Your Place in the Universe
Understanding Our Big, Messy Existence
Hardcover ISBN: 1633884724
An astrophysicist presents an in-depth yet accessible tour of the universe for lay readers, while conveying the excitement of astronomy. How is a galaxy billions of lightyears away connected to us? Is our home nothing more than a tiny speck of blue in an ocean of night? In this exciting tour of a universe far larger than we can imagine, cosmologist Paul M. Sutter emphasizes how amazing it is that we are part of such a huge, complex, and mysterious place. Through metaphors and uncomplicated language, Sutter breathes life into the science of astrophysics, unveiling how particles, forces, and fields interplay to create the greatest of cosmic dramas. Touched with the author's characteristic breezy, conversational style--which has made him a breakout hit on venues such as The Weather Channel, the Science Channel, and his own popular Ask a Spaceman! podcast--he conveys the fun and wonder of delving deeply into the physical processes of the natural universe. He weaves together the past and future histories of our universe with grounded descriptions of essential modern-day physics as well as speculations based on the latest research in cosmology. Topics include our place in the Milky Way galaxy; the cosmic web--a vast web-like pattern in which galaxies are arranged; the origins of our universe in the big bang; the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy; how science has dramatically changed our relationship to the cosmos; conjectures about the future of reality as we know it; and more. For anyone who has ever stared at the starry night sky and wondered how we humans on Earth fit into the big picture, this book is an essential roadmap.
A Brief History of Time
And Other Essays
Paperback ISBN: 0553380168
An anniversary edition of a now-classic survey of the origin and nature of the universe features a new introduction by the author and a new chapter on the possibility of time travel and "wormholes" in space
The Hidden Reality
Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos
Paperback ISBN: 0307278123
Discusses recent discoveries in physics and cosmology to explore a range of multiverse proposals, and examines how the knowledge that some aspects of reality may lie beyond human comprehension might affect scientific progress.
Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution
Paperback ISBN: 0393350398
An exploration of new theories about the formation and evolution of the universe traces the big bang, through the first three billion years on Earth, to today's search for life on other planets, in a volume that covers such topics as dark energy, life on Mars, and current mysteries about space and time. 50,000 first printing.
The Origin of the Universe
Paperback ISBN: 0007162219
Shares the stories of Big Bang theorists who fought against establishment beliefs about an eternal and unchanging universe to investigate the universe's origins, and then continues with a comprehensive and anecdotal explanation of the Big Bang Theory. By the author of Fermat's Enigma and The Code Book. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.
The Universe Within
The Deep History of the Human Body
Paperback ISBN: 0307473279
From one of our finest and most popular science writers, the best-selling author of Your Inner Fish, comes the answer to a scientific mystery story as big as the world itself: How have astronomical events that took place millions of years ago created the unique qualities of the human species? In his last book, Neil Shubin delved into the amazing connections between human anatomy—our hands, our jaws—and the structures in the fish that first took over land 375 million years ago. Now, with his trademark clarity and exuberance, he takes an even more expansive approach to the question of why we are the way we are. Starting once again with fossils, Shubin turns his gaze skyward. He shows how the entirety of the universe's 14-billion-year history can be seen in our bodies. From our very molecular composition (a result of stellar events at the origin of our solar system), he makes clear, through the working of our eyes, how the evolution of the cosmos has had profound effects on the development of human life on earth. From the Hardcover edition.
Eating the Sun
Small Musings on a Vast Universe
Hardcover ISBN: 0143133160
From the New York Times best-selling creator of Lost in Translation comes a whimsical illustrated exploration of the principles, laws and wonders that rule our universe, our solar system, our world and our daily lives.
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.