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Al-Khalili, Jim 1962-

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Most widely held works by Jim Al-Khalili
Black holes, wormholes & time machines by Jim Al-Khalili( Book )

30 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 1,364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Theoretical physicist Jim Al-Khalili finally lays science fiction to rest as he opens up Einstein's Universe. Leading us gently and light-heartedly through the dizzying world of our space and time". -- Back cover
The house of wisdom : how Arabic science saved ancient knowledge and gave us the Renaissance by Jim Al-Khalili( Book )

9 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and Spanish and held by 1,358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A myth-shattering view of the medieval Islamic world's myriad scientific innovations, which preceded-and enabled-the European Renaissance. The Arabic legacy of science and philosophy has long been hidden from the West. British-Iraqi physicist Jim Al-Khalili unveils that legacy to fascinating effect by returning to its roots in the hubs of Arab innovation that would advance science and jump-start the European Renaissance. Inspired by the Koranic injunction to study closely all of God's works, rulers throughout the Islamic world funded armies of scholars who gathered and translated Persian, Sanskrit, and Greek texts. From the ninth through the fourteenth centuries, these scholars built upon those foundations a scientific revolution that bridged the one-thousand-year gap between the ancient Greeks and the European Renaissance. Many of the innovations that we think of as hallmarks of Western science were actually the result of Arab ingenuity: Astronomers laid the foundations for the heliocentric model of the solar system long before Copernicus; physicians accurately described blood circulation and the inner workings of the eye ages before Europeans solved those mysteries; physicists made discoveries that laid the foundation for Newton's theories of optics. But the most significant legacy of Middle Eastern science was its evidence-based approach-the lack of which kept Europeans in the dark throughout the Dark Ages. The father of this experimental approach to science-what we call the scientific method-was an Iraqi physicist who applied it centuries before Europeans first dabbled in it. Al-Khalili details not only how discoveries like these were made, but also how they changed European minds and how they were ultimately obscured by later Western versions of the same principles. With transporting detail, Al-Khalili places the reader in the intellectual and cultural hothouses of the Arab Enlightenment: the House of Wisdom in Baghdad, one of the world's greatest academies, the holy city of Isfahan, the melting pots of Damascus and Cairo, and the embattled Islamic outposts of Spain. Al-Khalili tackles two tantalizing questions: Why did the Arab world enter its own Dark Age after such a dazzling enlightenment? And how much did Arabic learning contribute to making the Western world as we know it? Given his singular combination of expertise in both the Western and Middle Eastern scientific traditions, Al-Khalili is uniquely qualified to solve those riddles"--Provided by publisher
Quantum by Jim Al-Khalili( Book )

29 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 963 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this lively look at quantum science, a physicist takes you on an entertaining and enlightening journey through the basics of subatomic physics. Along the way he examines the paradox of quantum mechanics--beautifully mathematical in theory but confoundingly unpredictable in the real world. Marvel at the Dual Slit experiment as a tiny atom passes through 2 separate openings at the same time. Ponder the peculiar communication of quantum particles, which can remain in touch no matter how far apart. Join the genius jewel thief as he carries out a quantum measurement on a diamond without ever touching the object in question. With its clean, colorful layout and conversational tone, this text will hook you into the conundrum that is quantum mechanics.--From publisher description
Life on the edge : the coming of age of quantum biology by Johnjoe McFadden( Book )

17 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 825 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life is the most extraordinary phenomenon in the known universe; but how does it work? It is remarkable that in this age of cloning and even synthetic biology, nobody has ever made anything living entirely out of dead material. Life remains the only way to make life. Are we missing a vital ingredient in its creation? Like Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene, which provided a new perspective on evolution by shifting the focus of natural selection from organisms to genes, Life On The Edge alters our understanding of life from cells or biomolecules to the fundamental particles that drive life's dynamics. From this new perspective, life makes more sense as its missing ingredient is revealed to be quantum mechanics and the strange phenomena that lie at the heart of this most mysterious of sciences
Paradox : the nine greatest enigmas in physics by Jim Al-Khalili( Book )

