Infinito in ogni direzione Le origini della vita,la scienza e il futuro dell'umanità

By Freeman Dyson

«Il titolo Infinito in ogni direzione ha due significati. Allude alle illimitate possibilità dell’universo, che esso sviluppa prendendo coscienza di se stesso attraverso l’azione della vita e dell’intelligenza. Ma si riferisce anche alle enormi responsabilità dell’umanità come custode della vita su un piccolo pianeta.» Così Freeman J. Dyson definisce i punti di riferimento del suo discorso sulla scienza, che mette costantemente a confronto i risultati della ricerca più aggiornata in campo fisico, astronomico, biologico con gli interrogativi più stringenti dell’etica e della politica. Quali sono le strade che l. a. scienza contemporanea esplora nella sua indagine sulle origini della vita e sulla sua evoluzione? Quali i dilemmi cui portano i risultati della ricerca? Quali le scelte necessarie perché le raffinate tecnologie prodotte dal progresso scientifico vengano usate consistent with il progresso dell’umanità e non in line with los angeles sua distruzione? A questo intreccio di temi di appassionante attualità e di domande rivolte al futuro, Freeman Dyson porta il suo illuminante e inventivo contributo: una riflessione che lega l. a. scienza alla filosofia, il gusto della scoperta all’attenzione costante alle componenti spirituali del pensiero e della vita umana.

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Why Can't Elephants Jump?: And 113 Other Tantalizing Science Questions Answered (New Scientist)

From the editors that introduced you Why do not Penguins' toes Freeze? and Do Sparrows Like Bach?, an exploration of the bizarre and beautiful margin of science―the newest within the extraordinary New Scientist series.

What’s the garage skill of the human mind in gigabytes? Why is frozen milk yellow? Why do flamingos stand on one leg? And why can’t elephants bounce? Is it simply because elephants are too huge or heavy (after all, they are saying hippos and rhinos can play hopscotch)? Or is it simply because their knees face the opposite direction? Or do they simply wait until eventually no one’s taking a look? learn this terrific new compilation to determine. this can be renowned technological know-how at its such a lot soaking up and enjoyable.

the former titles within the New Scientist sequence were foreign bestsellers and bought over million copies among them. this is one other very good number of clever, witty, and infrequently impressive solutions to a excellent variety of technology questions.

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A Field Guide to Germs, Revised and Updated Edition

By Wayne Biddle

From the ravages of the Ebola virus in Zaire to outbreaks of pneumonic plague in India and drug-resistant TB in manhattan urban, contagious ailments are struggling with again opposed to once-unconquerable sleek medication. Public crisis approximately infectious sickness is at the upward push as newspapers trumpet the arrivals of latest germs and the reemergence of outdated ones.

In A box consultant to Germs, Pulitzer Prize-winning technology author Wayne Biddle brings readers nose to nose with approximately 100 of the best-known (in phrases of occurrence, strength, historic value, or perhaps literary curiosity) of the myriad pathogens that stay in and round the human inhabitants. besides actual descriptions of the organisms and the afflictions they reason, the writer presents folklore, philosophy, historical past, and such illustrations as 19th century drawings of plague-induced panic, microscopic images of HIV and Ebola, and wartime posters caution servicemen opposed to syphilis and gonorrhea.

From cholera to chlamydia, TB to HIV, bubonic plague to Lyme ailment, rabies to Congo-Crimean encephalitis, anthrax to Zika fever, and again to sturdy previous rhinitis (the universal cold), A box advisor to Germs is either a convenient reference paintings to higher comprehend modern-day headlines and a desirable examine the surprising impression of micro-organisms on social and political history.

Winner of the yankee clinical Writers Association's Walter C. Alvarez Honor Award.

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Nothing: Surprising Insights Everywhere from Zero to Oblivion

By New Scientist

Incredible discoveries from the fringes of the universe to the internal workings of our minds—all from nothing!

It seems that nearly not anything is as curious—or as enlightening—as, good, not anything. what's nothingness? the place can or not it's stumbled on? The writers of the world's top-selling technological know-how journal investigate—from the large bang, darkish power, and the void to superconductors, vestigial organs, hypnosis, and the placebo effect—and realize that realizing not anything could be the key to knowing everything:

What got here prior to the massive bang, and should our universe end?
How may possibly cooling subject down nearly to absolute 0 support clear up our power crisis?
How can an individual be afflicted by a fake prognosis as if it have been true?
Does nothingness even exist? fresh experiments recommend that squeezing an ideal vacuum by some means creates light.
Why is it unfair to accuse sloths—animals who do nothing—of being lazy? And more!

individuals Paul Davies, Jo Marchant, and Ian Stewart, in addition to former editors of Nature and sixteen different prime writers and scientists, marshal up to date study to make essentially the most difficult geographical regions in technological know-how dazzlingly transparent. organize to be surprised at how a lot more there's to not anything than you ever realized.

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Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?: And Other Reflections on Being Human

By Jesse Bering

Why do testicles grasp the best way they do? Is there an adaptive functionality to the feminine orgasm? What does it suppose wish to are looking to kill your self? Does "free will" particularly exist? And why is the penis formed like that anyway?

