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Explore the fascinating story of the human race and more than 6 million years of global history in this dynamic visual encyclopedia of world events. Using a compelling narrative format, DK's History unpicks the common threads and forces that have shaped the past and informed the present to show that ours is a history including genes and viruses - not just battles and treaties. This updated and expanded third edition includes coverage of contemporary issues, such as climate change, economic developments, the rise of social media, and more. Richly illustrated and concisely explained, each historical episode is linked to others in "before" and "after" panels that reveal the causes and consequences of the events on the page. Boxes highlight the impact of innovative inventions - the printing press and the steam engine - as well as the defining ideological concepts of the day, including Communism, State Censorship, and Roosevelt's New Deal. Decisive moments - from the Battle of Hastings and the storming of the Bastille to D-day, the building of the Berlin Wall, and 9/11 - are investigated in depth, alongside profiles of major figures, such as Rameses II, Julius Caesar, William Wilberforce, Martin Luther King, and Nelson Mandela. An extensive "National Histories" section separately chronicles the key events of each and every sovereign state in the world, as well as many of their self-governing territories. Thought-provoking and inspiring, and with a fresh, contemporary perspective, History combines fascinating content with stunning images of painting, sculpture, and architecture to create a visual celebration of human achievement and endeavour that deserves a place on every family's bookshelf.
From Galileo's stargazing to quantum teleportation, from Newton's experiments with optics to the splitting of the atom, Schroedinger's Cat tells the story of natural science through fifty of its greatest experiments. Featuring engaging writing and clear explanations, Schroedinger's Cat introduces the reader to the scientific experiments that have changed the world. In each case, the experimental procedure is fully described, and the results and implications are carefully considered, allowing the reader to g ain a strong sense of the process and methodology of scientific investigation.
Follow the story of science and understand the significance of major discoveries and their place in the history of human civilization. Using lavish illustrations and focusing on key scientific moments, Science takes you on a journey through the history of science, picking out every event, invention, experiment, theory, and individual that you need to know. This brand new edition is fully up-to-date and covers everything from ancient Greek geometry to quantum physics, IVF, and global warming. From the dawn of science to the information age, Science also provides biographies of key players in the history of science, including Galileo Galilei, Michael Faraday, Marie Curie, and Alan Turing. Perfect for anyone looking to embark on a journey of discovery and suitable for the whole family, Science is the definitive guide to our remarkable history of science. Previous edition ISBN 9781409383147.
Experimental psychology burst onto the intellectual scene in the middle part of the nineteenth century, radically transforming the way we understand human thought and behavior. Featuring clear explanations and first-rate scholarship, Pavlov's Dog introduces the reader to iconic experiments, including Pavlov's salivating dogs, Bandura's Bobo doll experiments, Milgram's obedience studies and Zimbardo's classic Stanford prison experiment. In each case, context, procedure, results and implications are carefully considered, allowing the reader to gain a strong sense of psychology as a living, breathing endeavour.
Full of incredible tales of achievement and ingenuity, Engineers celebrates the greatest engineers that ever lived and the stamp they have left on our world. Learn all about how engineering projects have changed the course of history and added to human progress, from those who built the Great Pyramid in Egypt to the Industrial Revolution and beyond. Discover the impressive structures of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the first forays into space travel, and the pioneering computer scientists of today. From initial concepts to prototypes and finished designs, Engineers is full to bursting with technical drawings, specially commissioned artworks, blueprints and virtual tours that help bring engineering's greatest structures, inventions and technological breakthroughs to life.
`I have been ill and frightfully bored and the one thing I have wanted is a big album of your absurd beautiful drawings to turn over. You give me a peculiar pleasure of the mind like nothing else in the world.' - H. G. Wells to W. Heath Robinson (1914) This book takes a nostalgic look back to the imaginative and often frivolous world of William Heath Robinson, one of the few artists to have given his name to the English language. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the expression Heath Robinson is used to describe `any absurdly ingenious and impracticable device of the kind illustrated by this artist'. Yet his elaborate drawings of contraptions are not the only thing to make this book very Heath Robinson. Full of quirky images from Romans wearing polka dots to balding men seducing mermaids, Very Heath Robinson presents an unconventional history of the world in which technology and its social setting get equal billing.
Adam Hart Davis has interviewed some of the most influential scientists and thinkers of our time. In this fascinating insight into modern science he presents the stories behind the science, the difficulties behind the discoveries and the future of the findings, as explained by the people themselves.
Adam Hart Davis talks with:
Jocelyn Bell Burnell (Bath, UK)
Sir Michael Berry (Bristol, UK)
Colleen Cavanaugh (Harvard, US)
Richard Dawkins (Oxford, UK) .
