Skywatchers, Shamans & Kings
Astronomy and the Archaeology of Power
Paperback ISBN: 0471329754
Discover the celestial myths and cosmic rituals of ancient priests and kings . . . Drawing on intimate knowledge of the more than 1,300 ancient sites he has visited, E. C. Krupp, acclaimed writer and preeminent researcher, takes you to the world's essential sacred places and celestial shrines. Join him on a rich narrative journey to see where the rulers of old communed with the gods of the sky. ""Highly recommended to everyone interested in the culture of astronomy and those peoples who practiced it in their own ways.""-Sky & Telescope ""A lively account of the ways in which our ancestors conceived of and used the heavens.""-New Scientist ""There can be no doubt that this imaginative and readable work by a widely read and widely traveled author will strike a chord in the minds of a great many modern readers.""-Isis ""The fact that the book is written by an expert in his field comes through on every page, as does his enthusiasm for the subject.""-Astronomy Now ""Krupp's indispensable volume is fascinating, well-illustrated, and covers much territory.""-Parabola
Fingerprints of the Gods
Paperback ISBN: 0517887290
A search for evidence of a prehistoric, advanced civilization speculates about an Atlantis-like world buried beneath Antarctic ice and makes predictions about forthcoming geological disasters. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.
Pale Blue Dot
A Vision of the Human Future in Space
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0679438416
A follow-up to the best-selling Cosmos takes an entertaining look at humankind's changing awareness of its place in the universe and the rich potential of human ventures into the world beyond Earth. 125,000 first printing. Tour.
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)
On the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres
Paperback ISBN: 1573920355
The Ptolemaic system of the universe, with the earth at the center, had held sway since antiquity as authoritative in philosophy, science, and church teaching. Following his observations of the heavenly bodies, Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) abandoned the geocentric system for a heliocentric model, with the sun at the center. His remarkable work, On the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres, stands as one of the greatest intellectual revolutions of all time, and profoundly influenced, among others, Galileo and Sir Isaac Newton.
Uncentering the Earth
Copernicus And the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres
Paperback ISBN: 0393329186
An analysis of the scientific and social impact of the Polish 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. Reprint.
A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe
The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art, and Science
Paperback ISBN: 0060926716
The Universe May Be a Mystery, But It's No Secret Michael Schneider leads us on a spectacular, lavishly illustrated journey along the numbers one through ten to explore the mathematical principles made visible in flowers, shells, crystals, plants, and the human body, expressed in the symbolic language of folk sayings and fairy tales, myth and religion, art and architecture. This is a new view of mathematics, not the one we learned at school but a comprehensive guide to the patterns that recur through the universe and underlie human affairs. A Beginner's Guide to Constructing, the Universe shows you: - Why cans, pizza, and manhole covers are round. - Why one and two weren't considered numbers by the ancient Greeks. - Why squares show up so often in goddess art and board games. - What property makes the spiral the most widespread shape in nature, from embryos and hair curls to hurricanes and galaxies. - How the human body shares the design of a bean plant and the solar system. - How a snowflake is like Stonehenge, and a beehive like a calendar. - How our ten fingers hold the secrets of both a lobster and a cathedral. - And much more.
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)