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The Graft Hybrid Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780822947936
Pub Date: 15 Jun 2024
Description:
The global triumph of Mendelian genetics in the twentieth century was not a foregone conclusion, thanks to the existence of graft hybrids. These chimeral plants and animals are created by grafting tissue from one organism to another with the goal of passing the newly hybridized genetic material on to their offspring. But prevailing genetic theory insisted that heredity was confined to the sex cells and there was no inheritance of characteristics acquired during an organism’s lifetime.
A Spaceship for All Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 376
ISBN: 9780822947660
Pub Date: 11 Jun 2024
Description:
When the Apollo 11 astronauts returned from humanity’s first voyage to the moon in 1969, NASA officials advocated for more ambitious missions. But with the civil rights movement, environmental concerns, the Vietnam War, and other social crises taking up much of the public’s attention, they lacked the support to make those ambitions a reality. Instead, the space agency had to think more modestly and pragmatically, crafting a program that could leverage the excitement of Apollo while promising relevance for average Americans.
The Lung Block Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 264
ISBN: 9780822947868
Pub Date: 04 Jun 2024
Series: Pittsburgh Hist Urban Environment
Description:
Public health, housing, poverty, and immigration dominated social and political discourse in early twentieth-century New York, much as they do today. The Lower East Side provided an urban environment where infectious disease and other public health concerns flourished. One city block in particular, known in muckraking circles as “The Lung Block,” housed four thousand first- and second-generation Americans in dilapidated tenements where deadly tuberculosis spread uninhibited.
Compound Remedies Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 404
ISBN: 9780822967255
Pub Date: 30 Apr 2024
Description:
Winner, 2022 Edward Kremers AwardCompound Remedies examines the equipment, books, and remedies of colonial Mexico City’s Herrera pharmacy—natural substances with known healing powers that formed part of the basis for modern-day healing traditions and home remedies in Mexico. Paula S. De Vos traces the evolution of the Galenic pharmaceutical tradition from its foundations in ancient Greece to the physician-philosophers of medieval Islamic empires and the Latin West and eventually through the Spanish Empire to Mexico, offering a global history of the transmission of these materials, knowledges, and techniques.
The Quickest Revolution Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 330
ISBN: 9788869774515
Pub Date: 18 Apr 2024
Description:
Since their invention, computers have kept revolutionizing the world at a staggeringpace. And yet, through recent conquests in AI and computer graphics, the profound effects of this revolution threaten to upend much of the previous world order. Sitting squarely at the crossroads of computer science, history, socioeconomics, ethics, and philosophy, and written by an insider who contributed foundational work to many of the latest and most pervasive technologies, this book offers a much-needed reframing of the past, present, and future of computing.
From the Moon to Rhinos Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 216
ISBN: 9788869774591
Pub Date: 10 Mar 2024
Description:
From the Moon to Rhinos is the story of Michele Sofisti, a Geologist who became a valued and itinerant manager – in Ferrari, Omega, Swatch, Gucci – and then actively “returned” to Nature, engaging in the conservation of animal species, forests, and oceans. It is a collection of life experiences, meetings, and emotions laid bare. It is an ongoing journey that aims to sensitize people to believe that a change towards a better interaction between humans and the natural world, which feeds and sustains us, is possible and must be undertaken instantly.
Space in our hands Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9788869774676
Pub Date: 10 Mar 2024
Description:
We live in the Golden Age of space exploration. Humanity’s achievements include the continued operation of the International Space Station, rapid advancements in reusable rockets, and soon, a return to the Moon. Within our lifetime, we might have human outposts on the lunar surface and flags flying on the plains of Mars.
Listen To Your Microbes Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781912589395
Pub Date: 15 Feb 2024
Imprint: Liberties Press
Illustrations: Colour line drawings throughout
Description:
When we are born, we are basically sterile. By the time we die, we are more microbe than human. Microscopic organisms are essential to the development of human life.
