How Nature Works Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

How Nature Works

  • Author : Per Bak
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release Date : 2013-11-11
  • Genre: Mathematics
  • Pages : 212
  • ISBN 10 : 9781475754261
  • Total Read : 98
  • File Size : 15,9 Mb

How Nature Works Summary:

Self-organized criticality, the spontaneous development of systems to a critical state, is the first general theory of complex systems with a firm mathematical basis. This theory describes how many seemingly desperate aspects of the world, from stock market crashes to mass extinctions, avalanches to solar flares, all share a set of simple, easily described properties. "...a'must read'...Bak writes with such ease and lucidity, and his ideas are so intriguing...essential reading for those interested in complex will reward a sufficiently skeptical reader." -NATURE "...presents the theory (self-organized criticality) in a form easily absorbed by the non-mathematically inclined reader." -BOSTON BOOK REVIEW "I picture Bak as a kind of scientific musketeer; flamboyant, touchy, full of swagger and ready to join every fray... His book is written with panache. The style is brisk, the content stimulating. I recommend it as a bracing experience." -NEW SCIENTIST

How Nature Works Book

How Nature Works

  • Author : Sarah Besky
  • Publisher : University of New Mexico Press
  • Release Date : 2019-10-15
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9780826360861
  • Total Read : 72
  • File Size : 11,6 Mb

How Nature Works Summary:

We now live on a planet that is troubled—even overworked—in ways that compel us to reckon with inherited common sense about the relationship between human labor and nonhuman nature. In Paraguay, fast-growing soy plants are displacing both prior crops and people. In Malaysia, dispossessed farmers are training captive orangutans to earn their own meals. In India, a prized dairy cow suddenly refuses to give more milk. Built from these sorts of scenes and sites, where the ultimate subjects and agents of work are ambiguous, How Nature Works develops an anthropology of labor that is sharply attuned to the irreversible effects of climate change, extinction, and deforestation. The authors of this volume push ethnographic inquiry beyond the anthropocentric documentation of human work on nature in order to develop a language for thinking about how all labor is a collective ecological act.

Ubiquity Book
Score: 4.5
From 6 Ratings


  • Author : Mark Buchanan
  • Publisher : Crown
  • Release Date : 2002-04-23
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780609504321
  • Total Read : 61
  • File Size : 18,8 Mb

Ubiquity Summary:

Critically acclaimed science journalist, Mark Buchanan tells the fascinating story of the discovery that there is a natural structure of instability woven into the fabric of our world, which explains why catastrophes-- both natural and human-- happen. Scientists have recently discovered a new law of nature and its footprints are virtually everywhere-- in the spread of forest fires, mass extinctions, traffic jams, earthquakes, stock-market fluctuations, the rise and fall of nations, and even trends in fashion, music and art. Wherever we look, the world is modelled on a simple template: like a steep pile of sand, it is poised on the brink of instability, with avalanches-- in events, ideas or whatever-- following a universal pattern of change. This remarkable discovery heralds what Mark Buchanan calls the new science of 'ubiquity', a science whose secret lies in the stuff of the everyday world. Combining literary flair with scientific rigour, this enthralling book documents the coming revolution by telling the story of the researchers' exploration of the law, their ingenious work and unexpected insights. Buchanan reveals that we are witnessing the emergence of an extraordinarily powerful new field of science that will help us comprehend the bewildering and unruly rhythms that dominate our lives and may even lead to a true science of the dynamics of human culture and history.

Nature Works Book

Nature Works

  • Author : Steve Parker
  • Publisher : Lorenz Books
  • Release Date : 1997
  • Genre: Animals
  • Pages : 41
  • ISBN 10 : 1859673090
  • Total Read : 83
  • File Size : 6,6 Mb

Nature Works Summary:

The Nature of Nature Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

The Nature of Nature

  • Author : Enric Sala
  • Publisher : National Geographic Books
  • Release Date : 2020-09-08
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 233
  • ISBN 10 : 9781426221026
  • Total Read : 81
  • File Size : 6,9 Mb

The Nature of Nature Summary:

In this spirited memoir, world-renowned conservationist Enric Sala weaves fascinating tales of the natural world, revealing how connections in nature promise a thriving economy as well as a healthy planet. Enric Sala wants to change the world--and in this compelling book, he shows us how. Once we appreciate how nature works, he asserts, we will understand why conservation is economically wise and essential to our survival. Here Sala, director of National Geographic's Pristine Seas project (which has succeeded in protecting more than 5 million sq km of ocean), tells the story of his scientific awakening and his transition from academia to activism--as he puts it, he was tired of writing the obituary of the ocean. His revelations are surprising, sometimes counterintuitive: More sharks signal a healthier ocean; crop diversity, not intensive monoculture farming, is the key to feeding the planet. Using fascinating examples from his expeditions and those of other scientists, Sala shows the economic wisdom of making room for nature, even as the population becomes more urbanized. In a sober epilogue, he shows how saving nature can save us all, by reversing conditions that led to the coronavirus pandemic and preventing other global catastrophes. With a foreword from Prince Charles and an introduction from E. O. Wilson, this powerful book will change the way you think about our world--and our future.

How Birds Work Book

How Birds Work

  • Author : Marianne Taylor
  • Publisher : The Experiment
  • Release Date : 2020-04-28
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781615196487
  • Total Read : 70
  • File Size : 7,7 Mb

How Birds Work Summary:

An artfully designed, highly detailed guide to the inner workings of birds—what they’re made up of inside and out, and why

The Way Nature Works Book

The Way Nature Works

  • Author : Macmillan Publishers
  • Publisher : Wiley
  • Release Date : 1998-01-03
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 359
  • ISBN 10 : 0028622812
  • Total Read : 85
  • File Size : 12,7 Mb

The Way Nature Works Summary:

Shaping the Planet the Power of the Atmosphere Evolution and Adaptation Reproducing to Survive the Search for Food Movement and Shelter Attack and Defense Senses and Communication the Living Environments More than 900 color illustrations 100 color photographs More than 1,000 species illustrated Extensive cross-references Glossary and extensive indexes

How Insects Work Book

How Insects Work

  • Author : Marianne Taylor
  • Publisher : The Experiment
  • Release Date : 2020-04-28
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781615196500
  • Total Read : 75
  • File Size : 9,8 Mb

How Insects Work Summary:

Discover why insects look and behave the way they do in this fully illustrated field guide to the world’s most adaptable animals. Still going strong after five mass extinctions, insects may be the most successful land animals ever. They have evolved a spectacular array of real-life superpowers to help them thrive in virtually every environment on the planet. Filled with fascinating photography and in-depth information, this volume explains why insects are even more astounding than you know—inside and out. In How Insects Work, readers discover how a bumblebees’ wingbeats leave a faint electrical signal at each flower they visit to show that the nectar’s already been taken; and how houseflies defy gravity with tiny leg hairs that stick to the smoothest wall or ceiling. Topics covered include: Evolution Exoskeleton and Body Segments Senses Circulation Digestion Respiration Reproduction Metamorphosis Movement And much, much more!