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In the early 20th century American earth scientists vociferously opposed the radical notion of continental drift. Yet 50 years later the idea was heralded as a scientific breakthrough. This text explores why US geologists rejected so adamantly an idea now considered a cornerstone of the discipline.
By Michio Kaku
This volume collects the research of today's scientists to explore the possibilities of the science of tomorrow. Among the issues covered are how decoding DNA will allow us to alter and reshape our genetic heritage, and how quantum physicists will harness the energy of the Universe.
By Nikolas Rose
Inventing Our Selves analyses our current regime of the 'self' and the values that animate it; it discusses how psychology and other 'psy' disciplines have affected the ways in which people understand themselves, and aims to help us think differently about the kind of persons we are, or might become.
By M Wertheim
A spirited look at the relationship between physics and religion-and the implications for both sexes.
Jabir ibn Hayyan, for a long time the reigning alchemical authority both in Islam and the Latin West, has exercised numerous generations of scholars.
The main theme of this book is the shaping of scientific theories and institutions in Russia and the former Soviet Union by social, economic and political factors. Major sections include the Tsarist period, the impact of the Russian Revolution, and relations between science and Soviet society.
Recounts the history of the post-war conceptual development of elementary-particle physics. Inviting a reappraisal of the status of scientific knowledge, the text suggests that scientists are not mere passive observers and reporters of nature.