The Epic Battle Between America and the Soviet Union for Dominion of Space
Paperback ISBN: 0061176281
From the author of Dreams of Iron and Steel comes a fascinating account of the competition between the Americans and Soviets for control of outer space, focusing on two brilliant and ambitious scientists--Wernher von Braun and Sergei Korolev--who fueled it. Reprint.
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.
The Quantum Universe
And Why Anything That Can Happen, Does
Paperback ISBN: 0306821443
The Quantum Universe brings together two authors on a brilliantly ambitious mission to show that everyone can understand the deepest questions of science. But just what is quantum physics? How does it help us understand the universe? Where does it leave Newton and Einstein? And how - for all its apparently counter-intuitive ideas - can we be sure that the theory is good? The bizarre behaviour of the atoms and energy that make up the universe has lead to some woolly pronouncements on the nature of all interconnectedness - but Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw reveal the simple and understandable theories that allow for concrete, yet astonishing, predictions about the world around us. From entangled twins to the incredible double-slit experiment, The Quantum Universe will give every reader the most up-to-date picture of that amazing subatomic world, where thousands of years of physics must be rewritten completely.
Our Path to a New Home in the Planets
Hardcover ISBN: 0804197970
A leading planetary scientist and an award-winning science writer present a chronicle of the developments and initiatives that have transformed the idea of space colonization into an achievable goal, sharing arguments in favor of targeting Saturn's moon, Titan.
The Science of Interstellar
Paperback ISBN: 0393351378
Looks at the scientific aspects of the science fiction film directed by Christopher Nolan, delving into the theoretical physics that informed the making of the film from its inception onward due to the author's involvement as a consultant on the film.
Packing for Mars
The Curious Science of Life in the Void
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0393068471
Describes the weirdness of space travel, answers questions about the long-term effects of living in zero gravity on the human body, and explains how space simulations on Earth can provide a preview to life in space.
The 4-Percent Universe
Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality
Hardcover ISBN: 0618982442
Documents the recent efforts of scientists to explain the 96 percent of the universe not comprised of known matter, drawing on interviews with leading figures to describe the rivalries, collaborations and discoveries that are redefining current understandings.
The Physics of Star Wars
The Science Behind a Galaxy Far, Far Away
Paperback ISBN: 1507203306
Explore the physics behind the world of Star Wars, with engaging topics and accessible information that shows how we’re closer than ever before to creating technology from the galaxy far, far away—perfect for every Star Wars fan! Ever wish you could have your very own lightsaber like Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi? Or that you could fly through space at the speed of light like Han Solo and Poe Dameron? Well, those ideas aren’t as outlandish as you think. In The Physics of Star Wars, you’ll explore the mystical power of the Force using quantum mechanics, find out how much energy it would take for the Death Star or Starkiller Base to destroy a planet, and discover how we can potentially create our very own lightsabers. The fantastical world of Star Wars may become a reality!