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Zimmer, Carl 1966-

Works: 92 works in 379 publications in 9 languages and 18,262 library holdings
Genres: History  Popular works  Miscellanea  Pictorial works  Illustrated works  Documentary television programs  Television series  Nature television programs  Science television programs  Textbooks 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Contributor, Other, wpr, Editor
Classifications: QH365, 576.8
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Carl Zimmer
Most widely held works by Carl Zimmer
A planet of viruses by Carl Zimmer( Book )

28 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Viruses are the smallest living things known to science, and yet they hold the entire planet in their sway. We are most familiar with the viruses that give us colds or the flu, but viruses also cause a vast range of other diseases. Viruses have been a part of our lives for so long, in fact, that we are actually part virus: the human genome contains more DNA from viruses than our own genes. Meanwhile, scientists are discovering viruses everywhere they look: in the soil, in the ocean, even in deep caves miles underground. Here, science writer Carl Zimmer presents the latest research on how viruses hold sway over our lives and our biosphere, how viruses helped give rise to the first life forms, how viruses are producing new diseases, how we can harness viruses for our own ends, and how viruses will continue to control our fate for years to come.--From publisher description
Evolution : the triumph of an idea by Carl Zimmer( Book )

30 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in English and Chinese and held by 2,025 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dazzling companion volume to one the most important series in PBS history tells the compelling story of the theory of evolution -- from Darwin to twenty-first-century science
Parasite rex : inside the bizarre world of nature's most dangerous creatures by Carl Zimmer( Book )

33 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,963 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A look inside the often hidden world of parasites turns the clock back to the beginning of life on Earth to answer key questions about these highly evolved and resilient life forms
Microcosm : E. coli and the new science of life by Carl Zimmer( Book )

14 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,652 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Addresses the fundamental question of what it means to be alive from the perspective of a microbe, E. coli, that exists within all human beings, examining the germ's evolution and its important role in the history of biology
Soul made flesh : the discovery of the brain-- and how it changed the world by Carl Zimmer( Book )

30 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and Persian and held by 1,612 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Soul Made Flesh is the remarkable untold story of a dramatic turning point in history, the exciting discovery of how the human brain works. In an unprecedented examination of how the secrets of the brain were revealed in seventeenth-century England, award-winning author Carl Zimmer tells an extraordinary tale that unfurls against a deadly backdrop of civil war, plague, and the Great Fire of London. At the beginning of that turbulent century, no one knew how the brain worked or even what it looked like intact. By the century's close, the science of the brain had taken root, helping to overturn many of the most common misconceptions and dominant philosophies about man, God, and the universe. Presiding over the rise of this new scientific paradigm was the founder of modern neurology, Thomas Willis, a fascinating, sympathetic, even heroic figure who stands at the center of an extraordinary group of scientists and philosophers known as the Oxford circle. Chronicled here in vivid detail are their groundbreaking revelations and often gory experiments that first enshrined the brain as the chemical engine of reason, emotion, and madness, indeed as the very seat of the human soul. Called 'as fine a science essayist as we have' by The New York Times, Zimmer tells the story of this scientific revolution through the lives of a colorful array of alchemists, mystics, utopians, spies, revolutionaries, and kings. He recreates the religious, ethical, and scientific struggles involved in the pioneering autopsies of the brain carried out by Thomas Willis; the discovery of the circulation of blood by William Harvey and his flight from London with his besieged king, Charles I; René Descartes's persecution by Catholics and Protestants alike for his views of the brain and soul; and the experiments and personal dramas of gifted men who forever changed the way science is practiced as they simultaneously upended our view of our human selves and our place in the world. In this distant mirror to our own time of continuing scientific revolution and worldwide social upheaval, Zimmer brings to life the painstaking, innovative discoveries of Willis and his contemporaries, the taproots of the amazing work of today's neuroscientists, who continue to explore the brain, revealing the hidden workings of emotions, memories, and consciousness. Graced with beautiful illustrations by Christopher Wren, Soul Made Flesh conveys a contagious appreciation for the wonder of the brain, its structure, its many marvelous functions, and the implications for human identity, mind, and morality. It is the definitive history of the dawn of a world-changing science and attitude, the age of the brain and modern consciousness
At the water's edge : macroevolution and the transformation of life by Carl Zimmer( Book )

20 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and Dutch and held by 1,392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explains the process of macroevolution, "the transformation of body shapes across millions of years," whereby microbes evolved into fish and eventually into humans
She has her mother's laugh : the powers, perversions, and potential of heredity by Carl Zimmer( Book )

7 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 1,001 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a history of the human understanding of heredity and how it has shaped society, chronicling the transitions brought about by genetic research and making predictions about how evolving understandings are likely to impact the future
The oldest living things in the world by Rachel Sussman( Book )

12 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and German and held by 859 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Oldest Living Things in the World is an epic journey through time and space. Over the past decade, artist Rachel Sussman has researched, worked with biologists, and traveled the world to photograph continuously living organisms that are 2,000 years old and older. Spanning from Antarctica to Greenland, the Mojave Desert to the Australian Outback, the result is a stunning and unique visual collection of ancient organisms unlike anything that has been created in the arts or sciences before, insightfully and accessibly narrated by Sussman along the way ... Alongside the photographs, Sussman relays fascinating -- and sometimes harrowing -- tales of her global adventures tracking down her subjects and shares insights from the scientists who research them. The oldest living things in the world are a record and celebration of the past, a call to action in the present, and a barometer of our future."--Publisher's description
The tangled bank : an introduction to evolution by Carl Zimmer( Book )