Loren Graham (MIT, US)
Richard Gregory (Bristol, UK)
Eric Lander (MIT, US)
Lord May of Oxford (UK)
John Maynard Smith (Sussex, UK)
Rosalind Picard (MIT, US)
Peter Raven (St Louis, US)
Sir Martin Rees (Cambridge, UK)
Eugenie Scott (Oakland, US)
Lewis Wolpert (UCL, UK)
The String Book opens with a note about an 8,000-year-old piece of string that was found at a Stone Age settlement in England, about which the editor of British Archaeology said, 'I don't think the average person realizes what an important piece of technology string has been over the ages.' The String Book is here to set that right. What the author calls a 'cornucopia of cunning and knowledge' fills this informative and charming collection of history, knot instruction, facts and surprising trivia. The chapters and sections are: * Roping Yarns Knowing the Ropes; Stringing History; String, Rope and Religions; * String Along Day-to-Day String; String Fanatics; * Get Knotted 40 stoppers, reefs, bends, hitches, loops, whippings and shoelacings; * The Art of String Cultured String; Sporty String; * Loopy Science Discoveries and Inventions; Stringy Theories; * Country Ties On Land; At Sea; * Loose Ends String Miscellany; Stringy Websites. Amusing two-colour illustrations highlight the text. Here are examples of the stringiness in The String Book: * The Ancient Egyptians probably used string to help align pyramids north-south and east-west. The Polynesians possibly used rope to move the Easter Island moai statues into place. * To water plants while you're away, trail a piece of wet natural string from a bowl above the plants into the soil. * Farmer Francis A. Johnson spared four hours a day to wind a ball of string until he needed a crane to move it. * The great 15th-century inventor Leonardo da Vinci had many ropey inventions, including a parachute, a ropemaking machine, and rope-operated pulleys. * How to do magic tricks, how to tie a Hojojutsu ball, how to weigh a pig, and how to make a seismograph, a cat's cradle, a friendship bracelet, and a jar sling to carry your bottle of water. This is a fun and surprisingly informative book that is a great gift for any reader.
A dictionary of all things lavatorial, from the Abbot of St Albans (allegedly the first Englishman to have a W.C., c. 1115) to the zero-gravity loo (as featured in the film 2001: a Space Odyssey), by way of the dog toilet, the night-soil men who took away the sewage in the streets and the superloo, successor to the pissoir. Meticulously researched and packed with information (as well as plenty of humour), this is a book that everyone should keep by their loo.
For more than five years, Adam Hart-Davis travelled the length and breadth of Britain, bringing to life in his TV series, "Local Heroes", pioneers of science, invention and technology. This book presents 100 of the best stories: ingenious or odd, different or daft, but always entertaining.
This recollection by much-admired author and presenter Adam Hart-Davis takes the reader on a fascinating tour of an altogether different kind--a whirlwind tour of the history and mysteries of urine. The scientific aspects are presented in the author's own clear and engaging style, filled with the charm of someone who clearly loves his subject. A humorous, compulsive assortment of tales surrounding everyone from Marilyn Monroe to the Victorians, "Taking the Piss" also reveals exciting discoveries about an area with which we are all passingly familiar.
Adam Hart-Davis vividly recreates the story of the Eddystone Lighthouse, the character of the man who built it, and the power of the elements that finally destroyed them both.
Adam Hart-Davis, one of the nations favourite TV presenters, returns to our screens with a tour through the Top Ten developments of each of the great civilisations of the past. From the Egyptians to the Romans, Babylonians to the Arabs, Adam takes us on an epic history of the world, looking at some of the great legacies left to us by ancient cultures. What the Past Did For Us accompanies a major 9-part new format autumn show, in which Adam is the anchorman who leads us through the history of inventions while testing some of these in the studio. The accompanying book is an entertainingly written history of ancient cultures, capturing Adams enthusiasm for the subject. Adam tells the story of the Chinese inventors who came up with the mariners compass, paper money and gunpowder right through to the Ancient Indians who, according to Einstein taught us how to count as well as giving us the 12-month calendar year and 7-day week.
From frescoes to fast food, bridges to bikinis, the Romans brought us a variety of innovations that changed the landscape of Britain and the lifestyle of its inhabitants for ever. The Romans were mass-producers, capitalists and bureaucrats who during their 400-year stay in Britain built dozens of towns and miles of roads, leaving a fascinating and complex legacy that forms the basis of much of our technology today.
Based on the BBC series of the same name, presented by Adam Hart-Davis, " What The Romans Did For Us" investigates the innovations that Romans brought to our shores and assesses their considerable impact on our lives. It features demonstrations and reconstructions of extraordinary Roman devices, and provides an alternative, dynamic history of the people that transformed Britain.
