Aircraft are becoming more and more a part of all our lives. We no longer wonder at the graceful jets winging their way high above our heads. But how many young people today realise how quickly this air age of ours has come into being?
This book tells the story the aeroplane from man’s first halting attempts at flight right up to present day, with some glimpses at the aircraft of the future. It tells of the Wright Brothers and the pioneers who followed them: of famous airmen and airwomen. There are chapters on piston, jet and rocket engines, on how an aeroplane flies, and on the design of modern aircraft.
Airliners and flighting planes, helicopters and vertical take-off machines, wingless ‘flying pigs’ and gliders – they are all here, beautifully and accurately llustrated by the author.
Jane Goodall - In the Shadow of Man
This best-selling classic tells the story of one of the world's greatest scientific adventures. Jane Goodall was a young secretarial school graduate when the legendary Louis Leakey chose her to undertake a landmark study of chimpanzees in the wild. In the Shadow of Man is an absorbing account of her early years at Gombe Stream Reserve, telling us of the remarkable discoveries she made as she got to know the chimps and they got to know her. This paperback edition, illustrated with 80 photographs, includes an introduction by Stephen Jay Gould and a postscript by Goodall. During Goodall's forty years of studying chimpanzees, she has become one of the world's most honored scientists. She tells of the later years in THROUGH A WINDOW, also available in Mariner paperback. AFRICA IN MY BLOOD: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN LETTERS tells the story, through her letters, of childhood through the early years at Gombe.
Mark Leyner - Billy Goldberg - Why Do Men Have Nipples?
Do microwaves cause cancer? Is it bad to crack your knuckles? Written by a top physician and a top-notch humorist, this fascinating, silly, and downright educational reference book sets the record straight on the myriad folk remedies, urban legends, and "proven cures" that everybody's heard about.
Richard Dawkins - The Selfish Gene
The million copy international bestseller, critically acclaimed and translated into over 25 languages. This 30th anniversary edition includes a new introduction from the author as well as the original prefaces and foreword, and extracts from early reviews. As relevant and influential today as when it was first published, _The Selfish Gene_ has become a classic exposition of evolutionary thought. Professor Dawkins articulates a gene's eye view of evolution - a view giving centre stage to these persistent units of information, and in which organisms can be seen as vehicles for their replication. This imaginative, powerful, and stylistically brilliant work not only brought the insights of Neo-Darwinism to a wide audience, but galvanized the biology community, generating much debate and stimulating whole new areas of research.
Noam Chomsky - Occupy
'Occupy is the first major public response to thirty years of class war.' Since its appearance in Zuccotti Park, New York, in September 2011, the Occupy movement has spread to hundreds of towns and cities across the world. No longer occupying small tent camps, the movement now occupies the global conscience as its messages spread from street protests to op-ed pages to the highest seats of power. From the movement's onset, Noam Chomsky has supported its critique of corporate corruption and encouraged its efforts to increase civic participation, economic equality, democracy and freedom. Through talks and conversations with movement supporters, Occupy presents Chomsky's latest thinking on the central issues, questions and demands that are driving ordinary people to protest. How did we get to this point? How are the wealthiest 1% influencing the lives of the other 99%? How can we separate money from politics? What would a genuinely democratic election look like? How can we redefine basic concepts like 'growth' to increase equality and quality of life for all? Occupy is another vital contribution from Chomsky to the literature of defiance and protest, and a red-hot rallying call to forge a better, more egalitarian future.
Chris Cooper - Forensic Science
The most trusted nonfiction series on the market, Eyewitness Books provide an in-depth, comprehensive look at their subjects with a unique integration of words and pictures. Eyewitness Books now come with a giant wall chart and a CD of clip-art. A fascinating look at the tools and techniques used by forensic scientists in solving crimes-from fingerprint analysis to DNA testing.
David Colbert - The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter
J. K. Rowling fills her books with references to history, myths, legends and literature. _The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter_ reveals the stories behind the stories. All the questions you ever wanted to ask about Harry's fantastical world are answered here. Discover the astonishing origins of magical creatures, the clues to hidden meanings in names, and amazing facts about real-life wizards and ancient magic spells. From Alchemists to Unicorns, Basilisks to Veela, this fascinating compendium brings another dimension to Harry's adventures.
