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  • Shapesby Philip Ball

    Oxford University Press 2009; US$ 21.99

    Patterns are everywhere in nature - in the ranks of clouds in the sky, the stripes of an angelfish, the arrangement of petals in flowers. Where does this order and regularity come from? It creates itself. The patterns we see come from self-organization. Whether living or non-living, scientists have found that there is a pattern-forming tendency inherent... more...

  • Serving the Reichby Philip Ball

    Random House 2013; US$ 13.60

    Serving the Reich tells the story of physics under Hitler. While some scientists tried to create an Aryan physics that excluded any ?Jewish ideas?, many others made compromises and concessions as they continued to work under the Nazi regime. Among them were three world-renowned physicists: Max Planck, pioneer of quantum theory, regarded... more...

  • Curiosityby Philip Ball

    Random House 2012; US$ 14.95

    There was a time when curiosity was condemned. Through curiosity, our innocence was said to be lost. Yet this hasn't deterred us. Today we spend vast sums trying to recreate the first instants of creation in particle accelerators, out of pure desire to know. There seems now to be no question too vast or too trivial. No longer... more...

  • The Devil's Doctorby Philip Ball

    Random House 2014; US$ 13.60

    Philip Theophrastus Aureolus Bombastus von Hohenheim - known to later ages as Paracelsus - stands on the borderline between medieval and modern; a name that is familiar but a man who has been hard to perceive or understand. Contemporary of Luther, enemy of established medicine, scourge of the universities ('at all the German schools you cannot learn... more...

  • The Elementsby Philip Ball

    Oxford University Press 2004; US$ 9.99

    This Very Short Introduction traces the history and cultural impact of the elements on humankind, and examines why people have long sought to identify the substances around them. The book covers from the Greek philosophers who propounded a system with four elements - earth, air, fire, and water - to the scientists who are able to create their own. more...

  • Moleculesby Philip Ball

    Oxford University Press 2003; US$ 9.99

    Molecules are the building blocks of matter. Using the molecules of life as a springboard, Philip Ball provides a new perspective on modern chemistry. He shows how molecular scientists are capturing the dynamism of biological molecules in synthetic systems, promising to reinvent chemistry as the central creative science of the new century. more...

  • Universe of Stoneby Philip Ball

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 13.99

    Chartres Cathedral, south of Paris, is revered as one of the most beautiful and profound works of art in the Western canon. But what did it mean to those who constructed it in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries?and why was it built at such immense height and with such glorious play of light, in the soaring manner we now call Gothic? In this eminently... more...

  • Branchesby Philip Ball

    Oxford University Press 2009; US$ 21.99

    As part of a trilogy of books exploring the science of patterns in nature, acclaimed science writer Philip Ball here looks at the form and growth of branching networks in the natural world, and what we can learn from them.Many patterns in nature show a branching form - trees, river deltas, blood vessels, lightning, the cracks that form in the glazing... more...

  • Flowby Philip Ball

    Oxford University Press 2009; US$ 17.99

    From the swirl of a wisp of smoke to eddies in rivers, and the huge persistent storm system that is the Great Spot on Jupiter, we see similar forms and patterns wherever there is flow - whether the movement of wind, water, sand, or flocks of birds. It is the complex dynamics of flow that structures our atmosphere, land, and oceans.Part of a trilogy... more...

  • The Music Instinctby Philip Ball

    Oxford University Press, USA 2010; US$ 20.99

    From Bach fugues to Indonesian gamelan, from nursery rhymes to rock, music has cast its light onto every corner of human culture. But why music excites such deep passions, and how we make sense of musical sound at all have, until recently, remained mysterious. Now in The Music Instinct, award-winning writer Philip Ball provides the first comprehensive,... more...