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Ford, Brian J.

Works: 110 works in 328 publications in 7 languages and 7,515 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Pictorial works  Illustrated works  Juvenile works  Literature  Popular works  Conference papers and proceedings  Encyclopedias  Trivia and miscellanea 
Roles: Author, Editor, Creator, Performer
Classifications: QH204, 623.409044
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Most widely held works about Brian J Ford
Most widely held works by Brian J Ford
Images of science : a history of scientific illustration by Brian J Ford( Book )

23 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 875 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The portrayal of scientific discoveries has a long, though not always honourable, history. Many of the pioneers of scientific illustration can be proved today to have attained a high level of observational accuracy, while some of their successors were neither so painstaking nor so scrupulous. The subject has featured a host of plagiarists who deliberately misappropriated the ideas of others, often perpetuating errors for generations and precipitating a decline in the professional standards upheld by their forebears. In this superbly illustrated survey, Brian Ford unravels many strands in the development of scientific knowledge over the centuries, showing how the study of illustration provides a retrospective view of the conduct of research. The accuracy of illustrations from certain periods can be seen to reflect the contemporary status of a particular science, while in some cases identical images have recurred over the centuries. Comparison of derivative works with their predecessors is highly instructive, revealing a 'family tree' of images descended from a single original. By retracing some of these patterns, the author shows how discoveries have been incorporated into the body of knowledge and, equally important, how errors have been perpetuated and misinformation compounded. Photographs of the author's detailed recreations of some of the pioneering experiments of early workers such as Hooke and Leeuwenhoek supplement the many printed and manuscript examples. Drawing on a wealth of pictorial, biographical and bibliographical sources in The British Library and other major collections worldwide, and covering the whole range of scientific disciplines, Images of Science is a detailed and very accessible account of the development of scientific illustration from the works of the earliest civilizations to the dawn of modern science
Single lens : the story of the simple microscope by Brian J Ford( Book )

8 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 785 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mikroskop / Geschichte
Microbe power : tomorrow's revolution by Brian J Ford( Book )

13 editions published between 1976 and 1979 in 3 languages and held by 597 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Secret weapons : technology, science & the race to win World War II by Brian J Ford( Book )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 529 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is an illustrated history of the secret weapons that changed the course of World War II. Deep in the bunkers of Nazi Germany, many of the world's top scientists worked to create a new generation of war winning super weapons. A few of these, such as jet aircraft and the V2 rocket, became realities at the end of the war, others never made it off the drawing board. Written by a noted research scientist, this book charts the history of secret weapons development by all the major powers during the war, from British radar to Japanese ray guns, and explains the impact that these developments eventually had on the outcome of World War II
The future of food by Brian J Ford( Book )

18 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in 4 languages and held by 510 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Biologist Brian J. Ford examines the food-borne diseases that have always been with us, such as Salmonella and E. coli, as well as those that have recently emerged, like Listeriosis and new variant CJD. He reveals many misconceptions in current popular thinking about food, including so-called natural foods, and discusses the role of organic farming. While he advises caution on GM foods, he is enthusiastic about the foods of the future made from new or little-known sources, especially as climate change affects global food production. There are insights on the nutrients that we need for health at different stages of life, on food allergies and intolerances, on the fascinating relationship between food and culture, and on the changing theories about the ideal diet."--Jacket
The secret language of life : how animals and plants feel and communicate by Brian J Ford( Book )

3 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is only our own solipsism that prevents humans from crediting animals with intelligence and feelings, or so argues biologist Ford (U. of Wales). With countless examples and in non-technical language, this books moves through both family and phylum, debunking common perceptions of animals as insentient beasts, arguing that animals not only feel pain, but also in fact dream, think and communicate, often in complex ways. Ford examines organisms from mammals to plants and even microscopic life, providing examples of intelligent behavior, such as dolphins rescuing humans and ravens playing on snowy slopes to the remarkable movements of the venus-fly trap. He concludes that all life is intelligent, and that our new goal must be to understand it. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
German secret weapons: blueprint for Mars by Brian J Ford( Book )

