The Story of Our Quest to Conquer the Red Planet
Paperback ISBN: 1785782258
Mars is back. Suddenly everyone – from Elon Musk to Ridley Scott to Donald Trump – is talking about going to the Red Planet.When the Apollo astronauts walked on the Moon in 1969, many people imagined Mars would be next. However, NASA’s Viking 1, which landed in 1976, was just a robot. The much-anticipated crewed mission failed to materialise, defeated by a combination of technological and political challenges.Four decades after Viking and almost half a century after Apollo, technology has improved beyond recognition – and politics has changed just as much. As private ventures like SpaceX seize centre stage from NASA, Mars has undergone a seismic shift – no longer just about science, it’s become the prime destination for future human expansion and colonisation.But what’s it really like on Mars, and why should anyone want to go there? How do you get there and what are the risks? Astrophysicist and science writer Andrew May answers all these questions and more, as he traces the history of our fascination with the Red Planet.
The Sky Is Not the Limit
Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist
Paperback ISBN: 159102188x
The director of the Hayden Planetarium looks back at his youth in the Bronx and the mentors who inspired him to study astronomy, and discusses such current topics as science literacy, racial stereotypes, and the existence of God.
The Physics of Star Wars
The Science Behind a Galaxy Far, Far Away
Paperback ISBN: 1507203306
Explore the physics behind the world of Star Wars, with engaging topics and accessible information that shows how we’re closer than ever before to creating technology from the galaxy far, far away—perfect for every Star Wars fan! Ever wish you could have your very own lightsaber like Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi? Or that you could fly through space at the speed of light like Han Solo and Poe Dameron? Well, those ideas aren’t as outlandish as you think. In The Physics of Star Wars, you’ll explore the mystical power of the Force using quantum mechanics, find out how much energy it would take for the Death Star or Starkiller Base to destroy a planet, and discover how we can potentially create our very own lightsabers. The fantastical world of Star Wars may become a reality!
Proving Einstein Right
The Daring Expeditions That Changed How We Look at the Universe
Hardcover ISBN: 1541762258
"In 1916, a nearly unknown German-born theoretical physicist named Albert Einstein had developed his theory of relativity, but hadn't yet been able to prove it. The only way to do that was through the clear view and measurement of a solar eclipse. In Mayof 1919, one of the longest total solar eclipses of the 20th century was visible for almost seven minutes in the Southern Hemisphere"--
The Hunt for Vulcan
And How Albert Einstein Destroyed a Planet, Discovered Relativity, and Deciphered the Universe
Hardcover ISBN: 0812998987
Recounts the story of the fifty-year-search by top scientists for the "missing" planet Vulcan and Albert Einstein's remarkable proof of the Theory of Relativity, a theory that ended the search for the hypothetical planet.
The 4 Percent Universe
Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality
Paperback ISBN: 0547577575
Over the past few decades, a handful of scientists have been racing to explain a disturbing aspect of our universe: only 4 percent of it consists of the matter that makes up you, and me, and every star and planet. The rest is completely unknown. Richard Panek tells the dramatic story of the quest to find this “dark” matter and an even more bizarre substance called dark energy. This is perhaps the greatest mystery in all of science, and solving it will bring fame, funding, and certainly a Nobel Prize. Based on in-depth reporting and interviews with the major players—from Berkeley’s feisty Saul Perlmutter to Harvard’s witty but exacting Robert Kirshner —the book offers an intimate portrait of the bitter rivalries and fruitful collaborations, the eureka moments and blind alleys, that have fueled their search, redefined science, and reinvented the universe.