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Mysteries of life and the universe : new essays from America's finest writers on science

Author: William H Shore
Publisher: New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The mysteries of life and of the world we live in reveal themselves throughout this delightfully varied and accessible collection of essays. In fusions of hard science and personal anecdote - a physicist's perceptions as he walks his dog, a neurologist's ruminations on stubbing his toe, an astronomy writer's imaginary stroll backward in time on his way to his father's grave - these essays emphasize the breadth and
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Genre/Form: Miscellanea
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William H Shore
ISBN: 0151639728 9780151639724
OCLC Number: 25833074
Description: xiii, 317 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction / William H. Shore --
Walking in time / Timothy Ferris --
First birth / Alan Lightman --
Somebody else's cosmology / Anthony Aveni --
A detective story / Bruce Gregory --
Is science common sense? / Lawrence E. Joseph --
Rediscovering creation / Lawrence M. Krauss --
In the beginning / Harold Morowitz --
Of tracks and the river / James O. Farlow --
The search for Eve / Michael H. Brown --
Who was Neanderthal? Who are we? / James Trefil --
Why is it like something to be alive? / Robert Wright --
The mind of a neurologist / Harold Klawans --
Computers near the threshold? / Martin Gardner --
Quantum liaisons / David H. Freedman --
Walking with Ted / Hans Christian von Baeyer --
The theory of the universe? / Michio Kaku --
The law of gravity, the law of levity, and Murphy's law / Judith Stone --
Time reversal / A. Zee --
Does anybody know the right time? / Robert H. March --
The grandeur of the Grand Canyon / Diane Ackerman --
Save the swamps! / James Gorman --
The green fuse / Christopher Joyce --
Pulling the handle off the pump / Peter Radetsky --
Peering into shadows / Thomas Levenson --
Reductio expansioque ad absurdum / Douglas R. Hofstadter --
Where's home, cowboy? / Dennis Overbye --
2 rms riv vu / Lawrence A. Marschall --
The discovery / Robert M. Hazen.
Responsibility: edited by William H. Shore.

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The mysteries of life and of the world we live in reveal themselves throughout this delightfully varied and accessible collection of essays. In fusions of hard science and personal anecdote - a physicist's perceptions as he walks his dog, a neurologist's ruminations on stubbing his toe, an astronomy writer's imaginary stroll backward in time on his way to his father's grave - these essays emphasize the breadth and humanity of the scientific endeavor. Ranging in subject matter from the beginnings of the earth to the ends of the known universe, this anthology encompasses reflections on common sense, the mind of a bat, quantum mechanics, Murphy's law, dinosaur footprints, a Mesoamerican calendar, the thrill of an eclipse, time and memory, a fatal car accident, the origins of life. ... and more.

Mysteries of Life and the Universe is the fourth in a series of innovative collaborations in which artists and writers have donated their work to benefit others. (Those previously published are Louder than Words and Louder than Words: A Second Collection, both short-story anthologies, and Home, a children's book.) These collections are conceived and sponsored by Share Our Strength, a hunger relief foundation in Washington, D.C., which will donate the royalties from the sales of Mysteries of Life and the Universe to the National Commission to Prevent Infant Mortality.

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