Werner heisenberg the nobel prize-winning physicist credited as the discoverer of quantum mechanics; a key contributor to the Nazi's atomic bomb project and the primary target of the Alsos mission. Joe kennedy Jr. So they assembled a rough and motley crew of geniuses - dubbed the Alsos Mission - and sent them careening into Axis territory to spy on, sabotage, and even assassinate members of Nazi Germany's feared Uranium Club.
From new york times bestselling author sam kean comes the gripping, untold story of a renegade group of scientists and spies determined to keep Adolf Hitler from obtaining the ultimate prize: a nuclear bombScientists have always kept secrets. The charismatic, thrill-seeking older brother of JFK whose need for adventure led him to volunteer for the most dangerous missions the Navy had to offer.
The Bastard Brigade: The True Story of the Renegade Scientists and Spies Who Sabotaged the Nazi Atomic Bomb #ad - Samuel goudsmit a washed-up physics prodigy who spent his life huntinh Nazi scientist-and his parents, who had been swept into a concentration camp-across the globe. Hitler, with just a few pounds of uranium, would have the capability to reverse the entire D-Day operation and conquer Europe. Colonel boris pash a high school science teacher and veteran of the Russian Revolution who fled the Sovit Union with a deep disdain for Communists and who later led the Alsos mission.
But rarely have the secrets been as vital as they were during World War II.
Caesar's Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around UsLittle, Brown and Company #ad - Along the way, witness the most important chemical reactions humans have discovered, we'll swim with radioactive pigs, and join the crowd at the Moulin Rouge for some of the crudest performance art of all time. In caesar's last breath, around the globe, and across time to tell the story of the air we breathe, New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean takes us on a journey through the periodic table, it turns out, which, is also the story of earth and our existence on it.
Of the sextillions of molecules entering or leaving your lungs at this moment, particles exhaled by dinosaurs or emitted by atomic bombs, some might well bear traces of Cleopatra's perfumes, German mustard gas, even remnants of stardust from the universe's creation. Without it, you would die in minutes.
Caesar's Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us #ad - On the ides of march, 44 bc, but the story of his last breath is still unfolding; in fact, Julius Caesar died of stab wounds on the Senate floor, you're probably inhaling some of it now. The guardian's best science Book of 2017: the fascinating science and history of the air we breathe. It's invisible. Tracing the origins and ingredients of our atmosphere, powered revolutions, Kean reveals how the alchemy of air reshaped our continents, steered human progress, and continues to influence everything we do.
With every breath, you literally inhale the history of the world. And it has an epic story to tell.
Superheavy: Making and Breaking the Periodic Table Bloomsbury SigmaBloomsbury Sigma #ad - Creating an element is no easy feat. Why did the us air force fly planes into mushroom clouds? who won the transfermium wars? How did an earthquake help give Japan its first element? And what happened when Superman almost spilled nuclear secrets?In a globe-trotting adventure that stretches from the United States to Russia, Sweden to Australia, Superheavy is your guide to the amazing science filling in the missing pieces of the periodic table.
It's the equivalent of firing six trillion bullets a second at a needle in a haystack, hoping the bullet and needle somehow fuse together, then catching it in less than a thousandth of a second – after which it's gone forever. By the end you'll not only marvel at how nuclear science has changed our lives – you'll wonder where it's going to take us in the future.
Superheavy: Making and Breaking the Periodic Table Bloomsbury Sigma #ad - Quite a tale' Simon Mayo. Welcome to the world of the superheavy elements: a realm where scientists use giant machines and spend years trying to make a single atom of mysterious artefacts that have never existed on Earth. From the first elements past uranium and their role in the atomic bomb to the latest discoveries stretching our chemical world, Superheavy will reveal the hidden stories lurking at the edges of the periodic table.
The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic CodeLittle, Brown and Company #ad - Genes illuminate everything from JFK's bronze skin it wasn't a tan to Einstein's genius. In the violinist's thumb, he explores the wonders of the magical building block of life: DNA. In the disappearing spoon, bestselling author Sam Kean unlocked the mysteries of the periodic table. They can even allow some people, because of the exceptional flexibility of their thumbs and fingers, to become truly singular violinists.
. Kean's vibrant storytelling once again makes science entertaining, explaining human history and whimsy while showing how DNA will influence our species' future. From new york times bestselling author Sam Kean comes incredible stories of science, language, and music, history, as told by our own DNA. They prove that neanderthals and humans bred thousands of years more recently than any of us would feel comfortable thinking.
