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Cohen, Jack

Works: 49 works in 203 publications in 4 languages and 7,799 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Fantasy fiction  Conference papers and proceedings  Science fiction  Historical fiction  Humorous fiction 
Roles: Author, Director, Editor, Conceptor
Classifications: Q175, 501
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Jack Cohen
The collapse of chaos : discovering simplicity in a complex world by Jack Cohen( Book )

25 editions published between 1994 and 2000 in English and German and held by 1,061 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Collapse of Chaos is the first post-chaos, post-complexity book, a groundbreaking inquiry into how simplicity in nature is generated from chaos and complexity. Rather than asking science's traditional question of how to break the world down into its simplest components, Jack Cohen and Ian Stewart ask something much more interesting: why does simplicity exist at all? Their story combines chaos and complexity and - surprisingly - derives simplicity from the interaction of the two." "The Collapse of Chaos is composed of two parts. The first half is a witty primer, a guided tour of the islands of Truth that have been mapped out by conventional science. This section provides a streamlined and accessible introduction to the central areas of modern science, including cosmology, quantum mechanics, the arrow of time, biological development, evolution, and consciousness. The unorthodox and adventurous second half dives into the Oceans of Ignorance that surround what is known. Educated by the first half to appreciate the subtler issues in the second, the reader is introduced to a novel and even heretical world where unconventional possibilities are explored through conversations with characters such as the Victorian computer scientist Augusta Ada Lovelace and - for the more outlandish scenarios - the alien inhabitants of the planet Zarathustra."--Jacket
Living embryos; an introduction to the study of animal development by Jack Cohen( Book )

36 editions published between 1963 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 736 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Living Embryos: An Introduction to the Study of Animal Development, Revised Second Edition presents the processes of development as seen throughout the animal kingdom. This book discusses the development of the organ systems of vertebrates. Comprised of 41 chapters, this edition starts with an overview of the history of the study of embryology, which is concerned with the process by which the adult arises from the fertilized egg. This text then discusses the role of the sperm in the determination of bilateral symmetry. Other chapters consider the development of the frog in order to give a basi
Figments of reality : the evolution of the curious mind by Ian Stewart( Book )

21 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and held by 698 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Is the universe around us a figment of our imagination? Or are our minds figments of reality? In this refreshing new look at the evolution of mind and culture, bestselling authors Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen eloquently argue that our minds necessarily evolved in an inextricable link with culture and language. They go beyond conventional reductionist ideas to look at how the mind is the response of an evolving brain trying to grapple with a complex environment. Along the way they develop new and intriguing insights into the nature of evolution, science and humanity
Wheelers by Ian Stewart( Book )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 555 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After a decades-long anti-technology frenzy, archaeologist Prudence Odingo announces the discovery of 100,000-year-old wheeled artifacts, as creatures from Jupiter's moons threaten the Earth
Stop working & start thinking : a guide to becoming a scientist by Jack Cohen( Book )

17 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With the spectacular developments in technology accompanying and aiding scientific research over the past few decades, postgraduate students are often encouraged to focus more on generating data than to utilize their most sophisticated piece of equipment: their mind." "Stop Working & Start Thinking, Second Edition, aims to encourage young researchers to think more clearly about their experiments, from experimental design to data interpretation. This new edition builds on the success of the first edition, with new material throughout and a new chapter on measurement interpretation, including an examination of cryptic assumptions." "This book is essential reading for postgraduates who wish to put the mastery back into their M. Sc., and the philosophy back into their PhDs."--Jacket
Heaven by Ian Stewart( Book )

6 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"On the ocean planet No-Moon, Second-Best Sailor contentedly lives the life of a mariner plying his trade with visiting space-dwelling Neanderthals. When his reefwife discovers that a mission fleet has targeted their homeworld for conversion, his comfortable lifestyle vanishes in an instant." "Servant-of-Unity XIV Samuel has cheerfully devoted his life to the grand wonder that is Cosmic Unity, and all he desires is to help spread its message of universal harmony to a grateful galaxy. But Samuel's awe turns to horror when he uncovers Cosmic Unity's darkest truth." "At its core, Cosmic Unity is a lovely, seductively gentle religion stating that all creatures - whether born of flesh, silicon, superconducting gases, or magnetic plasma - are equal and deserve tolerance. Yet over 22,500 years and spread by a vast hierarchy, the simple concept has mutated into a malignant and violent memeplex - heretics will not be tolerated." "Bereft of faith and rebelling against the Ecclesiarchs, Samuel is shattered and confused when he stumbles upon Second-Best Sailor, fleeing from his threatened home to a potential new habitat. Flung together by fate and supported by the Neanderthals' host of traders, Second-Best Sailor and Samuel plot a kamikaze plan to fight off the invaders. Along the way, they will need the help of the unlikeliest and most fascinating of allies." "But can they bring down an idea that has destroyed everything across tens of thousands of light-years?"--Jacket
What does a martian look like? : the science of extraterrestrial life by Jack Cohen( Book )

4 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since H.G. Wells's War of the Worlds startled Victorian sensibilities with the outlandish notion of an invasion from Mars, we have become increasingly obsessed with the possibility of extraterrestrial life. From Klingons to Ewoks to giant blobs of goo, we have imagined space aliens in every conceivable form. But if aliens do exist (and they probably do), what do they really look like? Would we recognize alien life if we saw it? Given the rules that science has devised for life on earth, can we predict how evolution might proceed in environments quite different from our comfortable air-and-wa
The globe : the science of Discworld II by Terry Pratchett( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Science of Discworld, the wizards of Unseen University unwittingly created Earth (aka Roundworld) and our universe. At the time, they were so concerned with the rules of this new universe that they overlooked its inhabitants completely. Now, they have finally noticed humanity. And humanity has company: Elves, who want very much to take over human society. In this second installment in the Science of Discworld miniseries, Terry Pratchett and acclaimed science writers Jack Cohen and Ian Stewart weave the history of the human mind, culture, language, art and science into a story in which the wizards compete with the elves for control of Roundworld and grapple with the nature of Good and Evil. All the while, the authors explore history as it is rewritten over and over, presenting a fascinating and brilliantly original view of the world we live in"--
Reproduction by Jack Cohen( Book )

