Silica Stories

Authors: De La Rocha, Christina, Conley, Daniel J.

  • First book relating the scientific charms of silica to a general audience
  • Presents a set of ten clearly written chapters on ten independent, multi-disciplinary topics on silica
  • Intended to not only convey up-to-the minute scientific information, but to paint a picture of Earth as an interacting set of geological, biological, and chemical processes
  • Shows Earth's interacting processes as interwoven into the pre-history, history, present, and future of human beings
  • Written by two of the world's leading experts on silica in the biosphere and geosphere
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About this book

Do you know silica, the tetrahedra of silicon and oxygen constituting the crystals of New Agers and the desiccant in a box of new shoes?  It's no mere mundane mineral. As chemically reacting silicate rocks, silica set off the chain of events known as the origin of life. As biomineralized opal, it is the cell wall, skeleton, spicules, and scales of organisms ornamenting numerous lobes of the tree of life. Cryptocrystalline silica made into stone tools helped drive the evolution of our hands and our capability for complex grammar, music, and mathematics. As quartz crystals, silica is impressively electric and ubiquitous in modern technology (think sonar, radios, telephones, ultrasound, and cheap but precise watches). Silica is inescapable when we take a drink or mow the lawn and it has already started to save the Earth from the carbon dioxide we're spewing into the atmosphere. This book tells these scientific tales and more, to give dear, modest silica its due.

About the authors

Christina De La Rocha
http://www.geology.lu.se/christina-de-la-rocha 

Christina De La Rocha is a Visiting Scientist at the Department of Geology at Lund University, Sweden. She has previously been a Lecturer in Earth Sciences (University of Cambridge, UK), Senior Scientist (Alfred Wegener Institute for Marine and Polar Research, Germany), and Professor of Marine Science (Universit√© de Bretagne Occidentale, France). She has co-edited a previous book (Work Meets Life: Exploring the Integrative Study of Work in Living Systems) and started to write short science fiction (Pleistocene Brains).


Daniel Conley
http://www.geology.lu.se/daniel-conley

Daniel Conley is Professor of  Biogeochemistry (Lund University, Sweden), Wallenberg Scholar, and Pew Fellow.



Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • A Brief Introduction to the Players

    De La Rocha, Christina (et al.)

    Pages 1-8

  • The Origin of Life Was Brought to You in Part by Silicate Rocks

    De La Rocha, Christina (et al.)

    Pages 9-27

  • The Making of Humankind: Silica Lends a Hand (and Maybe a Brain)

    De La Rocha, Christina (et al.)

    Pages 29-47

  • Mystical Crystals of Silica

    De La Rocha, Christina (et al.)

    Pages 49-67

  • Glass Houses and Nanotechnology

    De La Rocha, Christina (et al.)

    Pages 69-93

Buy this book

eBook $24.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-54054-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $34.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-54053-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Silica Stories
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-54054-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-54054-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-54053-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 201
Number of Illustrations and Tables
38 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
Topics