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Strange Universe

The Weird and Wild Science of Everyday Life--on Earth and Beyond

Author: Bob Berman

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

ISBN: 1627799435

Category: Science

Page: 224

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"Touches on a dizzying array of subjects, including UV rays, inert gases, fossils, meteorites, microwaves, rainbows . . . Like many a good teacher, Berman uses humor to entertain his audience and liven things up." —Los Angeles Times Bob Berman is motivated by a straightforward philosophy: everyone can understand science—and it's fun, too. In Strange Universe, he pokes into the bizarre and astonishingly true scientific facts that determine the world around us. Geared to the nonscientist, Berman's original essays are filled with the trademark wit and cleverness that has earned him acclaim over many years for his columns in Astronomy and Discover magazines. He emphasizes curiosities of the natural world to which everyone can relate, and dishes on the little-known secrets about space and some of science's biggest blunders (including a very embarrassing moment from Buzz Aldrin's trip to the moon). Fascinating to anyone interested in the wonders of our world and the cosmos beyond, Strange Universe will make you smile and think.

Extragalactic Adventure

Our Strange Universe

Author: Jean Heidmann

Publisher: CUP Archive

ISBN: 9780521280457

Category: Science

Page: 174

View: 2481

An examination of our galaxy and the world beyond it explores subjects such as radioastronomy, quasars, black holes, and the possible existence of extraterrestrial beings

Lady Mathematician In This Strange Universe, A: Memoirs

Author: Choquet-bruhat Yvonne

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9813231645

Category: Science

Page: 364

View: 9786

In A Lady Mathematician, the distinguished mathematician and physicist, Yvonne Choquet–Bruhat, at the urging of her children, recounts and reflects upon various key events and people from her life — first childhood memories of France, then schooling, followed by graduate studies, and finally her continuous research in the mathematics of General Relativity and other fundamental physical fields. She recalls conversations, collaborations and even arguments shared with many great scientists, including her experiences with Albert Einstein. She also describes some of her numerous trips around the world, spurred by a passion for travel, beauty and mathematics. At once reflective, enlightening and bittersweet, this book allows readers a look into the life and thought processes of an esteemed female academic. Contents: PrologueAncestorsGood Daddy, Aunt Mary, Mame and TontonMy ParentsChildhood and AdolescenceYouth 1940–1944Disaster 1944–1946Life in MontaigneA New Life, AmericaMarseille 1953–1955Transitions 1957–1964First Years in Antony 1965–1968After the Reform 1968–1979Academician 1979Life Continues 1979–1990Retirement 1990–2003A I'I.H.E.S 2003–?Far Away TravelsOur House in DammartinEpilogue Readership: The general public, academics and students with a specific interest in the life of Yvonne Choquet–Bruhat and/or a general interest in the life of an accomplished mathematician and theoretical physicist. Keywords: Autobiography;Yvonne Choquet-Bruhat;Mathematics;Physics;General Relativity;Einstein;Field Equations;Research;TravelReview:0

Weird Universe

Exploring the Most Bizarre Ideas in Cosmology

Author: David A. J. Seargent

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319107380

Category: Science

Page: 272

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As new discoveries complicate the scientific picture of the universe, the evolving theories about the nature of space and time and the origins and fate of the universe threaten to become overwhelming. Enter David Seargent. Continuing the author's series of books popularizing strange astronomy facts and knowledge, Weird Universe explains the bizarre, complicated terrain of modern cosmology for lay readers. From exploring some of the strange consequences of the theories of special and general relativity, to probing time dilation and the twin and mother-and-baby “paradoxes” and the theory that the universe can be mathematically considered as a hologram, all of the latest findings and conjectures are clearly described in non-technical language. The development of quantum physics and the more recent developments of string and M-theory are looked at, in addition to several hypotheses that have not won wide acceptance from the scientific community, such as modified gravity. Enter the wonderfully weird world of these theories and gain a new appreciation for the latest findings in cosmological research.

