Did you know that the popsicle was invented by an eleven-year old who had left his soda water mixture on the porch on a cold winter night? Or that LSD was discovered while trying to produce a drug that would help ease the pain of childbirth. Call them accidents. Call them mistakes. Even serendipity...
In The Book of Time we see how philosophers, religions and scientists have tried to explain time as everything from a perfect cycle to ever-increasing chaos. We see how time works in the natural world and in our own bodies and minds, and how we've tried to measure it - first with calendars, then wit..
Chemistry cast the building blocks of civilisation. The exploitation of fire, the development of pigments, and the smelting of metals all triggered huge human developments and led us from the stone age into the technological era. How the World Works: Chemistry is a wonderful introduction to this ..
"How can a three-pound mass of jelly that you can hold in your palm imagine angels, contemplate the meaning of infinity, and even question its own place in the cosmos?" -V. S. Ramachandran, neuroscientist, 2011How we think, feel, move, remember, imagine, and experience the outside world and our own ..
"It is the function of science to discover the existence of a general reign of order in nature and to find the causes governing this order. And this refers in equal measure to the relations of man - social and political - and to the entire universe as a whole." -Dmitri Mendeleev (1834-1907)All matte..
From the ice-age recordings of moon cycles and the earliest calendars, to modern wristwatches and quantum clocks, time and its effects have always enthralled mankind. This book is a tribute to timekeeping in its many forms and takes in the most significant creations as well as countless time trivia...
"We are buried beneath mountains of fast-accumulating data. In such circumstances, this book, rather than adding to the data load, aims to offer real understanding." -James LovelockHuman beings are extraordinary creatures. Intelligent, agile, and curious, we have adapted and invented our way to beco..
Science is real - and really beautiful. With original illustrations that deftly explain the strange-but-true world of science, Seeing Science offers a curated ride through the great mysteries of the universe. Artist and science fangirl Iris Gottlieb explains neap tides, naked mole rats, whale falls,..