In Why Is the Penis formed Like That?, the learn psychologist and award-winning columnist Jesse Bering gains greater than thirty of his most well liked essays from Scientific American and Slate, in addition to new items, that take readers on a daring and desirable trip via essentially the most taboo matters relating to evolution and human habit. Exploring the background of cannibalism, the neurology of people that are sexually drawn to animals, the evolution of human physique fluids, the technology of homosexuality, and critical questions on lifestyles and loss of life, Bering astutely covers a beneficiant expanse of our kaleidoscope of quirks and origins.

together with his attribute irreverence and trademark cheekiness, Bering leaves no subject unturned or interest unexamined, and he does all of it with an audaciously unique voice. even if you are drawn to the mental heritage in the back of the various elements of sexual wish or the evolutionary styles that experience dictated our present mystique and phallic body, Why Is the Penis formed Like That? is guaranteed to create full of life dialogue and debate for years to come.

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Maxwell Quick Medical Reference

By Robert W. Maxwell

A worthy source for any surgeon, the Maxwell quickly clinical Reference packs crucial info utilized in daily medical perform. Color-coded pages workforce the data by way of subject and make it simply available whereas heavy cardstock paper and plastic spiral binding make the ebook sturdy day in and time out. Pocket measurement permits it to head wherever - the wards, E.R., O.R., sanatorium - even the library or lab.

Browse throughout the on-line reproduction at and notice what is incorporated. This low-cost small textual content can prevent time at paintings and make you glance reliable within the process!

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Introducing Relativity: A Graphic Guide

By Bruce Bassett

It is now greater than a century on account that Einstein's theories of precise and normal Relativity started to revolutionize our view of the universe. starting close to the rate of sunshine and continuing to explorations of space-time and curved areas, "Introducing Relativity" plots a visually obtainable direction during the proposal experiments that experience given form to modern physics. Scientists from Newton to Hawking upload their targeted contributions to this tale, as we come upon Einstein's impressive imaginative and prescient of gravity because the curvature of space-time and arrive on the breathtakingly appealing box equations. Einstein's legacy is reviewed within the such a lot complex frontiers of physics this day - black holes, gravitational waves, the accelerating universe and string conception. this can be a superlative, interesting photograph account of Einstein's unusual global and the way his legacy has been equipped upon since.

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Classical Electromagnetism in a Nutshell

By Anupam Garg

This graduate-level physics textbook offers a complete remedy of the elemental ideas and phenomena of classical electromagnetism. whereas many electromagnetism texts use the topic to coach mathematical equipment of physics, the following the emphasis is at the actual principles themselves. Anupam Garg distinguishes among electromagnetism in vacuum and that during fabric media, stressing that the middle actual questions are diverse for every. In vacuum, the focal point is at the basic content material of electromagnetic legislation, symmetries, conservation legislation, and the results for phenomena corresponding to radiation and lightweight. In fabric media, the point of interest is on figuring out the reaction of the media to imposed fields, the attendant constitutive family members, and the phenomena encountered in numerous different types of media resembling dielectrics, ferromagnets, and conductors. The textual content contains purposes to many topical matters, equivalent to magnetic levitation, plasmas, laser beams, and synchrotrons.

Classical Electromagnetism in a Nutshell is perfect for a yearlong graduate path and lines greater than three hundred difficulties, with recommendations to some of the complicated ones. Key formulation are given in either SI and Gaussian devices; the booklet encompasses a dialogue of the way to transform among them, making it obtainable to adherents of either platforms.

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Wholeness and the Implicate Order

By David Bohm

David Bohm was once one of many optimal medical thinkers and philosophers of our time. even supposing deeply inspired by way of Einstein, he was once additionally, extra strangely for a scientist, encouraged via mysticism. certainly, within the Nineteen Seventies and Eighties he made touch with either J. Krishnamurti and the Dalai Lama whose teachings assisted in shaping his paintings. In either technological know-how and philosophy, Bohm's major crisis used to be with realizing the character of truth normally and of cognizance particularly. during this vintage paintings he develops a conception of quantum physics which treats the totality of lifestyles as an unbroken entire. Writing sincerely and with out technical jargon, he makes complicated rules obtainable to someone attracted to the character of truth.

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Extraterrestrial Intelligence and Human Imagination: SETI at the Intersection of Science, Religion, and Culture (Space and Society)

The hunt for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) represents some of the most major crossroads at which the assumptions and techniques of medical inquiry come into direct touch with―and in lots of circumstances clash with―those of faith. certainly, on the center of SETI is similar query that motivates many drawn to faith: what's the position of humanity within the universe? either scientists concerned with SETI (and in different components) and people drawn to and devoted to a few non secular traditions are engaged in considering some of these questions, whether their respective techniques and solutions range considerably. This publication explores this intersection with a spotlight on 3 middle issues: 1) the connection among technological know-how and faith because it is expressed in the framework of SETI learn, 2) the underlying assumptions, a lot of that are tacitly dependent upon cultural values universal in American society, that experience formed the ways that SETI researchers have conceptualized the character in their undertaking and represented principles concerning the strength impact touch may have on human civilization, and three) what kind of empirical proof we would manage to entry as a fashion of pondering the social effect that touch with alien intelligence may need for humanity, from either spiritual and cultural views. The ebook  constructed due to a path the writer teaches on the collage of Texas at Austin: faith, technology, and the quest for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.

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