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Zimmer, Carl 1966-

Works: 71 works in 305 publications in 9 languages and 17,932 library holdings
Genres: History  Popular works  Miscellanea  Pictorial works  Illustrated works  Textbooks  Study guides  Documentary television programs  Television series  Nature television programs 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Contributor, Other, Editor, wpr
Classifications: QH365, 576.809
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Carl Zimmer
A planet of viruses by Carl Zimmer( Book )

25 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 2,022 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Viruses are the smallest living things known to science, yet they hold the entire planet in their sway. They helped give rise to the first life-forms, are responsible for many of our most devastating diseases, and will continue to control our fate for centuries. Carl Zimmer, the popular science writer and New York Times columnist, takes us from the first record of the common cold to the latest frontiers of biology, where scientists are expanding our understanding of life as we know it. This revised edition includes stories of new outbreaks, such as Ebola, MERS, and chikungunya virus; new scientific discoveries, such as a hundred-million-year-old virus that infected the common ancestor of armadillos, elephants, and humans; and new findings that show why climate change may lead to even deadlier outbreaks. Zimmer's lucid explanations and intriguing stories demonstrate how deeply humans and viruses are intertwined. As reassuring as it is frightening, Planet of Viruses is a fascinating tour of a formidable hidden world. -- from back cover
Evolution : the triumph of an idea by Carl Zimmer( Book )

32 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,918 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 )

20 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 1,904 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 )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,662 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 )

25 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and Persian and held by 1,653 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 )

22 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 1,460 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
Smithsonian intimate guide to human origins by Carl Zimmer( Book )

9 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 827 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
The tangled bank : an introduction to evolution by Carl Zimmer( Book )

19 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 805 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Tangled Bank is the first textbook about evolution intended for the general reader. Zimmer, an award-winning science writer, 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. Richly illustrated with 285 illustrations and photographs, The Tangled Bank is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the history of life on Earth."--Publisher's description
Extinction and evolution : what fossils reveal about the history of life by Niles Eldredge( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 741 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eldredge's groundbreaking work is now accepted as the definitive statement of how life as we know it evolved on Earth. This book chronicles how Eldredge made his discoveries and traces the history of life through the lenses of paleontology, geology, ecology, anthropology, biology, genetics, zoology, mammalogy, herpetology, entomology and botany. While rigorously accurate, the text is accessible, engaging and free of jargon
The oldest living things in the world by Rachel Sussman( Book )

10 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and German and held by 714 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Virus by Marilyn J Roossinck( Book )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 564 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."--Dust jacket
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 547 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
Evolution : making sense of life by Carl Zimmer( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 490 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"--
The best American science and nature writing 2014( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 319 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
Evolution : the triumph of an idea by Carl Zimmer( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this remarkable book, a companion volume to the PBS series, a rich and up-to-date view of evolution is presented that explores the far reaching implications of Darwin's theory
Virus and the whale : exploring evolution in creatures small and large( Book )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Evolve( Visual )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 134 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
The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex by Charles Darwin( Book )

7 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 133 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
Evolution : making sense of life by Carl Zimmer( Book )

16 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in English and held by 127 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"--Résumé de l'éditeur
Evolution : the triumph of an idea by Carl Zimmer( Recording )

6 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 112 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
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Evolution : the triumph of an idea
Alternative Names
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

كارل زيمر

지머, 칼 1966-

짐머, 칼 1966-

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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 lifeSmithsonian intimate guide to human originsThe tangled bank : an introduction to evolutionScience ink : tattoos of the science obsessed