The Carnets de sciences collection publishes works intended for a wide audience seeking to acquire a scientific culture. These works are written by recognised specialists attempting to popularise their fields to answer questions that anyone might ask himself.
The writing is appropriate for non-specialists whilst presenting well-researched scientific enlightenment in a pleasant, easy-to-understand fashion. The reader improves his mind whilst enjoying himself. Initially, a series of questions and answers provides the reader with a basic knowledge of the subject. He can subsequently delve deeper and tackle the more specialised, unusual or entertaining topics. Display boxes at relevant locations throughout the text provide greater detail on some points. A journalistic catch phrase in the chapter heading whets the reader's curiosity.
Why do desert mammals have such large ears?Why do the cactus breathe in reverse fashion to other plants?How did human beings choose to live in such hostile regions?What pushes man to cross these immense open spaces?The author is a specialist in deserts. He leads us through grandiose landscapes of stone and sand, in the wake of caravans, in the world of gold seekers, he makes us share the hard life of hunters-collectors and discover marvellous plants and animals as well as sometimes surprising stories of lost explorers or entire towns appearing from nowhere.
Original, educational, written with precision and humour and highly illustrated, this is the first work intended for a wide audience on a well-known topic that affects daily life : the biofilms. Explore this microscopic world with its large and small permutations, its communities, its goodies and its baddies, its highly-organised societies, in every nook and cranny. The reader will find unexpected explanations and clear answers to his questions.
More than two hundred infectious diseases can be passed to humans through food. This book will help you understand the paths taken by the pathogens and will give you the keys to risk-free eating on a daily basis.
Enter into the world of wine by exploring the many stages leading to vinification. This book uses numerous photos and illustrations to provide you with a solid foundation of knowledge on the history and preparation of wine.
At the heart of forests, Man senses in the half-light the eye of the fox, the feathers of the jay, the path of the roe deer. This illustrated book examines how best this harmonious space can be shared between Man and Beast.
Supposing we absolutely had to have bacteria to live? This book opens a door to this inner world that you only ever hear rumbling yet which dialogues with you and helps you remain in good health.
This work deciphers the food risks from mycotoxins. In everyone's daily routine, in the food choices whether from the local, international, organic or fair trade market, where can these toxic moulds hide?
Diving among the "peoples of the night", the very strange luminescent organisms which migrate in the water column, the sponge gardens and the deep coral reefs. Explore the abyss!