32 editions published between 1969 and 2000 in 4 languages and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At Peenemun̈de the conditions and pay were excellent, morale was high, and the results were widely acclaimed. The set-up was ideal for the furtherance of secret work, and the German secret weapon programme pressed steadily ahead with incredible and in some cases devastating results
The human body by Brian J Ford( Book )

7 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in 3 languages and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the various parts of the human body and their functions
The optical microscope manual; past and present uses and techniques by Brian J Ford( Book )

8 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scientific Ada( Book )

2 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Leeuwenhoek legacy by Brian J Ford( Book )

9 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leven en werk van de Nederlandse natuurwetenschappelijke onderzoeker (1632-1723)
Too big to walk : the new science of dinosaurs by Brian J Ford( Book )

8 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ever since Jurassic Park we thought we knew how dinosaurs lived their lives. In this remarkable new book, Brian J. Ford reveals that dinosaurs were, in fact, profoundly different from what we believe, and their environment was unlike anything we have previously thought. In this meticulous and absorbing account, Ford reviews the latest scientific evidence to show that the popular accounts of dinosaurs' lives contain ideas that are no more than convenient inventions: how dinosaurs mated, how they hunted and communicated, how they nursed their young, even how they moved. He uncovers many surprising details which challenge our most deeply-held beliefs such as the revelation that an asteroid impact did not end the dinosaurs' existence. Professor Ford's illuminating examination changes everything. As he unravels the history of the world, we discover that evolution was not Charles Darwin's idea; there were many philosophers who published the theory before him. The concept of continental drift and plate tectonics did not begin with Alfred Wegener a century ago, but dates back to learned pioneers hundreds of years before his time. Ever since scientists first began to study dinosaurs, they have travelled with each other down the wrong path, and Ford now shows how this entire branch of science has to be rewritten. A new dinosaur species is announced every ten days, and more and more information is currently being discovered about how they may have lived: locomotion, hunting, nesting behaviour, distribution, extinction. Ford brings together these amazing discoveries in this controversial new book which undoubtedly will ruffle a few feathers, or scales if you are an old-school dinosaur lover"--Publisher description
Genes : the fight for life by Brian J Ford( Book )

3 editions published between 1999 and 2005 in English and Arabic and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looks at developments in the life sciences & tells us all what we need to know, in a style that can be enjoyably understood
Allied secret weapons : the war of science by Brian J Ford( Book )

11 editions published between 1970 and 1977 in English and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beretter om allierede hemmelige våbensystemer fra 2. Verdenskrig
The revealing lens; mankind and the microscope by Brian J Ford( Book )

5 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Patterns of sex : the mating urge and our sexual future by Brian J Ford( Book )

5 editions published between 1979 and 1980 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Parallel computation : based on the proceedings of a conference on parallel computation by Conference on Parallel Computation( Book )

6 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First encyclopedia of science by Brian J Ford( Book )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twenty-nine entries, with illustrations, activities, and links to more information at the publisher's web site, cover such scientific topics as atoms and molecules, computers, cells, and sound
101 questions about science by Brian J Ford( Book )

3 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The cult of the expert by Brian J Ford( Book )

10 editions published between 1982 and 2005 in German and English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Secret weapons : technology, science & the race to win World War II
The future of foodThe secret language of life : how animals and plants feel and communicateGenes : the fight for life
Alternative Names
Brian J. Ford 1939-

Brian J. Ford Academic, author

Brian J. Ford Brits journalist

Ford, B.

Ford, B. 1939-

Ford, B. (Brian)

Ford, Brian

Ford Brian 1939-....

Ford Brian J.

Ford, Brian John

Ford, Brian John 1939-

Fords, Braiens Dž 1939-

Форд, Брайан Дж 1939-

برايان ج. فورد، 1939-

브라이안 포드 1939-

브라인언 J. 포드 1939-

포드, 브라이언 J. 1939-

포드, 브라이언 제이 1939-

フォード, B. J.

フォード, ブライアン

フォード, ブライアン・J.