The Deltoid Pumpkin Seed
Paperback ISBN: 0374516359
This is the fascinating story of the dream of a completely new aircraft, a hybrid of the plane and the rigid airship - huge, wingless, moving slowly through the lower sky. John McPhee chronicles the perhaps unfathomable perseverance of the aircraft's sucessive progenitors. This is the fascinating story of the dream of a completely new aircraft, a hybrid of the plane and the rigid airship - huge, wingless, moving slowly through the lower sky. John McPhee chronicles the perhaps unfathomable perseverance of the aircraft's sucessive progenitors.
A Guide to Patterns in the Night Sky with Star Stories from Around the World
Paperback ISBN: 0912550260
A guide to patterns in the night sky, with star stories from around the world. People around the world, and through the centuries, from the ancient Egyptians to the Pomo of California, have given names to the patterns they see in the night sky. The latest book in the Finders series of pocket guides introduces constellations from many cultures, and shows how to find them in the sky. With hints for stargazing, seasonal star maps, and constellation profiles; heavily illustrated by the author. Most useful for stargazing between the 30th and 50th parallels in the northern hemisphere. In North America, this includes the contiguous United States (except the Florida peninsula and southernmost Texas), and southern Canada. Also includes southern Europe, Turkey, northern China, and Japan.
A Dictionary of Space Exploration
Paperback ISBN: 0192806319
Covers the exciting world of space exploration and the technology involved. This dictionary contains over 2,000 entries and includes feature entries on important subjects, definitions of the jargon used in the space industry, and a chronology covering the history of space exploration.
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 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.
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.
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.
The Origin of the Universe
Paperback ISBN: 0007162219
Shares the stories of Big Bang theorists who fought against establishment beliefs about an eternal and unchanging universe to investigate the universe's origins, and then continues with a comprehensive and anecdotal explanation of the Big Bang Theory. By the author of Fermat's Enigma and The Code Book. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.