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Wonders of life : exploring the most extraordinary force in the universe /

by Cox, Brian [author.]; Cohen, Andrew [author.]; Science Channel (Television network).
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, NY : Harper Design, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2013]Description: 288 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 29 cm.ISBN: 9780062238832 :; 0062238833.Title notes: $29.99 5-2013 (db)Other title: Wonders of life : exploring the most extraordinary phenomenon in the universe.Subject(s): Life (Biology) | Evolution (Biology)
Contents:
Wonders of life -- Home. Evolution of life ; Return of the king ; A very special home ; Simple but complex ; The history of the exploration of water ; Water, water everywhere-- ; Water, the essential ingredient ; Walking on water ; Treetops to teardrops : the magic of hydrogen bonds ; Into the light. A train journey through time ; A child star ; A unique and colourful world ; The origin;s of life's colours ; From the smallest beginnings-- ; Eating the Sun ; A breath of fresh air ; Breath of life ; Four-legged life story -- What is life? The briefest of beauty. Day of the dead ; What is life? ; Energy and the First Law of Thermodynamics ; First life. Life's first energy source ; On Professor Cox's battery and the origin of life ; Searching for Eden : a warm little pond-- ; Universal life ; Prokaryotic and eukaryotic life ; Life and the Second Law of Thermodynamics : Schrödinger's Paradox ; Follow the Sun ; The origin of life's order ; One big family -- Size matters. Life-size differences. Same planet, different world ; Ocean giants ; The physics of a killer ; Small is beautiful ; Of royal crowns and ocean giants ; Big things don't jump ; Lost giants ; The world of the small. Inside an insect ; Beetle mania ; Broken men and splashing horses ; As small as it gets-- ; The smallest multicellular life on Earth ; Size really matters ; An island of giants -- Expanding universe. The expanding universe. Plugging in ; The common sense ; A bolt from the blue ; The universal nature of sensing ; River monsters ; Good vibrations. The power of hearing ; The human ear : a wonder of acoustic engineering ; The ossicles : one of nature's great evolutionary bodges ; Evolving ears and eyes ; The jawless lamprey ; Let there be light-- . Seeing the light ; Eye wide open ; A very human experience of a very human creature ; Compound vs. camera : the advantages and disadvantages of the simple and the complex ; Seeing the universe -- Endless forms most beautiful. A universal common ancestor. Evolution and Madagascar ; Darwin's bark spider ; Darwin's orchid ; A name for life ; The stuff of life ; The bird : collision of a trillion suns ; The Hoyle Resonance : are we lucky to be here at all? ; Carbon cycle. The greatest cycles of life ; Harvesting carbon ; Why carbon? ; The building blocks of biology ; DNA from the beginning ; Meet the ancestors ; Tree of life ; Mutations : the spring from which diversity flows ; The power of mutations ; Tossing a coin isn't enough ; The power of islands ; Island Madagascar ; A creature from another world ; Precious islands.
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In Wonders of Life: Exploring the Most Extraordinary Force in the Universe, the definitive companion to the Discovery Science Channel series, Professor Brian Cox takes us on an incredible journey to discover the most complex, diverse, and unique force in the universe: life itself.

Through his voyage of discovery, international bestselling author Brian Cox explains how the astonishing inventiveness of nature came about and uncovers the milestones in the epic journey from the origin of life to our own lives, with beautiful full-color illustrations throughout. From spectacular fountains of superheated water at the bottom of the Atlantic to the deepest rainforest, Cox seeks out the places where the biggest questions about life may be answered: What is life? Why do we need water? Why does life end?

Physicist and professor Brian Cox uncovers the secrets of life in the most unexpected locations and in the most stunning detail in this beautiful full-color volume.

$29.99 5-2013 (db)

"As seen on SCI, Science Channel"--Cover.

"First published in the United Kingdom by Collins, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers"--T.p. verso.

Includes index.

Wonders of life -- Home. Evolution of life ; Return of the king ; A very special home ; Simple but complex ; The history of the exploration of water ; Water, water everywhere-- ; Water, the essential ingredient ; Walking on water ; Treetops to teardrops : the magic of hydrogen bonds ; Into the light. A train journey through time ; A child star ; A unique and colourful world ; The origin;s of life's colours ; From the smallest beginnings-- ; Eating the Sun ; A breath of fresh air ; Breath of life ; Four-legged life story -- What is life? The briefest of beauty. Day of the dead ; What is life? ; Energy and the First Law of Thermodynamics ; First life. Life's first energy source ; On Professor Cox's battery and the origin of life ; Searching for Eden : a warm little pond-- ; Universal life ; Prokaryotic and eukaryotic life ; Life and the Second Law of Thermodynamics : Schrödinger's Paradox ; Follow the Sun ; The origin of life's order ; One big family -- Size matters. Life-size differences. Same planet, different world ; Ocean giants ; The physics of a killer ; Small is beautiful ; Of royal crowns and ocean giants ; Big things don't jump ; Lost giants ; The world of the small. Inside an insect ; Beetle mania ; Broken men and splashing horses ; As small as it gets-- ; The smallest multicellular life on Earth ; Size really matters ; An island of giants -- Expanding universe. The expanding universe. Plugging in ; The common sense ; A bolt from the blue ; The universal nature of sensing ; River monsters ; Good vibrations. The power of hearing ; The human ear : a wonder of acoustic engineering ; The ossicles : one of nature's great evolutionary bodges ; Evolving ears and eyes ; The jawless lamprey ; Let there be light-- . Seeing the light ; Eye wide open ; A very human experience of a very human creature ; Compound vs. camera : the advantages and disadvantages of the simple and the complex ; Seeing the universe -- Endless forms most beautiful. A universal common ancestor. Evolution and Madagascar ; Darwin's bark spider ; Darwin's orchid ; A name for life ; The stuff of life ; The bird : collision of a trillion suns ; The Hoyle Resonance : are we lucky to be here at all? ; Carbon cycle. The greatest cycles of life ; Harvesting carbon ; Why carbon? ; The building blocks of biology ; DNA from the beginning ; Meet the ancestors ; Tree of life ; Mutations : the spring from which diversity flows ; The power of mutations ; Tossing a coin isn't enough ; The power of islands ; Island Madagascar ; A creature from another world ; Precious islands.

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