Steven M. Goodman - Jonathan P. Benstead - The Natural History of Madagascar
Separated from the mainland of Africa fro 160 million years, Madagascar offers an incredible wealth of biodiversity, with thousands of species that can be found nowhere else on earth. The Natural History of Madagascar provides the most comprehensive, up-to-date synthesis available of this island nation's priceless biological treasures. Contributions by nearly three hundred experts from around the world cover the history of scientific exploration in Madagascar, its geology, climate, forest and human ecology, as well as marine and coastal ecosystems. Detailed discussions of conservation efforts also highlight several successful reserve programs that could serve as models for other areas. With over one hundred color illustrations and fifty color photos by nature photographer Harald Schütz, The Natural History of Madagascar is an invaluable reference for anyone interested in the Malagasy environment.
David Bellamy - David Bellamy's Complete Guide to Watercolour Painting
Containing more than 300 step-by-step photographs, tips, instructions, and finished paintings, this complete guide provides a comprehensive introduction to watercolor and serves as an essential addition to the reference library of any artist. For those seeking to brush up on their skills or learn new ways of applying traditional techniques, this master class on atmosphere and mood, taught by renowned instructor David Bellamy, includes many excellent demonstrations and instructions on how to paint mountains and crags, rivers, hedgerows, flowers, beaches, harbors, and figures. With surprisingly simple techniques regarding composition, perspective, color, texture, and detail, this is a must-have resource for aspiring and experienced artists alike.
John Farndon - Children's Encyclopedia
The clearly presented information is organised into thematic sections covering all aspect of the natural and human world. The lively text is made highly accessible by the use of sub headings, fact panels and "did you know?" features. Each illustration and photograph is accompanied by a detailed caption.
Steve Flinders - Scotland (Oxford Bookworms)
Features topics such as environmental issues, historical facts, and culture. Full-color photographs, introductions, glossaries, and exercises enhance student reading and learning. Audio versions of selected titles provide great models of intonation and pronunciation of difficult words.
Ismeretlen szerző - The World's Heritage
Best-selling guide to all 936 UNESCO World Heritage sites. Fully updated to include the latest sites added to the list in June 2011. The list is managed by the World Heritage Committee with strict criteria, and only the world’s most spectacular and extraordinary sites make it onto the list. The prestigious list includes some of the most famous places in the world, such as the ancient Nabatean city of Petra in Jordan, the legendary Acropolis in Athens, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, and Machu Picchu, the ‘Lost City of the Incas’, in Peru. The volume includes the 25 sites added to the List by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in June 2011, including The Persian Garden (Iran), Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia (Colombia), Selimiye Mosque Complex at Edirne (Turkey) and Citadel of the Ho Dynasty (Vietnam). • Over 650 colour photographs • Descriptions of all 936 UNESCO World Heritage sites • Location map for every site Background The World Heritage List includes properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value. In 1972 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted the Convention concerning the Protection of the World’s Cultural and Natural Heritage. Since then, 936 sites in 153 countries have been inscribed onto the list, 725 of which are cultural, 183 natural and 28 mixed properties.
Miriam Fields-Babineau - A kutyakiképzés alapjai
Társalogjon sikeresen a kutyájával, és meglátja, hamarosan azt fogja tenni, amit kér. Akár szobatisztaságra, követésre, ülésre megtanítja, akár azt szeretné, hogy odajöjjön, játsszon vagy trükköket mutasson be, ebben a könyvben megtalálja majd a megfelelő kiképzési módszereket. A gyors és hosszan tartó eredményesség kulcsa a dicséret, nem pedig a kutya játékokkal vagy jutalom falatkákkal történő elkényeztetése. Tanulja meg hatékonyan alkalmazni beszédét és testbeszédét, és sajátítsa el a kutya testbeszédét is. Lelje örömét abban, hogy feltárja kedvence különleges személyiségét, érvelőkészségét és humorérzékét. Ez a színes útmutató mindemellett számos egyéb tudnivalót tartogat a kutya- és kölyökgondozástól, a ketreces kiképzéstől és ápolástól a testmozgáson át egészen a kutya társas fejlődéséig. Különleges meglepetésként táblázataink segítségével 75 kutyafajta eltérő ápolási és mozgásigényét tárjuk fel önöknek. Próbálja ki ön is ezt a könnyen használható és teljességre törekvő útmutatót. Kezdje az újszülött kutyusok gondozásáról szóló ötletek olvasásával, majd térjen át a mintegy nyolchetes szabályozott kiképzési programra, ami előkészíti kutyáját az egész életen át tartó tanulásra. S ami a legnagyszerűbb, hogy kutyájának kiképzését gyakorlatilag bármely életkorban elkezdheti, mert - félretéve a régi mondást - nem igaz az, hogy "öreg kutyának nem lehet új trükköt tanítani". Miriam Fields-Babineau állatkiképző szakember, valamint a Training Unlimited nevű cég tulajdonosa, amely bemutatókra képezi ki az állatokat, tulajdonosaikat pedig arra tanítja, miként kell kedvenceiket megmutatni másoknak. Az írónő számos televíziós és rádiós műsor meghívott vendégeként ismert, írásai pedig országszerte újságok és képes folyóiratok oldalain jelentek meg. Miriam családjával, két kutyájával, két macskájával és lovával Virginiában él.
