Science & Technology


By Martin Kemp

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The Da Vinci Detective (includes an interview with Martin Kemp)

Description (from Amazon.com)
Martin Kemp’s provocative essays on the interplay between art and science have been entertaining readers of Nature, the world’s leading journal for the announcement of scientific discoveries, since 1997. These short, illustrated, highly regarded essays generally focus on one visual image from art or science and provide an evocative and erudite investigation into shared motifs in the two disciplines. Gathered together here with a delightfully rich introduction by the author, the essays take our understanding to an exciting new level as they transgress the traditional boundaries between art and science.
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Also in the Mitchell College Library:

Seen/unseen : art, science, and intuition from Leonardo to the Hubble telescope by Martin Kemp

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A trilogy composed of Shapes, Flow, and Branches

By Philip Ball

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The Paisley Leopard: a book review in American Scientist

Publisher’s Description
Patterns are everywhere in nature – in the ranks of clouds in the sky, the stripes of an angelfish, the arrangement of petals in flowers. Where does this order and regularity come from? It creates itself. The patterns we see come from self-organization. Whether living or non-living, scientists have found that there is a pattern-forming tendency inherent in the basic structure and processes of nature, so that from a few simple themes, and the repetition of simple rules, endless beautiful variations can arise. Part of a trilogy of books exploring the science of patterns in nature, acclaimed science writer Philip Ball here looks at how shapes form. Read more…

By Vandana Shiva

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Top 100 Women: Activists and Campaigners
Nominated by The Guardian

Interview with Bill Moyers

Publisher’s Description
In this intelligently argued and ethically principled book, the internationally renowned Third World environmentalist exposes the latest frontier of the North’s ongoing assault against the South’s biological and other resources. Since the land, the forests, the oceans, and the atmosphere have already been colonized, eroded, and polluted, she argues, Northern capital is now carving out new colonies to exploit for gain: the interior spaces of the bodies of women, plants, and animals.

By Nathaniel C. Comfort

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Book Review from American Scientist

Biography from Nobelprize.org
Winner of the 1983 Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine

Publisher’s Description
Barbara McClintock (1902-1992), a geneticist who integrated classical genetics with microscopic observations of the behavior of chromosomes, was regarded as a genius and as an unorthodox, nearly incomprehensible thinker. In 1946, she discovered mobile genetic elements, which she called “controlling elements.” Thirty-seven years later, she won a Nobel Prize for this work, becoming the third woman to receive an unshared Nobel in science. Since then, McClintock has become an emblem of feminine scientific thinking and the tragedy of narrow-mindedness and bias in science. Learn more…

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