20 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 822 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Tangled Bank is the first textbook about evolution intended for the general reader. Zimmer takes readers on a fascinating journey into the latest discoveries about evolution. In the Canadian Arctic, paleontologists unearth fossils documenting the move of our ancestors from sea to land. In the outback of Australia, a zoologist tracks some of the world's deadliest snakes to decipher the 100-million-year evolution of venom molecules. In Africa, geneticists are gathering DNA to probe the origin of our species. In clear, non-technical language, Zimmer explains the central concepts essential for understanding new advances in evolution, including natural selection, genetic drift, and sexual selection. He demonstrates how vital evolution is to all branches of modern biology--from the fight against deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria to the analysis of the human genome"--
Smithsonian intimate guide to human origins by Carl Zimmer( Book )

10 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 805 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New discoveries in the field of human evolution are changing our understanding of human origins almost daily. What does all this new knowledge about our species mean? Science journalist Zimmer offers an illuminating journey through our ancestry, beginning 65 million years ago with the first primates and ending today, as we enter a new phase of evolution. Along the way he re-examines the major steps in human evolution, as hominids began to stand upright, fashion tools and develop consciousness. What's most intriguing, he concludes, is that fossils are no longer the sole source of information about our origins--part of the story of where we came from turns out to be inscribed in our own DNA!--From publisher description
Virus by Marilyn J Roossinck( Book )

6 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 778 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This stunningly illustrated book provides a rare window into the amazing, varied, and often beautiful world of viruses. Contrary to popular belief, not all viruses are bad for you. In fact, several are beneficial to their hosts, and many are crucial to the health of our planet. Virus offers an unprecedented look at 101 incredible microbes that infect all branches of life on Earth-- from humans and other animals to insects, plants, fungi, and bacteria."--
Evolution : making sense of life by Carl Zimmer( Book )

21 editions published between 2012 and 2018 in English and Japanese and held by 662 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Students will learn the fundamental concepts of evolutionary theory, such as natural selection, genetic drift, phylogeny, and coevolution. Evolution: Making Sense of Life also drives home the relevance of evolution for disciplines ranging from conservation biology to medicine"--
Science ink : tattoos of the science obsessed by Carl Zimmer( Book )

8 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and Dutch and held by 644 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Body art meets popular science in this elegant, mind-blowing collection, written by renowned science writer Carl Zimmer. This fascinating book showcases hundreds of eye-catching tattoos that pay tribute to various scientific disciplines, from evolutionary biology and neuroscience to mathematics and astrophysics and reveals the stories of the individuals who chose to inscribe their obsessions in their skin. Best of all, each tattoo provides a leaping-off point for bestselling essayist and lecturer Zimmer to reflect on the science in question, whether it's the importance of an image of Darwin's finches or the significance of the uranium atom inked into the chest of a young radiologist."--Publisher's description
The best American science and nature writing 2014( Book )

3 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a collection of nature and science essays published in American periodicals in 2013, including works by such authors as Katherine Bagley, Barbara Kingsolver, Fred Pearce, and Carl Zimmer
The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex by Charles Darwin( Book )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Descent of Man, Darwin's second landmark work on evolutionary theory (following The Origin of the Species), marked a turning point in the history of science with its modern vision of human nature as the product of evolution. Darwin argued that the noblest features of humans, such as language and morality, were the result of the same natural processes that produced iris petals and scorpion tails"--Page 4 of cover
Virus and the whale : exploring evolution in creatures small and large( Book )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Evolve( Visual )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For man, beast and nature, it's been a constant battlefield of change. Some strategic advances were anatomical while others were behavioral. While the bald eagle developed telescopic vision capable of spotting a hare a mile away, the shark evolved the act of sex as we humans know it. Discover what has propelled creatures large and small to survive. Trace the history and importance of these adaptations from their earliest beginnings to today
Evolution : the triumph of an idea by Carl Zimmer( Recording )

6 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An up-to-date view of evolution that explores the far-reaching implications of Darwin's theory and emphasizes the power, significance and relevance of evolution to our lives today
The new frontier : neuroscience advancements and their impact on nonprofit behavioral health care providers by Laudan Y Aron( Book )

4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This report is the first of a multi-year project that focuses on exploring how advancements in neuroscience will impact the abilities of nonprofit human services providers to organize and deliver behavioral health services in the future." Preface
Evolutie : triomf van een idee by Carl Zimmer( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in Dutch and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De geschiedenis van de ontwikkeling en van het toetsen van de evolutietheorie
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A planet of viruses
Evolution : the triumph of an ideaParasite rex : inside the bizarre world of nature's most dangerous creaturesMicrocosm : E. coli and the new science of lifeSoul made flesh : the discovery of the brain-- and how it changed the worldAt the water's edge : macroevolution and the transformation of lifeThe tangled bank : an introduction to evolutionSmithsonian intimate guide to human originsScience ink : tattoos of the science obsessed
Alternative Names
Carl Zimmer

Carl Zimmer Amerikaans auteur

Carl Zimmer scrittore e divulgatore scientifico statunitense

Carl Zimmer US-amerikanischer Autor und Journalist

Карл Циммер английский (США) научно-популярный писатель

Карл Ціммер

كارل زيمر

지머, 칼 1966-

짐머, 칼 1966-

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