The K2 Man (and His Molluscs): The Extraordinary life of by Catherine Moorehead,Rob Burns,Rhoda Burns

By Catherine Moorehead,Rob Burns,Rhoda Burns

top-of-the-line mountaineer of his day,' claimed Kenneth Mason in his definitive climbing historical past, domicile of Snow. Haversham Godwin-Austen (1834-1923), from an historical and engaging Surrey aristocratic relations with royal connections, not just came across the 1st option to the 'savage mountain', K2, yet went directly to be the 1st critical explorer of the Karakoram, Ladakh, Western Tibet, Bhutan, Northern Burma and Assam. He broke the Asiatic high-altitude climbing list thrice, utilizing a 'garden hatchet' as an ice-axe, observed his assistant killed by way of headhunters and socialised with everybody from his 'coolies' to the Maharajah of Kashmir. again in England, he turned one of many UK's maximum normal Historians, a Darwinist collector between creditors of geological and ornithological specimens. His number of freshwater molluscs types the root of all glossy technological know-how within the topic. And he turned one of many UK's maximum surveyors, masking over 22,000 sq. miles of latest territory, together with 23 new glaciers and a minimum of dozen first ascents of peaks over 5000m. Remarkably, he additionally chanced on time to color an unlimited portfolio of watercolours, together with the 1st shut sighting of K2, defined by means of the British Library as a 'national treasure'. (Several of those watercolours are illustrated during this book.) His own existence was once both attention-grabbing: 3 marriages - to an Afghan landowner's daughter, an English socialite, then a civil servant's daughter 23 years more youthful than himself - was once complex by means of non secular conversions from Anglicanism to Islam then to Buddhism. His robust personality as a student at nice London associations resembling the average heritage Museum remains to be the stuff of legend, whereas his financial ruin in later lifestyles required the promoting of the 'family pile', the very good, royally-furnished Shalford Park. and because of a younger indiscretion in Kashmir, he harboured a depressing mystery which got here again to hang-out him close to the tip of his lengthy and vibrant lifestyles. this is often the 1st and accredited biography of a great guy. Godwin-Austen's deepest papers are being made public for the 1st time. They end up that he was once one of many UK's maximum explorers, on a par with Sir Richard Burton, and surpassing the explorations of David Livingstone, Captain cook dinner or Captain Scott. For mountaineers, scientists, scholars of biography and historians of the Raj and the good online game, this biography bargains new and and unique fabric - a 'must' for the explorer's bookshelf.

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Drosophila oder die Versuchung: Ein Genetiker der DDR gegen by Erhard Geißler

By Erhard Geißler

Wer erinnert sich heute noch an die Tabuisierung der Genforschung in der Sowjetunion, die mit dem Namen Lyssenko eng verbunden ist. Trotz dieses ideologisch begründeten Verdikts ist es dem Autor gelungen, erfolgreich Genforschung in der DDR zu betreiben. Erhard Geißler wurde "Herr" über one hundred twenty Stämme der Fruchtfliege Drosophila, lange Zeit das wichtigste Versuchsobjekt der Vererbungsforscher. Rechtzeitig vor dem Mauerbau lernte er in Köln den Umgang mit Bakterien sowie Viren und in der "Frontstadt Westberlin" die Dressur der Fliege.
Nahezu 60 Jahre conflict er auf dem traditionsreichen biomedizinischen Forschungscampus in Berlin-Buch tätig, zu DDR-Zeiten in den Instituten der Akademie der Wissenschaften; seit deren Auflösung im Max-Delbrück-Centrum für Molekulare Medizin in Berlin, wo der Achtzigjährige als Gastwissenschaftler immer noch forscht und publiziert. Er engagierte sich als Genetiker zunehmend für eine internationale Ächtung biologischer Waffen.
Dieses Buch ist mehr als eine unterhaltsame Autobiographie, es enthält faszinierende information aus der Wissenschaftsgeschichte der DDR, vor allem auf dem Gebiet der experimentellen Krebsforschung und der biologischen Rüstungskontrolle.

