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Gribbin, Mary

Works: 123 works in 513 publications in 12 languages and 17,843 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Popular works  Juvenile works  History  Dictionaries  Biographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Miscellanea 
Roles: Author, Other, Editor
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Most widely held works by Mary Gribbin
Time & space by John Gribbin( Book )

29 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in 7 languages and held by 1,915 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Text and full-color photographs and 3-D models present information about time and space
Almost everyone's guide to science : the universe, life, and everything by John Gribbin( Book )

24 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,607 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An introduction to science that offers easy-to-understand explanations on many of the basic principles of science, including the structure of an atom, the origins of man, the birth of the universe, and other related topics
Q is for quantum : an encyclopedia of particle physics by John Gribbin( Book )

28 editions published between 1998 and 2002 in English and held by 1,233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"John Gribbin has collected the answer to everything you need to know about the quantum world - the place where most of the greatest scientific advances of the twentieth century have been made. This reference begins with a thorough introduction setting out the current state of knowledge in particle physics. Gribbin blends articles on the structure of particles and their interactions, accounts of the theoretical breakthroughs in quantum mechanics and their practical applications, and entertaining biographies of the scientists who have blazed the trail of discovery. In a special section, "Timelines," key dates in our quest to understand the quantum world are mapped out alongside landmarks in world history and the history of science. Q is for Quantum is an essential companion for anyone interested in particle physics."--Jacket
Richard Feynman : a life in science by John Gribbin( Book )

24 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in 5 languages and held by 1,002 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With his entry into the project to develop the atomic bomb, we watch him flower in the company of scientific greats, even as he pursued the epochal investigations into quantum electrodynamics that would win him the Nobel Prize. This landmark study of how electricity and magnetism work was but the first achievement in a career that reached into varied areas of physics and resulted in remarkable discoveries
Stardust : supernovae and life-- the cosmic connection by John Gribbin( Book )

2 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 973 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Focusing on the relationship between the universe and the Earth and presenting a history of the scientific study of astronomy, the authors discuss the idea that "we are made of stardust--and so is all life as we know it."--Jacket
FitzRoy : the remarkable story of Darwin's captain and the invention of the weather forecast by John Gribbin( Book )

19 editions published between 2003 and 2016 in English and Spanish and held by 793 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The name of Robert FitzRoy, captain of the Beagle, is forever linked with that of his most famous passenger, Charles Darwin. This exceptionally interesting biography brings FitzRoy out of Darwin's shadow for the first time, revealing a man who experienced high adventure, suffered tragic disappointments, and, as the inventor of weather forecasting, saved the lives of countless fellow mariners. John Gribbin and Mary Gribbin draw a detailed portrait of FitzRoy, recounting the wide range of his accomplishments and exploring the motivations that drove him. As a very young and successful commander in the British navy, FitzRoy led a life in the mold of a Patrick O'Brien novel. Later disappointments, including an unpopular tenure as governor of New Zealand and a sense of dismay over his own contributions to Darwin's ideas of evolution, troubled FitzRoy. Even his groundbreaking accomplishments in meteorological science failed to satisfy his high personal expectations, and in 1865 FitzRoy committed suicide at the age of sixty. This biography focuses well-deserved attention on FitzRoy's status as a scientist and seaman, affirming that his was a life that, despite its sorrowful end, encompassed far more successes than failures. The adventurous life and many accomplishments of the sea captain who invited Charles Darwin aboard
The science of Philip Pullman's His dark materials by Mary Gribbin( Book )

21 editions published between 2003 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 704 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy is renowned for its mystery and magic. What's the truth behind it all? Is the golden compass actually based in science? How does the subtle knife cut through anything? Could there be a bomb like the one made with Lyra's hair? How do the Gallivespians' lodestone resonators really work? And, of course, what are the Dark Materials? Drawing on string theory and spacetime, quantum physics and chaos theory, award-winning science writers Mary and John Gribbin reveal the real science behind Philip Pullman's bestselling fantasy trilogy in entertaining and crystal-clear prose
Einstein's Masterwork : 1915 and the General Theory of Relativity by John Gribbin( Book )

9 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 641 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One of the world's most celebrated science writers reveals the origins of Einstein's General Theory--and provides a greater understanding of who Einstein was at the time of this pivotal achievement,"--NoveList
Flower hunters by Mary Gribbin( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 632 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The flower hunters were intrepid explorers - remarkable, eccentric men and women who scoured the world in search of extraordinary plants from the middle of the seventeenth to the end of the nineteenth century, and helped establish the new science of botany. For these adventurers, the search for new, undiscovered plant specimens was something worth risking - and often losing - their lives for. --[Publisher description]
Children of the ice : climate and human origins by John Gribbin( Book )

17 editions published between 1990 and 1994 in 4 languages and held by 623 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fire on Earth : doomsday, dinosaurs, and humankind by John Gribbin( Book )

4 editions published between 1996 and 2016 in English and held by 621 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The authors argue that every so often comets and asteroids collide with Earth and change the course of natural history
James Lovelock : in search of Gaia by John Gribbin( Book )

