Universe Down to Earth
ISBN10: 0231075618 ISBN13: 9780231075619 Contributors: Tyson, Neil Degrasse Publisher: Columbia Univ Pr Published: Oct 1 1995 Weight: 0.75lbs. Height: 8.50" Width: 5.50" Depth: 0.75" Language: English
This witty and amusing exploration of the physical universe explains fundamental concepts in language that is clear to anyone with little or no scientific background. Tyson transforms everyday experiences into venues of cosmic enlightenment as he probes the philosophy, methods, and discoveries of science, including stellar evolution, the conservation of energy, the electromagnetic spectrum, gravity and thermodynamics. Deftly demystifying astronomical terms and concepts such as the Big Bang, black holes, redshifts, syzygy, and Kirkwood Gaps, Universe Down to Earth traces the life of the stars from birth to death; presents the Periodic Table of Elements, highlighting noteworthy elements such as titanium, iron, and hydrogen; gives an unorthodox yet entertaining tour of famous constellations; and tackles modern-day astrology.