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Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe
Big Bang
The Origin of the Universe
Paperback      ISBN: 0007162219

A half century ago, a shocking Washington Post headline claimed that the world began in five cataclysmic minutes rather than having existed for all time; a skeptical scientist dubbed the maverick theory the Big Bang. In this amazingly comprehensible history of the universe, Simon Singh decodes the mystery behind the Big Bang theory, lading us through the development of one of the most extraordinary, important, and awe-inspiring theories in science.

Night Sky: A Falcon Field Guide
Night Sky
A Falcon Field Guide
Paperback      ISBN: 076277424x

"Night Sky: ""A Falcon Field Guide" covers both summer and winter constellations, planets, and stars found in the northern hemisphere. Conveniently sized to fit in a pocket and featuring full-color, detailed photographs, this informative guide makes it easy to identify objects in the night sky even from one's own backyard.

First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong
First Man
The Life of Neil A. Armstrong
Paperback      ISBN: 0743257510

On July 20, 1969, the world stood still to watch thirty-eight-year-old American astronaut Neil A. Armstrong become the first person to step on the surface of another heavenly body. Perhaps no words in human history became better known than those few he uttered at that historic moment. In a penetrating exploration of American hero worship, Hansen addresses the complex legacy of the First Man, as an astronaut and an individual.

Practical Astronomy
Practical Astronomy
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1770851437

Attractive, clearly written and includes all that a beginner would need to know to get started.
--Popular Astronomy

A concise, illustrated guidebook for amateur astronomers.

Practical Astronomy covers all the basics amateur astronomers need to know. It explains how to observe, whether with the naked eye, binoculars or a small telescope, and where and when to look. Aspiring astronomers will be able to get outside right away by finding constellations and visible planets before locating more challenging phenomena.

The book features:

  • Full coverage of comets, planets, major stars, constellations, nebulae, the Milky Way and other galaxies
  • The best of the new telescopes and accessories for beginning astronomers
  • Planetary and solar eclipse tables
  • Spectacular color photographs and clear and informative diagrams
  • Star charts
  • Maps by renowned celestial cartographer Wil Tirion
  • The latest images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Practical Astronomy is organized in two parts:

Part 1 Beginning Astronomy explains how to navigate the sky by "constellation-hopping," how to use star maps and planispheres, and how to record observations with drawings and photographs.

Part 2 Exploring the Sky looks in more detail at all the objects the amateur can view, from aurorae and meteors (shooting stars) to the Moon, Sun, planets and comets, and beyond to stars, nebulae, the Milky Way and other galaxies.

Practical Astronomy is an ideal astronomy how-to manual for beginners.

Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History
Sex on the Moon
The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History
Paperback      ISBN: 0307741346

From the bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House, this is the incredible true story of how a college student and two female accomplices stole some of the rarest objects on the planet--moon rocks--from an impregnable high-tech vault.

But breaking into a highly secure laboratory wasn't easy. Thad Roberts, an intern in a prestigious NASA training program, would have to concoct a meticulous plan to get past security checkpoints, an electronically locked door with cipher security codes, and camera-lined hallways even before he could get his hands on the 600-pound safe. And then how was he supposed to get it out? And what does one do with an item so valuable that it's illegal even to own? With his signature high-velocity style, Mezrich reconstructs the outlandish heist and tells a story of genius, love, and duplicity that reads like a Hollywood thrill ride.
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
The Elegant Universe
Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
Paperback      ISBN: 0375708111

" Greene] develops one fresh new insight after another...In the great tradition of physicists writing for the masses, The Elegant Universe sets a standard that will be hard to beat." --George Johnson, "The New York Times Book Review"
In a rare blend of scientific insight and writing as elegant as the theories it explains, Brian Greene, one of the world's leading string theorists, peels away the layers of mystery surrounding string theory to reveal a universe that consists of 11 dimensions where the fabric of space tears and repairs itself, and all matter-from the smallest quarks to the most gargantuan supernovas-is generated by the vibrations of microscopically tiny loops of energy.
Green uses everything from an amusement park ride to ants on a garden hose to illustrate the beautiful yet bizarre realities that modern physics is unveiling. Dazzling in its brilliance, unprecedented in its ability to both illuminate and entertain, The Elegant Universe is a tour de force of science writing-a delightful, lucid voyage through modern physics that brings us closer than ever to understanding how the universe works.

Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier
Space Chronicles
Facing the Ultimate Frontier
Paperback      ISBN: 0393343626

America's space program is at a turning point. After decades of global primacy, NASA has ended the space-shuttle program, cutting off its access to space. No astronauts will be launched in an American craft, from American soil, until the 2020s, and NASA may soon find itself eclipsed by other countries' space programs.

With his signature wit and thought-provoking insights, Neil deGrasse Tyson--one of our foremost thinkers on all things space--illuminates the past, present, and future of space exploration and brilliantly reminds us why NASA matters now as much as ever. As Tyson reveals, exploring the space frontier can profoundly enrich many aspects of our daily lives, from education systems and the economy to national security and morale. For America to maintain its status as a global leader and a technological innovator, he explains, we must regain our enthusiasm and curiosity about what lies beyond our world.

Provocative, humorous, and wonderfully readable, Space Chronicles represents the best of Tyson's recent commentary, including a must-read prologue on NASA and partisan politics. Reflecting on topics that range from scientific literacy to space-travel missteps, Tyson gives us an urgent, clear-eyed, and ultimately inspiring vision for the future.

Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth
Moondust
In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth
by Unknown
Paperback      ISBN: 0747563691

A powerful, moving and gripping book about the lives of the men who walked on the moon

The Secret Language of the Stars and Planets: A Visual Key to the Heavens
The Secret Language of the Stars and Planets
A Visual Key to the Heavens
Paperback      ISBN: 0811812006

In The Secret Language of the Stars and Planets -- the first illustrated book of its kind -- science, mysticism, and ancient beliefs intertwine with exquisite, full color artwork to explore the conundrums of the cosmos. Drawing from astronomy, astrology, archeology, and the occult, this fascinating volume delves into the celestial enigmas that have beguiled laypeople and scientists for centuries. Including sections on the origins of astrology, the great ancient celestial sites of the world, and a visual directory of the stars and planets, this stunning guide offers an intriguing and thought provoking look at the mysteries of the heavens.

A Peterson Field Guide to Stars and Planets
A Peterson Field Guide to Stars and Planets
4th Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0395934311

The fourth edition of this best-selling field guide has been completely revised and updated to include the latest information from leading astronomical sources. All the time-sensitive material is new and valid through 2010: solar eclipses, phases of the moon, positions of the planets, and more. Twenty-four Monthly Sky Maps, all newly revised and in color, show exactly what you'll see when facing north or south in the night sky. Fifty-two Atlas Charts, also revised and in color, cover the entire sky, including close-ups of areas of special interest such as the Pleiades and the Orion Nebula. The hundreds of thousands of devoted users of the previous editions of this guide have been eagerly awaiting this new volume so they can continue to enjoy their hobby in the coming decades.