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Johnson, George 1952 January 20-

Works: 32 works in 243 publications in 13 languages and 12,443 library holdings
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The ten most beautiful experiments by George Johnson( Book )

35 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 2,077 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ten most fascinating experiments in the history of science--moments when a curious soul posed a particularly eloquent question to nature and received a crisp, unambiguous reply. Johnson takes us to those times when the world seemed filled with mysterious forces, when scientists were dazzled by light, by electricity, and by the beating of the hearts they laid bare on the dissecting table. For all of them, diligence was rewarded. In an instant, confusion was swept aside and something new about nature leaped into view. In bringing us these stories, Johnson restores some of the romance to science, reminding us of the existential excitement of a single soul staring down the unknown.--From publisher description
A shortcut through time : the path to the quantum computer by George Johnson( Book )

33 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 1,493 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher's description: The first book to prepare us for the next big--perhaps the biggest--breakthrough in the short history of the cyberworld: the development of the quantum computer. The newest Pentium chip driving personal computers packs 40 million electronic switches onto a piece of silicon the size of a thumbnail. It is dramatically smaller and more powerful than anything that has come before it. If this incredible shrinking act continues, the logical culmination is a computer in which each switch is composed of a single atom. And at that point the miraculous--the actualization of quantum mechanics--becomes real. If atoms can be harnessed, society will be transformed: problems that could take forever to be solved on the supercomputers available today would be dispatched with ease. Quantum computing promises nothing less astonishing than a shortcut through time. In this book, the award-winning New York Times science writer George Johnson first takes us back to the original idea of a computer--almost simple enough to be made of Tinkertoys--and then leads us through increasing levels of complexity to the soul of this remarkable new machine. He shows us how, in laboratories around the world, the revolution has already begun. Writing with a brilliant clarity, Johnson makes sophisticated material on (and even beyond) the frontiers of science both graspable and utterly fascinating, affording us a front-row seat at one of the most galvanizing scientific dramas of the new century
The cancer chronicles : unlocking medicine's deepest mystery by George Johnson( Book )

16 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and Chinese and held by 1,421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New theories question cancer as we know it in this exploration of the latest theories that could help us better understand and treat cancer in the years to come. Learn what diet and dinosaurs' skeletons can tell us about the nature of cancer, where cancer comes from, how tumors grow, and more
Miss Leavitt's stars : the untold story of the woman who discovered how to measure the universe by George Johnson( Book )

11 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 1,361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How big is the universe? In the early twentieth century, scientists took sides. One held that the entire universe was contained in the Milky Way galaxy; their champion was the strong-willed astronomer Harlow Shapley. Another camp believed that the universe was so vast that the Milky Way was just one galaxy among billions - the view that would prevail, proven by the equally headstrong Edwin Hubble. Almost forgotten is the Harvard Observatory Computer - a human number cruncher hired to calculate the positions and luminosities of stars in astronomical photographs - who found the key to the mystery. Radcliffe-educated Henrietta Swan Leavitt, fighting ill health and progressive deafness, stumbled upon a new law that allowed astronomers to use variable stars - those whose brightness rhythmically changes - as a cosmic yardstick. This book is both an account of how we measure the universe, and the moving story of a neglected genius
Strange beauty : Murray Gell-Mann and the revolution in twentieth-century physics by George Johnson( Book )

27 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in English and held by 1,205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Particle physics is the most competitive of sports, and Johnson shows us the precocious polymath holding his own with giants like Robert Oppenheimer, Enrico Fermi, and Richard Feynman - Gel-Mann's favorite intellectual sparring partner and sometimes antagonistic rival. We see Gell-Mann the self-taught linguist (who couldn't resist correcting visitors on the pronunciation of their own names); Gell-Mann the birdwatcher and amateur archaeologist; Gell-Mann the Aspen socialite, world traveler, and environmental crusader."--Jacket
In the palaces of memory : how we build the worlds inside our heads by George Johnson( Book )

15 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 1,195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Focuses on three researchers in the quest to understand the nature of memory: Gary Lynch, a biolgist; Leon Cooper, a physicist; and Patricia Churchland, a philosopher
Machinery of the mind : inside the new science of artificial intelligence by George Johnson( Book )

