• Nature

The Invention of Nature

Alexander von Humboldt's New World
Author: Andrea Wulf
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0385350678
Category: Nature
Page: 496
View: 751
The acclaimed author of Founding Gardeners reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the visionary German naturalist whose ideas changed the way we see the natural world—and in the process created modern environmentalism. NATIONAL BEST SELLER One of the New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, The James Wright Award for Nature Writing, the Costa Biography Award, the Royal Geographic Society's Ness Award, the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award Finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, the Kirkus Prize Prize for Nonfiction, the Independent Bookshop Week Book Award A Best Book of the Year: The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Economist, Nature, Jezebel, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, New Scientist, The Independent, The Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Evening Standard, The Spectator Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859) was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age. In North America, his name still graces four counties, thirteen towns, a river, parks, bays, lakes, and mountains. His restless life was packed with adventure and discovery, whether he was climbing the highest volcanoes in the world or racing through anthrax-infected Siberia or translating his research into bestselling publications that changed science and thinking. Among Humboldt’s most revolutionary ideas was a radical vision of nature, that it is a complex and interconnected global force that does not exist for the use of humankind alone. Now Andrea Wulf brings the man and his achievements back into focus: his daring expeditions and investigation of wild environments around the world and his discoveries of similarities between climate and vegetation zones on different continents. She also discusses his prediction of human-induced climate change, his remarkable ability to fashion poetic narrative out of scientific observation, and his relationships with iconic figures such as Simón Bolívar and Thomas Jefferson. Wulf examines how Humboldt’s writings inspired other naturalists and poets such as Darwin, Wordsworth, and Goethe, and she makes the compelling case that it was Humboldt’s influence that led John Muir to his ideas of natural preservation and that shaped Thoreau’s Walden. With this brilliantly researched and compellingly written book, Andrea Wulf shows the myriad fundamental ways in which Humboldt created our understanding of the natural world, and she champions a renewed interest in this vital and lost player in environmental history and science. From the Hardcover edition.

    • Design

Next Nature

Author: K.M. Mensvoort,Hendrik-Jan Grievink
Publisher: Actarbirkhauser
ISBN: 9788492861538
Category: Design
Page: 461
View: 8033
"Organized as a pile of [7] magazines containing visual and written essays, short observations, specials, slogans, maps, infographics and infotizements. Each issue focuses on a specific aspect of the nature caused by people. ... A compendium of the most thought provoking observations from the award winning website nextnature.net, supplemented by lots of new visual material and graphics, as well as guest essays"--Page [3-4] of cover.

    • Science


Author: Sir Norman Lockyer
Publisher: N.A
Category: Science
Page: N.A
View: 475

    • Poetry

Poetry, Its Origin, Nature, and History

Being a General Sketch of Poetic and Dramatic Literature, Comprehending Critical, Historical and Biographical Notices, with Specimens of the Most Distinguished Writers from the Earliest Period to the Middle of the Present Century; to which is Added (separately Bound) A Compendium of the Works of the Poets of All Times and Countries, with Explanatory Notes, Synoptical Tables, a Chronological Digest and a Copious Index
Author: Frederick A. Hoffmann
Publisher: N.A
Category: Poetry
Page: 1092
View: 1478

    • Nature

Nature: From nature to natures : contestation and reconstruction

Author: David Inglis,John Bone,Rhoda Wilkie
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780415333078
Category: Nature
Page: 4
View: 2648
Many influential stances within the social sciences regard nature in one of two ways: either as none of their concern (which is with the social and cultural aspects of human existence), or as wholly a social and cultural fabrication. But there is also another strand of social scientific thinking that seeks to understand the interplay between social and cultural factors on one side and natural factors on the other. These volumes contain the main contributions that have been made within each of these streams of thought. The selections illustrate to the reader the complexity of the various positions within these streams, and the strengths and limitations of each perspective. A new introduction places these articles in their historical and intellectual context and the volumes are completed with an extensive index and chronological table of contents.

