By Douglas J. Emlen

ISBN-10: 142994739X

ISBN-13: 9781429947398

The tale at the back of the beautiful, severe guns we see within the animal world—teeth and horns and claws—and what they could let us know concerning the method people advance and use palms and different weapons

In Animal guns, Doug Emlen takes us outdoors the lab and deep into the forests and jungles the place he's been learning animal guns in nature for years, to provide an explanation for the methods at the back of the main interesting and curious examples of utmost animal weapons—fish with mouths higher than their our bodies and insects whose heads are so filled with muscle they don't have room for eyes. As singular and weird as a few of the guns we stumble upon on those pages are, we research that comparable elements set their evolution in movement. Emlen makes use of those styles to attract parallels to the way in which we people boost and hire our personal guns, and feature on account that conflict started. He appears to be like at every little thing from our armor and camouflage to the evolution of the rifle and the constructions human populations have outfitted throughout diversified areas and eras to guard their houses and groups. With attractive black and white drawings and beautiful colour illustrations of those recommendations at paintings, Animal guns brings us the whole tale of the way guns achieve their such a lot oversized, dramatic capability, and what the consequences we witness within the animal international can let us know approximately our personal dating with guns of all types.

Show description

Read Online or Download Animal Weapons: The Evolution of Battle PDF

Similar science books

The Invention of Science: A New History of the Scientific by David Wootton PDF

We are living in a global made by means of technology. How and while did this occur? the discovery of technological know-how tells the tale of the intense highbrow and cultural revolution that gave beginning to fashionable technology, and mounts an immense problem to the existing orthodoxy of its history.

Before 1492, all major wisdom was once believed to be already on hand; there has been no proposal of growth, as humans regarded to the previous, now not the longer term, for knowing. David Wootton argues that the invention of the United States confirmed that new wisdom was once attainable: certainly, it brought the very thought of discovery and opened find out how to the discovery of science.

The first the most important discovery was once Tycho Brahe's nova of 1572: facts that there may be swap within the heavens. the discovery of the telescope in 1608 rendered the outdated astronomy out of date. Evangelista Torricelli's test with the vacuum in 1643 led on to the triumph of the experimental approach within the Royal Society of Robert Boyle and Isaac Newton. through 1750, Newtonianism was once being celebrated all through Europe.

This new technological know-how didn't consist easily of latest discoveries or equipment. It trusted a brand new knowing of what wisdom will be, and with this got here a clean language: discovery, growth, truth, test, speculation, concept, legislation of nature. even supposing every one of these phrases existed sooner than 1492, their meanings have been greatly reworked, and so they turned instruments to imagine scientifically. Now all of us communicate this language of technological know-how that used to be invented throughout the medical Revolution.

This revolution had its martyrs (Bruno, Galileo), its heroes (Kepler, Boyle), its propagandists (Voltaire, Diderot), and its sufferer workers (Gilbert, Hooke). the recent tradition resulted in a brand new rationalism, killing off alchemy, astrology, and the idea in witchcraft. It additionally ended in the discovery of the steam engine and to the 1st commercial Revolution. Wootton's landmark paintings adjustments our knowing of ways this nice transformation happened, and of what technological know-how is.

Read e-book online Science Through Childrens Literature: An Integrated Approach PDF

The Butzows' groundbreaking, seriously acclaimed, and best-selling source has been completely revised and up to date for ultra-modern school room with new titles and new actions. greater than 30 fascinating tutorial devices combine all parts of the curriculum and function versions to educators in any respect degrees.

Kazimiera Prunskiene, Elmar Altvater's East-West Scientific Co-operation: Science and Technology PDF

All former Soviet Union nations event their previous as a heavy burden. It resulted in the centralisation of medical team of workers, the separation of analysis from instructing at universities, and a focus of sure branches of know-how in several components of the Union. This has given upward push to a one-sided expertise and technological know-how capability which regularly can't be sufficiently supported as a result of a scarcity of sufficient finance.

Additional resources for Animal Weapons: The Evolution of Battle

Example text

In short, Kapteyn grew up in an orthodox protestant environment, at home as well as in the village he lived in. We will see later that he turned away from the church at a young age and that he originally resolved to have a civil wedding only and not to marry in church; this led to a severe clash with his parents, especially his father, who refused to provide the parental permission that was still legally required in those days (see page 106). Yet it is not likely that Kapteyn Senior and his wife belonged to the ‘bevindelijke’, extremely orthodox Protestant, church.

Bodegraven is a municipality in the province of South-Holland, not far from Gouda. Wikipedia notes that it lies roughly equally distant (about 30 kms) from the four major cities in the Netherlands: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, and Utrecht. The ‘English disease’ is rachitis or rickets and results from a deficiency of vitamin D or calcium; it occurs mainly among young children. It affects the bones, often by softening them, leading to fractures and deformations. ‘Later he used to tell the story that a peddler who noticed him on his rounds in Bodegraven to sell his healing products, offered his mother a ‘medicine’ to help the boy get rid of the disease.

Moll had also studied extensively in Amsterdam under physicist Jean Henri (also Jan Hendrik) van Swinden (1746–1823), and after having obtained a ‘Candidaats’ (Bachelor degree) in Leiden, he went to study in Paris under the mathematician and astronomer Jean-Baptiste Joseph Delambre (1749–1822), among others. Moll was appointed professor of mathematics, astronomy and physics in Utrecht in 1815. When he received a tempting offer to come to Leiden in 1826, he decided to stay in Utrecht, however. The city of Utrecht expressed its gratitude by awarding him the sum of 10,000 Guilders (equivalent to about 230,000€ today), to buy instruments for his scientific research.

Download PDF sample

Animal Weapons: The Evolution of Battle by Douglas J. Emlen


by George
4.0

Rated 4.99 of 5 – based on 23 votes