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Catastrophes And Lesser Calamities

Author : Anthony Hallam
ISBN : 0192806688
Genre : Science
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Uses the geological record to trace historical and modern views on five mass extinction events, including the disappearance of dinosaurs.

Evolution

Author : Michael Ruse
ISBN : 067403175X
Genre : Science
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An introduction to evolutionary biology spans evolutionary science from its inception to its latest findings, covering discoveries, philosophy, and history.

Das Sechste Sterben

Author : Elizabeth Kolbert
ISBN : 9783518740620
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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Sie haben noch nie etwas vom Stummelfußfrosch gehört? Oder vom Sumatra-Nashorn? Gut möglich, dass Sie auch nie von ihnen hören werden, denn sie sind dabei auszusterben. Wir erleben derzeit das sechste sogenannte Massenaussterben: In einem relativ kurzen Zeitraum verschwinden ungewöhnlich viele Arten. Experten gehen davon aus, dass es das verheerendste sein wird, seit vor etwa 65 Millionen Jahren ein Asteroid unter anderem die Dinosaurier auslöschte. Doch dieses Mal kommt die Bedrohung nicht aus dem All, sondern wir tragen die Verantwortung. Wie haben wir Menschen das Massenaussterben herbeigeführt? Wie können wir es beenden? Elizabeth Kolbert spricht mit Geologen, die verschwundene Ozeane erforschen, begleitet Botaniker in die Anden und begibt sich gemeinsam mit Tierschützern auf die Suche nach den letzten Exemplaren gefährdeter Arten. Sie zeigt, wie ernst die Lage ist, und macht uns zu Zeugen der dramatischen Ereignisse auf unserem Planeten.

Pandora S Garden

Author : Clinton Crockett Peters
ISBN : 9780820353203
Genre : Nature
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Pandora's Garden profiles invasive or unwanted species in the natural world and examines how our treatment of these creatures sometimes parallels in surprising ways how we treat each other. Part essay, part nature writing, part narrative nonfiction, the chapters in Pandora's Garden are like the biospheres of the globe; as the successive chapters unfold, they blend together like ecotones, creating a microcosm of the world in which we sustain nonhuman lives but also contain them. There are many reasons particular flora and fauna may be unwanted, from the physical to the psychological. Sometimes they may possess inherent qualities that when revealed help us to interrogate human perception and our relationship to an unwanted other. Pandora's Garden is primarily about creatures that humans don't get along with, such as rattlesnakes and sharks, but the chapters also take on a range of other subjects, including stolen children in Australia, the treatment of illegal immigrants in Texas, and the disgust function of the human limbic system. Peters interweaves these diverse subjects into a whole that mirrors the evolving and interrelated world whose surprises and oddities he delights in revealing.

Der Mann Der Udo J Rgens War

Author : Gunter Pirntke
ISBN : 9783748507024
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Im Alter von 80 Jahren ist der Sänger und Komponist Udo Jürgens am 21. Dezember 2014 gestorben. Die Musikwelt trauert um eine Legende: In diesem Jahr hat er sein 53. Album veröffentlicht. Dieses Buch soll ein Nachruf sein, keine Biografie. Es soll das Leben von Udo Jürgens im Zusammenhang bringen, die großen Erfolge – aber auch die Tiefschläge aufzeigen. Es soll aber auch Nachweis dafür sein, dass der letzte große Gentlemen des deutschsprachigen Schlagers eine Lücke hinterlassen hat, die niemand schließen kann. Wer sich durch die heutige Schlagerwelt hört, merkt, dass die Songs alle ziemlich ähnlich gestrickt sind. Mit Beats und schnellen Rhythmen machen die Künstler eher auf Pop-Einerlei; nach Balladen sucht man lange. Eingängige Melodien sollen Millionen begeistern, die einen möglichst einfachen, gut gereimten Refrain mitgrölen können. Von einem leisen Auftritt, wie Udo Jürgens ihn zelebrierte, sind Schlagerkonzerte inzwischen weit entfernt. Nebelmaschine, Pyrotechnik, aufwendiges Bühnenbild: Helene Fischer schwebt an einem Seil von der Bühnendecke mitten in ihre Background-Tänzer; Andrea Berg zwängt sich ins knallenge Lackmieder. Mehr ist mehr, lautet offensichtlich das Motto. Udo Jürgens reichten an Bühnen-Accessoires der weiße Bademantel und die Tasse Kamillentee, seinen großen Auftritt hatte er trotzdem.

