Bacteria A Very Short Introduction

Author: Sebastian G.B. Amyes
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 9780199578764
Release Date: 2013-05-30
Genre: Science

In this Very Short Introduction, Sebastian Amyes explores the nature of bacteria. As a fundamental branch of life, they inhabit every part of the Earth's surface. Amyes examines their origin and evolution, bacteria in the environment, and bacteria and disease, to demonstrate the fundamental role they play in our existence.

Microbiology

Author: Nicholas P. Money
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780199681686
Release Date: 2014
Genre: Science

Describes the expansions of microbiology; it's methods, from traditional microscopy and laboratory culture to the latest genomic analysis.

Marine Biology A Very Short Introduction

Author: Philip V. Mladenov
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199695058
Release Date: 2013-09-26
Genre: Science

In this Very Short Introduction, Philip Mladenov provides a fascinating overview of marine biology. Including a tour of marine life and marine processes that ranges from the polar oceans to tropical coral reefs, he outlines the principles of marine biology whilst demonstrating the fundamental impact humans have on the oceans and their ecology.

Drugs

Author: Les Iversen
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198745792
Release Date: 2016-06-09
Genre:

The twentieth century saw a remarkable upsurge of research on drugs, with major advances in the treatment of bacterial and viral infections, heart disease, stomach ulcers, cancer, and metal illnesses. These, along with the introduction of the oral contraceptive, have altered all of our lives. There has also been an increase in the recreational use and abuse of drugs in the Western world. This Very Short Introduction, in its second edition, gives a non-technical account of how drugs work in the body. Reviewing both legal (alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine) and illegal drugs, Les Iversen disscusses why some are addictive, and whether drug laws need reform. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Viruses A Very Short Introduction

Author: Dorothy H. Crawford
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199574858
Release Date: 2011-07-28
Genre: Medical

Discusses the discovery of viruses, analyzes the threat of viral infections, and considers ways to prevent the emergence of new and devastating viruses.

Organic Chemistry

Author: Graham Patrick
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198759775
Release Date: 2017
Genre: Mathematics

Organic chemistry concerns the properties and synthesis of carbon-based molecules. Carbon atoms can concatenate into long chains and cyclic compounds, bonding with a variety of other elements, so the possible structures are almost limitless. Graham Patrick explores the world of organic chemistry and its wide applications.

Oceans a Very Short Introduction

Author: Dorrik Stow
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199655076
Release Date: 2017-06-22
Genre: Science

The importance of the oceans to life on Earth cannot be overstated. Liquid water covers more than 70% of our planet's surface and, in past geological time, has spread over 85%. Life on Earth began in the oceans over 3.5 billion years ago and remained there for the great majority of that time. Today the seas still provide 99% of habitable living space, the largest repository of biomass, and holds the greatest number of undiscovered species on the planet. Our oceans are vital for the regulation of climate, and with global warming and decreasing land area, they have become increasingly important as the source of food, energy in the form of oil and gas, and for their mineral wealth. Oceans also form a key part of the biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nitrogen, and other elements critical to life. Nutrients in upwelling areas are spread by ocean currents, and the plankton of the seas supports a wealth of wildlife. In this Very Short Introduction Dorrik Stow analyses these most important components of our blue planet and considers their relationship with, and exploitation by, humans. He shows how the oceans are an essential resource to our overpopulated world, and discusses why exploration and greater scientific understanding of the oceans, their chemistry, and their mineral wealth are now a high priority. Stow also explores what we know of how oceans originate, and evolve and change; the shape of the seafloor and nature of its cover; the physical processes that stir the waters and mix such a rich chemical broth; and the inseparable link between oceans and climate. As polar ice melts and sea-levels rise, countless millions who have made their homes on low-lying lands close to the sea are threatened. As scientific exploration of the seas gathers pace, the new knowledge gained of the ocean-Earth systems and their interaction with the human environment is vital to our understanding of how we can preserve these ultimately fragile environments. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Fungi

Author: Nicholas P. Money
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199688784
Release Date: 2016-01
Genre: Fungi

The variety of the mycological world is far greater than most people imagine. Tens of thousands of fungal species have been described and many more are known only from the abundance of their genes in soil and water. Fungi are hugely important as agents of wood decay in forests, and, as parasites, they have caused the deaths of millions of people by ravaging crops and reshaping our natural ecosystems. Fungi also perform a variety of essential functions in ecosystems, and are important to both agriculture and biotechnology. Their importance is now becoming greatly appreciated among scientists, though there is much still to be understood concerning their taxonomy and evolution. This Very Short Introduction highlights the variety and extraordinary natures of fungi, revealing the remarkable facts of fungal biology and the global significance of these enchanting organisms. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

The Cell A Very Short Introduction

Author: Terence Allen
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199578757
Release Date: 2011-09-29
Genre: Science

Introduces cells, discussing their structure, life cycle, and what they can do.

