By Albert E. Moyer
Newcomb observed the "scientific approach" as a possible advisor for all disciplines and a foundation for all useful motion, and argued passionately that it was once of as a lot use within the halls of Congress as within the laboratory. In so doing, he not just sparked well known aid for American technological know-how but additionally faced a large spectrum of social, cultural, and highbrow matters. this primary full-length learn of Newcomb lines the advance of his religion in technological know-how and levels over issues of significant public debate within the Gilded Age, from the reform of monetary concept to the recasting of the controversy among technology and faith. Moyer's portrait of a stressed, keen brain additionally illuminates the bustle of past due nineteenth-century America.
“Ebbesmeyer’s objective is noble and clean: to teach how the movement of ocean particles world wide finds ‘the tune’ of the world’s oceans.”
—New York occasions publication Review
Through the attention-grabbing tales of flotsam, one of many Earth’s maximum secrets and techniques is published. In Flotsametrics and the Floating international, maverick scientist Curtis Ebbesmeyer info how his obsession with floating garbage—from rubber geese to discarded Nike sneakers—helped to revolutionize ocean technology. Scientist and environmentalist David Suzuki, host of CBC TV’s “The Nature of Things,” calls Flotsametrics and the Floating international “Science and storytelling at its very best.” “A very stress-free, if every now and then darkish, publication” (Nature), it really is needs to analyzing for someone drawn to Oceanography, Environmental technological know-how, and how our international works.
A bit over a century in the past the area went instant. Cables and all their proscribing inefficiencies gave solution to a progressive technique of transmitting information and data nearly all over, at once. through "Hertzian waves," as radio waves have been at first recognized, ships may well now make touch with different ships (saving lives, resembling at the doomed R.M.S. Titanic); monetary markets might coordinate with different monetary markets, setting up the cost of commodities and solving trade premiums; army commanders might hook up with front traces, positioning artillery and directing troop hobbies. abruptly and irrevocably, time and house telescoped past what have been inspiration possible. somebody had not just imagined this networked international yet learned it: Guglielmo Marconi.
As Marc Raboy exhibits us during this enchanting and accomplished biography, Marconi was once the 1st actually international determine in glossy communications. Born to an Italian father and an Irish mom, he was once in lots of methods stateless, operating his cosmopolitanism to virtue. via a mixture of ability, tenacity, success, imaginative and prescient, and timing, Marconi popularized-and, extra severely, patented-the use of radio waves. quickly after he burst into public view with an illustration of his instant equipment in London on the age of twenty-two in 1896, he validated his instant Telegraph & sign corporation and appeared unstoppable. He was once embellished by means of the Czar of Russia, named an Italian Senator, knighted by means of King George V of britain, and offered the Nobel Prize for Physics-all sooner than the age of forty. until eventually his loss of life in 1937, Marconi was once on the center of each significant innovation in digital conversation, courted by way of robust clinical, political, and monetary pursuits, and trailed by means of the media, which recorded and released approximately each of his utterances. He tested stations and transmitters in each nook of the globe, from Newfoundland to Buenos Aires, Hawaii to Saint Petersburg.
Based on unique examine and unpublished archival fabrics in 4 international locations and several other languages, Raboy's publication is the 1st to attach major components of Marconi's tale, from his early days in Italy, to his groundbreaking experiments, to his protean position in international affairs. Raboy additionally explores Marconi's relationships along with his better halves, mistresses, and youngsters, and examines in unsparing aspect the final ten years of the inventor's existence, whilst he lower back to Italy and have become a pillar of Benito Mussolini's fascist regime. Raboy's engrossing biography, so as to stand because the authoritative paintings of its topic, proves that we nonetheless stay on the planet Marconi created.
By Dr. John C Lilly
The guts of the Cyclone is an autobiographical paintings authored via famed fringe scientist and psychedelic pioneer, Dr. John C. Lilly. this is often his most popular booklet and his first mainstream paintings, environment the tone for his twin profession as scientist and explorer of human recognition. In intimate element, Lilly tells the tale of the way he left mainstream technological know-how to turn into an explorer of the "far out locations" of the human brain. utilizing his personal mind as a laboratory, and using each approach to attention alteration at his disposal --including LSD, isolation tanks, and zany new age stumble upon teams -- Lilly takes us on his decades-long quest to find the real nature of awareness and truth, overturning a lot of his personal assumptions and people of mainstream technological know-how alongside the way in which. This forty fifth Anniversary version has new Afterwords via Lilly's pals and co-workers, Lee Perry and Adam Trombly.
Subramanyan Chandrasekhar, identified easily as Chandra in the course of the medical international, has develop into a mythical determine for his prolific contributions to physics, astrophysics and utilized arithmetic. Chandra died in August, 1995. He had forbidden a memorial of the normal variety, celebrating his existence. This ebook, which incorporates a few 30 articles by means of his former scholars, his affiliates and his colleagues, is in a feeling a memorial quantity. It says little approximately his medical achievements, yet exhibits the human part of Chandra and a number of the aspects of his character, his reminiscence, his wit and the breadth of his wisdom of paintings, tune, literature, and the arts in most cases.
A spouse to "Mathematical Apocrypha," (published in 2002) this moment quantity of anecdotes, tales, quips, and ruminations approximately arithmetic and mathematicians is bound to delight. It differs from different books of its style in that a few of the tales are from the 20 th century and lots of approximately at present residing mathematicians. some of the most sensible tales come from the author's first-hand adventure. The writing is energetic, enticing, and informative. There are tales the reader might need to proportion with scholars and associates, associates, and family members. the aim of the e-book is to discover and to have a good time the various features of mathematical lifestyles. The tales display mathematicians as extreme, human, and sympathetic. they need to resonate with readers all over the place. This ebook will entice scholars from highschool via graduate college, to school and to mathematical scientists of all stripes, and likewise to physicists, engineer, and someone drawn to arithmetic.
This can be an exhilarating if now not rambling account of occasions of Raymond Smullyan's 4 lives as a mathematical philosopher, musician, magician, and writer including innovations that come to his brain as he recollects them. This publication comprises issues from a few of Smullyan's twenty-six books, in addition to lots of his favourite anecdotes and jokes. It additionally provides a few generalizations of theorems of the good logicians Gödel and Tarski, and discusses good judgment often, and the way he gained his spouse with a common sense trick! Smullyan additionally relates a few of his instructing studies, and expresses his perspectives on mathematical schooling, and the way our current textbooks are basically chargeable for its decline! approximately his lifestyles as a pianist, Smullyan relates much approximately his reports with the Piano Society an excellent association to which he's a staunch contributor, and the way he has had such pleasant relatives with a lot of its individuals. final yet no longer least, Smullyan recounts how he has identified a few gorgeous women through the years.
By Robert Lomas
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My Heavens! charts the growth of the author’s personal big observatory from perception, via layout, making plans and development, to utilizing an observatory of the type that each one novice astronomers aspire to possess. For people with extra modest objectives, the ebook deals many tricks, information and layout beneficial properties for smaller observatories. Comparisons are made with related huge tasks within the united states. the tale doesn’t finish with the development of the observatory, yet is going directly to describe the author’s selection of apparatus, atmosphere it up, and his personal strategies for acquiring impressive astronomical pictures like these displayed in his book.