Hermann von Helmholtz (1821-1894) was a polymath of dazzling intellectual range and energy. Renowned for his co-discovery of the second law of thermodynamics and his invention of the ophthalmoscope, Helmholtz also made many other contributions to physiology, physical theory, philosophy of science and mathematics, and aesthetic thought. During the late nineteenth century, Helmholtz was revered as a scientist-sage--much like Albert Einstein in this century. David Cahan has assembled an outstanding group of European and North American historians of science and philosophy for this intellectual biography of Helmholtz, the first ever to critically assess both his published and unpublished writings. It represents a significant contribution not only to Helmholtz scholarship but also to the history of nineteenth-century science and philosophy in general.
LEAP INTO THE FUTURE, AND SHOOT BACK TO THE PAST H. G. Wells´s seminal short story ´´The Time Machine,´´ published in 1895, provided the springboard for modern science fiction´s time travel explosion. Responding to their own fascination with the subject, the greatest visionary writers of the twentieth century penned some of their finest stories. Here are eighteen of the most exciting tales ever told, including ´´Time´s Arrow´´ In Arthur C. Clarke´s classic, two brilliant physicists finally crack the mystery of time travel-with appalling consequences. ´´Death Ship´´ Richard Matheson, author of Somewhere in Time, unveils a chilling scenario concerning three astronauts who stumble upon the conundrum of past and future. ´´A Sound of Thunder´´ Ray Bradbury´s haunting vision of modern man gone dinosaur hunting poses daunting questions about destiny and consequences. ´´Yesterday Was Monday´´ If all the world´s a stage, Theodore Sturgeon´s compelling tale follows the odyssey of an ordinary joe who winds up backstage. ´´Rainbird´´ R. A. Lafferty reflects on what might have been in this brainteaser about an inventor so brilliant that he invents himself right out of existence. ´´Timetipping´´ What if everyone time-traveled except you? Jack Dann provides some surprising answers in this literary gem. . . . as well as twelve other stories, including ´´Time Locker´´ by Henry Kuttner ? ´´I´m Scared´´ by Jack Finney ? ´´A Gun for Dinosaur´´ by L. Sprague de Camp ? ´´The Man Who Came Early´´ by Poul Anderson ? ´´Leviathan!´´ by Larry Niven ? ´´Anniversary Project´´ by Joe Halderman ? ´´Fire Watch´´ by Connie Willis ? ´´Sailing to Byzantium´´ by Robert Silverberg ? ´´The Pure Product´´ by John Kessel ? ´´Trapalanda´´ by Charles Sheffield ? ´´The Price of Oranges´´ by Nancy Kress ? ´´Another Story, or A Fisherman of the Inland Sea´´ by Ursula K. Le Guin By turns frightening, puzzling, and fantastic, these stories engage us in situations that may one day break free of the bonds of fantasy . . . to enter the realm of the future: our future.
Quite possibly the greatest science fiction collection of all time-past, present, and future! What if life was neverending? What if you could change your body to adapt to an alien ecology? What if the pope were a robot? Spanning galaxies and millennia, this must-have anthology showcases classic contributions from H. G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, Octavia E. Butler, and Kurt Vonnegut, alongside a century of the eccentrics, rebels, and visionaries who have inspired generations of readers. Within its pages, you´ll find beloved worlds of space opera, hard SF, cyberpunk, the New Wave, and more. Learn about the secret history of science fiction, from titans of literature who also wrote SF to less well-known authors from more than twenty-five countries, some never before translated into English. In The Big Book of Science Fiction, literary power couple Ann and Jeff VanderMeer transport readers from Mars to Mechanopolis, planet Earth to parts unknown. Immerse yourself in the genre that predicted electric cars, space tourism, and smartphones. Sit back, buckle up, and dial in the coordinates, as this stellar anthology has got worlds within worlds. Including: · Legendary tales from Isaac Asimov and Ursula K. Le Guin · An unearthed sci-fi story from W. E. B. Du Bois · The first publication of the work of cybernetic visionary David R. Bunch in twenty years · A rare and brilliant novella by Chinese international sensation Cixin Liu Plus: · Aliens! · Space battles! · Robots! · Technology gone wrong! · Technology gone right!
Science and the Enlightenment is a general history of eighteenth-century science covering both the physical and life sciences. It places the scientific developments of the century in the cultural context of the Enlightenment and reveals the extent to which scientific ideas permeated the thought of the age. The book takes advantage of recent scholarship, which is rapidly changing our understanding of science during the eighteenth century. In particular it describes how science was organized into fields that were quite different from those we know today. Professor Hankins´s work is a much needed addition to the literature on eighteenth-century science. His study is not technical; it will be of interest to all students of the Enlightenment and the history of science, as well as to the general reader with some background in science. Table of contents: Preface; 1. The character of the enlightenment; 2. Mathematics and the exact sciences; 3. Experimental physics; 4. Chemistry; 5. Natural history and physiology; 6. The moral sciences; Bibliographic essay; Sources of quotations; Index.
First published nearly 70 years ago, this text is regarded as one of the most influential science fiction novels of the 20th century. Olaf Stapledon creates a history of the evolution of humankind over the next two billion years.
Two agents of 24th century Earth patrol space and time to safeguard both the planet´s future and its past. The 15th volume of Valerian and Laureline, one of the most influential science-fiction comic series of the past 40 years!