Peter Forbes - Author

About the Author

Peter Forbes was the editor of Poetry Review, Britain's most prestigious poetry magazine, for 16 years. He is a regular contributor to the broadsheets, including the Guardian, Independent, Daily Telegraph and Financial Times, as well as in a wide spectrum of magazines, including New Scientist, New Statesman and Country Life. In 1999 he edited Scanning the Century: The Penguin Book of Twentieth Century Poetry (Viking) and in 2002 Penguin published the paperback of his translation of Primo Levi's The Search for Roots.

Featured books by Peter Forbes

The Picador Book of Wedding Poems

The Picador Book of Wedding Poems

Author: Peter Forbes Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/01/2012

A romantic collection of poems perfect for popping the question, making a public speech or privately declaring your intentions.

Other books by Peter Forbes

A Man Apart Bill Coperthwaite's Radical Experiment in Living

A Man Apart Bill Coperthwaite's Radical Experiment in Living

Author: Peter Forbes, Helen Whybrow Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/03/2015

A story of friendship, encouragement, and the quest to design a better world A Man Apart is the story--part family memoir and part biography--of Peter Forbes and Helen Whybrow's longtime friendship with Bill Coperthwaite (A Handmade Life), whose unusual life and fierce ideals helped them examine and understand their own. Coperthwaite inspired many by living close to nature and in opposition to contemporary society, and was often compared to Henry David Thoreau. Much like Helen and Scott Nearing, who were his friends and mentors, Coperthwaite led a 55-year-long experiment in living on a remote stretch of Maine coast. There he created a homestead of wooden, multistoried yurts, a form of architecture for which he was known around the world. Coperthwaite also embodied a philosophy that he called democratic living, which was about empowering all people to have agency over their lives in order to create a better community. The central question of Coperthwaite's life was, How can I live according to what I believe? In this intimate and honest account--framed by Coperthwaite's sudden death and brought alive through the month-long adventure of building with him what would turn out to be his last yurt--Forbes and Whybrow explore the timeless lessons of Coperthwaite's experiment in intentional living and self-reliance. They also reveal an important story about the power and complexities of mentorship: the opening of one's life to someone else to learn together, and carrying on in that person's physical absence. While mourning Coperthwaite's death and coming to understand the real meaning of his life and how it endures through their own, Forbes and Whybrow craft a story that reveals why it's important to seek direct experience, to be drawn to beauty and simplicity, to create rather than critique, and to encourage others.

Nanoscience Giants of the Infinitesimal

Nanoscience Giants of the Infinitesimal

Author: Peter Forbes, Tom Grimsey Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2014

Nanoscience is the fastest growing and most significant area of scientific exploration of our time In Nanoscience: Giants of the Infinitesimal, award-winning science writer Peter Forbes and sculptor Tom Grimsey explore the amazing possibilities that nanotechnology offers us, from clean harvesting solar energy and finding cost-effective methods to desalinate sea water, to the production of smart materials that alter their shape, texture or other properties when coming into contact with electric or magnetic fields. Nanoscience shows the astonishing beauty of the nanoworld, the iridescense of butterfly wings or peacock feathers that is produced not by pigments but by structures invisible to the naked eye. Science looks out into deep space in wonder but our actual presence there will always be limited. We look deep into the heart of the atom but can only understand its structure by breaking it. Between these two ends of the spectrum is nanoscience, the fastest growing and most significant area of scientific exploration of our time.

The Picador Book of Wedding Poems

The Picador Book of Wedding Poems

Author: Peter Forbes Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/01/2012

A romantic collection of poems perfect for popping the question, making a public speech or privately declaring your intentions.

Dazzled and Deceived

Dazzled and Deceived

Author: Peter Forbes Format: eBook Release Date: 15/11/2011

Nature has perfected the art of deception. Thousands of creatures all over the worldincluding butterflies, moths, fish, birds, insects and snakeshave honed and practiced camouflage over hundreds of millions of years. Imitating other animals or their surroundings, natures fakers use mimicry to protect themselves, to attract and repel, to bluff and warn, to forage, and to hide. The advantages of mimicry are obviousbut how does blind nature do it? And how has humanity learned to profit from natures ploys?Dazzled and Deceived tells the unique and fascinating story of mimicry and camouflage in science, art, warfare, and the natural world. Discovered in the 1850s by the young English naturalists Henry Walter Bates and Alfred Russel Wallace in the Amazonian rainforest, the phenomenon of mimicry was seized upon as the first independent validation of Darwins theory of natural selection. But mimicry and camouflage also created a huge impact outside the laboratory walls. Peter Forbess cultural history links mimicry and camouflage to art, literature, military tactics, and medical cures across the twentieth century, and charts its intricate involvement with the perennial dispute between evolution and creationism.As Dazzled and Deceived unravels the concept of mimicry, Forbes introduces colorful stories and a dazzling cast of charactersRoosevelt, Picasso, Nabokov, Churchill, and Darwin himself, to name a fewwhom its mystery influenced and enthralled. Illuminating and lively, Dazzled and Deceived sheds new light on the greatest quest: to understand the processes of life at its deepest level.

