And the Road to Magna Carta
On the death of Richard I in 1199, his brother John took possession of the vast Angevin lands in England and France. By the time of his own death in 1215, King John had lost control of the continental lordships, England was facing invasion, and his English subjects had confronted him with the Magna Carta. Church's study of John approaches the king as a man ill-suited to his position of power, who came to be seen by his contemporaries as a tyrant.
The Women Behind the Wars of the Roses
The Wars of the Roses that convulsed 15th-century England sprang from a family quarrel as fraught and intimate as any before or since. It is often viewed in terms of its male protagonists but, as this rich, epic history makes clear, women played a key role, among them the Yorkist matriarch Cecily Neville; Margaret of Anjou, formidable wife of the mad King Henry VI; and Margaret Beaufort, whose ambition for her son ushered in the Tudor dynasty.
The Jazz of Physics
The Secret Link Between Music and the Structure of the Universe
Stephon Alexander deftly employs the analogy of music, particularly jazz and hip hop, to explain difficult concepts in modern physics and cosmology, including black hole event horizons, Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle and the nature of the universe itself. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Einstein's Dice and Schrodinger's Cat
How Two Great Minds Battled Quantum Randomness to Create a Unified Theory of Physics
Both Einstein and Schrödinger disagreed with the orthodox ‘Copenhagen interpretation’ of quantum theory, which posits the impossibility of determining a particle’s position and momentum at the same time, instead believing a deterministic solution was possible via a ‘unified field theory’. This biographical account of their numerous attempts at a theory follows the evolution of their thinking, from their days as young physicists to later life when their friendship was soured by a public feud.
The Age of Science
What Scientists Learned in the 20th Century
More than any other era, the 20th century was the age of science, transforming our understanding of the universe, nature and our origins with developments such as quantum mechanics, the big bang theory and the discovery of the structure of DNA. In this book, the former publisher and founder of Scientific American provides an intelligent layperson's introduction to modern scientific achievement, describing and explaining the most important ideas and discussing the individual scientists who first proposed them.
The Life of Super-Earths: How the Hunt for Alien Worlds
and Artificial Cells will Revolutionize Life on Our Planet
Are we alone in the universe? That age-old question is addressed here by the founder of Harvard's Origins of Life Institute, who describes how modern astronomers have begun searching for planets that seem most like our own. He also explains how chemists have been working out the biochemistries which those planets could support and how these discoveries are enabling biologists to peer into the unknown in an effort to understand what truly 'alien' life forms might be like.