Ismeretlen szerző - Insect Hearing and Acoustic Communication
This volume provides a comprehensive selection of recent studies addressing insect hearing and acoustic communication. The variety of signalling behaviours and hearing organs makes insects highly suitable animals for exploring and analysing signal generation and hearing in the context of neural processing, ecology, evolution and genetics. Across a variety of hearing species like moths, crickets, bush-crickets, grasshoppers, cicadas and flies, the leading researchers in the field cover recent scientific progress and address key points in current research, such as: · How can we approach the evolution of hearing in insects and what is the developmental and neural origin of the auditory organs? · How are hearing and sound production embedded in the natural lifestyle of the animals, allowing intraspecific communication but also predator avoidance and even predation? · What are the functional properties of hearing organs and how are they achieved at the molecular, biophysical and neural levels? · What are the neural mechanisms of central auditory processing and signal generation? The book is intended for students and researchers both inside and outside of the fascinating field of bioacoustics and aims to foster understanding of hearing and acoustic communication in insects.
Irwin W. Sherman - The Malaria Genome Projects
The year 2012 marks the tenth anniversary of the announcement of the genome sequence of the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum and that of its mosquito vector Anopheles. The genome sequences were a result of the Plasmodium falciparum Genome Project. This book covers in detail the biology of malaria parasites and the mosquitoes that transmit the disease, how the Genome Projects came into being, the people who created them, and the cadre of scientists who are attempting to see the promise of the Projects realized. The promise was: a more complete understanding of the genes of the parasite (and its vector) would provide a rational basis for the development of antimalarial drugs and vaccines, allow a better understanding of the regulation of the complex life cycle in the red blood and liver cells of the human, identify the genes the parasite uses to thwart the host immune response and the ways in which the parasite evades cure by drug treatments, as well as leading to more effective measures of control transmission. The hope was that cracking the genetic code of Plasmodium and Anopheles would reveal the biochemical Achilles heel of the parasite and its vector, leading to the development of novel drugs and better methods of control, and by finding the targets of protective immunity could result in the manufacture of effective vaccines. Through a historic approach, this book will allow for those new to the field, or those with insufficient background in the sciences, to have an easier entry point. Even scientists already working in the field may better appreciate how discoveries made in the past can impact the direction of future research. Readership: Biochemists, parasitologists, microbiologists, molecular geneticists, immunologists, hematologists, malariologists and tropical physicians and graduate students.
A. S. Dippenaar-Schoeman - Baboon and Trapdoor Spiders of Southern Africa
Includes CD-ROM version with hyper-link text and full colour photo gallery. Enables identification of the Mygalomorphae of southern Africa (Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique (part), South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe), with illustrated keys to families, subfamilies, genera and where possible species. Taxonomic and natural history notes for each genus; notes on conservation and toxicity.