Dazzled and Deceived Mimicry and Camouflage

Dazzled and Deceived Mimicry and Camouflage

Author: Peter Forbes Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/08/2011

Nature has perfected the art of deception. Thousands of creatures all over the world-including butterflies, moths, fish, birds, insects and snakes-have honed and practiced camouflage over hundreds of millions of years. Imitating other animals or their surroundings, nature's fakers use mimicry to protect themselves, to attract and repel, to bluff and warn, to forage, and to hide. The advantages of mimicry are obvious-but how does blind nature do it? And how has humanity learned to profit from nature's ploys? Dazzled and Deceived tells the unique and fascinating story of mimicry and camouflage in science, art, warfare, and the natural world. Discovered in the 1850s by the young English naturalists Henry Walter Bates and Alfred Russel Wallace in the Amazonian rainforest, the phenomenon of mimicry was seized upon as the first independent validation of Darwin's theory of natural selection. But mimicry and camouflage also created a huge impact outside the laboratory walls. Peter Forbes's cultural history links mimicry and camouflage to art, literature, military tactics, and medical cures across the twentieth century, and charts its intricate involvement with the perennial dispute between evolution and creationism. As Dazzled and Deceived unravels the concept of mimicry, Forbes introduces colorful stories and a dazzling cast of characters-Roosevelt, Picasso, Nabokov, Churchill, and Darwin himself, to name a few-whom its mystery influenced and enthralled. Illuminating and lively, Dazzled and Deceived sheds new light on the greatest quest: to understand the processes of life at its deepest level.

Dazzled and Deceived Mimicry and Camouflage

Dazzled and Deceived Mimicry and Camouflage

Author: Peter Forbes Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/10/2009

Nature has perfected the art of deception. Thousands of creatures all over the world - including butterflies, moths, fish, birds, insects and snakes - have honed and practised camouflage over hundreds of millions of years. Imitating other animals or their surroundings, nature's fakers use mimicry to protect themselves, to attract and repel, to bluff and warn, to forage and to hide. The advantages of mimicry are obvious - but how does 'blind' nature do it? And how has humanity learnt to profit from nature's ploys? Dazzled and Deceived tells the unique and fascinating story of mimicry and camouflage in science, art, warfare and the natural world. Discovered in the 1850s by the young English naturalists Henry Walter Bates and Alfred Russel Wallace in the Amazonian rainforest, the phenomenon of mimicry was seized upon as the first independent validation of Darwin's theory of natural selection. But mimicry and camouflage also had a huge impact outside the laboratory walls. Peter Forbes' cultural history links mimicry and camouflage to art, literature, military tactics and medical cures across the twentieth century, and charts its intricate involvement with the dispute between evolution and creationism. As Dazzled and Deceived unravels the concept of mimicry, Forbes introduces colourful stories and a dazzling cast of characters - Roosevelt, Picasso, Nabokov, Churchill, and Darwin himself, to name a few - whom its mystery influenced and enthralled. Illuminating and lively, Dazzled and Deceived sheds new light on the greatest quest: to understand the processes of life at its deepest level.

The Gecko's Foot How Scientists are Taking a Leaf from Nature's Book

The Gecko's Foot How Scientists are Taking a Leaf from Nature's Book

Author: Peter Forbes Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/08/2006

A cutting-edge science book in the style of `Fermat's Last Theorem' and `Chaos' from an exciting and accessible new voice in popular science writing. Bio-inspiration is a form of engineering but not in the conventional sense. Extending beyond our established and preconceived notions, scientists, architects and engineers are looking at imitating nature by manufacturing 'wet' materials such as spider silk or the surface of the gecko's foot. The amazing power of the gecko's foot has long been known - it can climb a vertical glass wall and even walk upside down on the ceiling - but no ideas could be harnessed from it because its mechanism could not be seen with the power of optical microscopes. Recently however the secret was solved by a team of scientists in Oregon who established that the mechanism really is dry, and that it does not involve suction, capillary action or anything else the lay person might imagine. Each foot has half a million bristles and each bristle ramifies into hundreds of finer spatula-shaped projections. The fine scale of the gecko's foot is beyond the capacity of conventional microengineering, but a team of nanotechnologists have already made a good initial approximation. The gecko's foot is just one of many examples of this new 'smart' science. We also discover, amongst other things, how George de Mestral's brush with the spiny fruits of the cocklebur inspired him to invent Velcro; how the shape of leaves opening from a bud has inspired the design of solar-powered satellites; and the parallels between cantilever bridges and the spines of large mammals such as the bison. The new 'smart' science of Bio-inspiration is going to produce a plethora of products over the next decades that will transform our lives, and force us to look at the world in a completely new way. It is science we will be reading about in our papers very soon; it is the science of tomorrow's world.

We Have Come Through 100 Poems Celebrating Courage in Overcoming Depression and Trauma

We Have Come Through 100 Poems Celebrating Courage in Overcoming Depression and Trauma

Author: Peter Forbes Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/06/2003

Contains a mix of poems offering emotional and spiritual upliftment. This selection of traditional and contemporary poems are for people who have suffered, or are suffering from depression and mental illness.

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