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Eine Karte verändert die Welt. William Smith und die Geburt der modernen Geologie
Title:Eine Karte verändert die Welt. William Smith und die Geburt der modernen Geologie
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Number of Pages:332
Category:History, Non fiction, Science, Biography, Geology, Geography
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The bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman and The Map That Changed the World examines the enduring and world changing effects of the catastrophic eruption off the coast of Java of the earth s most dangerous volcano Krakatoa br br The legendary annihilation in of the volcano island of Krakatoa the name has since become a byword for a cataclysmic disaster was followed by an immense tsunami that killed nearly forty thousand people Beyond the purely physical horrors of an event that has only very recently been properly understood the eruption changed the world in more ways than could possibly be imagined Dust swirled round the planet for years causing temperatures to plummet and sunsets to turn vivid with lurid and unsettling displays of light The effects of the immense waves were felt as far away as France Barometers in Bogot and Washington D C went haywire Bodies were washed up in Zanzibar The sound of the island s destruction was heard in Australia and India and on islands thousands of miles away Most significant of all in view of today s new political climate the eruption helped to trigger in Java a wave of murderous anti Western militancy among fundamentalist Muslims one of the first outbreaks of Islamic inspired killings anywhere br br Simon Winchester s long experience in the world wandering as well as his knowledge of history and geology give us an entirely new perspective on this fascinating and iconic event as he brings it telling back to life, In illuminating detail Winchester bestselling author of em The Professor amp the Madman em Elegant amp scrupulous em NY Times Book Review em amp em Krakatoa em A mesmerizing page turner em Time em tells the story of Joseph Needham the Cambridge scientist who unlocked the most closely held secrets of China long the world s most technologically advanced country br No cloistered don this tall married Englishman was a freethinking intellectual A nudist he was devoted to quirky folk dancing In while working as a biochemist at Cambridge he fell in love with a visiting Chinese student with whom he began a lifelong affair His mistress persuaded him to travel to her home country where he embarked on a series of expeditions to the frontiers of the ancient empire He searched for evidence to bolster a conviction that the Chinese were responsible for hundreds of humankind s most familiar innovations including printing the compass explosives suspension bridges even toilet paper often centuries before others His journeys took him across war torn China consolidating his admiration for the Chinese After the war he determined to announce what he d discovered amp began writing em Science amp Civilisation in China em describing the country s long history of invention amp technology By the time he died he d produced almost single handedly volumes making him the greatest one man encyclopedist ever br Epic amp intimate em The Man Who Loved China em tells the sweeping story of China thru Needham s life Here s a tale of what makes men nations amp humankind great related by one of the world s best storytellers br Prologue br The barbarian amp the celestial br Bringing fuel in snowy weather br The discovering of China br The rewards of restlessness br The making of his masterpiece br Persona non grata the certain fall from grace br The passage to the gate, Following his acclaimed em Atlantic em and em The Men Who United the States New York Times em bestselling author Simon Winchester offers an enthralling biography of the Pacific Ocean and its role in the modern world exploring our relationship with this imposing force of nature br br As the Mediterranean shaped the classical world and the Atlantic connected Europe to the New World the Pacific Ocean defines our tomorrow With China on the rise so too are the American cities of the West coast including Seattle San Francisco and the long cluster of towns down the Silicon Valley br br Today the Pacific is ascendant Its geological history has long transformed us tremendous earthquakes volcanoes and tsunamis but its human history from a Western perspective is quite young beginning with Magellan s sixteenth century circumnavigation It is a natural wonder whose most fascinating history is currently being made br br In telling the story of the Pacific Simon Winchester takes us from the Bering Strait to Cape Horn the Yangtze River to the Panama Canal and to the many small islands and archipelagos that lie in between He observes the fall of a dictator in Manila visits aboriginals in northern Queensland and is jailed in Tierra del Fuego the land at the end of the world His journey encompasses a trip down the Alaska Highway a stop at the isolated Pitcairn Islands a trek across South Korea and a glimpse of its mysterious northern neighbor br br Winchester s personal experience is vast and his storytelling second to none And his historical understanding of the region is formidable making em Pacific em a paean to this magnificent sea of beauty myth and imagination that is transforming our lives, Unleashed by ancient geologic forces a magnitude earthquake rocked San Francisco in the early hours of April Less than a minute later the city lay in ruins Bestselling author Simon Winchester brings his inimitable storytelling abilities to this extraordinary event exploring the legendary earthquake and fires that spread horror across San Francisco and northern California in as well as its startling impact on American history and just as important what science has recently revealed about the fascinating subterranean processes that produced it and almost certainly will cause it to strike again br br