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 Universe Explained
A Cosmic Q & A
Paperback ISBN: 0228100828
Answers to the most popular astronomy questions of today. Over the course of their illustrious work in astronomy, Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest collected hundreds of the most popular astronomy questions that they've been asked. In this book they explain the scientific answers to these questions with expertise and a healthy dose of humor. Below are just a few of the 185 questions they answer: - What would happen to an astronaut exposed to space? - Can people live on Mars? - Can an amateur astronomer make useful discoveries? - Why do we have leap years and leap seconds? - What are the most extreme conditions life can survive? - Is there an edge to the Universe? - What happens inside a black hole? - Is Pluto a planet? The Universe Explained answers questions about space travel; telescopes; the solar system; comets, asteroids and meteors; stars; black holes; the Milky Way and other galaxies; the big bang and space and time. As well, Couper and Henbest explore the possibility of life beyond our planet with up-to-date space discoveries and debunk persistent myths and legends. The Universe Explained is a fun and informative book for anyone curious about astronomy.
The Universe and Beyond
Paperback ISBN: 1554077486
From the foreword of the fourth edition: "The Universe and Beyond is a celebration of the human spirit of exploration. It is a majestic voyage to the most distant realms we can imagine. Prepare yourself for a great adventure." -- Edward G. Gibson, Astronaut, Skylab 4 The Universe and Beyond is a fact-packed, up-to-date guide to the universe written by best-selling astronomy author Terence Dickinson. This new edition includes all the most recent astronomical discoveries and events and features imaginative astronomical illustrations and dramatic photography from the Hubble Space Telescope, space probes and the largest observatories on Earth. This fifth edition has been carefully revised and updated: - The section on nearby stars has been significantly expanded to include new information about the planets of other stars, emphasizing the probability that, by 2020, several Earth-like planets will be discovered orbiting stars similar to our Sun. - The controlversial decision to drop Pluto from the solar system's roster of planets is fully explained. - Newly discovered black holes and galaxy collisions are discussed. - There are more than 50 new photographs of planets, moons, nebulas, galaxies and galaxy clusters. Every major aspect of modern astronomy technology is described in clear, non-mathematical language, and a special resource section lists books, associations and websites. The Universe and Beyond addresses the most common queries from those fascinated by the mystery and majesty of the cosmos. Brimming with color illustrations, this book is a one-stop guide to understanding the universe.
Astronomy on Trial
A Devastating and Complete Repudiation of the Big Bang Fiasco
Paperback ISBN: 0761814221
Quite a few people disagree with the Big Bang model some of them (unlike Martin) are even scientists. Still, he presents a quite thorough review of articles from the Bangor Daily News, Discover, Time, Insight, Science News, Newsweek, Nature, Scientific American and other popular sources, as well as books such as Cold Fusion; the scientific fiasco of the century and Guth and Steinhardt's The Inflationary Universe . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
At the Edge of Time
Exploring the Mysteries of Our Universe's First Seconds
Hardcover ISBN: 0691183562
Taking a new look at the first few seconds after the Big Bang, this fascinating book, taking readers into the extraordinary world of cosmology, focuses on what we have recently learned and are still striving to understand about this mysterious period of time at the beginning of cosmic history. Illustrations.
Current Topics in Astrofundamental Physics
Hardcover ISBN: 0792350456
Presents papers from a September 1997 course on progress and current problems in the early universe, covering cosmic microwave background radiation, large-scale structure, and the dark matter problem, and the interplay between them. Other subjects include fractals and scaling laws in astrophysics and cosmology, and neutrinos in astrophysics. Emphasis is on the mutual impact of fundamental physics and cosmology, both at the theoretical and experimental or observational levels. Specific subjects include large-scale anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background, the direct detection of dark matter, and tidal interaction of a star with a supermassive black hole. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Edge of the Universe
A Voyage to the Cosmic Horizon and Beyond
Hardcover ISBN: 0470636246
An accessible look at the mysteries that lurk at the edge of the known universe and beyond The observable universe, the part we can see with telescopes, is incredibly vast. Yet recent theories suggest that there is far more to the universe than what our instruments record—in fact, it could be infinite. Colossal flows of galaxies, large empty regions called voids, and other unexplained phenomena offer clues that our own "bubble universe" could be part of a greater realm called the multiverse. How big is the observable universe? What it is made of? What lies beyond it? Was there a time before the Big Bang? Could space have unseen dimensions? In this book, physicist and science writer Paul Halpern explains what we know?and what we hope to soon find out?about our extraordinary cosmos. - Explains what we know about the Big Bang, the accelerating universe, dark energy, dark flow, and dark matter to examine some of the theories about the content of the universe and why its edge is getting farther away from us faster - Explores the idea that the observable universe could be a hologram and that everything that happens within it might be written on its edge - Written by physicist and popular science writer Paul Halpern, whose other books include Collider: The Search for the World's Smallest Particles, and What's Science Ever Done For Us: What the Simpsons Can Teach Us About Physics, Robots, Life, and the Universe