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Author: Katinka Ridderbos
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521782937
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Eight essays discussing the nature of time, ideal for the general reader.


Author: Trevor Lamb
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521499637
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Although we experience colour all the time, do we really understand colour? Three hundred years ago Isaac Newton showed that white light is composed of all the colours of the spectrum yet does this provide us with insight into our own personal experience of colour sensation? To answer such questions on the nature of colour this volume gathers the combined knowledge of physics, biology, history and art. It provides an exciting exploration of colour, from the diverse perspectives of experts in eight different fields of study. Their essays take us on a journey both through the sciences and the world of fine art, and they combine to give a full and rewarding view of colour.


Author: Jonathan L. Heeney
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1316644766
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Plagues have inflicted misery and suffering throughout history. They can be traced through generations in our genes, with echoes in religion and literature. Featuring essays arising from the 2014 Darwin College Lectures, this book examines the spectrum of tragic consequences of different types of plagues, from infectious diseases to over-population and computer viruses. The essays analyse the impact that plagues have had on humanity and animals, and their threat to the very survival of the world as we know it. On the theme of plagues, each essay takes a unique perspective, ranging from the impact of plagues on history, medicine, the evolution of species, and biblical metaphors, to their impact on national economies, and even our highly connected digital lifestyles. This engaging and timely collection challenges our understanding of plagues, and asks if plagues are the manifestation of nature's checks and balances in light of human population growth and our impact on climate change.


Author: Mark de Rond
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 052118181X
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Serendipity is a fascinating but elusive concept, and one which has been surprisingly influential in many areas of human discovery. The essays in this volume provide insightful and entertaining accounts of the relationship between serendipity and knowledge by some of the most eminent thinkers of this generation.


Author: François Penz
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521823760
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What is space? This fascinating journey of exploration begins in our own minds - the space within our brains. We discover how space is used in sign language and in architecture, before moving on to the virtual space created in an imaginary computer-generated world. The delineation of space has been important throughout human history, and we look at how boundaries have been mapped in the past, and how they remain politically important today. Finally, we travel into outer space, to look at human exploration and the ultimate nature of space and the universe.

The Survival Of The Human Race

Author: Damien Fairconetue
ISBN: 1435708458
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"And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." -Jesus Christ, humanity's only Emancipator

Ways Of Communicating

Author: D. H. Mellor
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521370745
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The world of communication from human speech and body language to satellites.

The Fragile Environment

Author: L. E. Friday
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521422666
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The Fragile Environment explores the impact of the human species on its environment.

Darwin S Dangerous Idea

Author: Daniel C. Dennett
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439126291
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In a book that is both groundbreaking and accessible, Daniel C. Dennett, whom Chet Raymo of The Boston Globe calls "one of the most provocative thinkers on the planet," focuses his unerringly logical mind on the theory of natural selection, showing how Darwin's great idea transforms and illuminates our traditional view of humanity's place in the universe. Dennett vividly describes the theory itself and then extends Darwin's vision with impeccable arguments to their often surprising conclusions, challenging the views of some of the most famous scientists of our day.


Author: Layla Skinns
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139499807
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Recent events from the economic downturn to climate change mean that there has never been a better time to be thinking about and trying to better understand the concept of risk. In this book, prominent and eminent speakers from fields as diverse as statistics to classics, neuroscience to criminology, politics to astronomy, as well as speakers embedded in the media and in government, have put their ideas down on paper in a series of essays that broaden our understanding of the meaning of risk. The essays come from the prestigious Darwin College Lecture Series which, after twenty-five years, is one of the most popular public lecture series at the University of Cambridge. The risk lectures in 2010 were amongst the most popular yet and, in essay form, they make for a lively and engaging read for specialists and non-specialists alike.