A Nurse's Life Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781739789220
Pub Date: 31 Jan 2024
Imprint: Liffey Press
Description:
A Nurse’s Life tells the remarkable story of one woman’s devotion to a life of care in the medical profession. Beginning her career as a midwife, Geralyn later became an authority in palliative care, but throughout her goal has always been about understanding what it means to truly care for another person. That is precisely what she does in this book: portray the essence of nursing.
Inka Bird Idiom Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780822947592
Pub Date: 31 Jan 2024
Series: Pitt Latin American Series
Description:
From majestic Amazonian macaws and highland Andean hawks to tiny colorful tanagers and tall flamingos, birds and their feathers played an important role in the Inka empire. Claudia Brosseder uncovers the many meanings that Inkas attached to the diverse fowl of the Amazon, the eastern Andean foothills, and the highlands. She shows how birds and feathers shaped Inka politics, launched wars, and initiated peace.
The Correspondence of John Tyndall, Volume 11 Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 610
ISBN: 9780822946823
Pub Date: 31 Jan 2024
Description:
The eleventh volume of The Correspondence of John Tyndall covers the period from January 1869 to the end of February 1871 and contains 427 letters with more than 130 individual correspondents, as well as letters to several newspapers. These years find Tyndall an internationally established scientist with broad influence and feeling increasingly confident in that role. They were highly productive research years, and Tyndall had a wide scope of interests, publishing in scientific journals, popular magazines, and newspapers on a variety of topics, including diamagnetism, germ theory, comets, and atmospheric phenomena.
The Donora Death Fog Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 324
ISBN: 9780822966715
Pub Date: 31 Jan 2024
Illustrations: 30 b&w
Description:
In October 1948, a seemingly average fog descended on the tiny mill town of Donora, Pennsylvania. With a population of fewer than fifteen thousand, the town’s main industry was steel and zinc mills—mills that continually emitted pollutants into the air. The six-day smog event left twenty-one people dead and thousands sick.
The Many Voices of Modern Physics Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780822947585
Pub Date: 31 Jan 2024
Description:
The Many Voices of Modern Physics follows a revolution that began in 1905 when Albert Einstein published papers on special relativity and quantum theory. Unlike Newtonian physics, this new physics often departs wildly from common sense, a radical divorce that presents a unique communicative challenge to physicists when writing for other physicists or for the general public, and to journalists and popular science writers as well. In their two long careers, Joseph Harmon and the late Alan Gross have explored how scientists communicate with each other and with the general public.
The Vortex Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 848
ISBN: 9780822947561
Pub Date: 31 Jan 2024
Description:
Environmental challenges are defining the twenty-first century. To fully understand ongoing debates about our current crises - climate change, loss of biological diversity, pollution, extinction, resource woes - means revisiting their origins, in all their complexity. With this ambitious, highly original contribution to the environmental history of global modernity, Frank Uekötter considers the many ways humans have had an impact on their physical environment throughout history.
Transplanting Modernity? Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780822946397
Pub Date: 31 Jan 2024
Series: Intersections: Histories of Environment
Description:
In general, “development” denotes movement or growth toward something better in the future. International development—widespread in the decades following World War II—was an effort at purposeful change in landscapes around the world. Contributors to this volume argue that these projects constituted an effort to transplant modernity, such as knowledge or technology, from places seen as more developed to places perceived as un- or underdeveloped.
Greek and Roman Medicine at the British Museum Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9780861592326
Pub Date: 28 Dec 2023
Series: British Museum Research Publications
Illustrations: 120
Description:
Strategies for the preservation of health and for the prevention and treatment of illness and disease have been discerned in the surviving written records and material remains of most societies since earliest times. Compared to the prehistoric past the evidence for the ancient Greek and Roman periods is comparatively full, though still sparse or lacking in some key areas. Most accounts of the history of Greek and Roman medicine are based on ancient medical texts.