the a while in mythology, philosophy, artwork and technological know-how, answering the questions that experience engaged inquiring minds in view that sooner than recorded background. Why does time move in just one path? Is time commute truly attainable? Why does time pass quicker the better you're from the earth’s floor? Spun out around the seasons of a yr and during encounters with associates, kin and strangers, Soul of the realm bargains amazing insights into the character of time and its effect on us.

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Download E-books The Copernicus Complex: Our Cosmic Significance in a Universe of Planets and Probabilities PDF

Longlisted for the 2015 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary technological know-how Writing Award
Short-listed for Physics World's Book of the Year
The Sunday instances (UK) most sensible technology ebook of 2014
A Publishers Weekly most sensible 10 technological know-how publication of Fall 2014
An NBC information best technological know-how and Tech e-book of 2014
A Politics & Prose 2014 employees Pick

In the 16th century, Nicolaus Copernicus dared to move opposed to the institution by way of featuring that Earth rotates round the solar. Having demoted Earth from its special place within the cosmos to at least one of mediocrity, Copernicus set in movement a revolution in clinical idea. this attitude has stimulated our considering for hundreds of years. in spite of the fact that, contemporary proof demanding situations the Copernican precept, hinting that we do in truth stay in a unique position, at a different time, because the manufactured from a sequence of not likely occasions. yet do we be major if the sunlight remains to be only one of 1000000000 trillion stars within the observable universe? And what if our universe is only one of a large number of others-a unmarried slice of an infinity of parallel realities?

In The Copernicus Complex, the well known astrophysicist Caleb Scharf takes us on a systematic event, from tiny microbes in the Earth to far-off exoplanets, chance concept, and past, arguing that there's a strategy to this contradiction, a 3rd method of viewing our position within the cosmos, if we weigh the facts accurately. As Scharf explains, we do occupy an strange time in a 14-billion-year-old universe, in a slightly strange form of sun method surrounded by means of an ocean of incredible planetary variety: sizzling Jupiters with orbits of below an afternoon, planet-size rocks spinning round lifeless stars, and a wealth of alien super-Earths. but existence here's outfitted from the commonest chemistry within the universe, and we're a photo taken from billions of years of organic evolution. Bringing us to the innovative of clinical discovery, Scharf exhibits how the solutions to basic questions of life will come from embracing the peculiarity of our situation with no denying the Copernican vision.

With attribute verve, Scharf makes use of the newest clinical findings to think again the place we stand within the stability among cosmic importance and mediocrity, order and chaos. providing a compelling and impressive view of our actual prestige, The Copernicus Complex proposes a manner ahead within the final quest: making a choice on life's abundance, not only throughout this universe yet throughout all realities.

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Download E-books Boltzmann's Tomb: Travels in Search of Science PDF

By Bill Green

A choice of the Scientific American e-book club

Recommended by means of MSNBC, Los Angeles Times, & American organization for the development of Science’s SB&F magazine

“This terrific clinical memoir captures the romance and sweetness of study in special poetic prose that's as attractive and evocative as whatever written by means of Rilke, painted by way of Seurat, or performed by means of Casals.” —Mary Doria Russell, writer of Doc and The Sparrow

“A radiant love letter to technological know-how from a scientist with a poet’s soul . . . eco-friendly is a fantastic author, and his fierce concentration and mastery of favor are comparable to the biologist and essayist Lewis Thomas.” —Kirkus Reviews

In Boltzmann’s Tomb, invoice eco-friendly interweaves the tale of his personal lifelong evolution as a scientist, and his paintings within the Antarctic, with a travelogue that may be a own and common background of technology. Like Richard Holmes’ The Age of Wonder—this booklet serves as a fabulous creation to the nice figures of technology. besides lyrical meditations at the tragic lifetime of Galileo, the wildly eccentric Tycho Brahe, and the visionary Sir Isaac Newton, Green’s ruminations go back all through to the lesser-known determine of Ludwig Boltzmann. utilizing Boltzmann’s theories of randomness and entropy as a bigger metaphor for the unpredictable paths that our lives take, eco-friendly indicates us that technological know-how, like artwork, is a lived adventure.

invoice Green is a geochemist and professor emeritus at Miami collage in Oxford, Ohio. he's additionally the writer of Water, Ice & Stone: technological know-how and reminiscence at the Antarctic Lakes which obtained the yank Museum of average History’s John Burroughs Award for Nature Writing, was once a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award, and used to be excerpted in The Ends of the Earth: An Anthology of the best Writing at the Arctic and the Antarctic, edited via Elizabeth Kolbert.

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