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The Fishy Smiths - A Biography Of JLB & Margaret Smith (Paperback): Mike Bruton The Fishy Smiths - A Biography Of JLB & Margaret Smith (Paperback)
Mike Bruton
R290 R232 Discovery Miles 2 320 Save R58 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The discovery of the modern-day coelacanth will forever be linked with the name of JLB Smith. An intense, irascible, eccentric man, JLB (as he was widely known) and his long-suffering wife Margaret were both remarkable South African scientists who changed the course of the biological sciences.

Best known for their research on the coelacanth, they also contributed in many other ways to the scientific study of fishes (ichthyology) and related fields.

  • The first comprehensive biography about JLB and Margaret Smith.
  • Traces their formative years and serendipitous meeting, leading up to the discovery of the coelacanth, and the tumultuous years that followed.
  • Details their punitive work ethic, eccentric and rugged lifestyle, and their astonishingly productive lives.
  • A story awash with adventure, travel, discovery, risk-taking, near-death experiences – and their extraordinary contribution to science.

Illustrated with black-and-white images of the Smiths’ fascinating lives, as well as a 16-page colour section, Mike Bruton’s lively account fills a scientific and biographical niche and will become a classic of the South African scene.

The Annotated Old Fourlegs - The Updated Story of the Coelacanth (Paperback): Mike Bruton The Annotated Old Fourlegs - The Updated Story of the Coelacanth (Paperback)
Mike Bruton
R350 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R70 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

When the famous South African fish scientist Professor JLB Smith published Old Fourlegs - The Story of the Coelacanth in 1956 he created an international sensation. After all, this 400-million-year-old fish, known only from fossil remains, was thought to have become extinct around 66 million years ago! JLB Smith’s dramatic account of the discovery of the first and second coelacanths in 1938 and 1952 turned him into a cult figure and put South African science on the world map. His book was eventually published in six English editions and translated into nine foreign languages.

Mike Bruton’s The Annotated Old Fourlegs includes a facsimile reprint of the original book, to which he has added notes and images in the margins that provide an interesting and revealing commentary on Smith’s text, as well as new introductory and explanatory chapters that bring the coelacanth story up to date.

What a great idea! - Awesome South African inventions (Hardcover): Mike Bruton What a great idea! - Awesome South African inventions (Hardcover)
Mike Bruton
R295 R244 Discovery Miles 2 440 Save R51 (17%) View more sellers Ships in 5 - 10 working days

This is the ultimate book on South African innovations and inventions that every South African should own. It is crammed with information on the awesome variety of new products and services that South Africans, at home and abroad, have invented from pre-colonial times to the present. Written in a highly readable style and richly illustrated, it will astonish, surprise and inspire you! Everything from Wadley’s Loop to Musk’s Hyperloop, Louis Liebenberg’s Cybertracker to the unique Africanis dog, the first computerised ticketing system in the world to the world’s first digital laser. Read about dozens of items that we use every day but which had very humble beginnings. Did you know that the machine that was used to drill the tunnels for the first underground railway in England was invented by a South African, or that the first ‘computers’ in South Africa were women calculators working at the Royal Observatory in Cape Town? Everyone knows that the Kreepy Krawly, Pratley’s Putty, Dolos, CATscanner and Thawte Internet Security System were invented in South Africa, but what about the Sheffel Bogie, Oil of Olay, Q20, Policansky fishing reels, Lodox low-dose X-ray machine, Waste Shark, Wind-up Pulse Oximeters, Lithium ion batteries, DryBath, Acesco Breast Imaging System, and components of the SALT and SKA telescopes? Meet the new generation of South African inventors and innovators, including Brian Steinhobel, Mulalo Doyoyo, Jacques Blom, Elon Musk, Viness Pillay, Kelly Shibale, Tebello Nyokong, Gregory Maqoma, Kiara Nirghin, Tony Budden and Ludwick Marishane, and hear what they have to say about the climate for innovation in South Africa. Historic photographs, fascinating anecdotes and illuminating case studies light up the text and make it read like a detective novel. This book clearly shows that South Africans have punched well above their weight in international circles – now you have the opportunity to become an expert on what we have achieved through the ages.

Fishes of the Okavango Delta & Chobe River, Botswana (Paperback): Mike Bruton Fishes of the Okavango Delta & Chobe River, Botswana (Paperback)
Mike Bruton
R190 R152 Discovery Miles 1 520 Save R38 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

A comprehensive guide to the freshwater fishes of the Okavango Delta and Chobe River, this book offers background information on the diverse aquatic habitats of the region and on fish feeding, breeding and survival strategies. It also provides useful hints for anglers. The species entries describe each fish in detail, with key ID points and information on habits and occurrence. Each account is accompanied by a colour illustration or photograph. The book concludes with information on how best to utilise and conserve the fishes of the delta system and Chobe River.