Darm mit Charme

Author: Giulia Enders
Publisher: Ullstein eBooks
ISBN: 9783843707114
Release Date: 2014-02-28
Genre: Health & Fitness

Der Millionen-Bestseller jetzt aktualisiert — mit einem Zusatzkapitel über neue wissenschaftliche Erkenntnisse Unser Darm ist ein fabelhaftes Wesen voller Sensibilität, Verantwortung und Leistungsbereitschaft. Wenn man ihn gut behandelt, bedankt er sich dafür. Das tut jedem gut: Der Darm trainiert zwei Drittel unseres Immunsystems. Aus Brötchen oder Tofu-Wurst beschafft er unserem Körper die Energie zum Leben. Und er hat das größte Nervensystem nach dem Gehirn. Allergien, unser Gewicht und eben auch unsere Gefühlswelt sind eng mit unserm Bauch verknüpft. In diesem Buch erklärt die junge Wissenschaftlerin Giulia Enders, was die medizinische Forschung Neues bietet und wie wir mit diesem Wissen unseren Alltag besser machen können. Die dazu gehörigen Illustrationen stammen aus der Feder ihrer Schwester Jill. Die aktualisierte Neuauflage wird um ein Kapitel ergänzt: Die Schwestern Enders geben hier ein Update zu neuen Forschungsergebnissen und der Welt der Mikroben.

The History of Medicine A Very Short Introduction

Author: William Bynum
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 9780191607554
Release Date: 2008-07-31
Genre: Medical

Against the backdrop of unprecedented concern for the future of health care, this Very Short Introduction surveys the history of medicine from classical times to the present. Focussing on the key turning points in the history of Western medicine, such as the advent of hospitals and the rise of experimental medicine, Bill Bynum offers insights into medicine's past, while at the same time engaging with contemporary issues, discoveries, and controversies. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Entwicklungsbiologie

Author:
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3827404940
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Developmental biology

Die Entwicklungsbiologie ist ein HerzstA1/4ck der gesamten Biologie. Mit der Anwendung moderner zell- und molekularbiologischer Techniken und Erkenntnisse hat dieses Fach in den letzten Jahren einen enormen Aufschwung und eine wahre Explosion des Wissens erlebt. Dieses neue Lehrbuch vermittelt vor allem die Grundprinzipien und SchlA1/4sselkonzepte, die die Entwicklungsbiologie einen. Dabei gehen die Autoren davon aus, daA entwicklungsbiologische Prozesse am besten zu verstehen sind, wenn man erlAutert, wie Gene das Verhalten von Zellen beeinflussen. Genetik und Zellbiologie nehmen daher in diesem Buch breiten Raum ein. Zahlreiche didaktisch durchdachte vierfarbige Graphiken und farbige Photographien sowie viele Zusammenfassungen und Aoebersichtsdiagramme erleichtern es dem Leser, die grundlegenden Konzepte und komplizierten Prozesse der Entwicklung nachzuvollziehen und zu verstehen. Der Schwerpunkt des Buches liegt auf den Wirbeltieren und der Taufliege, aber auch Wirbellose wie FadenwA1/4rmer und Seegurken werden behandelt. Wichtig ist die Integration der Entwicklungsbiologie von Pflanzen, die in anderen LehrbA1/4chern oft fehlt. Weitere zentrale Themen und Fragestellungen werden in der zweiten HAlfte des Buches vorgestellt und erlAutert: etwa die Morphogenese im frA1/4hen Embryonalstadium, die Prozesse der Zelldifferenzierung und der Organbildung, die Entwicklung des Nervensystems und der Keimzellen, Regeneration, Wachstum und Altern sowie die heute intensiv erforschten Beziehungen zwischen Entwicklung und Evolution. Ein Glossar rundet das konzeptionell und optisch beeindruckende Buch ab.

Astrobiology A Very Short Introduction

Author: David C. Catling
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199586455
Release Date: 2013-10-24
Genre: Science

Examines the origins of life on Earth and the search for extraterrestrial life, through an understanding of the factors that have allowed life to exist on this planet and the commonalities on others that may enable life elsewhere.