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Nessa Carey, The Epigenetics Revolution

August 6th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Boeken Maarten | Comments Off on Nessa Carey, The Epigenetics Revolution

Nessa Carey, The Epigenetics Revolution

Why can identical twins develop different diseases like schizophrenia? Why are tortoiseshell cats always female? Why was Audrey Hepburn so delicately beautiful? Why do we age, develop disease or become addicted to drugs?

Henry Nicholls, The Galápagos

April 15th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Boeken Janantoon | Comments Off on Henry Nicholls, The Galápagos

Henry Nicholls, The Galápagos

In writing The Galapagos, one of my missions has been to mix up the natural and the human history of the archipelago. Most other books on the islands (of which there are many excellent examples) tend to dwell on either the rocks, plants and animals at the exclusion of the humans or vice versa. I wanted to create a single, accessible volume that does both, revealing much of the wonderful natural history but through the first-hand experiences of some of the islands’ most famous visitors (such as the Bishop of Panama, the American naval officer David Porter, Charles Darwin, Moby-Dick author Herman Melville and naturalist William Beebe) and through the work of dozens of scientists and conservationists who have dedicated their lives to the Galapagos over the past several decades. All these works have been a joy to read, to ponder and to write about.

Douwe Draaisma, De heimweefabriek

January 11th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Boeken Janantoon | Comments Off on Douwe Draaisma, De heimweefabriek

Douwe Draaisma, De heimweefabriek

Wijsheid komt met de jaren. Maar vergeetachtigheid gaat haar voor. En daarom zetten we alles in om ons geheugen scherp te houden, van braintraining tot vitaminepreparaat. Maar is het zinvol, al die hersengymnastiek? Douwe Draaisma neemt het op voor het oude geheugen. Met oog voor detail ontzenuwt hij de gemeenplaatsen over het brein en vertelt op liefdevolle wijze het ware verhaal over de dingen die voorbij gaan. Over de ongrijpbaarheid van de herinnering, de markt van het grote vergeten en over de heimwee naar de wereld die alleen nog in de herinnering bestaat. Maar ook over de onverwachte genoegens van een ouder wordend geheugen, zoals het zogenaamde reminiscentie-effect, dat maakt dat herinneringen aan de jeugd vaak met nieuwe kracht terugkeren.

Douwe Draaisma, De metaforenmachine

January 11th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Boeken Janantoon | Comments Off on Douwe Draaisma, De metaforenmachine

Douwe Draaisma, De metaforenmachine

Het menselijke geheugen is door de eeuwen beschreven in termen van kunstmatige geheugens. De oudste prothese voor het herinneren, het schrift, gaf Plato de mogelijkheid het geheugen te vergelijken met een wastablet. In de middeleeuwen was het geheugen een codex of boek, waaraan de ervaring telkens een ander hoofdstuk toevoegde. In de renaissance verscheen de camera obscura als metafoor voor het visuele geheugen. De uitvinding van de fotografie en de fonograaf, de belangrijkste kunstmatige geheugens na het schrift en voor de computer, maakte het mogelijk het geheugen te beschouwen als een instrument voor het conserveren en reproduceren van zintuiglijke prikkels. Voor oog en oor zijn in onze tijd tal van kunstmatige geheugens beschikbaar: computers, cd-schijven, hologrammen, neurale netwerken – technieken die beeld en geluid verplaatsbaar maakten in ruimte en tijd en als metaforen hun weg hebben gevonden naar theorieën over de werking van het geheugen.

Peter Watson, Ideas

November 8th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Boeken Maarten | Comments Off on Peter Watson, Ideas

Peter Watson, Ideas

In this ambitious and stimulating book, Peter Watson describes the history of ideas from deep antiquity to the present day, leading to a new way of understanding our world and ourselves.

He reveals the linkages down the ages in the ideas of many apparently disparate philosophers, astronomers, religious leaders, biologists, inventors, poets, jurists and scores of others.

Lawrence M. Krauss, A Universe from Nothing

August 3rd, 2013  |  by  |  published in Boeken Janantoon | Comments Off on Lawrence M. Krauss, A Universe from Nothing

Lawrence M. Krauss, A Universe from Nothing

Internationally renowned theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss offers provocative, revelatory answers to the biggest philosophical questions: Where did our universe come from? Why does anything exist? And how is it all going to end? ‘Why is there something rather than nothing?’ is the question atheists and scientists are always asked, and until now there has not been a satisfying scientific answer. Today, exciting scientific advances provide new insight into this cosmological mystery: not only can something arise from nothing, but something will always arise from nothing. A mind-bending trip back to the beginning of the beginning, A Universe from Nothing authoritatively presents the most recent evidence that explains how our universe evolved — and the implications for how it’s going to end. It will provoke, challenge, and delight readers to look at the most basic underpinnings of existence in a whole new way.

Edward O. Wilson, Letters to a Young Scientist

July 27th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Boeken Janantoon | Comments Off on Edward O. Wilson, Letters to a Young Scientist

Edward O. Wilson, Letters to a Young Scientist

Inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet, Edward O. Wilson has distilled sixty years of teaching into a book for students, young and old. Wilson threads these twenty-one letters, each richly illustrated, with autobiographical anecdotes that illuminate his career – both his successes and his failures – and his motivations for becoming a biologist.
At a time when our survival is more than ever linked to our understanding of science, Wilson insists that success in the sciences does not depend on mathematical skill but rather a passion for finding a problem and solving it. From the collapse of stars to the exploration of rain forests and the oceans’ depths, Wilson instills a love of the innate creativity of science and a respect for the human being’s modest place in the planet’s ecosystem, in his readers.

Mark Lynas, Six Degrees

July 27th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Boeken Maarten | Comments Off on Mark Lynas, Six Degrees

Mark Lynas, Six Degrees

Entire nations are uninhabitable. Entire populations have been wiped out. Arid land cracks and peels in some areas of the globe. In others, deluges of flood water ravage the earth. Welcome to a world six degrees warmer. Welcome to our future.

In this explosive book Mark Lynas investigates scientists’ claims that the next century will see global temperatures rise between one and six degrees, with devastating results. As the temperature creeps up degree by degree, chapter by chapter, Lynas takes us through these six stages of global warming and issues a global warning: act now, or risk mass extinction.

Truly vital reading, Six Degrees shows us a way to forge a new world before it’s too late.

Dan Hofstadter, The Earth Moves

July 13th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Boeken Maarten | Comments Off on Dan Hofstadter, The Earth Moves

Dan Hofstadter, The Earth Moves

What really happened during Galileo’s momentous 1632 trial for heresy? Galileo was a devout Catholic, and the Inquisition made no factual dispute of his claims. Drawing on his intimate knowledge of Italian and Renaissance history, Dan Hofstadter vividly recounts the proceedings and just what was at stake. He sorts through intricate webs of patronage, examines the technology of Galileo’s instruments, and reviews the cultural climate of that contentious era to explain why Galileo incurred such strident opposition.



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