Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!
Adventures of a Curious Character
Paperback ISBN: 0393316041
In a hugely popular best-seller, the late Nobel Prize-winning physicist recounts in his own inimitable style exchanging ideas on atomic physics with Alfred Einstein, painting a naked toreador, and accompanying a ballet on his bongo drums. Reprint.
Time Travel in Einstein's Universe
The Physical Possibilities of Travel Through Time
Paperback ISBN: 0618257357
A leading astrophysicist takes time travel science fiction to science fact, speculating on the real possibility that temporal navigation might be within the grasp of humanity. Reprint.
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.
The Sokal Hoax
The Sham That Shook the Academy
Paperback ISBN: 0803279957
In May 1996 physicist Alan Sokal published an essay in the fashionable academic journal Social Text. The essay quoted hip theorists like Jacques Lacan, Donna Haraway, and Gilles Deleuze. The prose was thick with the jargon of poststructuralism. And the point the essay tried to make was counterintuitive: gravity, Sokal argued, was a fiction that society had agreed upon, and science needed to be liberated from its ideological blinders. When Sokal revealed in the pages of Lingua Franca that he had written the article as a parody, the story hit the front page of the New York Times. It set off a national debate still raging today: Are scholars in the humanities trapped in a jargon-ridden Wonderland? Are scientists deluded in thinking their work is objective? Are literature professors suffering from science envy? Was Sokal's joke funny? Was the Enlightenment such a bad thing after all? And isn't it a little bit true that the meaning of gravity is contingent upon your cultural perspective? Collected here for the first time are Sokal's original essay on "quantum gravity," his essay revealing the hoax, the newspaper articles that broke the story, and the angry op-eds, letters, and e-mail exchanges sparked by the hoax from intellectuals across the country, including Stanley Fish, George F. Will, Michael Bérubé, and Katha Pollitt. Also included are extended essays in which a wide range of scholars ponder the long-term lessons of the hoax.
Mike Lynch's Minnesota Star Watch
The Essential Guide to our Night Sky
Hardcover ISBN: 0896580806
9 1/4 x11, 160 pages, approx. 90 color photos, 23 illustrations, 21 constellation charts, 12 star maps, index From one of the Midwest's most popular meteorologist and astronomers comes Mike Lynch's Minnesota StarWatch. It begins with chapters explaining the stars, nebulae, star clusters, and galaxies and what we can expect to see from our own backyards. Later chapters examine constellations and their mythology, the moon, solar and lunar eclipses, planets, and "celestial extras" such as comets, meteor showers, and aurora borealis.
The Dancing Universe
From Creation Myths to the Big Bang
Hardcover ISBN: 0525941126
Surveying scientists' and philosophers' ideas about the universe over the past twenty-five centuries, a prominent physicist plumbs the relationship between science and mythology, showing how recent theories of the universe's origin recall ancient creation myths.
A Brief History of Time
And Other Essays
Paperback ISBN: 0553380168
An anniversary edition of a now-classic survey of the origin and nature of the universe features a new introduction by the author and a new chapter on the possibility of time travel and "wormholes" in space