The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code #ad - There are genes to explain crazy cat ladies, why other people have no fingerprints, and why some people survive nuclear bombs.
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the ElementsLittle, Brown and Company #ad - The disappearing spoon masterfully fuses science with the classic lore of invention, investigation, and discovery -- from the Big Bang through the end of time. From new york times bestselling author sam Kean comes incredible stories of science, the arts, history, mythology, finance, and more, medicine, as told by the Periodic Table.
Though solid at room temperature, gallium is a moldable metal that melts at 84 degrees Fahrenheit. Why did gandhi hate iodine i, 31 the go-to element for laboratory pranksters? The Periodic Table is a crowning scientific achievement, 88 nearly ruin Marie Curie's reputation? And why is gallium Ga, 53? How did radium Ra, but it's also a treasure trove of adventure, betrayal, and obsession.
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements #ad - A classic science prank is to mold gallium spoons, serve them with tea, and watch guests recoil as their utensils disappear. These fascinating tales follow every element on the table as they play out their parts in human history, and in the lives of the frequently mad scientists who discovered them.
The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and RecoveryLittle, Brown and Company #ad - With the lucid, resilience, kean explores the brain's secret passageways and recounts the forgotten tales of the ordinary people whose struggles, masterful explanations and razor-sharp wit his fans have come to expect, and deep humanity made neuroscience possible. He weaves these narratives together with prose that makes the pages fly by, to create a story of discovery that reaches back to the 1500s and the high-profile jousting accident that inspired this book's title.
In many cases their survival was miraculous, if puzzling. In the tale of the dueling neurosurgeons, sam kean travels through time with stories of neurological curiosities: phantom limbs, Siamese twin brains, viruses that eat patients' memories, blind people who see through their tongues. Some people couldn't speak but could still sing.
The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery #ad - Early studies of the human brain used a simple method: wait for misfortune to strike -- strokes, infectious diseases, seizures, horrendous accidents -- and see how victims coped. Pillars of the community became pathological liars. The author of the bestseller The Disappearing Spoon reveals the secret inner workings of the brain through strange but true stories.
. Observers were amazed by the transformations that took place when different parts of the brain were destroyed, altering victims' personalities. Parents suddenly couldn't recognize their own children.
The Sakura Obsession: The Incredible Story of the Plant Hunter Who Saved Japan's Cherry BlossomsVintage #ad - Each year, the flowering of cherry blossoms marks the beginning of spring. In the years that followed, Ingram sent more than 100 varieties of cherry tree to new homes around the globe. Years later, upon learning that the great white Cherry had virtually disappeared from Japan, he buried a living cutting from his own collection in a potato and repatriated it via the Trans-Siberian Express.
As much a history of the cherry blossom in japan as it is the story of one remarkable man, through the dark days of the Second World War, The Sakura Obsession follows the flower from its significance as a symbol of the imperial court, and up to the present-day worldwide fascination with this iconic blossom.
The Sakura Obsession: The Incredible Story of the Plant Hunter Who Saved Japan's Cherry Blossoms #ad - Ingram first fell in love with the sakura, or cherry tree, when he visited Japan on his honeymoon in 1907 and was so taken with the plant that he brought back hundreds of cuttings with him to England. But if it weren’t for the pioneering work of an English eccentric, Collingwood “Cherry” Ingram, Japan’s beloved cherry blossoms could have gone extinct.
Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear DisasterSimon & Schuster #ad - A new york times best book of the year a time best book of the year a kirkus reviews best nonfiction book of the year 2020 andrew carnegie Medals for Excellence Winner One of NPR’s Best Books of 2019 Journalist Adam Higginbotham’s definitive, years-in-the-making account of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster—and a powerful investigation into how propaganda, secrecy, and myth have obscured the true story of one of the twentieth century’s greatest disasters.
Early in the morning of april 26, reactor number Four of the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station exploded, 1986, triggering history’s worst nuclear disaster. The result is a masterful nonfiction thriller, more human, and the definitive account of an event that changed history: a story that is more complex, and more terrifying than the Soviet myth.
Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster #ad - Midnight in chernobyl is an indelible portrait of one of the great disasters of the twentieth century, and the lessons learned when mankind seeks to bend the natural world to his will—lessons which, in the face of climate change and other threats, of human resilience and ingenuity, remain not just vital but necessary.