'The irrespressible Adam Hart-Davis.... has the energy and ingenuity to match the Romans...' "Radio Times "
'What makes any programme to do with Adam Hart-Davis fascinating is that he doesn't just tell you things... he actually gets his feet wet.' " The Times"
Why does a ball bounce? Why does a balloon burst? How can a stone move on its own? Television scientist and historian Adam Hart-Davis brings you the answers to 100 essential questions about life, the universe and everything, fully illustrated with his own superb colour photographs. A passionate scientist, Adam's aim is to make complex ideas as easy to understand as possible, and his photographs are stunning in their simplicity: from spiders' webs to water drops, from sparks from a plug to a match igniting - you can see science in action and close up.
In this indispensable beginner's guide to the Cosmos, Adam Hart-Davis brings us the latest news from the outer reaches of the universe. By travelling the world to interview scientists at the sharp end of astronomical research - and visiting some of the largest scientific machines ever built - Adam reveals the current attempts to solve some of the most profound questions ever asked. How close are we to finding extraterrestrial life in our own solar system? Will we ever discover what happened in the very instant of creation itself - the Big Bang? What is the ultimate fate of the universe? Adam reports from the places where missions are launched, vast experiments are conducted, and new galaxies discovered. Using sketches and photos, he demonstrates in his own inimitable way what we can do to prevent an asteroid smashing into Earth, how we can detect exoplanets, and what aliens might see if they were watching our television signals. He shows us the workings of spacecraft and instruments, and explains how the latest findings have advanced our knowledge of how the universe ticks. Accompanying a six-part series on BBC2, The Cosmos - A Beginner's Guide takes us on a mind-bending journey to the edge of the Universe and the frontier of our understanding of our mysterious Cosmos.
"Everything you need to know about the greatest mystery in the universe."
"The Book of Time" is a complete guide to one of the most important, paradoxical and truly mind-bending subjects there is. It explores every aspect of time, including how it works in the natural world and in our bodies, its significance in religion and philosophy, how we measure it and how it has been essential to our scientific understanding of the universe and everything in it.
Five sections of insightful text, color photographs and sidebars call on social and political history, science, religion, philosophy, psychology, physics, astronomy, commerce and the natural world to explore time from different perspectives, such as: How time has been perceived through history, and why a minute can seem like an hour or an hour can seem like a second How our experience of time is linked to the natural world -- the sun, the moon, the tides, the seasons When, why and how humans organized time into calendars, time zones and other arbitrary categories How humans have measured time mechanically, from primitive water clocks and sundials to atomic clocks How time is central to our quest to understand the universe and everything in it, including time travel and other unsolved mysteries.
Time can be billions of years or billionths of a second, but it is always passing ... Or is it? "The Book of Time" is a fascinating account of a universal mystery.
During the Victorian era, industrial and economic growth led to a
phenomenal rise in productivity and invention. That spirit of
creativity and ingenuity was reflected in the massive expansion in
scope and complexity of many scientific disciplines during this
time, with subjects evolving rapidly and the creation of many new
disciplines. The subject of mathematics was no exception and many
of the advances made by mathematicians during the Victorian period
are still familiar today; matrices, vectors, Boolean algebra,
histograms, and standard deviation were just some of the
innovations pioneered by these mathematicians.
On 26 November 1703, during the worst storm that Britain had ever seen, Henry Winstanley died in his pioneering lighthouse as it was blown apart. He had defied incredible odds to build the first Eddystone Lighthouse in 1698, saving the lives of many sailors from the fate of the thousands who previously died upon the rocks. The Great Gale not only destroyed the man and his lighthouse, but also saw complete devastation throughout the land. And at sea, some 8000 sailors were drowned that night, within yards of the land. Winstanley was an ingenious man. He owned a house of gadgets which was one of London's foremost attractions for decades. In 1695, two of his five ships were lost on Eddystone. He was determined that no more ships should founder and, though thwarted by weather and politics, he built a lighthouse, the first of its kind. It survived terrible winters and withstood devastating storms, guiding ships away from the treacherous rocks that lay ahead with its dim candlelight. After the great storm it was as if the lighthouse had never been. Ultimately, Winstanley's lighthouse led to the building of others on the Eddystone rocks and beyond, thus transforming the safety of shipping. This illustrated work vividly recreates the story of the Eddystone Lighthouse, the character of the man who built it with grim determination fighting against all odds, and the power of the elements that finally destroyed them both.
Discover how the world's greatest inventions work in this funny and accessible novelty book by inventions expert, Adam Hart-Davis. If you've ever wondered why the pencil came into existence, or how a steam engine works, or when we started using flushing toilets, this book has all the answers. Based on seven key areas of invention, Adam Hart-Davis tells the stories behind steam power, lighting, toilets, clocks, communication, bikes and flight, and how they are still relevant to our world today.
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