Drosophila oder die Versuchung: Ein Genetiker der DDR gegen by Erhard Geißler

By Erhard Geißler

Wer erinnert sich heute noch an die Tabuisierung der Genforschung in der Sowjetunion, die mit dem Namen Lyssenko eng verbunden ist. Trotz dieses ideologisch begründeten Verdikts ist es dem Autor gelungen, erfolgreich Genforschung in der DDR zu betreiben. Erhard Geißler wurde "Herr" über a hundred and twenty Stämme der Fruchtfliege Drosophila, lange Zeit das wichtigste Versuchsobjekt der Vererbungsforscher. Rechtzeitig vor dem Mauerbau lernte er in Köln den Umgang mit Bakterien sowie Viren und in der "Frontstadt Westberlin" die Dressur der Fliege.
Nahezu 60 Jahre conflict er auf dem traditionsreichen biomedizinischen Forschungscampus in Berlin-Buch tätig, zu DDR-Zeiten in den Instituten der Akademie der Wissenschaften; seit deren Auflösung im Max-Delbrück-Centrum für Molekulare Medizin in Berlin, wo der Achtzigjährige als Gastwissenschaftler immer noch forscht und publiziert. Er engagierte sich als Genetiker zunehmend für eine internationale Ächtung biologischer Waffen.
Dieses Buch ist mehr als eine unterhaltsame Autobiographie, es enthält faszinierende information aus der Wissenschaftsgeschichte der DDR, vor allem auf dem Gebiet der experimentellen Krebsforschung und der biologischen Rüstungskontrolle.

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Below Tranquility Base: An Apollo 11 Memoir by Richard Stachurski

By Richard Stachurski

On July sixteen, 1969 at 8:27 am, Flight Director Cliff Charlesworth polled the flight controllers within the Houston challenge Operations keep an eye on Room soliciting for a last GO/NO-GO for the release of Apollo eleven. He ran via his record, “BOOSTER, how are you?” “We’re pass, FLIGHT.” “EECOM?” “GO, FLIGHT.” ultimately he reached the 5th name out on his record, “NETWORK, you were given all of it? every little thing up?” “That’s affirmative, FLIGHT.” A twenty-eight yr previous U.S. Air strength captain, liberal arts graduate, and heritage significant, sitting in a room choked with bona fide rocket scientists, had simply dedicated a global community of monitoring stations, ships, and airplane to the profitable of entirety of man’s first try and land on an extraterrestrial physique. subscribe to Richard Stachurski for the trip alongside a very unlikely occupation direction that led him from an Air strength bunker in South Dakota to a venture keep an eye on room in Houston for a front-row seat to humanity’s first steps at the moon. keep on with the trajectory of a project to house from pre-flight simulations all through to the release and profitable restoration of the group in a single of the main major missions in human background. examine Stachurski’s personal not likely course from a Minuteman release bunker in South Dakota to Houston and NASA. although Stachurski had by no means even obvious a missile, not to mention introduced one, it was once this event that led him to be referred to as for an interview with NASA, and eventually gave him a front-row seat for the lunar touchdown in 1969. Relive the adventure via candid, insider info of 1 of humanity’s maximum achievements—and, on a extra own point, of the endless chances a lifestyles can hold.

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Between Genius And Genocide: The Tragedy of Fritz Haber, by Daniel Charles

By Daniel Charles

In January 1934, as Hitler's shadow started to fall throughout Europe, a brief, bald guy sporting a German passport arrived on the lodge Euler in Basle. He appeared haunted and stressed, as if he urgently had to be in different places.

Fritz Haber, Nobel laureate in chemistry, confidante of Albert Einstein and German battle hero, had arrived in Basle a damaged guy and, 3 days later, he died leaving an doubtful legacy. For a few, the nice German chemist used to be a benefactor of humanity, winner of a Nobel prize for inventing the way to nourish farmers' fields with nitrogen captured from the air. For others, he was once a battle legal who for my part supervised the unleashing of chlorine clouds opposed to British, French and Canadian troops in international struggle I.

Tragedy marked his lifestyles. per week after the 1st gasoline assault in 1915, Haber's spouse took his pistol and shot herself. And in 1933, whilst Hitler got here to energy, 'the Jew Haber' used to be one of the first scientists pushed out of Germany. inside a 12 months, Haber used to be useless - denied honour either in his native land and overseas.

No existence unearths the ethical paradox of technology - its means to create and damage - extra in actual fact than Fritz Haber's. Between Genius and Genocide is a narrative jam-packed with ambition, patriotism, hubris and tragedy, set amidst large technological advances, fingers races, mounting imperialism and war.

