Roger Highfield

  • Can Fluffy the three-headed dog be explained by advances in molecular biology? Could the discovery of cosmic "gravity-shielding effects" unlock the secret to the Nimbus 2000 broomstick's ability to fly? Is the griffin really none other than the dinosaur Protoceratops? Roger Highfield, author of the critically acclaimed The Physics of Christmas, explores the fascinating links between magic and science to reveal that much of what strikes us as supremely strange in the Potter books can actually be explained by the conjurings of the scientific mind. This is the perfect guide for parents who want to teach their children science through their favorite adventures as well as for the millions of adult fans of the series intrigued by its marvels and mysteries.

  • D'où vient la vie? Comment une seule cellule fertilisée peut-elle produire quelque quarante mille milliards de cellules  ? Comment ces cellules "savent-elles" fabriquer un humain  ?
    Le développement embryonnaire est une merveilleuse mécanique qui se reproduit infailliblement de génération en génération. Comment est codée, programmée, cette remarquable régularité ? Spécialiste mondiale du développement embryonnaire, Magdalena Zernicka nous fait découvrir l'incroyable chorégraphie cellulaire, qui petit à petit, sans plan de construction, donne naissance à un organisme complexe. Mêlant son parcours personnel, depuis son initiation à l'embryologie dans la Pologne communiste à une grossesse tardive qui aurait pu mal tourner et ses propres découvertes dans le traitement de maladies génétiques, Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz nous ouvre les portes sur le futur de la reproduction humaine.

  • In our century, the subject of time has become an area of serious inquiry for science. Theories that contain time as a simple quantity form the basis of our understanding of many scientific disciplines, yet the debate rages on: why does there seem to be a direction to time, an arrow of time pointing from past to future?In this authoritative and accessible Sunday Times bestseller, physical chemist Dr Peter Coveney and award-winning science journalist Dr Roger Highfield demonstrate that the common sense view of time agrees with the most advanced scientific theory. Time does in fact move like an arrow, shooting forward into what is genuinely unknown, leaving the past immutably behind. The authors make their case by exploring three centuries of science, offering bold reinterpretations of Newton's mechanics, Einstein's special and general theories of relativity, quantum mechanics, and advancing the insights of chaos theory. In their voyage through science the authors link apparently irreconcilable subjects, from Einstein's obsession with causality to chaos theory, from Marvell's winged chariot to that Monday morning feeling.Finally, drawing together the various interpretations of time, they describe a novel way to give it a sense of direction. And they call for a new fundamental theory to take account of the Arrow of Time.Foreword by Ilya Prigogine, Nobel laureate.