Anthony Toole

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The Cosmic Cocktail: Three Parts Dark Matter (Scie&hellip by Katherine Freese
4.0 out of 5 stars Cutting-edge cosmology, 27 Jun 2014
Science is perennially exciting. No sooner does it solve a problem than the solution poses more questions than answers. Little more than a century ago, we thought that our galaxy, the Milky Way, constituted the entire universe. Since then, we have discovered our universe to be many billions of times larger, and to have had a moment of creation some 13.8 billion years ago. Explanations of the behaviour of the stars and galaxies, and the matter they contain, have rested upon the twin, though often conflicting theories of relativity and quantum mechanics.

Recent observations tell us that the expansion of the universe is accelerating, while the galaxies are rotating very much faster… Read more
Tambora: The Eruption That Changed the World by Gillen D'Arcy Wood
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Everyone has heard of the volcanic eruptions of Vesuvius (AD 79) and Krakatau (1883), while those of the recent Mt St Helens (1980), Pinatubo (1991) and Eyjafjallajökull (2010) are vividly recorded on film and in our memories. Bigger than all of these, by at least an order of magnitude, though largely unheard of, is the 1815 eruption of Tambora, on the Indonesian island of Sumbawa. Only a single eyewitness account of the event survives, yet its devastating effects were felt across the globe, with social consequences that reverberate to the present day. Even the art and literature of the period were influenced by the catastrophe.

It is these disparate threads that the author… Read more
The Extreme Life of the Sea by Stephen R. Palumbi
The Extreme Life of the Sea by Stephen R. Palumbi
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life at the limits, 18 April 2014
If there is an empty niche in Nature, however inhospitable, then a living organism will evolve to call it home. Nowhere have I seen this better illustrated than in this fascinating book. The authors, a marine biologist and his novelist son, have drawn on the creatures that thrive in the oceansí most extreme environments to celebrate the astonishing diversity of life on Earth.

From the origins of all present-day body plans in the Cambrian Explosion, they take us through the hottest, coldest, deepest, shallowest and most toxic places in the seas, to show us the lives of their oldest, fastest, toughest and most abundant inhabitants. Some of these live in conditions so hellish, or… Read more