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)
Galaxies, A Very Short Introduction
Paperback ISBN: 0199234345
In this fascinating Very Short Introduction, popular science writer John Gribben tells the story of our growing understanding of galaxies, from the days before Galileo to our present-day observations of our many hundreds of millions of galactic neighbors. Not only are galaxies fascinating astronomical structures in themselves, but their study has revealed much of what we know today about the cosmos, providing a window on the Big Bang and the origins of the Universe. Gribben looks at our own "Milky Way" Galaxy in detail, from the different kinds of stars that are born within it, to the origins of its magnificent spiral structure. Perhaps most interesting, Gribben describes the many exciting discoveries have been made about our own galaxy and about those beyond: how a supermassive black hole lurks at the center of every galaxy, how enormous forces are released when galaxies collide, how distant galaxies provide a window on the early Universe, and how the formation of young galaxies shed needed light on the mysteries of Cold Dark Matter.
Ancient Astronauts, Cosmic Collisions and Other Popular Theories About Man's Past
Paperback ISBN: 0879752858
Examines theories about the great flood, Noah's ark, Atlantis, ancient technology, the pyramids, and early voyages to America, and suggests rational explanations
Miss Leavitt's Stars
The Untold Story Of The Woman Who Discovered How To Measure The Universe
Hardcover ISBN: 0393051285
Recounts the story of Radcliffe-educated Henrietta Swan Leavitt, who in the face of ill health and progressing hearing loss discovered a new law that enabled astronomers to use variable stars in order to measure the universe, a finding that solved a key scientific mystery and enabled important breakthroughs. 30,000 first printing.
Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Astrology to the Moon Landing "Hoax"
Paperback ISBN: 0471409766
Describes the science behind many astronomy-related misconceptions and hoaxes covering such topics as meteors, eclipses, UFOs, the big bang theory, and the Moon landing.
A Life in the Cosmos
Paperback ISBN: 0805057676
A biography of a famous scientist, author, and television personality describes Sagan's rise to fame, his fractured personal life, and his relationship with the rest of the scientific community. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.
The Pluto Files
The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet
Paperback ISBN: 0393337324
Traces the history of Pluto and the recent debate over its planethood, citing its entrenchment in America's cultural and patriotic view of the cosmos to explain its considerable popularity and the reasons behind why so many people campaigned for the preservation of its status. Reprint. A best-selling BOMC selection.
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.