By Alexander Unzicker
In der Physik herrschen scheinbar goldene Zeiten. Raumsonden erforschen den Kosmos, Teilchenbeschleuniger den Urknall. Doch keine Disziplin treibt so seltsame Blüten: Spekulationen über Paralleluniversen etwa oder die String-Theorie, die mit Wissenschaft nicht mehr viel zu tun haben. Gleichzeitig sind grundlegende Fragen der Physik wie die nach der Masse noch immer unbeantwortet. Doch statt Lösungsansätze von Einstein oder Dirac aufzugreifen, verwendet guy lieber Milliarden auf die Suche nach neuen Teilchen und mutmaßt über verborgene Dimensionen. Alexander Unzicker liest der Physik die Leviten - und weist ihr den Weg aus dem Labyrinth, in dem sie sich verlaufen hat. Seine fundierte und packende examine beweist, dass die derzeitigen Theorien dem Kosmos mit seinen unendlichen Weiten nicht gerecht werden. "Unzicker ist ein naturwissenschaftlicher Ketzer. Und das meine ich als Kompliment!" Vince Ebert, Wissenschaftskabarettist
For many years after the identity of the constitution of DNA, scientists targeted simply on genes, the areas of the genome that comprise codes for the creation of proteins. different areas that make up ninety eight percentage of the human genome have been brushed aside as "junk," sequences that serve no objective. yet researchers have lately came across diversifications and modulations during this junk DNA which are concerned with a few intractable illnesses. Our expanding wisdom of junk DNA has resulted in leading edge examine and therapy techniques that could ultimately ameliorate a few of these conditions.
Junk DNA can play very important and unanticipated roles within the keep an eye on of gene expression, from fine-tuning person genes to switching off complete chromosomes. those capabilities have pressured scientists to revisit the very which means of the notice "gene" and feature engendered a lively medical conflict over even if this genomic "nonsense" is the resource of human organic complexity. Drawing on her event with top medical investigators in Europe and North the US, Nessa Carey presents a transparent and compelling creation to junk DNA and its serious involvement in phenomena as different as genetic illnesses, viral infections, intercourse decision in mammals, and evolution. we're simply now unlocking the secrets and techniques of junk DNA, and Nessa Carey's publication is an important source for navigating the background and controversies of this fast-growing, hotly disputed field.
By Roy Scranton
Coming domestic from the conflict in Iraq, US military inner most Roy Scranton idea he'd left the realm of strife at the back of. Then he watched as new calamities struck the USA, heralding a probability way more risky than ISIS or Al Qaeda: typhoon Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, megadrought--the surprise and awe of worldwide warming.
Our global is altering. emerging seas, spiking temperatures, and severe climate imperil international infrastructure, plants, and water offers. clash, famine, plagues, and riots risk from each area. From war-stricken Baghdad to the melting Arctic, human-caused weather switch poses a risk not just to political and financial balance, yet to civilization itself . . . and to what it ability to be human. our best enemy, it seems, is ourselves. the hotter, wetter, extra chaotic global we now dwell in--the Anthropocene--demands an intensive new imaginative and prescient of human life.
In this bracing reaction to weather swap, Roy Scranton combines memoir, reportage, philosophy, and Zen knowledge to discover what it capacity to be human in a speedily evolving international, taking readers on a trip via highway protests, the newest findings of earth scientists, a ancient UN summit, millennia of geological background, and the continual energy of historic literature. increasing on his influential New York Times essay (the no 1 most-emailed article the day it seemed, and chosen for Best American technology and Nature Writing 2014), Scranton responds to the existential challenge of worldwide warming via arguing that during order to outlive, we needs to come to phrases with death.
Plato argued that to philosophize is to benefit to die. If that’s precise, says Scranton, then we've entered humanity’s such a lot philosophical age—or this can be exactly the challenge of the Anthropocene. the difficulty now could be that we needs to discover ways to die now not as contributors, yet as a civilization.
A war veteran, journalist, writer, and Princeton PhD candidate, Roy Scranton has released within the New York Times, Wall road Journal, Rolling Stone, Boston Review, and Theory and Event, and has been interviewed on NPR's Fresh Air, between different media.
"Roy Scranton lucidly articulates the intensity of the weather drawback with an honesty that's all too infrequent, then demands a reimagined humanism that would support us meet our stormy destiny with as a lot decency as we will be able to muster. whereas I don't proportion his conclusions in regards to the power for social pursuits to force formidable mitigation, it is a clever and critical problem from a sublime author and unique philosopher. A severe intervention." --Naomi Klein, writer of This adjustments every thing: Capitalism vs. the Climate
"Perhaps the reason is, he's a soldier, maybe the reason is, he's a literate person, however the truth is--Roy Scranton will get it. He is aware in his bones that this civilization is over. He is familiar with it truly is excessive time to begin back the human dance of constructing another option to reside. In his targeted and unique means he works although a typical cultural inheritance, making it whatever clean and new for those all too fascinating occasions. This compressed, crucial textual content bargains either uncomfortable truths and unforeseen joy." --McKenzie Wark, writer of Molecular crimson: conception for the Anthropocene
By Peter Turchin
By Chris Mooney, Sheril Kirshenbaum
An impassioned name to hands, Unscientific America exhorts american citizens to reintegrate technological know-how into public discourse—before it really is too late.
