Empires Of Light
Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, And The Race To Electrify The World
Paperback ISBN: 0375758844
A riveting chronicle of scientific history recounts the race among three great titans of the Gilded Age--inventor Thomas Alva Edison, creator of the incandescent light bulb; eccentric genius Nikola Tesla; and George Westinghouse, a tough entrepreneur and powerful empire builder--to bring electricity to the world. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.
Schrodinger's Kittens and the Search for Reality
Solving the Quantum Mysteries
Paperback ISBN: 0316328197
An intriguing tour of the mysteries of modern physics describes how dramatic improvements in experimental techniques and new theories have transformed the quantum universe over the last decade--from mind-bending paradoxes to intriguing sidelights. Reprint. PW.
Stephen Hawking's Universe
An Introduction to the Most Remarkable Scientist of Our Time
Paperback ISBN: 0380707632
Summarize the work of Hawking, a British physicist afflicted with Lou Gehrig's disease, concerning gravity, subatomic particles, black holes, and the origins of the universe
No Ordinary Genius
The Illustrated Richard Feynman
Paperback ISBN: 039331393x
A life of the late Nobel Prize-winning physicist features more than a hundred photographs and interviews with family, friends, and Feynman himself, offering insight into the mind of a great creative scientist at work and play. Reprint.
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.
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.
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.
What Do You Care What Other People Think
Further Adventures of a Curious Character
Hardcover ISBN: 0393026590
This two-part profile of the late Nobel Prize-winning scientist reveals the influence of his father and his first wife on his life and discusses his role in the investigation of the "Challenger" explosion