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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
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. Reissue. (A NOVA mini-series, airing on PBS in January/February 2003, hosted by Brian Greene) (Science & Mathematics)
Uncentering the Earth: Copernicus and The Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres
Uncentering the Earth
Copernicus and The Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres
Hardcover      ISBN: 0393059693
An analysis of the astronomer's pivotal sixteenth-century work traces how his challenge to beliefs about an Earth-centric solar system had a profound influence on the ways in which humanity understands itself and the universe.
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.
The Secrets of the Vaulted Sky: Astrology and the Art of Prediction
The Secrets of the Vaulted Sky
Astrology and the Art of Prediction
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0151005273
Explores the field of astrology from a historical perspective, noting the impact of Newton's system of the world on certain aspects of the astrological tradition, and explaining how astrological ideas have reappeared in modern scientific theory. 50,000 first printing.
Mars On Earth: The Adventures Of Space Pioneers In The High Artic
Mars On Earth
The Adventures Of Space Pioneers In The High Artic
Paperback      ISBN: 1585423505
Recounts the virtual missions of the Mars Society space pioneer team, who while waiting for new technological advances in the space program, replicated and simulated the real-life challenges of exploring Mars on the harshest terrains on Earth. Reprint.
Saturn: A New Look at an Old Devil
Saturn
A New Look at an Old Devil
Paperback      ISBN: 0877283060
Epitome of Copernican Astronomy & Harmonies of the World
Epitome of Copernican Astronomy & Harmonies of the World
Paperback      ISBN: 1573920363
The brilliant German mathematician Johannes Kepler (1571-1630), one of the founders of modern astronomy, revolutionized the Copernican heliocentric theory of the universe with his three laws of motion: that the planets move not in circular but elliptical orbits, that their speed is greatest when nearest the sun, and that the sun and planets form an integrated system. This volume contains two of his most important works: The Epitome of Copernican Astronomy (books 4 and 5 of which are translated here) is a textbook of Copernican science, remarkable for the prominence given to physical astronomy and for the extension to the Jovian system of the laws recently discovered to regulate the motions of the Planets. Harmonies of the World (book 5 of which is translated here) expounds an elaborate system of celestial harmonies depending on the varying velocities of the planets.
Coming of Age in the Milky Way
Coming of Age in the Milky Way
Paperback      ISBN: 0060535954
Popular science writer Ferris presents a history of astronomy for the general reader. Coverage extends from a description of the earth-centered models of the universe developed by early astronomers to Stephen Hawking's approach to quantum theory. This reprint of a 1988 William Morrow hardcover edition features a new preface by the author and an updated Addendum. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality
The Fabric of the Cosmos
Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality
Paperback      ISBN: 0375727205
A foremost string theorist and the author of The Elegant Universe discusses such topics as Newton's perspectives on space, Einstein's fusion of space and time, and recent breakthroughs on multidimensional universe theory. Reprint. 150,000 first printing.
Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space
Pale Blue Dot
A Vision of the Human Future in Space
Paperback      ISBN: 0345376595
Examines humankind's changing awareness of its place in the universe and the rich potential of human ventures into the world beyond Earth