    • Self-Help

Running with Nature

Stepping Into the Life You Were Meant to Live
Author: Mariel Hemingway,Bobby Williams
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 0988247666
Category: Self-Help
Page: 218
View: 9922
In Running with Nature Mariel Hemingway and Bobby Williams share their dynamic and authentic approach to living mindfully and healthfully, offering concrete action steps that readers can take and even track through a multifaceted point-earning system. Running with Nature is a book of inspiration. It provides the way to make a difference in the reader's approach to life. Having the willingness to do so is the only requirement. When there is a will to experience each moment of life more fully with vibrancy and vitality, there is a way. It's about reconnecting to nature one broad-minded step at a time to discover a more fulfilling life of simplicity, adventure, stillness and laughter. In Running with Nature, Mariel Hemingway and Bobby Williams share their dynamic and authentic approach to living mindfully and healthfully, offering concrete action steps that readers can take and even track through a multifaceted point-earning system.

    • Nature

Nature: Thinking the natural

Author: David Inglis,John Bone,Rhoda Wilkie
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780415333054
Category: Nature
Page: 323
View: 5773

    • Juvenile Nonfiction

My Nature Book

A Journal and Activity Book for Kids
Author: Linda Kranz
Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
ISBN: 1589798236
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 128
View: 6699
Hike a trail, climb a tree! Smell the flowers, watch the birds! Explore the world! Nature is full of adventures, but sometimes it’s easy to forget things you felt or saw. What did those animal tracks look like? How did you feel when you gazed at the starry sky on a calm, clear night? My Nature Book is the perfect place for a child to keep track of all of his or her memories. It’s a place to draw and write about your experiences with nature, so you’ll remember the sound of the squirrel you heard chattering, the color of the bird that landed on your lunch sack, or the way the meadow grasses waved goodbye. My Nature Book is also full of projects and ideas, such as how to make water windows and luminarias, and even how to make yummy peanut butter cookies or banana bread or muffins to take along on hiking trips. There are also lined pages for writing, blank pages for drawing, and numerous activity pages.

    • Science

The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative

Author: Florence Williams
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393242722
Category: Science
Page: 288
View: 4112
An intrepid investigation into nature’s restorative benefits by a prize-winning author. For centuries, poets and philosophers extolled the benefits of a walk in the woods: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees; Wordsworth composed while tromping over the heath; and Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a park. Intrigued by our storied renewal in the natural world, Florence Williams set out to uncover the science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain. In this informative and entertaining account, Williams investigates cutting-edge research as she travels to fragrant cypress forests in Korea to meet the rangers who administer “forest healing programs,” to the green hills of Scotland and its “ecotherapeutic” approach to caring for the mentally ill, to a river trip in Idaho with Iraqi vets suffering from PTSD, to the West Virginia mountains where she discovers how being outside helps children with ADHD. The Nature Fix demonstrates that our connection to nature is much more important to our cognition than we think and that even small amounts of exposure to the living world can improve our creativity and enhance our mood. In prose that is incisive, witty, and urgent, Williams shows how time in nature is not a luxury but is in fact essential to our humanity. As our modern lives shift dramatically indoors, these ideas—and the answers they yield—are more urgent than ever.

    • Science

Man and Nature in the Renaissance

Author: Allen G. Debus
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521293280
Category: Science
Page: 159
View: 7468
Considers ideologies and mutual effects of humanism, mysticism and the exact sciences, thereby integrating a study of early Scientific Revolution astronomy, mathematics and medicine with the intellectual, religious and philosophical milieu

    • Science

Design in Nature

How the Constructal Law Governs Evolution in Biology, Physics, Technology, and Social Organizations
Author: Adrian Bejan,J. Peder Zane
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0307744345
Category: Science
Page: 296
View: 3542
Reveals how recurring patterns in nature are accounted for by a single governing principle of physics, explaining how all designs in the world from biological life to inanimate systems evolve in a sequence of ever-improving designs that facilitate flow.

    • Science

Naming Nature: The Clash Between Instinct and Science

Author: Carol Kaesuk Yoon
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393338711
Category: Science
Page: 352
View: 7358
Traces the human drive and cognitive capacity for naming the living world, evaluating the contributions of such figures as Linnaeus and Darwin while exploring the human preference for familiar, rather than scientific, names.

    • Science

Tropical Nature

Life and Death in the Rain Forests of Central and
Author: Adrian Forsyth,Ken Miyata
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439144745
Category: Science
Page: 272
View: 1376
Seventeen marvelous essays introducing the habitats, ecology, plants, and animals of the Central and South American rainforest. A lively, lucid portrait of the tropics as seen by two uncommonly observant and thoughtful field biologists. Its seventeen marvelous essays introduce the habitats, ecology, plants, and animals of the Central and South American rainforest. Includes a lengthy appendix of practical advice for the tropical traveler.

