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Al-Khalili, Jim 1962-

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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 1,343 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
Black holes, wormholes & time machines by Jim Al-Khalili( Book )

39 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 1,334 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
Quantum by Jim Al-Khalili( Book )

20 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 956 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
Paradox : the nine greatest enigmas in physics by Jim Al-Khalili( Book )

6 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 768 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
Life on the edge : the coming of age of quantum biology by Johnjoe McFadden( Book )

11 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 633 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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. Are we still missing a vital ingredient in its creation' Like Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene, which provided a new perspective on how evolution works, Life on the Edge alters our understanding of our world's fundamental dynamics. Bringing together first-hand experience at the cutting edge of science with unparalleled gifts of explanation, Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe Macfadden reveal that missing ingredient to be quantum mechanics; the phenomena that lie at the heart of this most mysterious of sciences. Drawing on recent ground-breaking experiments around the world, each chapter in Life on the Edge engages by illustrating one of life's puzzles: How do migrating birds know where to go' How do we really smell the scent of a rose' How do our genes copy themselves with such precision' Life on the Edge accessibly reveals how quantum mechanics can answer these probing questions of the universe. Guiding the reader through the rapidly unfolding discoveries of the last few years, Al-Khalili and McFadden communicate the excitement of the explosive new field of quantum biology and its potentially revolutionary applications, while offering insights into the biggest puzzle of all: what is life' As they brilliantly demonstrate in these groundbreaking pages, life exists on the quantum edge. From the Hardcover edition
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 338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For over 700 years the international language of science was Arabic. In Pathfinders, Jim al-Khalili celebrates the forgotten pioneers who helped shape our understanding of the world. All scientists have stood on the shoulders of giants. But most historical accounts today suggest that the achievements of the ancient Greeks were not matched until the European Renaissance in the 16th century, a 1,000-year period dismissed as the Dark Ages. In the ninth-century, however, the Abbasid caliph of Baghdad, Abu Ja'far Abdullah al-Ma'mun, created the greatest centre of learning the world had ever seen, known as Bayt al-Hikma, the House of Wisdom. The scientists and philosophers he brought together sparked a period of extraordinary discovery, in every field imaginable, launching a golden age of Arabic science. Few of these scientists, however, are now known in the western world: Abu Rayhan al-Biruni, a polymath who outshines everyone in history except Leonardo da Vinci; the Syrian astronomer Ibn al-Shatir, whose manuscripts would inspire Copernicus' heliocentric model of the solar system; or the 13th-century Andalucian physician Ibn al-Nafees, who correctly described blood circulation 400 years before William Harvey; Iraqi Ibn al-Haytham who practised the modern scientific method 700 years before Bacon and Descartes, and founded the field of modern optics before Newton; or even ninth-century zoologist al-Jahith, who developed a theory of natural selection a thousand years before Darwin. The West needs to see the Islamic world through new eyes and the Islamic world, in turn, to take pride in its extraordinarily rich heritage. Anyone who reads this book will understand why
Genius of Britain the scientists who changed the world( Visual )

4 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Britain's great inventors and scientists have taken mankind to places and into worlds that we only dreamed possible. This essential book presents a compelling overview of those achievements and the fascinating stories of the people who did it
The Euroschool lectures on physics with exotic beams by Jim Al-Khalili( Book )

10 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Atom( Visual )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 109 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
30-second theories : the 50 most thought-provoking theories in science, each explained in half a minutr by Paul Parsons( Book )

4 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"30-Second Theories takes a revolutionary approach to understanding the 50 most significant and intriguing scientific theories." -- Back cover
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 89 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 groen 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
Life on the edge : the coming of age of quantum biology by Johnjoe McFadden( Recording )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 49 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
Paradox : the nine greatest enigmas in science by Jim Al-Khalili( Book )

8 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 44 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
The Euroschool lectures on physics with exotic beams by Jim Al-Khalili( Book )

22 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 42 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. Vol I has been published as LNP 651, ISBN 3-540-22399-1
Wetenschap in 30 seconden : 50 mijlpalen uit de geschiedenis van de wetenschap( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in Dutch and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ta ru yu zhou de yi xiao bu : hei dong . chong dong . shi guang ji by Ka li li( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in Chinese and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Euroschool lectures on physics with exotic beams by Jim Al-Khalili( Book )

15 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the third volume in a series of Lecture Notes based on the highly successful 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. Vol I has been published as LNP 651, ISBN 978-3-540-22399-3; Vol II has been published as LNP 700, ISBN 978-3-540-33786-7
Shock and awe the story of electricity( Visual )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 38 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
Shock and awe the story of electricity( Visual )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Once a subject of crude experiments and parlor tricks, electricity was recognized some 200 years ago as a force that could completely transform the world - driving machines, lighting homes, and enabling us to communicate across continents. This program shows how scientists and engineers unlocked the power of electricity in an extraordinary century of innovation and invention. It profiles scientists who discovered the links between electricity and magnetism as well as other fundamental concepts - Hans Christian Oersted, Michael Faraday, William Sturgeon, Joseph Henry, and others. The development of commercial applications is discussed with segments on Samuel Morse, the story of the 1866 transatlantic cable, and the "war of currents" rivalry between Thomas Edison's DC and Nikola Tesla's AC, championed by George Westinghouse
The Euroschool lectures on physics with exotic beams( Book )

13 editions published in 2004 in English and German and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Research with radioactive ion beams has entered a new era with the advent of energetic beams of radioactive nuclei that are capable of inducing nuclear reactions. The present book is the first volume of edited lectures based on material presented at the Euroschool on Exotic Beams over the past years. It introduces the graduate student and nonspecialist scientist from related areas into various topics encompassing theoretical, experimental as well as application-related aspects of this growing field of research
 
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The house of wisdom : how Arabic science saved ancient knowledge and gave us the Renaissance
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