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Theories for everything : an illustrated history of science from the invention of numbers to string theory /

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Other Authors: Stutz, Bruce., Gianopoulos, Andrea.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: National Geographic, 2006
Edition: First edition.
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SUMMARY

'Theories for Everything' highlights the rich and compelling stories behind science's most incredible discoveries. Tables of quick facts and useful analogies make the theories easy to grasp, while the narrative text gives the reader a platform to take their investigations further.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Bruce StutzAndrea GianopoulosJohn LangoneBruce StutzBruce StutzAndrea GianopoulosJohn Langone
Introductionp. 8
Chapter 1The Heavensp. 18
Chapter 2Human Bodyp. 72
Chapter 3Matter and Energyp. 146
Chapter 4Life Itselfp. 230
Chapter 5Earth and Moonp. 304
Chapter 6Mind and Behaviorp. 358
Further Readingp. 392
Indexp. 396
Illustration Creditsp. 406


Review by Booklist Review

Written by seasoned popular-science authors, this typically colorful National Geographic production is a basic introduction to the historical process of science. The late Langone concisely introduces the concept of a theory, emphasizing that it is a general truth about the natural world and not, as in common parlance, a supposition. Definition in hand, the book dives into the oldest science, astronomy, with the most tenaciously held theory, Ptolemy's geocentric cosmos. As with ancient authority in other sciences, such as Galen on human physiology, Ptolemy put curiosity to sleep until Copernicus, Kepler, and Newton formulated testable theories that encompassed larger classes of phenomena. The treatment of the other major sciences likewise emphasizes the gradual overthrow of a reigning theory by a more comprehensive one. Addressing physics, chemistry, geology, biology, and neurology, the authors deploy graphical aids, including time lines, thumbnail biographies, and sidebars, to explain the major theories and figures in each science. With its profusion of illustrations, this is an inviting orientation to the fascinations of science. --Gilbert Taylor Copyright 2006 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
AUTHOR NOTES

John Langone was a veteran science journalist and author who had been an editor at both Discover and Time magazines, and a contributor to the science section of the New York Times, as well as a Kennedy Fellow at Harvard, a Fulbright fellow in Tokyo, and a fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. His previous books for National Geographic were The Mystery of Time and The New How Things Work.