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Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love
Galileo's Daughter
A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love
Paperback      ISBN: 0140280553
Presents a biography of the scientist through the surviving letters of his illegitimate daughter Maria Celeste, who wrote him from the Florence convent where she lived from the age of thirteen.
Celestial Navigation
Celestial Navigation
Paperback      ISBN: 0393302946
Provides a basic introduction to navigation using the sun, planets, and stars to plot a boat's position when out of sight of land
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
Hardcover      ISBN: 0393046885
An accomplished professor of physics and mathematics unravels the complexities of superstring theory for the average reader in a lucid and entertaining account, using analogies from everyday life to explain the elegant underlying principles of the universe.
Discover the Stars
Discover the Stars
Paperback      ISBN: 0517565293
A guide to constellations, stars, and other celestial objects reveals the mythology surrounding the star groups and the star movement through the sky
Galileo's Daughter: A Historic Memoir of Science, Faith and Love
Galileo's Daughter
A Historic Memoir of Science, Faith and Love
Hardcover      ISBN: 0802713432
Presents a biography of the scientist through the surviving letters of his illegitimate daughter Maria Celeste, who wrote him from the Florence convent where she lived from the age of thirteen
The Pre-Astronauts: Manned Ballooning on the Threshold of Space
The Pre-Astronauts
Manned Ballooning on the Threshold of Space
Paperback      ISBN: 1591147484
Looks at the history of the exploratory high-altitude balloon trips of the fifties and early sixties into the stratosphere, and the people that risked their lives to make the flights a success.
Peterson First Guide to Astronomy
Peterson First Guide to Astronomy
Paperback      ISBN: 0395935423
A basic field guide for beginning observers of the night sky, introducing information on the locations, names, and characteristics of stars, constellations, and other bodies in outer space.
Here Be Dragons: The Scientific Quest for Extraterrestrial Life
Here Be Dragons
The Scientific Quest for Extraterrestrial Life
Paperback      ISBN: 019514600x
In Here Be Dragons, astronomer David Koerner and neurobiologist Simon LeVay offer a scientifically compelling and colorful account of the search for life beyond Earth. The authors survey the work of biologists, cosmologists, computer theorists, NASA engineers, SETI researchers, roboticists, and UFO enthusiasts and debunkers as they attempt to answer the greatest remaining question facing humankind: Are we alone? From their "safe haven of skepticism" the authors venture into the "rough seas of speculation," where theory and evidence run the gamut from hard science to hocus pocus. Arguing that the universe is spectacularly suited for the evolution of living creatures, Koerner and LeVay give us ringside seats at the great debates of Big Science. The contentious arguments about what really happens in evolution, the acrimonious UFO controversy, and the debate over intelligence versus artificial intelligence shed new light on the wildly divergent claims about the universe and life's place in it.
Rocket Boys: A Memoir
Rocket Boys
A Memoir
Paperback      ISBN: 0385333218
The author traces the boyhood enthusiasm for rockets that eventually led to a career at NASA, describing how he built model rockets in the family garage in West Virginia, inspired by the launch of the Soviet satellite Sputnik. Reprint.
Einstein's Unfinished Symphony: Listening to the Sounds of Space-Time
Einstein's Unfinished Symphony
Listening to the Sounds of Space-Time
Paperback      ISBN: 0425186202
Traces ongoing efforts by scientific observers throughout the world to detect gravitational waves, infinitesimal quakes that could significantly expand on what is known about the universe today. Reprint.