The Scientist As Rebel
Hardcover ISBN: 1590172167
An illuminating collection of essays by an award-winning scientist whom the London Times calls “one of the world’s most original minds.” From Galileo to today’s amateur astronomers, scientists have been rebels, writes Freeman Dyson. Like artists and poets, they are free spirits who resist the restrictions their cultures impose on them. In their pursuit of Nature’s truths, they are guided as much by imagination as by reason, and their greatest theories have the uniqueness and beauty of great works of art. Dyson argues that the best way to understand science is by understanding those who practice it. He tells stories of scientists at work, ranging from Isaac Newton’s absorption in physics, alchemy, theology, and politics, to Ernest Rutherford’s discovery of the structure of the atom, to Albert Einstein’s stubborn hostility to the idea of black holes. His descriptions of brilliant physicists like Edward Teller and Richard Feynman are enlivened by his own reminiscences of them. He looks with a skeptical eye at fashionable scientific fads and fantasies, and speculates on the future of climate prediction, genetic engineering, the colonization of space, and the possibility that paranormal phenomena may exist yet not be scientifically verifiable. Dyson also looks beyond particular scientific questions to reflect on broader philosophical issues, such as the limits of reductionism, the morality of strategic bombing and nuclear weapons, the preservation of the environment, and the relationship between science and religion. These essays, by a distinguished physicist who is also a lovely writer, offer informed insights into the history of science and fresh perspectives on contentious current debates about science, ethics, and faith.
The Great Naturalists
Hardcover ISBN: 0500251398
Traces the story of natural history as reflected by the lives, observations, and discoveries of some of the world's forefront naturalists, including Alexander von Humboldt, Charles Darwin, and Aristotle, in an account that is complemented by lavish paintings and drawings of animals and natural objects.
The New Germ Theory of Disease
Paperback ISBN: 0385721846
The noted biologist and Amherst College professor defends his controversial thesis that most of our worst killers--including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes--are in fact caused by infectious diseases. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.
A Spring Without Bees
How Colony Collapse Disorder Has Endangered Our Food Supply
Hardcover ISBN: 1599214326
A century after the birth of Rachel Carson, the world faces a new environmental disaster, from a chemical similar to DDT. This time the culprit appears to be IMD, or imidacloprid, a relatively new but widely used insecticide in the United States. Many beekeepers and researchers blame IMD for Colony Collapse Disorder, which has wiped out 23% of America’s beehives. Even trace amounts make bees unable to fly back to their hive. Since honeybees are essential to the production of most major food crops, their demise could spell catastrophe. In a riveting, scientific/political detective story, Michael Schacker examines the evidence and offers a plan to save the bees. Like An Inconvenient Truth and Silent Spring, A Spring without Bees is both a powerful cautionary tale and a call to action.
Dispatches from America's Ocean Wilderness
2nd Edition Paperback ISBN: 1578051576
Presents a chronicle of America's maritime history. This work talks about the cultures of those who know the sea in myriad ways, and profiles the efforts by coastal citizens and local governments to restore and protect the health of the oceans in the face of wide-open development along coasts and offshore.
Pathway Analysis and Optimization in Metabolic Engineering
Hardcover ISBN: 0521800382
Written for researchers and advanced students in biology and engineering, this volume introduces the methods of optimizing biochemical systems of biotechnological relevance. It examines the development of strategies for manipulating metabolic pathways, demonstrates the need for effective systems models, and discusses their design and analysis. Torres teaches biochemistry and molecular biology at the Universidad de La Laguna. Voit teaches biometry and epidemiology at the Medical University of South Carolina. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Mold in Dr. Florey's Coat
The Story of the Penicillin Miracle
Hardcover ISBN: 0805067906
The author of Life and Death on 10 West chronicles the fascinating true story of the Oxford scientists who discovered penicillin by experimenting on mold, creating a family of drugs that would eradicate some of the worst diseases in human history. 17,500 first printing.