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Atoms, Bombs and Eskimo Kisses: A Memoir of Father and Son by Claudio G. Segrè

By Claudio G. Segrè

“There are few books that discover the advanced kinfolk among recognized mom and dad and their young children. I knew Claudio and his Nobel-laureate father, Emilio Segrè; during this sincere, indignant, loving memoir I pay attention their voices back, talking around the gulf that each one households fight to bridge.” — Richard Rhodes, writer of darkish solar: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb

“This is a hot and openhearted booklet. Claudio Segrè indicates that each one the conventional tensions among fathers and sons can nonetheless exist even within the striking milieu he grew up in. He conjures up that have with grace and an outstanding eye for the telling details.” — Adam Hochschild, writer of part the way in which Home

“It’s an excellent e-book, a coming-of-age tale within the atomic period, the fight of a son for the affection and admire of a recognized father. it's also a perceptive perception into the pursuit of technological know-how, the cost of popularity, and the way households bridge transformations among generations and cultures to discover age-old connections, and finally love and understanding.” — James Kunetka, writer of urban of fireside: Los Alamos and the Atomic Age and Oppenheimer: The Years of Risk

“The Nobel Prize-winning physicist Emilio Segrè gave an account of his personal existence within the posthumously released A brain continuously in movement. within the current booklet Segrè’s in basic terms son (now himself deceased) offers an account of his starting to be up with the sort of father. The event as he describes it used to be now not a simple one. Transported in infancy from Italy to the U.S., Claudio was once required to barter his approach among his family’s chronic conviction of eu cultural superiority and the risk of being perceived as ‘not one among us’ through his new compatriots. Admiring his father, he was once aware of himself as ‘Son of Superman,’ however feeling eclipsed by means of and relishing the placement. Academically he was once beset by means of a ‘joyless wish to in achieving’ and simply seldom won the compliment or sympathy he longed for from his exacting and sometimes sarcastic father. yet he stumbled on the delights of scorching canine, comedian hooks, and baseball and cast forward on his personal through selecting the apparently ‘Red’ Reed university over his family’s most well liked Berkeley. After commencement, looking for paintings to which he may ‘be as devoted... as my father was once to physics,’ he spent a few years as a journalist ahead of finally creating a creditable educational profession as a historian, alongside the best way setting up an it seems that passable family members lifetime of his personal. The publication ends with an account of his relatives together with his father as an grownup, together with a disappointing try at a healing confrontation.” — Katherine Livingston, Science

“How does a son emerge from his father’s shadow while it's the measurement of a mushroom cloud? Such used to be the plight of Claudio G. Segrè, whose father, Emilio, received the Nobel Prize... and helped to create the atomic bomb... [He] recounts his lifelong quest to set up an self sufficient id. He additionally tells of his wish that his personal good fortune could earn him the distinction and popularity of his tricky father... Segrè alternately describes his father as Superman, a powerful king and a basilisk, a legendary reptile whose very glance is deadly. however, his father emerges as a great, being concerned guy, not sure find out how to deal with the celebrity that separates him from his son. it really is tragic, as a result, that no actual reconciliation happens, and that Segrè’s simply second of catharsis happens whilst it really is already too late... while he supplies his father’s eulogy.” — Douglas A. Sylva, the hot York Times

“In this heartfelt counterpart to his father’s... autobiography, A brain constantly in movement, journalist and professor [Claudio] Segrè... makes an attempt to shed a few thawing gentle at the chilly peace among father and son that lasted till Emilio Segrè’s demise in 1989, regardless of the affectionate nose-rubbings of the title.” — Publishers Weekly

"Often poignant... a considerate account of existence with a father who stumbled on [physics] a long way more uncomplicated to understand than the emotional lifetime of his son." — Kirkus Reviews

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Red Cosmos: K. E. Tsiolkovskii, Grandfather of Soviet by Dr. James T. Andrews Ph.D

By Dr. James T. Andrews Ph.D

Long ahead of the distance race captured the world’s cognizance, ok. E. Tsiolkovskii first conceived of multi-stage rockets that might later be tailored because the foundation of either the U.S. and Soviet rocket programs.

known as the grandfather of Russian rocketry, this provincial scientist used to be even sanctioned through Stalin to provide a speech from pink sq. on may possibly Day 1935, lauding the Soviet technological destiny whereas additionally dreaming and expounding on his personal visions of conquering the cosmos. Later, the Khrushchev regime used him as a "poster boy" for Soviet excellence in the course of its chilly battle pageant with the us. mockingly, a few revisionists have given that pointed to such blatant advertising by way of the Communist get together in an try to downplay Tsiolkovskii’s clinical contributions.

James T. Andrews explores the complexities of this guy to teach that Tsiolkovskii used to be even more than both a rocket inventor or a propaganda device. He used to be a technological know-how popularizer, novelist, technical inventor, and visionary, whose technological know-how fiction writings incorporated futuristic drawings of area stations lengthy sooner than they seemed on any engineer’s drawing board.

Mining a myriad of Russian records, Andrews produces not just a biographical account but additionally a learn of Soviet technological propaganda, neighborhood technology schooling, public tradition within the Twenties and Thirties, and the cultural ramifications of house flight.

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George Gaylord Simpson: Paleontologist and Evolutionist by Léo F.