21 editions published between 1986 and 1988 in 3 languages and held by 1,060 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Machinery of Mind is a full-scale, indispensable examination of the history, content, politics, and philosophy of Artificial Intelligence. In detail, consecutively but with a keen awareness of the interdisciplinary nature of the field, Johnson traces the history of the burgeoning science from its earliest practitioners to corporation-funded engineers and experts: Roger Schank, Terry Winograd, Doug Lenat and others who are struggling to create machines that can actually think independently, going beyond man-made programs and "games." Johnson presents the counterarguments of some theorists that intelligence is less than soul and that the "new science" moves arrogantly into dangerous territory. Necessarily inconclusive, this fascinating study is clear, comprehensive, richly detailed, and endlessly provocative
Architects of fear : conspiracy theories and paranoia in American politics by George Johnson( Book )

3 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 676 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fire in the mind : science, faith, and the search for order by George Johnson( Book )

23 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set among the mountains and canyonlands of northern New Mexico, George Johnson explores the human hunger for pattern, the innate drive to find (or impose) order in our capricious world. In this land of strange juxtapositions where magic and science, religion and reason, constantly bump up against each other, Johnson introduces us to an amazing diversity of people who see the world through varied lenses, who find vastly different pictures in the night sky. In the dizzying heights of the Sangre de Cristo (Blood of Christ) Mountains, the faithful flock to an old Catholic church for samples of holy soil said to cure all ills. Descending from this land of miracles to the foothills around Santa Fe, we visit a revolutionary think tank called the Santa Fe Institute. Here scientists are focusing their research on questions that seem to hover within the penumbra between science and religion: How, from the random jostling of molecules, did life arise and evolve to the point where it can contemplate its own beginnings? Are we accidents of the universe - miracles - or is there a reason for us to be here?
Het verhaal van kanker : de ontrafeling van het grootste mysterie in de geneeskunde by George Johnson( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in Dutch and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Voorlichting over de geschiedenis, het voorkomen, ontstaan, de risicofactoren en behandeling van kanker
Crónicas del cáncer : desentrañando el misterio más profundo de la medicina by George Johnson( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in Spanish and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Las nuevas teorías cuestionan el cáncer como la conocemos en esta exploración de las últimas teorías que podrían ayudar a comprender y tratar el cáncer en los años por venir mejor. Aprenda lo que la dieta y los dinosaurios 'esqueletos nos puede decir acerca de la naturaleza del cáncer, donde el cáncer viene, cómo crecen los tumores, y más
The cancer chronicles : unlocking medicine's deepest mystery by George Johnson( )

3 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An exploration of the history and recent advances of cancer research that will challenge everything you thought you knew about the disease
Die zehn schönsten Experimente der Welt von Galilei bis Pawlow by George Johnson( Book )

3 editions published in 2009 in German and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shi xiang zui mei de shi yan : shi yan zhuo shang de ke xue jia, ying xiang shi jie de shi ge wei da fa xian by Qiangsheng( Book )

3 editions published in 2009 in Chinese and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unlocking medicine's deepest mystery by George Johnson( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When science-writer George Johnson's wife was diagnosed with a metastatic cancer, he plunged himself into a study of the disease and of the people who dedicate their lives to understanding and combating it. What he discovered is that a revolution is now underway - a thrilling explosion of theories about what cancer really is and where it comes from
Ryōshi konpyūta towa nanika by George Johnson( Book )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Antes de Hubble, Miss Leavitt la mujer que descubrió cómo medir el universo by George Johnson( Book )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in Spanish and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Simmetrie : scienza, fede e ricerca dell'ordine by George Johnson( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in Italian and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le stelle di miss Leavitt : la storia mai raccontata della donna che scoprì come misurare l'universo by George Johnson( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in Italian and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kioku no mekanizumu( Book )

3 editions published in 1995 in Japanese and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The ten most beautiful experiments
Alternative Names
George Johnson Amerikaans schrijver

George Johnson amerikanischer Schriftsteller, Jahrgang 1952

George Johnson écrivain américain, né en 1952

Johnson, George

Johnson, George 1952 Jan. 20-

جورج جانسون

جورج جونسون

존슨, 조지 1952-

ジョージ・ジョンソン 1952-

ジョンソン, ジョージ

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A shortcut through time : the path to the quantum computerMiss Leavitt's stars : the untold story of the woman who discovered how to measure the universeStrange beauty : Murray Gell-Mann and the revolution in twentieth-century physicsIn the palaces of memory : how we build the worlds inside our headsFire in the mind : science, faith, and the search for order