But the real story of the accident, propaganda, clouded from the beginning by secrecy, and misinformation, has long remained in dispute. Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews conducted over the course of more than ten years, as well as letters, unpublished memoirs, and documents from recently-declassified archives, Adam Higginbotham has written a harrowing and compelling narrative which brings the disaster to life through the eyes of the men and women who witnessed it firsthand.
. In the thirty years since then, for ecological fragility, for a dangerous technology slipping its leash, Chernobyl has become lodged in the collective nightmares of the world: shorthand for the spectral horrors of radiation poisoning, and for what can happen when a dishonest and careless state endangers its citizens and the entire world.
Archaeology from Space: How the Future Shapes Our PastHenry Holt and Co. #ad - Sarah parcak gives readers a personal tour of the evolution, major discoveries, and future potential of the young field of satellite archaeology. From there, her stories take us back in time and across borders, into the day-to-day lives of ancient humans whose traits and genes we share. From surprise advancements after the declassification of spy photography, she shares her field’s biggest discoveries, to a new map of the mythical Egyptian city of Tanis, revealing why space archaeology is not only exciting, but urgently essential to the preservation of the world’s ancient treasures.
Parcak has worked in twelve countries and four continents, tombs, palaces, using multispectral and high-resolution satellite imagery to identify thousands of previously unknown settlements, roads, fortresses, and even potential pyramids. Includes Illustrations. This book will awaken the explorer in all of us.
Archaeology from Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past #ad - Chris anderson, head of ted National Geographic Explorer and TED Prize-winner Dr. An amazon best science book of 2019 • a science friday best science book of 2019 • a kirkus reviews best nonfiction book of 2019 • A Science News Best Book of 2019 • Nature's Top Ten Books of 2019 "A crash course in the amazing new science of space archaeology that only Sarah Parcak can give.
And she shows us that if we heed the lessons of the past, we can shape a vibrant future.
The Ice at the End of the World: An Epic Journey into Greenland's Buried Past and Our Perilous FutureRandom House #ad - It reflects the present. Today, scientists from all over the world are deploying every technological tool available to uncover the secrets of this frozen island before it’s too late. The history of greenland’s ice begins with the explorers who arrived here at the turn of the twentieth century—first on foot, then on skis, then on crude, motorized sleds—and embarked on grueling expeditions that took as long as a year and often ended in frostbitten tragedy.
The ice sheet that covers it is 700 miles wide and 1, 500 miles long, and is composed of nearly three quadrillion tons of ice. In the ice at the end of the world, jon Gertner explains how Greenland has evolved from one of earth’s last frontiers to its largest scientific laboratory. Locked within this vast and frozen white desert are some of the most profound secrets about our planet and its future.
The Ice at the End of the World: An Epic Journey into Greenland's Buried Past and Our Perilous Future #ad - The melting ice sheet in Greenland is, in a way, an analog for time. Greenland’s ice doesn’t just tell us where we’ve been. Gertner chronicles the unfathomable hardships, and scientific achievements of the Arctic’s explorers and researchers with a transporting, amazing discoveries, deeply intelligent style—and a keen sense of what this work means for the rest of us.
It will also have drastic effects on ocean currents, weather systems, economies, and migration patterns. It can also tell us how much time we might have left.
The Trouble with Gravity: Solving the Mystery Beneath Our FeetHoughton Mifflin Harcourt #ad - Part scientific detective story, the Trouble with Gravity is a revelation: the first in-depth, part metaphysical romp, accessible study of this ubiquitous, elusive force. But as award-winning author richard panek shows in this groundbreaking book, gravity is a cold case that we are closer to cracking than ever—and whose very investigation has yielded untold truths about the cosmos and humanity itself.
What is gravity? Nobody knows—and just about nobody knows that nobody knows. Gravity and our efforts to understand it, have shaped not only the world we inhabit, minds, but also our bodies, Panek reveals, and culture. A thoughtful meditation on the mythic, yes, philosophical and, cultural, scientific implications of what happens when a wet potato or a crystal vase slips from your hand.
The Trouble with Gravity: Solving the Mystery Beneath Our Feet #ad - Billy collins a mind-bending exploration of gravity, the universe's greatest mystery. How something so pervasive can also be so mysterious, and how that mystery can be so wholly unrecognized outside the field of physics, is one of the greatest conundrums in modern science. . Its influence can be seen in everything from ancient fables to modern furniture, Dante’s Inferno to the pratfalls of Laurel and Hardy, bipedalism to black holes.
As we approach the truth about gravity, we should also be prepared to know both our universe and ourselves as never before.