Magic Universe: A Grand Tour of Modern Science

Paperback | November 15, 2005

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This is a marvellously engaging tour covering the whole of modern science, from transgenic crops to quantum tangles. Written by one of the most experienced and well-known names in science writing, it is also assuredly reliable science. Although arranged for convenience and quick reference as acollection of topics in alphabetical order, it is very different from any conventional encyclopedia. Each topic tells a story, making the book eminently browsable. Packed with information, yet carrying its immense learning lightly, this is a book that would appeal to anyone with the slightestinterest in how the world works.

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This is a marvellously engaging tour covering the whole of modern science, from transgenic crops to quantum tangles. Written by one of the most experienced and well-known names in science writing, it is also assuredly reliable science. Although arranged for convenience and quick reference as acollection of topics in alphabetical order,...

Nigel Calder is a long-established and widely known science writer, and a former Editor of lNew Scientist.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:768 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.66 inPublished:November 15, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192806696

ISBN - 13:9780192806697

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INTRODUCTION: Welcome to the spider's webOver 130 articles, from...ALCOHOL: Genetic revelations of when yeast invented boozeALTRUISM AND AGGRESSION: Looking for the origins of those human alternativesANTIMATTER: Does the coat that Sakharov made really explain its absence?ARABIDOPSIS: The modest weed that gave plant scientists the big pictureASTRONAUTICS: Will interstellar pioneers be overtaken by their grandchildren?BERNAL'S LADDER: PointersBIG BANG: The inflationary Universe's sleight-of-handBIODIVERSITY: The mathematics of co-existenceBIOLOGICAL CLOCKS: Molecular machinery that governs life's routinesBIOSPHERE FROM SPACE: 'I want to do the whole world'BITS AND QUBITS: The digital world and its looming quantum shadowBLACK HOLES: The awesome engines of quasars and active galaxiesBRAIN IMAGES: What do all the vivid movies really mean?BRAIN RHYTHMS: The mathematics of the beat we think toBRAIN WIRING: How do all those nerve connections know where to go?BUCKYBALLS AND NANOTUBES: Doing very much more with very much less...to...SMALLPOX: The dairymaid's blessing and the general's curseSOLAR WIND: How it creates the heliosphere in which we liveSPACE WEATHER: Why it is now more troublesome than in the old daysSPARTICLES: A wished-for superworld of exotic matter and forcesSPEECH: A gene that makes us more eloquent than chimpanzeesSTARBURSTS: Galactic traffic accidents and stellar baby boomsSTARS: Hearing them sing and sizing them upSTEM CELLS: Tissue engineering, natural and medicalSUN'S INTERIOR: How sound waves made our mother star transparentSUPERATOMS, SUPERFLUIDS AND SUPERCONDUCTORS: The march of the boson armiesSUPERSTRINGS: Retuning the cosmic imaginationTIME MACHINES: The biggest issue in contemporary physics?TRANSGENIC CROPS: For better or worse, a planetary experiment has begunTREE OF LIFE: Promiscuous bacteria and the course of evolutionUNIVERSE: 'It must have known we were coming'VOLCANIC EXPLOSIONS: Where will the next big one be?

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`In this compendium he deals seriously yet entertainingly with just about every sicientific subject you can imagine, and many that you cannot...a solid reference source for many years to come.'Independent Review