What Mad Pursuit

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Author: Francis Crick

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0786725842

Category: Science

Page: 208

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Candid, provocative, and disarming, this is the widely-praised memoir of the co-discoverer of the double helix of DNA.

Gaither's Dictionary of Scientific Quotations

A Collection of Approximately 27,000 Quotations Pertaining to Archaeology, Architecture, Astronomy, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Cosmology, Darwinism, Engineering, Geology, Mathematics, Medicine, Nature, Nursing, Paleontology, Philosophy, Physics, Probability, Science, Statistics, Technology, Theory, Universe, and Zoology

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Author: Carl C. Gaither,Alma E. Cavazos-Gaither

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1461411149

Category: Science

Page: 2867

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This unprecedented collection of 27,000 quotations is the most comprehensive and carefully researched of its kind, covering all fields of science and mathematics. With this vast compendium you can readily conceptualize and embrace the written images of scientists, laymen, politicians, novelists, playwrights, and poets about humankind's scientific achievements. Approximately 9000 high-quality entries have been added to this new edition to provide a rich selection of quotations for the student, the educator, and the scientist who would like to introduce a presentation with a relevant quotation that provides perspective and historical background on his subject. Gaither's Dictionary of Scientific Quotations, Second Edition, provides the finest reference source of science quotations for all audiences. The new edition adds greater depth to the number of quotations in the various thematic arrangements and also provides new thematic categories.

Of Molecules and Men

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Author: Francis Crick

Publisher: Pyr Books

ISBN: 9781591021858

Category: Science

Page: 99

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"In his third lecture Crick anticipates events and trends that have in fact come to pass in the past four decades, including the increasing use of computer technology and robotics in mind-brain research, explorations into right-side versus left-side uses of the brain, and controversies surrounding the existence of the soul."--BOOK JACKET.

Eine kurze Geschichte der Genetik

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Author: Rolf Knippers

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3827429145

Category: Science

Page: 324

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Der Rückblick auf 100 Jahre Genetik ergibt eine faszinierende Geschichte, die in diesem Buch leicht und gut verständlich erzählt wird. Genforschung, Genetik in Landwirtschaft und Medizin sind viel verwendete Wörter in öffentlichen Debatten. Dabei ist nicht jedem bekannt, dass Genetik eine junge Wissenschaft ist, gerade einmal hundert Jahre alt. Der zentrale Begriff des Gens hat ständig neue Bedeutungen erhalten, oft befrachtet mit Ungenauigkeiten, wenn man an die Irrwege der Eugenik und an die Diskussion um die Vererbbarkeit von Intelligenz denkt.

Synthetic Biology

Science, Business, and Policy

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Author: Lewis D. Solomon

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 1412846471

Category: Science

Page: 174

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For nearly forty years, using recombinant DNA tools, researchers, and then businesses, have genetically engineered organisms by transferring naturally occurring genes from one organism into another. Doing so modifies the genetic code of living cells, imparting new traits and achieving desired results; this is done in the production of proteins, pharmaceuticals, and seeds. Synthetic biology, argues Solomon, could free scientists from the need to find natural genes to make such desired modifications. Synthetic biology permits more complex and sophisticated bioengineering than what can be achieved through previous genetic modification techniques. Drawing on non-biological scientific and engineering disciplines, including information technology and nanotechnology, synthetic biology strives to rearrange an organism’s genes on a far wider scale by rewriting its genetic code, the chemical instructions need to design, assemble, and operate a species. By allowing the writing of artificial genetic codes, synthetic biology can transform existing industries and spawn new ones, creating new products as well as radically reshaping existing items. Arguing for self-regulation by the scientific and business communities, Lewis D. Solomon recommends a policy framework that would guard against governmental overregulation, which could create a barrier to innovation. Although synthetic biotechnology holds considerable social and economic potential, absent a nurturing regulatory climate, it may prove difficult to translate research discoveries into commercially viable applications.

Shakespeare's Double Helix

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Author: Henry S. Turner

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441102051

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 144

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What does it mean to make life? This book focuses on one of the key questions for culture and science in both Shakespeare's time and our own. Shakespeare wrote A Midsummer Night's Dream during a period when the 'new science' had begun to unsettle the foundations of knowledge about the natural world. Through close analysis of the play and reflection on modern genetic engineering, Turner examines developments in early modern culture as it sought to come to terms with the new forces of magic, astrology, alchemy and mechanics - fields of knowledge that preoccupied the most adventurous intellects of Shakespeare's period and that promised limitless power over nature. Shakespeare's writing sheds light on current developments in science, ethics, law, and religion in contemporary culture. This book reveals the richness and peculiarity of early scientific thought in Shakespeare's time and shows how the questions he poses remain fundamental as the nature of 'life' has become one of the most pressing political, ethical, and philosophical problems for society today.

