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.
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.
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.
Einstein's Unfinished Symphony
Listening to the Sounds of Space-Time
Paperback ISBN: 0425186202
Traces ongoing efforts by scientific observers throughout the world to detect gravitational waves, infinitesimal quakes that could significantly expand on what is known about the universe today. Reprint.
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
The Physics of Baseball
3rd Edition Paperback ISBN: 0060084367
Combining sports trivia and science, a physicist discusses the scientific principles involved in pitching and hitting a baseball, looks at the properties of bats, describes the flight of a baseball, and features new sections on the neurophysiology of batting, ball constancy and elasticity over time, bat vibration, and the "sweet spot." Original.
The True Account of the Bizarre Odyssey of Einstein's Brain
Paperback ISBN: 0312303041
A compelling tale of scientific misfortune documents the journey of Einstein's brain in the hands of pathologist Thomas Harvey, who in an attempt to preserve history unleashed controversy as researchers around the globe examined the remains, determined to find the physical source of intelligence and finally answer the nature-versus-nurture debate. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.