From the Big Bang to Your Cells: The Remarkable Story of Minerals [EPUB]
15 January 2016, 09:18
2015 | EPUB | 2.07MB
In this exciting new book, Ryan Kane takes the reader on an incredible journey that breaks new ground into our understanding of minerals. From the creation of the universe to the cells of all living organisms, minerals have been around for billions of years and are responsible for almost every aspect of life's existence.
In this fascinating account, From the Big Bang to your Cells: The Remarkable Story of Minerals describes in striking detail how the minerals that were present during the original nebula that collected to form the planets are the same minerals that are found today scattered throughout our soils and are present in our cells.Regardless if you subscribe to the theory of evolution or creation, minerals were involved in the physical development of our bodies.
Whether we evolved from lower forms of life or God put forth his hand into clay, minerals are the building blocks of all living organisms.This book explains how minerals not only dominate the landscape of the universe, but more importantly how plant and human cells rely upon them for their continuation and survival.
While the 20th Century was spent identifying which minerals are essential to plants and humans, undoubtedly the 21st Century should be spent identifying the optimal form the minerals must be in that will provide the most benefit. Kane breaks new ground when he suggests how minerals can only reach their full potential in the human body if they are in the same form as that found in plants: ions.
From astronomy to nutrition, just about every branch of science studies some aspect of minerals. Here, they all converge into a powerful, pioneering new book that expands our current understanding, shatters old myths, raises controversy, and revolutionizes the way we look at ourselves and our universe. It is time to look at minerals from an entirely new perspective.
The Invention of Science: A New History of the Scientific Revolution [EPUB]
14 January 2016, 16:34
2015 | EPUB + MOBI | 5.46/6.02MB
A companion to such acclaimed works as The Age of Wonder, A Clockwork Universe, and Darwin’s Ghosts—a groundbreaking examination of the greatest event in history, the Scientific Revolution, and how it came to change the way we understand ourselves and our world.
We live in a world transformed by scientific discovery. Yet today, science and its practitioners have come under political attack. In this fascinating history spanning continents and centuries, historian David Wootton offers a lively defense of science, revealing why the Scientific Revolution was truly the greatest event in our history.
The Invention of Science goes back five hundred years in time to chronicle this crucial transformation, exploring the factors that led to its birth and the people who made it happen. Wootton argues that the Scientific Revolution was actually five separate yet concurrent events that developed independently, but came to intersect and create a new worldview. Here are the brilliant iconoclasts—Galileo, Copernicus, Brahe, Newton, and many more curious minds from across Europe—whose studies of the natural world challenged centuries of religious orthodoxy and ingrained superstition.
From gunpowder technology, the discovery of the new world, movable type printing, perspective painting, and the telescope to the practice of conducting experiments, the laws of nature, and the concept of the fact, Wotton shows how these discoveries codified into a social construct and a system of knowledge. Ultimately, he makes clear the link between scientific discovery and the rise of industrialization—and the birth of the modern world we know.
The Naked Eye [EPUB]
14 January 2016, 15:42
2015 | EPUB | 1.95MB
Of the five senses, vision is the most astonishing. This is how we weave our way through the world. And although the eye has evolved over millions of years to give us crystal clear vision, it is a modern day phenomenon that, in evolutionary terms, our eyesight is going backwards. Due to presbyopia, we are now dependent on reading glasses for half our lives. In parts of East Asia up to 90% of school leavers are now short-sighted. This has been attributed to work, study and lifestyle factors as well as the ageing of the population. And whilst we all know there have been some amazing advances in modern medicine, what seems to have escaped everyone's attention is the revolution that has taken place in laser eye surgery.
Two gifted Australian surgeons, Professor Gerard Sutton and Dr Michael Lawless, now recognised as being among the best ophthalmologists in the world in their field, were there from the beginning of this revolution. From London to New York, New Orleans and Bogota they worked side by side with the legendary pioneers of eye surgery creating history as it happened. Sutton and Lawless have written this informative, authoritative and entertaining insight into laser vision correction and what it means for you. It’s all here in The Naked Eye, an easy-to-read and jargon-free account of everything you ever wanted to know about laser eye surgery. They explain everything from 20/20 vision to the magic of the femtosecond laser. They pull apart myths, tell you some of the fascinating history of the science, and give you all you need to know on the latest surgical procedures.
This is the story of the revolution of vision correction surgery - how we can now choose a surgical solution to give us a clearer vision with the naked eye.