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A science odyssey :100 years of discoveryby Charles Flowers
Synopses & Reviews
Foreword by Charles Osgood
Introduction by Charles Kuralt
The Science Odyssey seriesan end-of-the-century look at what we know, what it means to our lives, and what we have yet to learnconsists of five two-hour documentary programs to air nationally during prime time on PBS on January 1115.
The book is a companion, adjunct, enhancement, and augmentation of the series. It explores the sweeping changes that have revolutionized both our lives and our thinking in technology, physics, astronomy, earth science, biology, chemistry, paleoanthropology, medicine, public health, and the behavioral sciences over the course of the century.
Reflecting the organization of the television series, the book is divided into five sections: Bigger, Better, FasterTechnology and Engineering; Mysteries of the UniverseAstronomy and Physics; OriginsEarth Sciences and Life Sciences; Matters of Life and DeathMedicine and Public Health; In Search of OurselvesHuman Nature and Behavior.
This colorfully illustrated, accessible, and enlightening journey over the twentieth centurys astonishing scientific terrain probes the discoveries, the people, and the historical events that have shaped this centurys explosion of scientific ideas.
Visit the companion websiteclick on the link, above left.
Book News Annotation:
The companion to the 10-hour PBS television series introduces the significant people, events and discoveries in astronomy and physics, technology and engineering, geology, biochemistry and paleoanthropology, medicine and healthcare, and psychology and neuroscience. The author explores moral and ethical debates and demonstrates how science can lead to disappointment as well as excitement and achievement: More efficient traffic can cause pollution; machines that bring comfort and ease can also produce stress; and advances in genetic engineering can be misused.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Charles Flowers, the award-winning author or coauthor of sixty-two books, has also written television documentaries, magazine articles, art and theater criticism, and opinion columns in such publications as the New York Times, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and City Newspaper. A former newspaper reporter, high school teacher, and university professor, he wrote the screenplay for the feature film The Nation, and, with composer Sorrel Hays, the three-act opera Our Giraffe.
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