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Gribbin, Mary

Works: 150 works in 622 publications in 11 languages and 17,798 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  Popular works  History  Juvenile works  Dictionaries  Literature  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Guidebooks  Fiction  Trivia and miscellanea 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: QC173.59.S65, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Mary Gribbin
Time & space by John Gribbin( Book )

30 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in 8 languages and held by 1,733 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 )

23 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in English and Spanish and held by 1,444 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 )

30 editions published between 1998 and 2002 in English and held by 1,176 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
Stardust : supernovae and life-- the cosmic connection by John Gribbin( Book )

20 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 1,115 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
Richard Feynman : a life in science by John Gribbin( Book )

31 editions published between 1997 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 1,036 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Constellation of scientific stars. We follow Feynman growing up in a decade shadowed by the Great Depression and the gathering storm of World War II, going to universities where Jewish quotas were still the norm and where he dazzled professors and peers with the swiftness of his intellect and directness of his insight, which marked him early as a major figure. We see him, as well, as a handsome young man filled with zest for life and love, blessed with wit and charm
Flower hunters by Mary Gribbin( Book )

18 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and Italian and held by 800 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]
FitzRoy : the remarkable story of Darwin's captain and the invention of the weather forecast by John Gribbin( Book )

21 editions published between 2003 and 2016 in English and Spanish and held by 751 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
Einstein's Masterwork : 1915 and the General Theory of Relativity by John Gribbin( Book )

11 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 736 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
The science of Philip Pullman's His dark materials by Mary Gribbin( Book )

29 editions published between 2003 and 2017 in English and Spanish and held by 728 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
Children of the ice : climate and human origins by John Gribbin( Book )

18 editions published between 1990 and 1994 in 4 languages and held by 595 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James Lovelock : in search of Gaia by John Gribbin( Book )

7 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 592 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
Fire on Earth : doomsday, dinosaurs, and humankind by John Gribbin( Book )

6 editions published between 1996 and 2016 in English and held by 586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The authors argue that every so often comets and asteroids collide with Earth and change the course of natural history
From here to infinity : a beginner's guide to astronomy by John Gribbin( Book )

10 editions published in 2008 in English and French and held by 467 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents an introduction to astronomy, including the planets, stars, galaxies, and the field of cosmology
The one per cent advantage : the sociobiology of being human by John Gribbin( Book )

24 editions published between 1988 and 1993 in 4 languages and held by 411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book claims that, genetically, man is 99per cent ape. There is only 1per cent difference in the DNA - the genetic blueprint - between humans and our nearest relatives in the animal kingdom. From that 1per cent has sprung all the art, literature, culture and knowledge that characterizes the human species
Out of the shadow of a giant : Hooke, Halley, and the birth of science by John Gribbin( Book )

11 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although Newton is widely regarded as one of the greatest scientists of all time and the father of the English scientific revolution, John and Mary Gribbin uncover the fascinating story of Robert Hooke and Edmond Halley, whose scientific achievements neatly embrace the hundred years or so during which science as we know it became established. They argue persuasively that, even without Newton, science would have made a great leap forward in the second half of the seventeenth century, headed by two extraordinary figures, Hooke and Halley.
Planet Earth : a beginner's guide by John Gribbin( Book )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 344 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
The cat in the box : a history of science in 100 experiments by Mary Gribbin( Book )

4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book distills the history of science into 100 epic experiments that have fueled our understanding of Earth and the Universe beyond. Everything in the scientific world view is based on experiment, including observations of phenomena predicted by theories and hypotheses, such as the bending of light as it goes past the Sun. As the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman said, "If it disagrees with experiment, it is wrong." From the discovery of microscopic worlds and gravitational waves, to the weighing the Earth, to making electricity, this stunning book by renowned science writers John and Mary Gribbin tells the enlightening, fascinating, and somewhat oddball story of scientific innovation."
Annus mirabilis : 1905, Albert Einstein, and the theory of relativity by John Gribbin( Book )

8 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 295 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
Ice Age by John Gribbin( Book )

18 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in English and held by 208 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
Faraday (1791-1867) in 90 minutes by John Gribbin( Book )

4 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Almost everyone's guide to science : the universe, life, and everything
Almost everyone's guide to science : the universe, life, and everythingQ is for quantum : an encyclopedia of particle physicsStardust : supernovae and life-- the cosmic connectionRichard Feynman : a life in scienceFlower huntersFitzRoy : the remarkable story of Darwin's captain and the invention of the weather forecastThe science of Philip Pullman's His dark materialsJames Lovelock : in search of Gaia
Alternative Names
Gribbin, John

جريبين، ماري، 1947-

ماري غريبين، 1947-

그리빈, 메리 1946-

グリッビン, メアリー

グリビン, メアリー