This is the only such guide to fishes of the region and will be invaluable to local and visiting fishermen, naturalists, conservationists, as well as the many tourists who visit this spectacular African paradise.

The Amazing Coelacanth (Paperback): Mike Bruton The Amazing Coelacanth (Paperback)
Mike Bruton
R130 R104 Discovery Miles 1 040 Save R26 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

In 1938 a 400-million-year-old fish - known only from fossil remains and thought to have become extinct around 66 million years ago - was discovered living off the shores of southern Africa.

This fascinating book for younger readers tells the story of the coelacanth - what it is, what makes it special, how it was discovered, where it evolved, how it gives live birth, how and what it eats, and what eats it! With multiple illustrations and photographs and interesting text, this book will be an inspiration to a new generation of ichthyologists, palaeontologists, divers, and anyone with an interest in the natural world.

Great South African Inventions (Paperback): Mike Bruton Great South African Inventions (Paperback)
Mike Bruton
R265 Discovery Miles 2 650 Out of stock

Did you know that the Dolos, Kreepy Krauly and Pratley Putty are all famous South African inventions? This fascinating book is a collection of the groundbreaking achievements of South African inventors and innovators from ancient to modern day.

From the use of traditional plants to the latest developments in space and computer technology, it explores a wide range of remarkable inventions that have shaped South Africa, Africa and the world.

How many South African inventions or inventors can you name? Intriguing South African inventions include remarkable devices and services that have improved the quality of life for people, saved thousands of lives, contributed to the advancement of science and astronomy, and made strides in industrial innovation.

This book also looks at the fascinating lives of the inventors themselves, some of whom are Nobel Prize winners and the struggles they faced in achieving success. Clear, feature and information boxes present further interesting facts about these great South African inventors and their inventions.

The Annotated Old Fourlegs - The Updated Story of the Coelacanth (Paperback): Mike Bruton The Annotated Old Fourlegs - The Updated Story of the Coelacanth (Paperback)
Mike Bruton
R652 R596 Discovery Miles 5 960 Save R56 (9%) Out of stock

The latest episode in the greatest fish discovery ever made The appearance of the Coelacanth was like a gigantic tidal wave which washed me violently from my path, held me in its grip, carried me along, and set my feet on a quest that dominated some of the best years of my life.--JLB Smith, Old Fourlegs: The Story of the Coelacanth When scientist JLB Smith published Old Fourlegs: The Story of the Coelacanth in 1956, he created an international sensation. A dramatic account of the discovery of a creature thought to have been extinct for 65 million years, the book brought science into the living rooms of thousands. It was published in six English editions and translated into ten foreign languages. The Annotated Old Fourlegs brings this incredible story back to life for today's readers. Smith's famous account begins with the finding of a strange fish off the coast of South Africa by a local fisherman. As large as a person, the fish had fins like arms and vicious snapping jaws. Smith became certain that what had been caught was the legendary coelacanth, previously known only through fossils. The book follows Smith's obsessive drive to track down other specimens and to learn more about this extraordinary fish that has lived on Earth from the era of the dinosaurs to modern times. The Annotated Old Fourlegs features a facsimile reprint of the original book with extensive margin notes, providing insights on JLB Smith, updates on coelacanth research, and comments on the coelacanth's influence on contemporary culture. Mike Bruton, an ichthyologist who has dedicated his life to continuing the pioneering studies begun by Smith, provides a new introduction and concluding chapters that bring the coelacanth story up to date.

The Four-Legged Fish South African edition (Paperback, Reissue): Mike Bruton The Four-Legged Fish South African edition (Paperback, Reissue)
Mike Bruton; Illustrated by Bennie Kruger
R152 Discovery Miles 1 520 Out of stock

Cambridge Reading Routes is a reading programme for the first seven years of schooling in South Africa.

Oceans South African edition (Paperback, 1st Ed): Mike Bruton Oceans South African edition (Paperback, 1st Ed)
Mike Bruton
R130 Discovery Miles 1 300 Out of stock

Cambridge Reading Routes is a reading programme for the first seven years of schooling in South Africa.

Insects -  South African Edition (Paperback, 1st Ed): Mike Bruton Insects - South African Edition (Paperback, 1st Ed)
Mike Bruton
R130 Discovery Miles 1 300 Out of stock

Cambridge Reading Routes is a reading programme for the first seven years of schooling in South Africa.

