Science & Nature
My Beloved Brontosaurus
On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs
Brian Switek, a National Geographic columnist and lifelong dinosaur enthusiast, has woven memories from his own fossil-quest with explanations of the latest palaeontological research into such intriguing topics as dinosaurs’ sex lives, their ability to hear and the prevalence of feathers on their bodies. He also considers why we still yearn for the titular Brontosaurus despite its second ‘extinction’ when it became the Apatosaurus through taxonomic reclassification.
Great Victorian Discoveries
Astounding Revelations and Misguided Assumptions
The 19th century saw great breakthroughs in every field of enquiry. Discoveries were eagerly described in the popular press of the day but limited understanding sometimes led to wild and colourful theories. This book, drawn from editions of Cassell's Family Magazine, explores the innovations and advances reported between 1875 and 1895 in subjects ranging from microscopic organisms and the fossil record to the meaning of the apparent canals on Mars.
Another Day in the Death of America
Saturday, 23 November 2013: across the cities and suburbs of the USA, ten young people are killed by gunfire. None of these deaths made the national news – it was just an ordinary day. In ten moving chapters – one for each victim – this powerful book explores the lives they lived and lost, from an eleven-year-old boy shot dead by a friend at a rural sleepover to a teenage gang member murdered on Chicago’s South Side.
You Are Here
Around the World in 92 Minutes
During the 2,597 orbits he made on the International Space Station, astronaut Chis Hadfield took 45,000 photographs of the Earth. In this edited collection of images, Hadfield creates a single, ‘virtual orbit’ of our planet, capturing close-up detail of six continents. From the scorched-red ripples of the Australian outback to the pixelated farmland of California’s San Joaquin Valley, his work reveals visual patterns and abstractions created by climate, geological processes, farming, urbanization and, disturbingly, deforestation.
Emotion, Reason and The Human Brain
This groundbreaking book by a leading neurologist concerns ‘the brain science of emotion’ and ‘its implications for decision-making in general and social behaviour in particular’. Published in 1994, it continues to attract the attention of neuro-scientists, philosophers and the general public with its proposal that reasoning evolved as an extension of the automatic emotional system, and emotion plays multiple roles in the reasoning process.
The Annotated Flatland
A Romance of Many Dimensions
In 1884 the celebrated English clergyman and teacher Edwin A Abbott published Flatland, a delightful satirical tale which introduced Victorian readers to the radical idea of a fourth dimension. Ian Stewart's extensively annotated edition of the book makes the text accessible to the modern reader, not only explaining the mathematics needed to understand A Square's sojourn in The Land of Three Dimensions but also giving information about references to Victorian culture and Abbott's intellectual circle.
A History of Paleontology Illustration
Jane P Davidson brings an art historian’s eye to the development of scientific illustration since the 15th century, focusing on the ways in which artists and paleontologists have collaborated to produce drawings of fossils and reconstructions of prehistoric plants and animals. The author considers how such work is influenced by the desire for detail and accuracy, and asks whether there is an artistic theory or aesthetics of style unique to this type of illustration.
The inhospitable atmosphere and violent climate on Mars have not prevented numerous space probes and orbiters from visiting the planet over the last 50 years, their data-gathering abilities growing ever more sophisticated. From the successful Mariner and Viking programs of the 60s and 70s, to human missions in planning today, this book charts the history of Martian exploration and its prodigious challenges, listing key scientific discoveries alongside striking images of the Red Planet from space and the ground.