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Alibaba: La storia di Jack Ma e dell'azienda che ha cambiato by Duncan Clark

By Duncan Clark

Un avvincente racconto in presa diretta: come un insegnante ha costruito una delle aziende di maggior valore al mondo – in grado di rivaleggiare con Walmart e Amazon – e ha cambiato in step with sempre l'economia globale.
In soli quindici anni Jack Ma, un insegnante d'inglese di origini modeste, ha fondato Alibaba e ne ha fatto una delle aziende più grandi del mondo, un impero dell'ecommerce e un punto di riferimento in step with centinaia di milioni di utenti. Nel 2014 l'IPO da 25 miliardi di dollari di Alibaba è stata l'esordio più travolgente nella storia dei mercati finanziari globali. Un Rockefeller del suo pace, corteggiato da advert e presidenti di tutto il mondo, Jack è un'icona del nuovo settore privato cinese e il suo sito permette alle aziende di entrare in contatto con centinaia di milioni di consumatori della classe media.
Duncan Clark ha conosciuto Jack nel 1999, nel piccolo appartamento in cui aveva fondato Alibaba. Grazie a un accesso senza precedenti a documenti inediti e interviste esclusive, Clark attinge alla sua esperienza come consulente di Alibaba e ai vent'anni trascorsi in Cina according to ripercorrere con autorevolezza le tappe dell'ascesa di Alibaba. Come ha fatto Jack, partendo da 0 e dopo i primi fallimenti, a raggiungere il successo globale con Alibaba? Come ha sconfitto gli imprenditori rivali, in Cina e nella Silicon Valley? Alibaba riuscirà a difendere l. a. sua quota di mercato dell'80 according to cento? Ora che si espande nella finanza e nell'intrattenimento, ci sono limiti alle sue ambizioni? Cosa ne pensa il governo cinese? Alibaba continuerà a guadagnare terreno oltre i confini della Cina, fino a raggiungere gli Stati Uniti?
Clark inquadra l. a. storia di Alibaba nel contesto delle grandi trasformazioni socioeconomiche della Cina, puntando i riflettori su un nuovo colosso dell'industria che nessuno avrebbe saputo prevedere.

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Darwin's Backyard: How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory by James T. Costa

By James T. Costa

Darwin’s Backyard is going past the portrait of Charles Darwin as a super philosopher to be aware of him as a nimble experimenter delving into a few of evolution’s nice mysteries.

James T. Costa takes readers on a trip from Darwin’s youth via his voyage at the HMS Beagle the place his principles on evolution begun. We then keep on with Darwin to Down condo, his bustling domestic of 40 years, the place he saved porcupine quills at his table to dissect barnacles, maintained a flock of 16 pigeon breeds within the dovecote, and cultivated mountaineering vegetation within the research, and to Bournemouth, the place on one memorable relations holiday he fed carnivorous crops within the soup dishes.

Using his backyard and greenhouse, the encircling meadows and woodlands, or even taking up the cellar, research, and hallways of his home-turned-field-station, Darwin validated principles of his landmark thought of evolution with an astounding array of hands-on experiments which may be performed at the fly, with no really good equipment.

He engaged naturalists, associates, buddies, relatives servants, or even his little ones, nieces, nephews, and cousins as assistants in those experiments, which concerned every thing from chasing bees and tempting fish to devour seeds to serenading earthworms. From the experiments’ effects, he plumbed the legislation of nature and proof for the progressive arguments of On the beginning of Species and his different watershed works.

Beyond Darwin at paintings, we accompany him opposed to the backdrop of his enduring marriage, continual disorder, grief on the lack of 3 youngsters, and pleasure in medical revelation. This designated glimpse of Darwin’s existence introduces us to an enthusiastic correspondent, crowd-sourcer, kinfolk guy, and, such a lot of all, an incorrigible observer and experimenter.

Includes instructions for eighteen hands-on experiments, for domestic, tuition, backyard, or garden.

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Immunity: How Elie Metchnikoff Changed the Course of Modern by Luba Vikhanski

By Luba Vikhanski

round Christmas of 1882, whereas peering via a microscope at starfish larvae within which he had inserted tiny thorns, Russian zoologist Elie Metchnikoff had a super perception: what if the cellular cells he observed collecting round the thorns have been kind of like white blood cells that traveled to the location of an harm or an infection in a human or different animal? was once this a few kind of mobile protection? Metchnikoff's concept of immunity, that phagocytes—white blood cells—formed the 1st defensive line opposed to invading micro organism may ultimately earn the scientist the unofficial moniker "Father of usual Immunity" and a Nobel Prize. yet first, he needed to persuade his colleagues, together with the skeptical Robert Koch. writer Luba Vikhanski chronicles Metchnikoff's impressive existence, paintings, and discoveries in Immunity, the 1st smooth biography of this hero of drugs. Metchnikoff was once a towering determine within the medical group of the early twentieth century, a tireless humanitarian who labored to shrink cholera, syphilis, and different  ailments, and pioneered learn into probiotics and gerontology. even though Metchnikoff is basically forgotten this day, Vikhanski makes a compelling case that his paintings on common immunity is ultimately receiving the eye it deserves.