Oceans Big book SA edition (Big book, 1st Ed): Mike Bruton Oceans Big book SA edition (Big book, 1st Ed)
Mike Bruton
R340 Discovery Miles 3 400 Out of stock

Cambridge Reading Routes is a reading programme for the first seven years of schooling in South Africa.

A Friend for the King and Other Stories PRP Chitonga version (Paperback): Joanna Troughton, Geoffrey Tambulukani, Roseby... A Friend for the King and Other Stories PRP Chitonga version (Paperback)
Joanna Troughton, Geoffrey Tambulukani, Roseby Musuku, Francis Sampa, Mike Bruton; Translated by …
R55 Discovery Miles 550 Out of stock
A Friend for the King and Other Stories PRP Cinyanja version (Paperback): Joanna Troughton, Geoffrey Tambulukani, Roseby... A Friend for the King and Other Stories PRP Cinyanja version (Paperback)
Joanna Troughton, Geoffrey Tambulukani, Roseby Musuku, Francis Sampa, Mike Bruton; Translated by …
R55 Discovery Miles 550 Out of stock
A Friend for the King and Other Stories PRP English version (Paperback): Joanna Troughton, Geoffrey Tambulukani, Roseby Musuku,... A Friend for the King and Other Stories PRP English version (Paperback)
Joanna Troughton, Geoffrey Tambulukani, Roseby Musuku, Francis Sampa, Mike Bruton
R54 Discovery Miles 540 Out of stock
A Friend for the King and Other Stories PRP Icibemba version (Paperback): Joanna Troughton, Geoffrey Tambulukani, Roseby... A Friend for the King and Other Stories PRP Icibemba version (Paperback)
Joanna Troughton, Geoffrey Tambulukani, Roseby Musuku, Francis Sampa, Mike Bruton; Translated by …
R20 Discovery Miles 200 Out of stock
A Friend for the King and Other Stories PRP Kiikaonde version (Paperback): Joanna Troughton, Geoffrey Tambulukani, Roseby... A Friend for the King and Other Stories PRP Kiikaonde version (Paperback)
Joanna Troughton, Geoffrey Tambulukani, Roseby Musuku, Francis Sampa, Mike Bruton; Translated by …
R55 Discovery Miles 550 Out of stock
A Friend for the King and Other Stories PRP Lunda version (Paperback): Joanna Troughton, Geoffrey Tambulukani, Roseby Musuku,... A Friend for the King and Other Stories PRP Lunda version (Paperback)
Joanna Troughton, Geoffrey Tambulukani, Roseby Musuku, Francis Sampa, Mike Bruton; Translated by …
R55 Discovery Miles 550 Out of stock
A Friend for the King and Other Stories PRP Luvale version (Paperback): Joanna Troughton, Geoffrey Tambulukani, Roseby Musuku,... A Friend for the King and Other Stories PRP Luvale version (Paperback)
Joanna Troughton, Geoffrey Tambulukani, Roseby Musuku, Francis Sampa, Mike Bruton; Translated by …
R55 Discovery Miles 550 Out of stock
A Friend for the King and Other Stories PRP Silozi version (Paperback): Joanna Troughton, Geoffrey Tambulukani, Roseby Musuku,... A Friend for the King and Other Stories PRP Silozi version (Paperback)
Joanna Troughton, Geoffrey Tambulukani, Roseby Musuku, Francis Sampa, Mike Bruton; Translated by …
R50 Discovery Miles 500 Out of stock
When I Was A Fish - Tales Of An Ichthyologist (Paperback): Mike Bruton When I Was A Fish - Tales Of An Ichthyologist (Paperback)
Mike Bruton
R585 Discovery Miles 5 850 Out of stock

He became obsessed with fish during his early childhood and carried this passion with him throughout his career. Mike Bruton was born in the town where the first living coelacanth was discovered and studied at Rhodes University in South Africa at the same time as the great ichthyologist, Professor JLB Smith, who described ‘old fourlegs’. He subsequently became Director of the Ichthyology Institute established in Smith’s name and pioneered searches for the coelacanth off the coast of southern Africa and in the Western Indian Ocean using the German research submersible, ‘Jago’. Together with colleagues from South Africa, the USA, Canada and Germany he made many new discoveries on the biology of this extraordinary fish and campaigned internationally for its conservation.

Mike’s research on the freshwater fish of Africa and the Middle East lead to entanglements with crocodiles, hippopotami, giant snakes and military operations but also allowed him to contribute to international efforts to conserve wetlands and endangered species. He also made major contributions to our understanding of the ways in which fish are adapted to their watery environments and how they made that epic evolutionary transition from water onto land.

Whether or not you are a fisherman, aquarist or sushi eater, you will be fascinated by these astonishing tales of a man who almost became a fish!

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