The first fully illustrated guide to the human passion for measurement:of our experiences, our surroundings, and the universe.This lively survey covers an astonishing array of subjects, from the earliest currency to the birth of the meter, from the force of hurricanes to body mass index, from air pressure, earthquakes, and pollen counts to happiness, blood types, and intelligence. Each measuring method is put into its proper historical context and explained in detail.The book follows the same format as Andrew Robinson's popular The Story of Writing. It is organized into three broad sectionsâ€”The Meaning of Measurement, Measuring Nature, and Measuring Manâ€”which are then broken down into chapters. Each chapter features a series of self-contained spreads that deal with a specific topic. The wide range of illustrations spans the history of the world and its diverse cultures. 250 illustrations, 120 in color.
Měření provázelo a formovalo společnost od rozbřesku civilizace. Délka, plocha, obsah, úhel, váha, hodnota, jazyk, čas -- to vše muselo být početně vyjádřeno a zařazeno do systému, aby mohli lidé vyměřovat půda, sázet plodiny, stavět paláce, obchodovat nebo slavit svátky. Jak se měří svět je prvním plně ilustrovaným přehledem, který pokrývá celou šíři měřictví. Vysvětluje představy, které jsou základem měrných jednotek a měřicích přístrojů, a ukazuje, jak jsou používány pro fyzikální vesmír -- elektrony, Zemi či hvězdy -- i lidské tělo a mysl.
This book tells the remarkable lives of the pioneers of science from Galileo and Newton, Faraday and Darwin, Pasteur and Marie Curie, to Einstein, Freud, Turing, and Crick and Watson. A series of seventy articles, written by an international team of distinguished scientists, historians of science and science writers, provides an unrivalled account of the lives and personalities behind the greatest scientific breakthroughs of all time. Organized thematically, starting at the Universe, and moving smaller through the Earth and Molecules and Matter to Inside the Atom, with the final two sections looking at Life and Body and Mind, it covers all the major scientific disciplines, including astronomy, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computing, ecology, geology, medicine, neurology, physics and psychology, as well as mathematics. "The Scientists" will intrigue budding scientists, those fascinated by the lives of great individuals, and anyone curious to know how over the centuries we came to understand the physical world around us and inside us.
Vienna's Albertina Museum is home to the world's most comprehensive collection of works by Albrecht Durer. Durer's genius for drawing and painting rivaled those of his Italian contemporaries and his exquisitely detailed and delicately colored prints elevated the medium to new levels of accomplishment. This book includes many of Durer's most renowned masterpieces: his watercolors, The Hare and The Great Piece of Turf; his chiaroscuro drawings, The Praying Hands and The Elderly Man with a Beard; and his precocious silverpoint Self-Portrait at the Age of Thirteen - along with numerous other works from the Albertina's collection. Beautifully reproduced, these images convey Durer's fascination with the world around him, and his extraordinary ability to bring that world to life.
V roku 1799 objavilo Napoleonovo vojsko v nílskej delte starovekú stélu. Nápis na nej v troch rôznych písmach – starogréckom, koptskom a hieroglyfickom – poskytol bádateľom prvý návod na rozlúštenie dvetisíc rokov starých egyptských hieroglyfov. O ďalších dvadsať rokov neskôr nadaný Francúz menom Jean-Francois Champollion hieroglyfy úspešne rozlúštil a spôsobil tak revolúciu v poznaní kultúry starého Egypta. V Champollionovej biografii Andrew Robinson podrobne rekonštruuje postup, ktorým tento zakladateľ egyptológie rozlúštil kód hieroglyfického písma: píše o jeho štúdiu obeliskov v Ríme a papyrusov v európskych múzeách, o tom, ako sa rok plavil po Níle a skúmal náhrobky v Údolí kráľov.
Cracking the Egyptian Code is the first biography in English of Jean-François Champollion, the impoverished, arrogant and brilliant child of the French Revolution who made the vital breakthrough in deciphering the Egyptian hieroglyphs. This finely illustrated account charts Champollion’s dramatic life and achievements: by turns a teenage professor, a supporter of Napoleon, an exile, a fanatical decipherer and a curator at the Louvre, he lived life to the full but drove himself into an early grave. Andrew Robinson’s full-blooded account brings the man, his setbacks and his ultimate triumphs vividly to life.
India has had many histories. To pilgrims from ancient China, India was the birthplace of the Buddha; to Alexander the Great it was a land of clever naked philosophers and indomitable, elephantine armies. At the height of the Mughal empire, India boasted nearly a quarter of the world economy, and even under colonial rule it was the jewel in the crown of the British Empire. Today it is the resurgent home to one sixth of the global population. Andrew Robinson incisively distills India's many incarnations, from the remarkably advanced cities of the early Indus Valley to the world's largest democracy. Anyone curious about its past, present or future will find this a fascinating introduction.
Jody Houser (Stranger Things, Star Wars) is joined by veteran animation and Blizzard Entertainment comics writer Andrew R. Robinson (Overwatch Anthology, World of Warcraft) as they co-plot StarCraft: Soldiers, with art by Miguel Sepulveda (Lone Wolf 2100, Green Lantern). Newly graduated Lieutenant Shivani Singh wants to defend the Dominion on the front lines, but it will take more than good grades and confidence to survive on the edge of zerg space. After a routine patrol goes awry, Singh launches an investigation to root out threats to the fragile peace between the Dominion and the zerg Swarm. Collects StarCraft Series 2, comics #1-#4.
Beginning with the stories of three great decipherments Egyptian hieroglyphs, Minoan Linear B and Mayan glyphs, "Lost Languages" moves on to dissect the most well-known and enigmatic undeciphered scripts from around the world. They include the Etruscan alphabet of Italy, the Indus Valley seal script, Rongorongo from remote Easter Island, the Zapotec script of Mexico (probably the first writing system in the Americas), and the unique Phaistos disc of Crete. "Lost Languages" reports from the front lines of scholarship where obsessions, genius, occasional delusion and sometimes bitter rivalry are de rigueur among those currently competing for the rare honour of cracking these ancient codes and giving voice to forgotten worlds.
When Alexander the Great’s army invaded the valley of the Indus River in the fourth century BC, it was wholly unaware that this region of northwest India had once been the centre of a civilization worthy of comparison with ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. The Indus civilization flourished for half a millennia from about 2600 BCE to 1900 BCE, when it mysteriously declined and eventually vanished. It remained invisible for almost 4,000 years, until its ruins were discovered in the 1920s by British and Indian archaeologists. Today, after almost a century of excavation, it is regarded as the beginning of Indian civilization and possibly the origin of Hinduism. More than 1,000 Indus settlements covered at least 800,000 square kilometres of what is now Pakistan and India: the most extensive urban culture of its age, with a vigorous maritime export trade to the Persian Gulf and cities such as Ur. The two largest Indus cities, Harappa and Mohenjo-daro – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – boasted sophisticated street planning and house drainage, including the world’s first toilets, along with finely crafted gemstone jewellery and an exquisite, part-pictographic writing system carved on seal stones that has defied numerous attempts at deciphering. Astonishingly, there is no evidence for armies or warfare. The Indus is a fascinating look at the vital legacy of the Indus within modern India and an accessible introduction to this tantalizing ‘lost’ civilization.