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Archives bring to mind rooms filled with old papers and dusty artifacts. But for scientists, the detritus of the past can be a treasure trove of material vital to present and future research: fossils collected by geologists; data banks assembled by geneticists; case histories published in medical journals; weather diaries...
This book addresses foundational questions raised by observational and theoretical progress in modern cosmology. As the foundational volume of an emerging academic discipline, experts from relevant fields lay out the fundamental problems of contemporary cosmology and explore the routes toward finding possible solutions, for a broad academic audience.
By Liba Taub
This book explores the surprising variety of texts used to communicate scientific and mathematical ideas in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. Each chapter concentrates on a particular genre - poetry, letter, encyclopaedia, commentary and biography - and considers the broader cultural contexts in which these texts were produced and...
Medicine and public health clearly advanced during the war-and continued to do so after military hostilities ceased.
Spanning the globe and several centuries, this is the story of the quest to decipher the master-code that makes and defines humans, that governs our form and function. It is also an intimate history of the author's own family and its recurring pattern of mental illness, reminding us that genetics...
Challenging traditional accounts of the origins of astrophysics, this book re-examines the life and career of nineteenth-century English amateur astronomer William Huggins and his wife, Margaret Huggins. Written in an engaging style, this book will be valuable to scientists, students and anyone interested in the history of astronomy.
The Antikythera Mechanism, now 82 small fragments of corroded bronze, was an ancient Greek machine simulating the cosmos as the Greeks understood it. Reflecting the most recent researches, A Portable Cosmos presents it as a gateway to Greek astronomy and technology and their place in Greco-Roman society and thought.