Magic Universe: The Oxford Guide to Modern Science

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Oxford University Press, 2003 - Science - 756 pages
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As a prolific author, BBC commentator, and magazine editor, Nigel Calder has spent a lifetime spotting and explaining the big discoveries in all branches of science. In Magic Universe, he draws on his vast experience to offer readers a lively, far-reaching look at modern science in all its glory, shedding light on the latest ideas in physics, biology, chemistry, medicine, astronomy, and many other fields.
What is truly magical about Magic Universe is Calder's incredible breadth. Migrating birds, light sensors in the human eye, black holes, antimatter, buckyballs and nanotubes--with exhilarating sweep, Calder can range from the strings of a piano to the superstrings of modern physics, from Pythagoras's theory of musical pitch to the most recent ideas about atoms and gravity and a ten-dimensional universe--all in one essay. The great virtue of this wide-ranging style--besides its liveliness and versatility--is that it allows Calder to illuminate how the modern sciences intermingle and cross-fertilize one another. Indeed, whether discussing astronauts or handedness or dinosaurs, Calder manages to tease out hidden connections between disparate fields of study. What is most wondrous about the "magic universe" is that one can begin with stellar dust and finish with life itself.
Drawing on interviews with more than 200 researchers, from graduate students to Nobel prize-winners, Magic Universe takes us on a high-spirited tour through the halls of science, one that will enthrall everyone interested in science, whether a young researcher in a high-tech lab or an amateur buff sitting in the comfort of an armchair.

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User Review  - travelster - LibraryThing

I am not a scientist but love to study and read science, especially regarding the cosmos and atomic/sub-atomic particles. This one was a perfect read, and the author makes these tough topics fun and easy to read. Read full review

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756-page compendium of 119 short takes ("stories") on many areas of science. Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Nigel Calder began his writing career on the original staff of New Scientist, in 1956. He was Editor of the magazine from 1962 to 1966, when he left to become an independent science writer. His subsequent career has involved spotting, reporting, and explaining to the general public the big scientific discoveries of our time. He reached audiences world-wide when he conceived, scripted, and presented many ground-breaking science documentaries for BBC television. His pioneering role in takingviewers to the frontiers of discovery was recognized with the award of the UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science. Nigel Calder lives in Sussex with his wife Lizzie.

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