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Mechanisms of Change


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Torsten Krude, Sara T. Baker, John B. Gurdon, Katherine Grainger, Richard Ellis, Bruce Hood, Julia Slingo, Michael Pawlyn, Ha-Joon Chang, Hermann Hauser
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  • Date Published: December 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108447379

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  • This volume collects essays from prominent intellectuals and public figures based on talks given at the 2015 Darwin College Lectures on the theme of 'development'. The writers are world-renowned experts in such diverse fields as architecture, astronomy, biology, climate science, economy, psychology, sports and technology. Development includes contributions from developmental biologist and Nobel laureate John B. Gurdon, Olympic gold medallist Katherine Grainger, astronomer and cosmologist Richard Ellis, developmental psychologist Bruce Hood, former Met Office Chief Scientist Julia Slingo, architect Michael Pawlyn, development economist Ha-Joon Chang and serial entrepreneur Hermann Hauser. While their perspectives and interpretations of development vary widely, their essays are linked by a common desire to describe and understand how things change, usually in the direction of ever-increasing complexity. Written with the lay reader in mind, this interdisciplinary book is a must-read for anybody interested in the mechanisms underlying the changes we see in the world around us.

    • Features contributions from world-renowned public intellectuals
    • Relevant, accessible illustrations of development in various aspects of life and work will prove to be topical and engaging for the academically-minded lay reader
    • An interdisciplinary approach allows readers to explore the nature and dynamics of development from a wide range of perspectives
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    • Date Published: December 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108447379
    • dimensions: 246 x 174 x 9 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 16 b/w illus. 47 colour illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Torsten Krude and Sara T. Baker
    1. Animal development and reprogramming John B. Gurdon
    2. Development of an athlete Katherine Grainger
    3. The development of galaxies Richard Ellis
    4. Developing a sense of self Bruce Hood
    5. Development of climate science Julia Slingo
    6. Biomimicry – development of sustainable design Michael Pawlyn
    7. Economic development Ha-Joon Chang
    8. Technology development Hermann Hauser.

  • Editors

    Torsten Krude, University of Cambridge
    Torsten Krude is a University Senior Lecturer in Cell Biology at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow at Darwin College. His research on the regulation of DNA replication in human cells has been widely published in leading international journals. In 2012, he received the prestigious Pilkington Prize for excellence in teaching by the University of Cambridge. He oversees the Darwin College Lecture Series and is also responsible for the development of the College Gardens.

    Sara T. Baker, University of Cambridge
    Sara T. Baker joined the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge in 2011. She performs basic research on cognitive development in the preschool years, when children learn about a constantly changing world, and translates this research into educational contexts. Her projects have been funded by the Newton Trust, the ESRC, and the LEGO Foundation. She is a Deputy Dean at Darwin College and a member of the College Council.


    Torsten Krude, Sara T. Baker, John B. Gurdon, Katherine Grainger, Richard Ellis, Bruce Hood, Julia Slingo, Michael Pawlyn, Ha-Joon Chang, Hermann Hauser

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