100 Ideas that Changed the World

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Random House, Sep 1, 2011 - Science - 416 pages
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Every once in a while, an idea comes along that makes the entire world sit up and take notice. From the earliest understandings of our place in the solar system, via Darwinism, DNA, neutrons and quarks, right up to the theories that are pushing the boundaries of our knowledge today, we are forever propelled forward by our most gifted scientific minds.

In this fascinating book, former BBC Focus magazine editor Jheni Osman explores 100 of the most forward thinking, far-reaching and downright inspired ideas and inventions in history, each nominated by experts from all fields of science and engineering. With selections from established authorities such as Brian Cox, Patrick Moore, Richard Dawkins and Marcus du Sautoy, Osman covers topics as diverse as the Big Bang, vaccination, computing, radioactivity, human genomes, the wheel and many more.

Each essay looks at the logic behind these great inventions, discoveries, theories and experiments, studying the circumstances that brought them into being and assessing the impact that they had on the world at large. An intriguing and thought-provoking collection, 100 Ideas that Changed the World offers us a glimpse into the minds behind history's greatest eureka moments.

 

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Although it is very interesting, you have excluded references which have the exact same wording as does Wikipedia. naughty, naughty.

Contents

NATURAL SELECTION
MENDELIANINHERITANCE
CHROMOSOME THEORY
GENETICRECOMBINATION
THE STRUCTURE OF DNA
GENE SEQUENCING
GENETIC SWITCHES
The MedicalWorld

PAPER
THE PRINTING PRESS
MONEY
The NaturalWorld
ROUND EARTH
MAPS
CONTINENTAL DRIFT
THE AGE OF THE EARTH
RADIOCARBON DATING
THE THREEAGE SYSTEM
THE HAND AXE
GAIA THEORY
THE GREENHOUSEEFFECT
The Universe
THE TELESCOPE
THE HUBBLE SPACETELESCOPE
A CENTRAL SUN
THE VAST UNIVERSE
THE BIG BANG THEORY
DARK MATTER
EARTHRISE
EXOPLANETS
EXOWATER
The Worldof Physics
THE ATOM
QUANTUM THEORY
PARTICLEACCELERATORS
ANTIMATTER
GENERAL RELATIVITY
THE LAWS OF MOTION
ELECTRICITY
THE BATTERY
DIFFRACTION
MAGNETISM
ELECTROMAGNETISM
RADIO WAVES
MICROWAVES
The ChemicalWorld
CHEMICAL BONDS
OXYGEN
THE BUNSEN BURNER
THE SPECTROSCOPE
ASTRONOMICALSPECTROSCOPY
ARTIFICIAL DYES
PLASTICS
The LivingWorld
THE MICROSCOPE
CELL THEORY
EMBRYO DEVELOPMENT
CLASSIFICATION OFSPECIES
CONVERGENTEVOLUTION
GERM THEORY
VACCINATION
ANTIBIOTICS
CONTRACEPTION
SYSTEMATIC REVIEW OFCLINICAL TRIALS
CHEMIOSMOSIS
THE BRAIN
NEURON THEORY
THE XRAY MACHINE
FUNCTIONAL MAGNETICRESONANCE IMAGING
BIOMEDICALENGINEERING
STEM CELLS
CLONING
The Worldof Psychology
FREUDISM
ATTACHMENT THEORY
The Worldof Numbers
ZERO
EUCLIDS PROOF
CALCULUS
THE FOURIERTRANSFORM
PROBABILITY THEORY
PUBLICKEYCRYPTOGRAPHY
The World ofEngineering
THE WHEEL
THE SCREW THREAD
THE FLUSH TOILET
THE NEWCOMEN ENGINE
STEAM LOCOMOTION
THE CAR
THE SATELLITE
THE V2 ROCKET
THE REUSABLESPACECRAFT
The World ofTechnology
THE CAMERA
LIQUID CRYSTALDISPLAY
FIBRE OPTICS
THE TELEGRAPH
THE TELEPHONE
THE MOBILE PHONE
THE TRANSISTOR
THE MICROCHIP
THE COMPUTER
PACKETSWITCHEDNETWORKS
THE INTERNET
THE WORLD WIDE WEB
SOCIAL NETWORKING
CREDITS
INDEX
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About the author (2011)

As the former editor of the BBC's award-winning science and technology magazine, Focus, Jheni Osman was nominated for the BSME Editor of the Year 2010 and won the PTC New Editor of the Year 2008. She launched the Focus app and presented the podcast and FocusTV. With a background in Natural Sciences, and a masters from Imperial College London, Jheni has written for numerous publications including Focus, Lonely Planet and Countryfile magazines, and worked for a TV news agency in Istanbul and in TV production at the BBC's Natural History Unit.

A former professional tennis player who toured the world and played at Wimbledon, Jheni loves to travel and says her best experiences in life have been climbing Mont Blanc and swimming with a whale shark.

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