15 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 815 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How can a cat be both dead and alive at the same time? Why will Achilles never beat a tortoise in a race, no matter how fast he runs? And how can a person be ten years older than their twin? Throughout history, scientists have been coming up with theories and ideas that just do not seem to make sense
Pathfinders : the golden age of Arabic science by Jim Al-Khalili( Book )

15 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 343 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For over 700 years the international language of science was Arabic. In this book Jim Al-Khalili celebrates the forgotten, inspiring pioneers who helped shape our understanding of the world
The Euroschool lectures on physics with exotic beams by Jim Al-Khalili( Book )

76 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the second volume in a series of Lecture Notes based on the highly succesful Euro Summer School on Exotic Beams. The aim of these notes is to provide a thorough introduction to radioactive ion-beam physics at the level of graduate students and young postdocs starting out in the field. Each volume covers a range of topics from nuclear theory to experiment and applications
Genius of Britain the scientists who changed the world( Visual )

4 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charismatic men of action and reclusive eccentrics. Eureka moments and serendipitous strokes of luck. Discoveries born of crisis and insatiable curiosity. The history of scientific progress in Britain offers an astonishing breadth of personalities and has had an awe-inspiring effect on civilization. Each episode brings an era of scientific thought to life, with modern-day geniuses examining the legacies of their heroes
Atom( Visual )

5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Program 2. Key to the cosmos. "This is the second of Professor Jim Al-Khalili's three part investigation into the basic building block of our universe--the atom. He shows that in our quest to understand the tiny atom, we unravelled the mystery of how the entire universe was created. It's a story with dramatic twists and turns, taking in world-changing discoveries like radioactivity, the atom bomb and the big bang. All this forms part of an epic narrative in which the greatest brains of the 20th century competed to answer the biggest questions of all--why are we here and how were we made?"--Container
Shock and awe the story of electricity( Visual )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Today we can hardly imagine life without electrical power - it defines our era. It creates human connections. It is the lifeblood of civil society. But how did we arrive here, at a place in which our understanding of electricity is matched, if not overwhelmed, by our dependence on it? Bringing the scientific history of electricity to a dramatic conclusion, this program describes how a new age dawned - how researchers discovered electric fields and electromagnetic waves. Viewers learn about the achievements of James Clerk Maxwell, Heinrich Hertz, Oliver Lodge, Jagadish Bose, William Crookes, Herbert Matare, Heinrich Welker, and others. The program also asks whether or not tomorrow might bring yet another breakthrough - because if we can understand the secret of electrical superconductivity we could once again transform the world
Im Haus der Weisheit : Die arabischen Wissenschaften als Fundament unserer Kultur by Jim Al-Khalili( Book )

10 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in German and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wer stürzte lange vor Kopernikus das heliozentrische Weltbild? Ibn al-Shatir. Wer beschrieb als Erster den Blutkreislauf? Ibn al-Nafees. Wer war vor Leonardo das erste Universalgenie? Abu Rayan al-Biruni. Im 9. Jahrhundert gründete der Kalif von Bagdad das legendäre "Haus der Weisheit", das fortan zum Weltzentrum der Gelehrsamkeit wurde. Hier wurden die großen Werke der Antike - Galen, Hippokrates, Platon, Aristoteles und Archimedes - vor dem Vergessen bewahrt, grundlegende Erkenntnisse der Astronomie, Mathematik, Medizin und Zoologie gewonnen. Der bekannte britisch-irakische Wissenschaftshistoriker Jim al-Kahlili erzählt die faszinierenden Geschichten dieser Pioniere der Wissenschaften und vom einzigartigen Goldenen Zeitalter arabischer Gelehrsamkeit, ohne die unsere abendländische Kultur so nicht existieren würde
30-second theories : the 50 most thought-provoking theories in science, each explained in half a minutr by Paul Parsons( Book )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"30-Second Theories takes a revolutionary approach to understanding the 50 most significant and intriguing scientific theories."--Back cover
Is Nuclear Power Safe?( Visual )