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The Quintessence of Irving Langmuir: The Commonwealth and by Albert Rosenfeld,D. ter Haar

By Albert Rosenfeld,D. ter Haar

The Quintessence of Irving Langmuir is a biography at the lifetime of Irving Langmuir. The ebook was once created to counterpoint the amount entitled “The gathered Works of Irving Langmuir”. this option was once created to introduce the individual and his works. exact consciousness has been given to Langmuir’s adolescence and relations heritage.
The textual content starts off with an account of the person’s baby obvious from the mother’s standpoint. Such an account used to be taken from the family’s records. those files are within the type of letters, diaries, picture albums, newspaper clippings, and genealogical experiences. a quick historical past in regards to the formation of basic electrical corporation is usually coated. an exceptional a part of the ebook relates the lifetime of Langmuir as a father and as a scientist. between his innovations is utilizing dry ice for cloud seeding. one among his maximum achievements is receiving a Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
The e-book is directed to the overall public.

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Einstein's Pacifism and World War I (Modern Jewish History) by Virginia Iris Holmes

By Virginia Iris Holmes

To know how Albert Einstein’s pacifist and internationalist notion matured from a younger inclination to pragmatic projects and savvy insights, Holmes provides readers entry to Einstein in his personal phrases. via his inner most writings, she exhibits how Einstein’s recommendations and emotions in keeping with the warfare advanced from horrified disbelief, to ironic alienation from either the war’s violence and patriotic help for it through the German humans, to one of those bleak persistence. in the meantime, his outward responses improved, from aiding tasks of different pacifists, to constructing his personal philosophy of a postwar order, to being the impetus in the back of projects.

In the start of the postwar interval, Einstein’s writing mirrored an optimism approximately Germany’s new Weimar Republic and belief within the laudatory results of army defeat and monetary complication at the German humans. He essentially supported the foundations in US President Woodrow Wilson’s "Fourteen issues" speech. but Einstein’s enthusiasm decreased as he turned disenchanted within the early Weimar Republic’s leaders and as his aversion to the tradition of violence constructing in Germany grew. He additionally felt angry on the betrayal of Wilson’s ideas within the Treaty of Versailles. Drawing upon own correspondence and public proclamations, Holmes bargains an intimate and nuanced exploration of the pacifist considered one among our best intellectuals.

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Ernest Rutherford: And the Explosion of Atoms (Oxford by J. L. Heilbron

By J. L. Heilbron

an attractive biography that captures the buzz of the early days of nuclear physics, Ernest Rutherford tells the tale of the down-to-earth New Zealander who turned one of many prime pioneers of subatomic physics. Rutherford's achievements have been various and included:
* Inventing a detector for electromagnetic waves
* getting to know the life of alpha and beta rays in uranium radiation
* developing (with Frederick Soddy) the "disintegration conception" of radioactivity, which regards radioactive phenomena as atomic -- now not molecular -- tactics
* Demonstrating that the internal buildings of parts correspond with a gaggle of traces that symbolize them, that may then be assigned an atomic quantity and, extra vital, the houses of every point should be outlined by means of this quantity
* And his maximum contribution of all - he came across that the atom had a nucleus and that it contained the definitely charged proton
From his early days as a scholarship scholar to the tip of his existence as he persisted to paintings in his lab, Ernest Rutherford finds the existence and instances of 1 of the best minds of the 20 th century.

Oxford pics in technology is an on-going sequence of clinical biographies for teenagers. Written through most sensible students and writers, each one biography examines the character of its topic in addition to the idea approach resulting in his or her discoveries. those illustrated biographies mix available technical details with compelling own tales to painting the scientists whose paintings has formed our realizing of the normal world.

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Beyond Uncertainty: Heisenberg, Quantum Physics, and The by David C. Cassidy

By David C. Cassidy

"Exhaustively precise but eminently readable, this can be a huge book."Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Cassidy doesn't loads exculpate Heisenberg as clarify him, with a transparency that makes this biography a excitement to read."Los Angeles Times

"Well crafted and readable . . . [Cassidy] presents a nuanced and compelling account of Heisenberg's life."The Harvard publication Review

In 1992, David C. Cassidy’s groundbreaking biography of Werner Heisenberg, Uncertainty, used to be released to resounding acclaim from students and critics. Michael Frayn, within the Playbill of the Broadway construction of Copenhagen, mentioned it as one in every of his major assets and “the normal paintings in English.” Richard Rhodes (The Making of the Atom Bomb) referred to as it “the definitive biography of a good and tragic physicist,” and the Los Angeles Times praised it as “an vital ebook. Cassidy has sifted the checklist and brilliantly unique Heisenberg’s actions.” No publication that has seemed when you consider that has rivaled Uncertainty, now out of print, for its intensity and wealthy element of the lifestyles, occasions, and technology of this really good and arguable determine of twentieth-century physics.

Since the autumn of the Soviet Union, long-suppressed details has emerged on Heisenberg’s function within the Nazi atomic bomb venture. In Beyond Uncertainty, Cassidy translates this and different formerly unknown fabric in the context of his sizeable learn and tackles the vexing questions of a scientist’s own accountability and guilt while serving an abhorrent army regime.

David C. Cassidy is the writer of J. Robert Oppenheimer and the yankee Century, Einstein and Our World, and Uncertainty.

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