Key Images in the History of Science
By (author) John D. Barrow
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Cosmic Imagery by John D. Barrow
Book Description*Certain key images embody our understanding of life and the universe we inhabit. Some, like Robert Hooke's first microscopic views of the natural world, or the stunning images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, were made possible by our new technical capabilities. *Others, like the first graph, were breathtakingly simple but perennially useful. Vesalius's haunting pictures of the human anatomy were nothing less than works of art, while the simple diagram now known as Pythagoras' Theorem - proved by the ancient Babylonians, Chinese, Indians and Egyptians long before the Greeks themselves - lay the foundations for modern mathematics. *Many of these images have shattered our preconceptions about the limits and nature of existence: the first breathtaking pictures of the Earth from space stimulated an environmental consciousness that has grown ever since; the mushroom cloud from atomic and nuclear explosions became the ultimate symbol of death and destruction; the flying saucer came to represent the possibility of extraterrestrial life; while Mercator's flat map of the Earth coordinated an entire world-view. * Cosmic Imagery takes us on a tour through the most influential images in science. Each holds an important place in the growth of human understanding and carries with it a story that illuminates its origin and meaning. Together they reveal something of the beauty and truth of the universe, and why, so often, a picture is better than a thousand words.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780224075237
(242mm x 180mm x 42mm)
Imprint: The Bodley Head Ltd
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 3-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author John D. Barrow
100 Essential Things You Didn't Know You Didnt Know About Math and the Arts, Paperback (February 2016)
An entertaining and illuminating collection of 100 surprising connections between math and the arts.
100 Essential Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know About Maths and the Arts, Hardback (November 2014)
Shows us that mathematics and the arts are not so far removed from each other. This book takes us on a 100-step tour, guiding us through art forms as various as sculpture, literature, architecture and dance, and reveals what maths can tell us about the mysteries of the worlds of art and design.
Mathletics, Paperback (June 2013)
How can Usain Bolt break his world record without running any faster? Why do high-jumpers use the Fosbury Flop? What's the best strategy for taking penalties in football? What statistical advantage do left-handed boxers have over their right-handed opponents? The author shows how maths can give us surprising insights into the world of sports.
Book of Universes, Paperback (January 2013)» View all books by John D. Barrow
"There can be few better guides to the bewildering array of potential universes, ?and none so readable or entertaining."-Manjit Kumar, The Independent
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Author Biography - John D. Barrow
John D. Barrow is Professor of Mathematical Sciences and Director of the Millennium Mathematics Project at Cambridge University, Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge, a Fellow of the Royal Society, and the current Gresham Professor of Geometry at Gresham College, London. His principal area of scientific research is cosmology, and he is the author of many highly acclaimed books about the nature and significance of modern developments in physics, astronomy, and mathematics, including The Left Hand of Creation; The Origin of the Universe; The Universe that Discovered Itself; The Infinite Book, The Artful Universe Expanded, New Theories of Everything and, most recently, 100 Essential Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know. He is also the author of the award-winning play Infinities.
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