By Léo F.

In 1978 the celebrated paleontologist George Gaylord Simpson released his autobiography, Concession to the inconceivable, which gave the elemental evidence of his lifestyles yet left extra questions than it spoke back. Now Léo F. Laporte provides this soaking up highbrow examine of Simpson's significant components of work.

Focusing on Simpson's medical contributions, Laporte presents chapters on Simpson's earliest paleontological examine via his amazing Alexander Agassiz professorship at Harvard and his large fieldwork for the yankee Museum of normal historical past, the place he built the center topics set forth in his so much prestigious paintings, pace and Mode in Evolution (Columbia college Press, 1944). Simpson used to be arguably the 1st evolutionary paleontologist to mix descriptive taxonomy with the trendy techniques of genetics and statistical analysis.

Despite his brilliance Simpson was once a tough individual to grasp; Laporte addresses the character of Simpson's interpersonal issues of colleagues in the course of his lifestyles. An introductory review presents the biographical context of Simpson's occupation and offers the framework for his significant paleontological and evolutionary contributions.

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The Mathematical Works of Bernard Bolzano by Steve Russ

By Steve Russ

Bernard Bolzano (1781-1848, Prague) used to be a notable philosopher and reformer a ways prior to his time in lots of components, together with philosophy, theology, ethics, politics, common sense, and mathematics.
Aimed at historians and philosophers of either arithmetic and good judgment, and examine scholars in these fields, this quantity comprises English translations, regularly for the 1st time, of lots of Bolzano's most vital mathematical writings.
These are the first assets for lots of of his celebrated insights and anticipations, together with: transparent topological definitions of assorted geometric extensions; a good assertion and use of the Cauchy convergence criterion sooner than it sounds as if in Cauchy's paintings; proofs of the binomial theorem and the intermediate worth theorem which are extra normal and rigorous than past ones; a powerful idea of measurable numbers (a model of genuine numbers), a thought of capabilities together with the
construction of a continuing, non-differentiable functionality (around 1830); and his tantalising conceptual struggles over the prospective relationships among countless collections.
Bolzano pointed out an goal and semantic connection among truths, his so-called 'ground-consequence' relation that imposed a constitution on mathematical theories and mirrored cautious conceptual research. This was once a part of his hugely unique philosophy of arithmetic that looks to be inseparable from his terribly fruitful functional improvement of arithmetic in ways in which stay faraway from being correctly understood, and should nonetheless be of relevance today.

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The Big Picture Man: Reflections on the Life and Thought of by Scott L. Rolston

By Scott L. Rolston

in the course of the first six many years of the 20 th century Alfred Louis Kroeber labored with nice contrast as a member of an anthropological circle the ethos of which he couldn't absolutely percentage. His ideals in regards to the evolution of languages, and the debatable inspiration of cultural evolution extra regularly, conflicted with the reigning Boasian paradigm. a number of the suggestions with which he struggled, reminiscent of the familial relationships between American languages and the emergent personality of tradition, turned much less challenging after he had handed from the scene. even supposing Kroeber is thought of as one of many founding figures of yank anthropology, his contributions to the institution of the genetic technique in ancient linguistics have been overshadowed through the genius of his collaborator and correspondent, Edward Sapir.

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A.P.J. Abdul Kalam: A Life by Arun Tiwari

By Arun Tiwari

Aeronautical engineer, rocket scientist, missile guy, visionary, instructor and the main inspiring head of country in residing reminiscence - Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam used to be these kind of and extra. absolutely the main respected Indian chief for the reason that Mahatma Gandhi, he transcended all of the obstacles and stumbling blocks that got here his approach during a notable existence; and he did so with grace and humility. Arun Tiwari tells Dr Kalam's existence tale with a deep figuring out of his formative stories and personality and divulges him as a guy personifying the entire glory and paradoxes of his state: secular and non secular; exalted and humble; schooled and unaffected; dynamic and calm; clinical and non secular - an Indian above all.

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The Mathematician Sophus Lie: It was the Audacity of My by Arild Stubhaug,R. Daly

By Arild Stubhaug,R. Daly

Sophus Lie (1842-1899) is one in every of Norways maximum medical skills. His mathematical works have made him well-known worldwide at the very least Niels Henrik Abel. The phrases "Lie teams" and "Lie algebra" are a part of the traditional mathematical vocabulary. In his entire biography the writer Arild Stubhaug introduces us to either the individual Sophus Lie and his time. We persist with him via: formative years on the vicarage in Nordfjordeid; his younger years in Moss; schooling in Christiania; travels in Europe; and find out about his contacts with the prime mathematicians of his time.

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