8 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1972, when James Lovelock first proposed the Gaia hypothesis--the idea that the Earth is a living organism that maintains conditions suitable for life--he was ridiculed by the scientific establishment. Today Lovelock's revolutionary insight, though still extremely controversial, is recognized as one of the most creative, provocative, and captivating scientific ideas of our time. James Lovelock tells for the first time the whole story of this maverick scientist's life and how it served as a unique preparation for the idea of Gaia. Drawing on in-depth interviews with Lovelock himself and unprecedented access to his private papers, John and Mary Gribbin paint an intimate and fascinating portrait of a restless, uniquely gifted freethinker. In a lifetime spanning almost a century, Lovelock has followed a career path that led him from chemistry, to medicine, to engineering, to space science. He worked for the British secret service and contributed to the success of the D-Day landings in World War II. He was a medical experimenter and an accomplished inventor. And he was working with NASA on methods for finding possible life on Mars when he struck upon the idea of Gaia, conceiving of the Earth as a vast, living, self-regulating system. Deftly framed within the context of today's mounting global-warming crisis, James Lovelock traces the intertwining trajectories of Lovelock's life and the famous idea it brought forth, which continues to provoke passionate debate about the nature and future of life on our planet
The one per cent advantage : the sociobiology of being human by John Gribbin( Book )

19 editions published between 1988 and 1993 in 4 languages and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From here to infinity : a beginner's guide to astronomy by John Gribbin( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents an introduction to astronomy, including the planets, stars, galaxies, and the field of cosmology
Planet Earth : a beginner's guide by John Gribbin( Book )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this lively expedition into the origins, evolution, and workings of our planet, John Gribbin does what he does best: gathers 4.5 billion years of geological history and shares the best bits. Taking an astronomer's perspective, Gribbin follows Earth's development from its beginnings in cosmic gas and dust to the explosion of human life after the last ice age, combining stories of scientific discovery with gripping accounts of geological activity-earthquakes, volcanoes, and climate change. Along the journey we consider Lord Kelvin's time-scale for the life of the sun; the meteorologist who first championed the idea of continental drift; and an intriguing proposal that Earth has expanded substantially in recent millennia. Told in Gribbin's dynamic and beloved voice, this is the perfect introduction to geology and an essential guidebook for anyone wanting to better appreciate the wonders of our shared home."--Publisher's description
Annus mirabilis : 1905, Albert Einstein, and the theory of relativity by John Gribbin( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this account, renowned science writers John Gribbin and Mary Gribbin delve into the year that brought the world into the nuclear age. Covering Einstein's scientific achievements - the completion of a doctoral degree and the three papers that form the basis of the Theory of Relativity - as well as his tumultuous personal life, the Gribbins present the historical context that led to this, the most famous equation of all time, and that changed the world as we know it."--Jacket
Curie (1867-1934) in 90 minutes by John Gribbin( Book )

3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Faraday (1791-1867) in 90 minutes by John Gribbin( Book )

3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ice Age by John Gribbin( Book )

16 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"On 24 June 1837 Louis Agassiz stunned the learned members of the Swiss Society of Natural Sciences by addressing them, in his role as President, not with an anticipated lecture on fossil fishes, but with a passionate presentation on the existence of Ice Ages. No one was convinced. He even dragged the reluctant members of the Society up into the mountains to see the evidence for themselves, pointing out the scars on the hard rocks left by glaciation (which some of those present tried to explain away as having been produced by the wheels of passing carriages). Extraordinarily, it would take a further 140 years before the Ice Age theory was fully proved and understood." "John and Mary Gribbin tell the remarkable story of how we came to understand the phenomenon of Ice Ages, focusing on the key personalities obsessed with the search for answers. How frequently do Ice Ages occur? How do astronomical rhythms affect the Earth's climate? Have there always been two polar ice caps? Is it true that tiny changes in the heat balance of the Earth could plunge us back into full Ice Age conditions? With startling new material on how the last major Ice Epoch could have hastened human evolution, Ice Age explains why the Earth was once covered in ice - and how that made us human."--Jacket
He knew he was right : the irrepressible life of James Lovelock and Gaia by John Gribbin( Book )

8 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jim Lovelock is an iconic figure in British science, a prophet whose prophecies are coming true. This is his definitive authorised biography. Lovelock is best known as the 'father' of Gaia theory, which is now established as the most useful way of understanding the dramatic changes happening to the environment of the Earth. But few people know about his early work as a chemist and inventor - work which included inventing the detectors used to search for life on Mars, and blowing the whistle on the depletion of ozone layer. In his personal life, he was a Quaker and conscientious objector in World War Two (later changing his mind in view of the evils of Nazism), supported his family for a time by selling his own blood, and gave up a salary and security to become an independent scientist based in an English village - from which all his best known work emerged. As he approaches his 90th birthday, looking forward to going into space, this book truly reveals an independent, original and inspiring life
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Almost everyone's guide to science : the universe, life, and everything
Alternative Names
Gribbin, John

جريبين، ماري، 1947-

ماري غريبين، 1947-

그리빈, 메리

グリッビン, メアリー

グリビン, メアリー

Almost everyone's guide to science : the universe, life, and everythingQ is for quantum : an encyclopedia of particle physicsRichard Feynman : a life in scienceStardust : supernovae and life-- the cosmic connectionFitzRoy : the remarkable story of Darwin's captain and the invention of the weather forecastThe science of Philip Pullman's His dark materialsFlower huntersFire on Earth : doomsday, dinosaurs, and humankind