By Sherry Turkle
Existence at the monitor is a e-book now not approximately pcs, yet approximately humans and the way pcs are inflicting us to reevaluate our identities within the age of the web. we're utilizing existence at the reveal to interact in new methods of brooding about evolution, relationships, politics, intercourse, and the self. existence at the monitor strains a collection of boundary negotiations, telling the tale of the altering impression of the pc on our mental lives and our evolving rules approximately minds, our bodies, and machines. what's rising, Turkle says, is a brand new experience of id- as decentered and a number of. She describes traits in desktop layout, in synthetic intelligence, and in people's studies of digital environments that make certain a dramatic shift in our notions of self, different, laptop, and global. the pc emerges as an item that brings postmodernism right down to earth.
By Alastair Rae
Continuing the phenomenal culture of the former variations, Quantum Mechanics, Fourth variation offers crucial information regarding atomic and subatomic platforms and covers a few sleek functions of the sector. Supported by way of an internet web page that encompasses a bibliography, colour types of a few of the illustrations, and hyperlinks to different appropriate websites, the booklet exhibits how state of the art examine subject matters of quantum mechanics were utilized to numerous disciplines. It first demonstrates the way to receive a wave equation whose suggestions verify the strength degrees of sure platforms. the speculation is then made extra basic and utilized to a few actual examples. Later chapters describe the relationship among relativity and quantum mechanics, supply a few examples of the way quantum mechanics has been utilized in info processing, and, eventually, speak about the conceptual and philosophical implications of the topic. New to the Fourth variation: · A bankruptcy on quantum info processing that comes with functions to the encryption and de-encryption of coded messages · A bankruptcy on relativistic quantum mechanics and introductory quantum box conception · Updated fabric at the conceptual foundations of quantum physics containing discussions of non-locality, hidden variables, and parallel universes · Expanded details on tunneling microscopy and the Bose-Einstein condensate offering up to date details at the conceptual and philosophical facets of quantum mechanics, this revised version is appropriate either for undergraduates learning physics, chemistry, or arithmetic and for researchers occupied with quantum physics.
By Rachel Swaby
Fifty-two inspiring and insightful profiles of history’s brightest girl scientists.
In 2013, the New York Times published an obituary for Yvonne Brill. it all started: “She made a median red meat stroganoff, her husband from activity to activity, and took 8 years off from paintings to elevate 3 children.” It wasn’t till the second one paragraph that readers chanced on why the Times had dedicated numerous hundred phrases to her existence: Brill used to be an excellent rocket scientist who invented a propulsion process to maintain communications satellites in orbit, and had lately been offered the nationwide Medal of expertise and Innovation. one of the questions the obituary—and consequent outcry—prompted have been, who're the function versions for today’s girl scientists, and the place will we locate the tales that forged them of their precise light?
Headstrong delivers a robust, international, and fascinating reaction. overlaying Nobel Prize winners and significant innovators, in addition to lesser-known yet highly major scientists who impression our each day, Rachel Swaby’s brilliant profiles span centuries of brave thinkers and illustrate how each one one’s principles built, from their first second of clinical engagement in the course of the learn and discovery for which they’re top identified. This attention-grabbing journey unearths those fifty two ladies at their best—while encouraging and encouraging a brand new iteration of women to place on their lab coats.
Genome Exploitation: information Mining the Genome is constructed from the twenty third Stadler Genetic Symposium. This quantity discusses and illustrates how scientists are going to represent and utilize the big volume of data being gathered concerning the plant and animal genomes. Genome Exploitation: information Mining the Genome is a state of the art photograph on mining the Genome databases. this is often one of many few occasions that researchers in either crops and animals could be operating jointly to create a seminal facts source.
By Marcia Bartusiak
For greater than part a century, physicists and astronomers engaged in heated dispute over the potential of black holes within the universe. The weirdly alien proposal of a space-time abyss from which not anything escapes—not even light—seemed to confound all common sense. This engrossing e-book tells the tale of the fierce black gap debates and the contributions of Einstein and Hawking and different best thinkers who thoroughly altered our view of the universe.
popular technological know-how author Marcia Bartusiak indicates how the black gap helped revive Einstein’s maximum fulfillment, the overall idea of relativity, after many years in which it were driven into the shadows. no longer until eventually astronomers found such fabulous new phenomena as neutron stars and black holes did the once-sedate universe rework into an Einsteinian cosmos, full of assets of enormous power that may be understood purely within the gentle of relativity. This ebook celebrates the hundredth anniversary of normal relativity, uncovers how the black gap particularly obtained its identify, and recounts the scientists’ problematic, exhilarating, and now and then funny battles over the recognition of 1 of history’s such a lot surprising ideas.
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