    • Psychology

The Experience of Nature

A Psychological Perspective
Author: Rachel Kaplan,Stephen Kaplan
Publisher: CUP Archive
ISBN: 9780521341394
Category: Psychology
Page: 340
View: 8390
In this volume concerning the natural environment, people, and the relationship between them, Rachel and Stephen Kaplan offer the first research-based analysis of the vital psychological role that nature plays in our lives. Over a period of twenty years, the authors have sought to understand how people perceive nature and what types of natural environments they prefer, what psychological benefits they seem to derive from wilderness experiences, and why backyard gardens are especially important to some people. The book examines the satisfactions and advantages that various natural settings bring to us. While many readers may have little doubt that the natural environment makes a difference to them, they may be suprised to discover the pervasiveness of its impact on people of diverse ages and cultural heritages. Beyond the awe-inspiring mountains and waterfalls, many comparatively simple natural settings foster tranquility and well-being. The book explores questions such as: Is the effect of nature on people as powerful as it intuitively seems to be? What makes natural settings so compelling? How do settings restore bodily health? Are some natural patterns more effective than others? Are there ways to design, manage, and interpret natural environments so as to enhance their beneficial influences? A wide audience will find this analysis of our natural environment compelling and insightful.

    • Juvenile Nonfiction

The Masterpiece of Nature :

The Evolution and Genetics of Sexuality
Author: Graham Bell
Publisher: CUP Archive
ISBN: 9780856647536
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 635
View: 1793

    • Nature


Author: Noel Castree
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415339056
Category: Nature
Page: 281
View: 4343
"Nature is an advanced introduction to its topic. For students, it aims to inform and to challenge by showing that nature is not what it seems to be. For geography teachers and researchers, Nature brings together ideas and arguments hitherto compartmentalised into geography's three main parts (human, physical and environmental geography). In so doing it offers fresh insights into one of the discipline's most familiar, yet elusive, objects of analysis, policy formation and moral concern."--BOOK JACKET.

    • History

Nature and Power

A Global History of the Environment
Author: Joachim Radkau
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521851297
Category: History
Page: 430
View: 3842
Nature and Power explores the interaction between humanity and the natural environment from prehistoric times to the present. It explores human attempts to control nature as well as the efforts of societies and states to regulate people's use of nature and natural resources

    • Philosophy

Nature and Society

Anthropological Perspectives
Author: European Association of Social Anthropologists. Conference
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780415132169
Category: Philosophy
Page: 310
View: 4920
By focusing on a variety of perspectives, the contributors draw upon developments in social theory, biology, ethnobiology and sociology of science. They present an array of ethnographic case studies - from Amazonia, the Solomon Islands, Malaysia, the Moluccan Islands, rural communities in Japan and north-west Europe, urban Greece and laboratories of molecular biology and high-energy physics.

    • Education

Nature and Young Children

Encouraging Creative Play and Learning in Natural Environments
Author: Ruth A. Wilson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0415526736
Category: Education
Page: 118
View: 5951
Now in its second edition, Nature and Young Children promotes the holistic development of children by connecting them with nature. It offers advice and guidance on how to set up indoor and outdoor nature play spaces as well as encouraging environmentally responsible attitudes, values and behaviour in your early childhood setting. Covering topics as diverse as gardening with young children, creating an accessible nature program for children with special needs and addressing cultural differences in connecting children with nature, this book reveals how important nature play can be in the development of young children. This user-friendly book offers guidance on alternative settings for nature-focused programs international approaches to nature play in early childhood the role of the adult in outdoor learning using nature play for cross-curricular learning integrating nature education and peace education health and safety. This highly accessible book will provide all early years practitioners, teachers and students on early childhood courses with a wealth of ideas on how to foster creative play and learning in nature-focused environments while also promoting positive connections with nature.

    • Nature

Nature Anatomy

The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World
Author: Julia Rothman
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 1612128149
Category: Nature
Page: 224
View: 5655
See the world in a whole new way! Acclaimed illustrator Julia Rothman combines art and science in this exciting and educational guide to the structure, function, and personality of the natural world. Explore the anatomy of a jellyfish, the inside of a volcano, monarch butterfly migration, how sunsets work, and much more. Rothman’s whimsical illustrations are paired with interactive activities that encourage curiosity and inspire you to look more closely at the world all around you.