In Our Own Image

Personal Symmetry in Discovery

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Author: Istvan Hargittai,Magdolna Hargittai

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1461541794

Category: Medical

Page: 235

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The title of our volume refers to what is well described by the following two quota tions:"Godcreated man in his own image"l and "Man creates God in his own image."2 Our approach to symmetry is subjective, and the term "personal" symmetry reflects this approach in our discussion of selected scientific events. We have chosen six icons to symbolize six areas: Kepler for modeling, Fuller for new molecules, Pauling for helical structures, Kitaigorodskii for packing, Bernal for quasicrystals, and Curie for dissymmetry. For the past three decades we have been involved in learning, thinking, speaking, and writing about symmetry. This involvement has augmented our principal activities in molecular structure research. Our interest in symmetry had started with a simple fascination and has evolved into a highly charged personal topic for us. At the start of this volume, we had had several authored and edited symmetry related books behind 3 us. We owe a debt of gratitude to the numerous people whose interviews are quoted 4 in this volume. We very much appreciate the kind and gracious cooperation of Edgar J. Applewhite (Washington, DC), Lawrence S. Bartell (University of Michigan), R.

Prematurity in Scientific Discovery

On Resistance and Neglect

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Author: Ernest B. Hook

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520231061

Category: Philosophy

Page: 378

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"In preparing this remarkable book, Ernest Hook persuaded an eminent group of scientists, historians, sociologists and philosophers to focus on the problem: why are some discoveries rejected at a particular time but later seen to be valid? The interaction of these experts did not produce agreement on 'prematurity' in science but something more valuable: a collection of fascinating papers, many of them based on new research and analysis, which sometimes forced the author to revise a previously-held opinion. The book should be enthusiastically welcomed by all readers who are interested in how science works."—Stephen G. Brush, co-author of Physics, The Human Adventure: From copernicus to Einstein and Beyond "Prematurity and Scientific Discovery contains interesting and insightful papers by numerous well-known scientists and scholars. It will be of wide interest, not only to science studies scholars but also to working scientists and to science-literate general readers."—Thomas Nickles, editor of Scientific Discovery, Logic, and Rationality

A Short History of Nearly Everything

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Author: Bill Bryson

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409095487

Category: Science

Page: 672

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Bill Bryson describes himself as a reluctant traveller, but even when he stays safely at home he can't contain his curiosity about the world around him. A Short History of Nearly Everything is his quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization - how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us. Bill Bryson's challenge is to take subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry and particle physics, and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. The ultimate eye-opening journey through time and space, A Short History of Nearly Everything is the biggest-selling popular science book of the 21st century, and reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

The Physics of Living Processes

A Mesoscopic Approach

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Author: Thomas Andrew Waigh

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118698274

Category: Science

Page: 624

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This full-colour undergraduate textbook, based on a two semestercourse, presents the fundamentals of biological physics,introducing essential modern topics that include cells, polymers,polyelectrolytes, membranes, liquid crystals, phase transitions,self-assembly, photonics, fluid mechanics, motility, chemicalkinetics, enzyme kinetics, systems biology, nerves, physiology, thesenses, and the brain. The comprehensive coverage, featuring in-depth explanations ofrecent rapid developments, demonstrates this to be one of the mostdiverse of modern scientific disciplines. The Physics of Living Processes: A Mesoscopic Approach iscomprised of five principal sections: • Building Blocks • Soft Condensed Matter Techniques in Biology • Experimental Techniques • Systems Biology • Spikes, Brains and the Senses The unique focus is predominantly on the mesoscale —structures on length scales between those of atoms and themacroscopic behaviour of whole organisms. The connections betweenmolecules and their emergent biological phenomena provide a novelintegrated perspective on biological physics, making this animportant text across a variety of scientific disciplines includingbiophysics, physics, physical chemistry, chemical engineering andbioengineering. An extensive set of worked tutorial questions are included,which will equip the reader with a range of new physical tools toapproach problems in the life sciences from medicine,pharmaceutical science and agriculture.

Science Communication in Theory and Practice

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Author: S.M. Stocklmayer,M.M. Gore,C.R. Bryant

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9401006202

Category: Science

Page: 285

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This book provides an overview of the theory and practice of science communication. It deals with modes of informal communication such as science centres, television programs, and journalism and the research that informs practitioners about the effectiveness of their programs. It aims to meet the needs of those studying science communication and will form a readily accessible source of expertise for communicators.