3 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Low-carbon energy solution, or a ticking time bomb? When the Fukushima Daichi nuclear plant went into meltdown following an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, the world started to question the safety of nuclear power. In Fukushima - Is Nuclear Power Safe? (Horizon) we ask if such distrust is justified? Jim Al-Khalili, Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Surrey, is convinced of the theoretical value of nuclear power. In Fukushima - Is Nuclear Power Safe? (Horizon), he travels to the most important sites in nuclear safety - Fukushima, Chernobyl and new reactors in Finland - to see if nuclear power can ever work as well in practice, when exposed to politics and economics, as it does on paper. Fukushima - Is Nuclear Power Safe? (Horizon) is a BBC science documentary which looks at just how safe our nuclear power resources really are
Life on the edge : the coming of age of quantum biology by Johnjoe McFadden( Recording )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe Macfadden offer insights into the biggest puzzle of all: what is life? -- Life is the most extraordinary phenomenon in the known universe; but how did it come to be? Even in an age of cloning and artificial biology, the remarkable truth remains: nobody has ever made anything living entirely out of dead material. Life remains the only way to make life
Let There Be Life( Visual )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Physicist Jim Al-Khalili routinely deals quantum physics, the perplexing theory of sub-atomic particles. But now he's turning his attention to the world of nature. Can quantum mechanics explain the greatest mysteries in biology? His first encounter is with the robin. This familiar little bird navigates using one quantum entanglement, a process which seems to defy common sense. Even Albert Einstein himself could not believe it. Jim finds that even the most personal of human experiences-our sense of smell-is touched by ethereal quantum vibrations. According to the latest experiments, it seems that our quantum noses are listening to smells. Jim then discovers that the most famous law of quantum physics, the uncertainty principle, is obeyed by plants and trees as they capture sunlight during the vital process of photosynthesis. Finally, Jim asks if quantum physics might play a role in evolution. Could the strange laws of the sub-atomic world, which allow objects to tunnel through impassable barriers, affect the mechanism by which living species evolve?
Wetenschap in 30 seconden : 50 mijlpalen uit de geschiedenis van de wetenschap( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in Dutch and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Atom( Visual )

4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the last of this three-part series, nuclear physicist, Professor Jim Al-Khalili, explains how studying the atom forced scientists to rethink the nature of reality itself and to consider the existence of parallel universes and empty space that isn't empty at all
Atom( Visual )

4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this second of three programs, nuclear physicist, Professor Jim Al-Khalili shows that in their quest to understand the atom, scientists unravelled the mystery of how the entire universe was created. Topics include world-changing discoveries like radioactivity, the creation of the atomic bomb and the development of Big Bang Theory
Atom( Visual )

4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells the story of the scientific discovery that everything is made of atoms
50 teorías científicas revolucionarias e imaginativas by Paul Parsons( Book )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in Spanish and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The house of wisdom : how Arabic science saved ancient knowledge and gave us the Renaissance
Alternative Names
Al-Khalili, J.

Al-Khalili, J. 1962-

Al-Khalili, J. S.

Al-Khalili, J.S. 1962-

al*Khalili , Jim

Iacobus Al-Khalili

Jim Al-Khalili britischer Kernphysiker, Professor, Autor und Rundfunksprecher

Jim Al-Khalili Brits natuurkundige

Jim Al-Khalili fisico e divulgatore scientifico inglese

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Аль-Халили, Джим

Джим Аль-Халілі

Џим ел-Халили ирачко-бриански теоретски физичар и научнопопуларен деец

جيم الخليلي

جیم الخلیلی فیزیک‌دان، نویسنده، و دانشمند بریتانیایی

알카릴리, 짐 1962-

알칼릴리, 짐 1962-

アル・カリーリ, ジム

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The house of wisdom : how Arabic science saved ancient knowledge and gave us the RenaissanceQuantumPathfinders : the golden age of Arabic scienceThe Euroschool lectures on physics with exotic beams30-second theories : the 50 most thought-provoking theories in science, each explained in half a minutr