Contemporary Authors

Author : Julie Mellors
ISBN : 0787678775
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A biographical and bibliographical guide to current writers in all fields including poetry, fiction and nonfiction, journalism, drama, television and movies. Information is provided by the authors themselves or drawn from published interviews, feature stories, book reviews and other materials provided by the authors/publishers.

Philosophy Of Science

Author : David Boersema
ISBN : STANFORD:36105131723673
Genre : Philosophy
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This new anthology, which integrates explanatory text, primary source readings, and case studies, provides students of any major (philosophy, science, or other) with an accessible and comprehensive introduction to the philosophy of science. The anthology is organized around a unique “three-pronged” approach: the metaphysical (what), the epistemological (how), and the axiological (why). The coverage of issues builds coherently and logically: from issues of scientific method to ethical issues, to the most current social and political implications of science — demonstrating how philosophy of science is relevant in a modern day context. The anthology carefully examines the theoretical apparatus of the philosophy of science and applies it to rich case studies from the history of science.

Smithsonian Ocean

Author : Deborah Cramer
ISBN : UCSD:31822035352129
Genre : Science
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The author of Great Waters: An Atlantic Passage identifies a living partnership between the earth and its life, explaining the comparatively new responsibility of human beings in protecting the sea in order to safeguard climate and environmental interests. 30,000 first printing.

Paleoclimate And Evolution With Emphasis On Human Origins

Author : Elisabeth S. Vrba
ISBN : 9780300063486
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This book focuses on how climatic change during the last fifteen million years - especially the last three million - has affected human evolution and other evolutionary events. Leading evolutionists and physical geologists from all over the worldauthorities on such subjects as paleoceanography, palynology, mammalian paleontology, and paleoanthropology - address the relationship between climatic and biotic evolution, presenting and integrating the most up-to-date research in their fields. Among the subjects discussed are: global and regional climatic changes; tectonism and its effects on climate; the evolution of biomes and mammals; the ways climate might have influenced the origins of hominid species; and the evolution of hominid morphologies and behaviors. The book draws on the comparatively rich data base of the Late Neogene and includes many new data sets and hypotheses on paleoclimatic changes and on floral and mammalian evolution.

Natural Hazards

Author : Edward A. Keller
ISBN : 9781315508689
Genre : Nature
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Natural Hazards: Earth Processes as Hazards, Disasters and Catastrophes, Fourth Edition, is an introductory-level survey intended for university and college courses that are concerned with earth processes that have direct, and often sudden and violent, impacts on human society. The text integrates principles of geology, hydrology, meteorology, climatology, oceanography, soil science, ecology and solar system astronomy. The book is designed for a course in natural hazards for non-science majors, and a primary goal of the text is to assist instructors in guiding students who may have little background in science to understand physical earth processes as natural hazards and their consequences to society. Natural Hazards uses historical to recent examples of hazards and disasters to explore how and why they happen and what we can do to limit their effects. The text's up-to-date coverage of recent disasters brings a fresh perspective to the material. The Fourth Edition continues our new active learning approach that includes reinforcement of learning objective with a fully updated visual program and pedagogical tools that highlight fundamental concepts of the text. This program will provide an interactive and engaging learning experience for your students. Here's how: Provide a balanced approach to the study of natural hazards: Focus on the basic earth science of hazards as well as roles of human processes and effects on our planet in a broader, more balanced approach to the study of natural hazards. Enhance understanding and comprehension of natural hazards: Newly revised stories and case studies give students a behind the scenes glimpse into how hazards are evaluated from a scientific and human perspective; the stories of real people who survive natural hazards, and the lives and research of professionals who have contributed significantly to the research of hazardous events. Strong pedagogical tools reinforce the text's core features: Chapter structure and design organizes the material into three major sections to help students learn, digest, and review learning objectives.

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