Physics

Author: Tom Jackson
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ISBN: 098532306X
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In the fourth book in the successful Ponderable series, here is the essential guide to physics, an authoritative reference book and timeline that examines the foundations upon which all scientific knowledge rests. Without physics, everything else- from astronomy to zoology- would be a meaningless conjecture. Follow physics through the ages as great scientists, such as Thales, Galilio, Feynman, and many others, gradually unpick the fabric of the universe to reveal an array of fundmental forces, intangible particles and indestructible energy. Today, physics discoveries made headline news as we confirm the fresh mysteries of the Higg boson, supersymmetry, and dark energy.

Philosophy

Author: Tom Jackson
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ISBN: 0985323078
Size: 10.17 MB
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Presents a history of philosophy chronologically organized, offering descriptions of the "schools" of philosophy and brief profiles of notable philosophers.

The Brain

Author: Tom Jackson
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ISBN: 0985323086
Size: 19.36 MB
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Here is the essential guide to the human brain, an authoritative reference book and timeline that examines the three pounds of matter inside our heads that does all our thinking for us. With 100 billion nerve cells joined by thousands more to every corner of the body, the brain is wired together with 100 trillion connections. That makes each and every human brain a contender for the most complex system in the universe, endowing us with an intellect that far outstrips any other creature. However, one difficult question remains: Are we intelligent enough to understand our own brains? Follow the journey as history's greatest brains, including Avicenna, Thomas Willis, Charles Darwin, and Paul Broca, try to figure it out by linking structure to function. How does the brain control the body, make sense of our surroundings, and allow us to understand, empathize with, and love other people--and their brains? And how does it create that most mysterious feature of the universe, consciousness? 100 chronological articles tell the story of neuroscience from the dawn of history to the present day. Authoritative text, exciting imagery, and helpful diagrams accompany each of the steps along the way. Biographies of great neuroscientists and a functional map of the brain boost the content for all readers. This simple guide to neuroscience draws together current understanding and sets out the basics of the field. A 24-page removable foldout concertina neatly housed at the back of the book includes a 12-page Timeline History of the Brain and 12 pages of optical illusions that demonstrate how our view of the world comes entirely from the brain--which can sometimes be fooled.

Mathematics

Author: Tom Jackson
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ISBN: 0985323043
Size: 11.87 MB
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Presents the history of mathematics, from the inception of counting and positional notation to the development of such disciplines as geometry, algebra, group theory, and string theory.

The Elements

Author: Tom Jackson
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ISBN: 0985323035
Size: 16.16 MB
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Covering one hundred scientific breakthroughs, presents a history of the periodic table, traces the discovery of the elements, discusses the life and works of the great chemists, and poses questions alongside developments in culture, world events, and invention.

Chilled

Author: Tom Jackson
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781472911421
Size: 20.43 MB
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The refrigerator. This white box that sits in the kitchen may seem mundane nowadays, but it is one of the wonders of 20th century science – life-saver, food-preserver and social liberator, while the science of refrigeration is crucial, not just in transporting food around the globe but in a host of branches on the scientific tree. Refrigerators, refrigeration and its discovery and applications provides the remarkable and eye-opening backdrop to Chilled, the story of how science managed to rewrite the rules of food, and how the technology whirring behind every refrigerator is at play, unseen, in a surprisingly broad sweep of modern life. Part historical narrative, part scientific mystery-lifter, Chilled looks at the ice-pits of Persia (Iranians still call their fridge the 'ice-pit'), reports on a tug of war between 16 horses and the atmosphere, bears witness to ice harvests on the Regents Canal, and shows how bleeding sailors demonstrated to ship's doctors that heat is indestructible, featuring a cast of characters such as the Ice King of Boston, Galileo, Francis Bacon, and the ostracised son of a notorious 18th-century French traitor. As people learned more about what cold actually was, scientists invented machines for making it, with these first used in earnest to chill Australian lager. The principles behind those white boxes in the kitchen remain the same today, but refrigeration is not all about food – for example, a refrigerator is needed to make soap, penicillin or orange squash; without it, IVF would be impossible. Refrigeration technology has also been crucial in some of the most important scientific breakthroughs of the last 100 years, from the discovery of superconductors to the search for the Higgs boson. And the fridge will still be pulling the strings behind the scenes as teleporters and intelligent computer brains turn our science-fiction vision of the future into fact.