Cosmology Astronomy
Stephen Hawking's Universe
Stephen Hawking's Universe
Paperback      ISBN: 0688062709
Summarizes the work of Hawking, a British physicist afflicted with Lou Gehrig's disease, concerning gravity, subatomic particles, black holes, and the origins of the universe
The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People
The Universe Within
Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0307378438
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.
The 4-Percent Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality
The 4-Percent Universe
Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality
Hardcover      ISBN: 0618982442
Documents the recent efforts of scientists to explain the 96 percent of the universe not comprised of known matter, drawing on interviews with leading figures to describe the rivalries, collaborations and discoveries that are redefining current understandings.
About Time: Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang
About Time
Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang
Paperback      ISBN: 1439169608
"The Big Bang is dead! It is no longer the beginning of time. Allowing us a peek into the cutting edge of cosmology, astrophysicist Adam Frank explains how this change in our origins will affect every aspect of our lives"--
The Accelerating Universe: Infinite Expansion, the Cosmological Constant, and the Beauty of the Cosmos
The Accelerating Universe
Infinite Expansion, the Cosmological Constant, and the Beauty of the Cosmos
Paperback      ISBN: 0471399760
Advance Praise for The Accelerating Universe "The Accelerating Universe is not only an informative book about modern cosmology. It is rich storytelling and, above all, a celebration of the human mind in its quest for beauty in all things." —Alan Lightman, author of Einstein's Dreams "This is a wonderfully lucid account of the extraordinary discoveries that have made the last years a golden period for observational cosmology. But Mario Livio has not only given the reader one clear explanation after another of what astronomers are up to, he has used them to construct a provocative argument for the importance of aesthetics in the development of science and for the inseparability of science, art, and culture." —Lee Smolin, author of The Life of the Cosmos "What a pleasure to read! An exciting, simple account of the universe revealed by modern astronomy. Beautifully written, clearly presented, informed by scientific and philosophical insights." —John Bahcall, Institute for Advanced Study "A book with charm, beauty, elegance, and importance. As authoritative a journey as can be taken through modern cosmology." —Allan Sandage, Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington
The Accelerating Universe: Infinite Expansion, the Cosmological Constant, and the Beauty of the Cosmos
The Accelerating Universe
Infinite Expansion, the Cosmological Constant, and the Beauty of the Cosmos
Hardcover      ISBN: 1630261777
Advance Praise for The Accelerating Universe """"The Accelerating Universe"" is not only an informative book about modern cosmology. It is rich storytelling and, above all, a celebration of the human mind in its quest for beauty in all things."" --Alan Lightman, author of Einstein's Dreams ""This is a wonderfully lucid account of the extraordinary discoveries that have made the last years a golden period for observational cosmology. But Mario Livio has not only given the reader one clear explanation after another of what astronomers are up to, he has used them to construct a provocative argument for the importance of aesthetics in the development of science and for the inseparability of science, art, and culture."" --Lee Smolin, author of ""The Life of the Cosmos"" ""What a pleasure to read! An exciting, simple account of the universe revealed by modern astronomy. Beautifully written, clearly presented, informed by scientific and philosophical insights."" --John Bahcall, Institute for Advanced Study ""A book with charm, beauty, elegance, and importance. As authoritative a journey as can be taken through modern cosmology."" --Allan Sandage, Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington
The Accidental Universe
The Accidental Universe
Paperback      ISBN: 0521286921
In The Accidental Universe renowned expositor Paul Davies grapples with the most fundamental questions of all. What is our purpose and the purpose of the universe? Are both an accident of nature? Paul Davies guides us through the mysterious coincidences underlying the structure and properties of the universe we inhabit. He sets out the intriguing hypothesis that the appearance of the universe and its properties are highly contrived. Paul Davies gives a survey of the range of apparently miraculous accidents of nature that have enabled the universe to evolve its familiar structure of atoms, stars, galaxies and life itself. This remarkable book concludes with an investigation of the anthropic principle, which postulates that much of what we observe around us is a consequence of the presence of observers in the universe. This thesis of a cosmic biological selection effect is fiercely debated among scientists and is here set out clearly for a general readership.
The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew
The Accidental Universe
The World You Thought You Knew
Paperback      ISBN: 034580595x
“Alan Lightman brings a light touch to heavy questions. Here is a book about nesting ospreys, multiple universes, atheism, spiritualism, and the arrow of time. Throughout, Lightman takes us back and forth between ordinary occurrences—old shoes and entropy, sailing far out at sea and the infinite expanse of space. “In this slight volume, Lightman looks toward the universe and captures aspects of it in a series of beautifully written essays, each offering a glimpse at the whole from a different perspective: here time, there symmetry, not least God. It is a meditation by a remarkable humanist-physicist, a book worth reading by anyone entranced by big ideas grounded in the physical world.
After the First Three Minutes: The Story of Our Universe
After the First Three Minutes
The Story of Our Universe
Paperback      ISBN: 0521629721
The evolution of our Universe and the formation of stars and galaxies are mysteries that have long puzzled scientists. Recent years have brought new scientific understanding of these profound and fundamental issues. In lively prose, Professor Padmanabhan paints a picture of contemporary cosmology for the general reader. Unlike other popular books on cosmology, After the First Three Minutes does not gloss over details, or shy away from explaining the underlying concepts. Instead, with a lucid and informal style, the author introduces all the relevant background and then carefully pieces together an engaging story of the evolution of our Universe. Padmanabhan leaves the reader with a state-of-the-art picture of scientists' current understanding in cosmology and a keen taste of the excitement of this fast-moving science. Throughout, no mathematics is used and all technical jargon is clearly introduced and reinforced in a handy glossary at the end of the book. For general readers who want to come to grips with what we really do and don't know about our Universe, this book provides an exciting and uncompromising read. Thanu Padmanabhan is a Professor at Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Pune, India. He is the recipient of numerous awards and author of three books, Structure Formation in the Universe (Cambridge, 1994), Cosmology and Astrophysics Through Problems (Cambridge, 1996), and, together with J.V. Narlikar, Gravity, Gauge Theories and Quantum Cosmology. He is also the author of more than one hundred popular science articles, a comic strip serial and several regular columns on astronomy, recreational mathematics, and the history of science.
The Almagest: Introduction to the Mathematics of the Heavens
The Almagest
Introduction to the Mathematics of the Heavens
Paperback      ISBN: 1888009438