Wie viel wiegt ein Giraffenherz? Wenn zwei Sekunden verstrichen sind ... ... hat der Pine Island-Gletscher in der Antarktis 5.072 Kubikmeter Wasser verloren. ... hat der Mensch 150 Bäume gefällt. ... haben alle iPhones der Erde 148 Kilogramm CO2 abgegeben. ... sind in den Vereinigten Staaten 64 Vögel beim Aufprall gegen das Fenster eines Wolkenkratzers gestorben. In kurzen Texten, Listen und originellen Grafiken teilt Vidard seine Begeisterung für die Welt der Wissenschaft mit den Lesern. Ein herrliches Sammelsurium unnützen Wissens, kurioser Informationen, skurriler Fakten und absolut unentbehrlicher Bildungshäppchen. Ein Giraffenherz wiegt übrigens 14 Kilo.
The fantastic first book in the Sunday Times bestselling Science of Discworld series When a wizardly experiment goes adrift, the wizards of Unseen University find themselves with a pocket universe on their hands: Roundworld, where neither magic nor common sense seems to stand a chance against logic. The Universe, of course, is our own. And Roundworld is Earth. As the wizards watch their accidental creation grow, we follow the story of our universe from the primal singularity of the Big Bang to the internet and beyond. Through this original Terry Pratchett story (with intervening chapters from Cohen and Stewart) we discover how puny and insignificant individual lives are against a cosmic backdrop of creation and disaster. Yet, paradoxically, we see how the richness of a universe based on rules, has led to a complex world and at least one species that tried to get a grip of what was going on. Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. Raising Steam is his fortieth Discworld novel. His books have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. After falling out with his keyboard he now talks to his computer. Occasionally, these days, it answers back. www.terrypratchett.co.uk @terryandrob Professor Ian Stewart is the author of many popular science books. He is the mathematics consultant for New Scientist and a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick. He was awarded the Michael Faraday Prize for furthering the public understanding of science, and in 2001 became a Fellow of the Royal Society. Dr Jack Cohen is an internationally-known reproductive biologist, and lives in Newent, Gloucestershire. Jack has a laboratory in his kitchen, helps couples get pregnant by referring them to colleagues, invents biologically realistic aliens for science fiction writers and, in his spare time, throws boomerangs. Jack, who has more letters to his name than can be repeated here, writes, lectures, talks and campaigns to promote public awareness of science, particularly biology. He is mostly retired.
Many disciplines, including philosophy, history, and sociology, have attempted to make sense of how science works. In this book, Paul Thagard examines scientific development from the interdisciplinary perspective of cognitive science. Cognitive science combines insights from researchers in many fields: philosophers analyze historical cases, psychologists carry out behavioral experiments, neuroscientists perform brain scans, and computer modelers write programs that simulate thought processes. He presents a series of studies that describe the psychological and neural processes that have led to breakthroughs in science, medicine, and technology. He shows how discoveries of new theories and explanations lead to conceptual change, with examples from biology, psychology, and medicine. Finally, he shows how the cognitive science of science can integrate descriptive and normative concerns; and he considers the neural underpinnings of certain scientific concepts.
The story of one of history´s most misunderstood yet rich and fertile periods in science: the extraordinary Islamic scientific revolution between 700 and 1400 AD. This eye-opening, enjoyable book, which complements and builds on the BBC television series, should be essential reading for anyone keen to explore science´s hidden history and its contribution to the making of the modern world.
The present book uncovers the understanding of the relationship of science educators´ qualifications, experience and their attitude towards science with academic achievement of their students. The text shows a negative correlation between science educators´ academic qualifications, professional qualifications, teaching experience and their student´s academic achievements. However a constructive correlation was exposed between attitudes of the science educators towards science and their students´ academic achievements. This book facilitates in understanding the qualification and attitude of science educators which can be linked to quality improvement regarding science student´s academic achievements. This may help the society, the government and the researchers to consider the suitable level of science educators´ qualifications, experience and attitude to achieve required academic achievements in future. The gender of science educators should be presented equal opportunities of erudition and improving science comprehension. Females should be encouraged to partake in science activities.
Aims to bring together a diverse selection of science fiction spanning over sixty years, from Isaac Asimov´s ´´Nightfall´´, first published in 1941, to the 2006 story ´´Friends in Need´´ by Eliza Blair. This title includes stories which portray struggles against machines, epic journeys, genetic experiments, time travellers and alien races.
Dass Science Fiction von Wissenschaft und Technologie erzählt, ist ein gängiges Missverständnis. Tut sie zwar mitunter, aber eigentlich geht es um den Abstand zwischen dem, wie die Welt ist, und dem, was möglich wäre. Um menschliche Schwächen, den Irrsinn unserer Gesellschaft, um den Begriff des Lebens. Manche Geschichten könnten genauso gut Social Fiction heißen. Werden künstliche Intelligenzen eines Tages das Wahlrecht beantragen? Wie nimmt man mit Aliens Kontakt auf, ohne sie zu beleidigen? Die Micro SF-Geschichten von O. Westin bestehen nur aus wenigen Sätzen; Birthe Mühlhoff hat aus über 1.000 Geschichten mehr als 350 ausgewählt und ins Deutsche übersetzt.