R. Jocqué - A. S. Dippenaar-Schoeman - Spider Families of the World
Spiders are of major importance in ecosystems and are recognized as effective natural control agents in agroecology. Nearly 40,000 species of spiders have been described but the actual number of species is expected to be many times higher. This book provides a concise overview and descriptions of the 107 spider families that are presently recognized. It contains identification keys to the families and to the different kinds of spider webs, and shortcuts to remarkable types of spiders. The book fills a gap that has existed for a long time since the previous such overview dates back from more than a century. *Illustrated keys to the families, their diagnostic and descriptive characters, notes on their taxonomic position, and their lifestyles and distribution *Key to spider webs *Series of photographs of living spiders, mainly from the collections of James Cokendolpher and the late Frances Murphy *General phylogeny of spiders with a list of the main diagnostic characters for each clade. The keys lead to the identification to family level of those specimens that match the diagnostic characters. Certain poorly defined families such as the Stiphidiidae and Desidae have been excluded from the keys. The second edition contains a few minor updates and corrections
Charles Griffiths - Mike Picker - Alan Weaving - Field Guide to Insects of Southern Africa
This new guide will be of great value to entomologists, both amateur and professional, as well as to students, nature conservation officers, game rangers, gardeners, farmers, tourists and anyone with an interest in natural history. An introductory chapter discusses the insect body, life history, classification and distribution patterns and relatives of southern African insects. It also touches on collecting, displaying and curating insects and explains 'How to use this book'.
Astri Leroy - John Leroy - Spiders of Southern Africa
Spiders of southern Africa provides sharp insight into the complex, often mysterious and always fascinating world of spiders. This edition has been revised and updated to reflect the latest available taxonomic information. It covers a wide range of topics: informative features on the origins of arachnids, their bewildering variety, their classification into families and genera and their invertebrate relatives; a study of the physical and behavioural characteristics of spiders, the main groups and dangerous species, and a chapter on finding and studying spiders. Species accounts detail the most commonly seen and most interesting spiders of the region.Lavishly illustrated with colour photographs, the body text is supplemented by a variety of special-interest panels, making it both informative and user-friendly.
Arthur V. Evans - Insects and Spiders
"Grzimek's Student Animal Life Resource: Insects and Spiders" offers readers comprehensive and easy-to-use information on Earth's bugs. Entries are arranged by taxonomy, the science through which living things are classified into related groups. Each entry includes sections on physical characteristics; geographic range; habitat; diet; behavior and reproduction; insects, spiders and people; and conservation status. Family entries are followed by one or more species accounts and a range map and photo or illustration for nearly every species. Entries conclude with a list of books, periodicals, and Web sites that may be used for further research. Each volume of "Grzimek's Student Animal Life Resource: Insects and Spiders" includes a pronunciation guide for scientific names, a glossary, an overview of insects and spiders, a list of species in the set by biome, a list of species by geographic location, and an index. The two volume set has 250 full-color maps, photos, and illustrations to enliven the text, and sidebars provide additional facts and related information.
David Grimaldi - Michael S. Engel - Evolution of the Insects
This book chronicles the complete evolutionary history of insects--their living diversity and relationships as well as 400 million years of fossils. Introductory sections cover the living species diversity of insects, methods of reconstructing evolutionary relationships, basic insect structure, and the diverse modes of insect fossilization and major fossil deposits. Major sections then explore the relationships and evolution of each order of hexapods. The volume also chronicles major episodes in the evolutionary history of insects from their modest beginnings in the Devonian and the origin of wings hundreds of millions of years before pterosaurs and birds to the impact of mass extinctions and the explosive radiation of angiosperms on insects, and how they evolved into the most complex societies in nature. Whereas other volumes focus on either living species or fossils, this is the first comprehensive synthesis of all aspects of insect evolution. Illustrated with 955 photo- and electron- micrographs, drawings, diagrams, and field photos, many in full color and virtually all of them original, this reference will appeal to anyone engaged with insect diversity--professional entomologists and students, insect and fossil collectors, and naturalists. David Grimaldi and Michael S. Engel have collectively published over 200 scientific articles and monographs on the relationships and fossil record of insects, including 10 articles in the journals Science, Nature, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. David Grimaldi is curator in the Division of Invertebrate Zoology, American Museum of Natural History and adjunct professor at Cornell University, Columbia University, and the City University of New York. David Grimaldi has traveled in 40 countries on 6 continents, collecting and studying recent species of insects and conducting fossil excavations. He is the author of Amber: Window to the Past (Abrams, 2003). Michael S. Engel is an assistant professor in the Division of Entomology at the University of Kansas; assistant curator at the Natural History Museum, University of Kansas; research associate of the American Museum of Natural History; and fellow of the Linnean Society of London. Engel has visited numerous countries for entomological and paleontological studies, doing most of his fieldwork in Central Asia, Asia Minor, and the Western Hemisphere.