State of Affairs

The Science-Theology Controversy

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Author: Richard J. Coleman

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630875570

Category: Religion

Page: 284

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The last sixty years have witnessed a virtual explosion of interest in how modern science and traditional Christianity intersect. This new rapprochement with science has irrevocably altered how we think of God. It constitutes a foundation from which we cannot retreat, but from which we also cannot move forward until we examine the presumptions on which it is based. For the first time, Richard Coleman interprets in a clear and meaningful way the themes and practitioners that make this rapprochement different, and what it has achieved. But this book is more than description--it is an inquiry into whether Christian theology has lost its authentic voice by its singular focus on accommodating modern science.

The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing

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Author: Richard Dawkins

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780199216802

Category: SCIENCE

Page: 419

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A rich and vibrant multi-disciplinary anthology that celebrates the finest writing by scientists captures the poetry and excitement of scientific thought and discovery, in pieces by Stephen Pinker, Albert Einstein, Stephen Jay Gould, Julian Huxley, Loren Eiseley, Rachel Carson, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Freeman Dyson, and many other notables.

Effective Innovation REVISED EDITION

The Essential Guide to Staying Ahead of the Competition

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Author: John Adair

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0330530941

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

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Innovation - the process of taking new ideas through to satisfied customers - is the lifeblood of any organization today. Nothing causes a company and the individuals working in it to lose enthusiasm more than a lack of interest in positive change. You cannot stand still: either you go forwards or you move backwards. In Effective Innovation John Adair, Britain's foremost expert on leadership training, looks at both creativity and innovation and tells you everything you need to know to enable you to generate new ideas and bring them to market. Based around Adair's 'seven habits of successful creative thinkers', this landmark book will tell you how to: Generate the best possible ideas from yourself and the people around you Listen and learn - how being curious, keen to learn and observant of others will help you to think in a more imaginative way Use constructive criticism to improve upon existing ideas Filter out those ideas that should not be further progressed Follow up on and implement ideas to best effect

What's Darwin Got to Do with It?

A Friendly Discussion About Evolution

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Author: Robert C. Newman,John L. Wiester,Janet Moneymaker,Jonathan Moneymaker

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830877652

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

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What's Darwin got to do with it? When it comes to evolution, quite a bit! But many people don't understand Darwin, creationism and intelligent design. Here's a book that makes sense of it all! A group of scholars, teachers, writers and illustrators have teamed up to create an easy-to-read introduction and critique to this important issue. You'll enjoy the lively and funny conversation that unfolds between two professors and they explore what science can explain about life. You'll find out what logic has to do with it. You'll see whether the changing beak sizes of Galapagos Islands finches prove Darwinism. And you'll enjoy the adventures of Darwinian superstars "Mutaman" and "Selecta." There's more to it all than you ever thought. But this witty and wise book makes it easier to understand than ever before!

The Lure of Bacterial Genetics

a Tribute to John Roth

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Author: Stanley Maloy,Kelly T. Hughes,Josep Casadesús

Publisher: American Society for Microbiology Press

ISBN: 1555815383

Category: Science

Page: 362

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A unique, rigorous scientific approach to understanding bacterial genetics • Provides a complete overview of the entire field of bacterial genetics, helping the reader to understand how the field has evolved. • Inspires readers by providing an opportunity to learn from John Roth’s achievements and contributions to bacterial genetics. • Offers valuable lessons in the history and science of bacterial genetics by providing a behind the scenes look at some of the most important triumphs and mishaps that have occurred on the path to discovery.

Reshaping Natural Theology

Seeing Nature as Creation

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Author: M. Wahlberg

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230393144

Category: Philosophy

Page: 260

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Is nature creation or merely the product of non-intentional, natural processes? The author aims to recover the Christian sense that it is obvious that nature is creation and argues that biological nature has expressive properties similar in kind to human behaviour and art.

New Thinking About Genetics

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Author: Britannica Educational Publishing

Publisher: Britannica Educational Publishing

ISBN: 1615301690

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 280

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Debates on nature versus nurture rage on and the question of identity looms large for almost everybody at some point in their lives. Thanks to continuing developments in genetics research, some of those questions can be put to bed—or at least, better understood. Moreover, studies of the genome can yield a number of possibilities in improving health and curing disease. This book explores all aspects of this rapidly evolving field by introducing the science of genetics as well as detailing the controversies and implications for future studies.