Driven by an all-consuming passion, the plant hunters traveled around the world, facing challenges at every turn: tropical illnesses, extreme terrain, and dangerous animals. They battled piranhas, tigers, and vampire bats. Even the plants themselves could be lethal! But these intrepid eighteenth- and nineteenth-century explorers were determined to find and collect new and unusual specimens, no matter what the cost. Then they tried to transport the plants—and themselves—home alive….
The Mathematician Sophus Lie Sophus Lie (1842-1899) is one of Norways greatest scientific talents. His mathematical works have made him famous around the world no less than Niels Henrik Abel. The terms “Lie groups” and “Lie algebra” are part of the standard mathematical vocabulary. In his comprehensive biography the author Arild Stubhaug introduces us to both the person Sophus Lie and his time. We follow him through: childhoo… Full description
Fragonard Museum: The Ecorches Eighteenth-century anatomist Honore Fragonard’s ecorches–preserved dissected real animal and human cadavers–are extraordinary works of virtuosic skill that have survived nearly two and a half centuries in the Fragonard Museum in Alfort, on the outskirts of Paris. Like the superb anatomical preparations made by the renowned seventeenth- to eighteenth-century anatomist Frederik Ruysch, Fragonard’s Full description
Der Physiker und Nobelpreisträger Werner Heisenberg (1901–1976) zeichnet in diesen autobiografischen Gesprächen die Stationen seines wechselvollen Lebens nach. Vor dem Hintergrund der Münchner Räterepublik, der nationalsozialistischen Zeit und des Neuanfangs nach 1945 werden seine Beziehungen zu wichtigen Forscherpersönlichkeiten wie Albert Einstein, Max Planck und Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker lebendig.
The Science of Leonardo Leonardo da Vinci’s pioneering scientific work was virtually unknown during his lifetime. Acclaimed scientist and bestselling author Capra reveals that da Vinci was in many ways the unacknowledged “father of modern science.” Full description