13 editions published between 1977 and 1979 in English and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Animal reproduction : parents making parents by Jack Cohen( Book )

8 editions published in 1984 in English and German and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Effective reproduction; Sexual congress; Reproductive organs; The control of development; Life histories; Reproduction and evolution
Spermatozoa, antibodies and infertility : proceedings of a Symposium on Immunological Infertility by Symposium on Immunological Infertility( Book )

9 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The privileged ape : cultural capital in the making of man by Jack Cohen( Book )

4 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Darwin's watch : the science of Discworld III by Terry Pratchett( )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The wizards discover to their cost that it's no easy task to change history. Roundworld is in trouble again, and this time it looks fatal. Having created it in the first place, the wizards of Unseen University feel vaguely responsible for its safety. They know the creatures that lived there escaped the impending Big Freeze by inventing the space elevator -- they even intervened to rid the planet of a plague of elves, who attempted to divert humanity onto a different time track. But now it's all gone wrong -- Victorian England has stagnated and the pace of progress would embarrass a limping snail. Unless something drastic is done, there won't be time for anyone to invent space flight, and the human race will be turned into ice-pops. Why, though, did history come adrift? Was it Sir Arthur Nightingale's dismal book about natural selection? Or was it the devastating response by an obscure country vicar called Charles Darwin whose bestselling Theology of Species made it impossible to refute the divine design of living creatures? Can the God of Evolution come to humanity's aid and ensure Darwin writes a very different book? And who stopped him writing it in the first place?
The globe by Terry Pratchett( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roundworld, aka Earth, is under siege. Are three wizards and an orangutan Librarian enough to thwart the Elvish threat? When the wizards of Unseen University first created Roundworld, they were so concerned with discovering the rules of this new universe that they overlooked its inhabitants entirely. Now, they have noticed humanity. And humanity has company. Arriving in Roundworld, the wizards find the situation is even worse than they'd expected. Under the elves' influence, humans are superstitious, fearful, and fruitlessly trying to work magic in a world ruled by logic. Ridcully, Rincewind, Ponder Stibbons, and the orangutan Librarian must travel through time to get humanity back on track and out of the dark ages. The Globe goes beyond science to explore the development of the human mind. Terry Pratchett and his acclaimed co-authors Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen combine the tale of the wizards rewriting human history with discussions of the origins and evolution of culture, language, art, and science, offering a fascinating and brilliantly original view of the world we live in
Judgment day by Terry Pratchett( )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The fourth book in the Science of Discworld series, and this time around dealing with THE REALLY BIG QUESTIONS, Terry Pratchett's brilliant new Discworld story Judgement Day is annotated with very big footnotes (the interleaving chapters) by mathematician Ian Stewart and biologist Jack Cohen, to bring you a mind-mangling combination of fiction, cutting-edge science and philosophy.Marjorie Dawe is a librarian, and takes her job--and indeed the truth of words--very seriously. She doesn't know it, but her world and ours--Roundworld--is in big trouble. On Discworld, a colossal row is brewing. The Wizards of the Unseen University feel responsible for Roundworld (as one would for a pet gerbil). After all, they brought it into existence by bungling an experiment in Quantum ThaumoDynamics. But legal action is being brought against them by Omnians, who say that the Wizards' god-like actions make a mockery of their noble religion. As the finest legal brains in Discworld (a zombie and a priest) gird their loins to do battle--and when the Great Big Thing in the High Energy Magic Laboratory is switched on--Marjorie Dawe finds herself thrown across the multiverse and right in the middle of the whole explosive affair.As God, the Universe and, frankly, Everything Else is investigated by the trio, you can expect world-bearing elephants, quantum gravity in the Escher-verse, evolutionary design, eternal inflation, dark matter, disbelief systems--and an in-depth study of how to invent a better mousetrap
The science of Discworld by Terry Pratchett( Recording )

3 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fast-paced Discworld novelette interspersed with scientific commentary. The wizards of Unseen University find that they've accidentally created a new universe when an experiment goes adrift. Within this universe is a planet they name Roundworld. The Universe is of course our own, and Roundworld is Earth. This offers a wonderful wizard-eye view of our universe. .and once seen it will never seem the same again
Chaos geordend : de ontdekking van eenvoud in complexiteit by Jack Cohen( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in Dutch and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beschouwing over de vraag hoe in onze wereld eenvoud en complexiteit uit elkaar ontstaan en over de nieuwe wetenschapsvisie die voor het bestuderen van deze samenhang vereist is
Das Jüngste Gericht die Wissenschaft der Scheibenwelt 4 by Terry Pratchett( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in German and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Wissenschaft der Scheibenwelt Komplett in einem Band by Terry Pratchett( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in German and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Waham al-ḥaqiqah : al-ʻaql al-bāḥith ʻan al-maʻrifah by Ian Stewart( )

1 edition published in 2000 in Arabic and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The collapse of chaos : discovering simplicity in a complex world
Alternative Names
Cohen, J.

Cohen, J. (1933- )

Cohen, J. (Jack)

Cohen, Jack

جاك كوهين، 1933-

코헨, 잭

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Figments of reality : the evolution of the curious mindWheelersStop working & start thinking : a guide to becoming a scientistHeavenWhat does a martian look like? : the science of extraterrestrial life