Inventing the Universe

Why we can't stop talking about science, faith and God

Author: Alister McGrath

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444798472

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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We just can't stop talking about the big questions around science and faith. They haven't gone away, as some predicted they might; in fact, we seem to talk about them more than ever. Far from being a spent force, religion continues to grow around the world. Meanwhile, Richard Dawkins and the New Atheists argue that religion is at war with science - and that we have to choose between them. It's time to consider a different way of looking at these two great cultural forces. What if science and faith might enrich each other? What if they can together give us a deep and satisfying understanding of life? Alister McGrath, one of the world's leading authorities on science and religion, engages with the big questions that Dawkins and others have raised - including origins, the burden of proof, the meaning of life, the existence of God and our place in the universe. Informed by the best and latest scholarship, Inventing the Universe is a groundbreaking new primer for the complex yet fascinating relationship between science and faith.

Doctor Strange and Philosophy

The Other Book of Forbidden Knowledge

Author: Mark D. White

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119437911

Category: Philosophy

Page: 288

View: 6964

Explore the mind and world of the brilliant neurosurgeon-turned-Sorcerer Supreme Doctor Stephen Strange Essays from two-dozen philosophers illuminate how essential philosophical concepts, including existentialism, epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics, combine to make Doctor Strange one of the most complex characters in the Marvel Universe, and a welcome addition to the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture stable of superheroes.

An Investigation of the Universal Gravitation Constant Based on the Celestial Clock

Author: K. Udupa

Publisher: Universal-Publishers

ISBN: 1581125119

Category: Science

Page: 196

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This innovative study challenges existing theory of gravitation, suggesting an important modification that better explains the mechanism of the solar system. Through hundreds of mathematical proofs using calculations based on our solar system and an important discovery regarding the interior mechanism of the sun, the author reveals an important aspect of gravitation overlooked by modern science that extends our understanding of the our own solar system, as well as other galaxies and celestial motion in general.

A New Model of the Universe

Author: P. D. Ouspensky

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486123480

Category: Philosophy

Page: 592

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DIVForemost occultist of early 20th century offers stimulating, thought-provoking discussions of relativity, the fourth dimension, Christian symbolism, the tarot, yoga, dreams and more. Introduction. /div

My Universe

Author: Zeldovich

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9783718652389

Category: Science

Page: 252

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Eight papers by noted Soviet cosmologist Zeldovich (1944-89), translated from the Russian. Three, previously published, introduce general readers to the theories of the birth and expansion of the universe, and matter and antimatter. The others are review articles for more advanced readers, first published here. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Into the Fantastic

Author: Thomas McNeight

Publisher: Chipmunkapublishing ltd

ISBN: 1847479138


Page: 91

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DescriptionTom McNeight's book Into the Fantastic explores the vicissitudes of mental illness. He deals with this broad topic from both an academic, philosophical and a personal viewpoint. Tom feels he has been unjustly treated by the mental health authorities ever since he was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic at the tender age of nineteen years. Tom subsequently spent most of his adult life being heavily drugged upon what the psychiatrists refer to as anti-psychotic medication. Despite such huge challenges, Tom has risen up to become a successful artist and writer and he has gained deep spiritual insights into his life. About the AuthorThomas Edward McNeight is a published author on mental health issues. He draws on his background in philosophical studies with the university. He lives in Wanganui, New Zealand, where he writes and paints. And gathers insights into the plight of the mentally ill, amongst his many acquaintances. Tom is impassioned in his endeavours to highlight the plight of the emotionally affected and he would like to see the status of the psychiatric institutions be raised to a level befitting that of the twenty first century. His experience has been bleak: As with many of his friends, Tom feels that psychoanalysis is a much healthier option available to psychiatrists than is the current ubiquitous use of harmful chemicals to treat mental illness.

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Sixteenth Annual Collection

Author: Gardner Dozois

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 0312264747

Category: Fiction

Page: 624

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The past through tomorrow are boldly imagined and reinvented in the twenty-five stories collected in this showcase anthology. Many of the field's finest practitioners are represented here, along with stories from promising newcomers, including: William Barton * Rob Chilson * Tony Daniel * Cory Doctorow * Jim Grimsley * Gwyneth Jones * Chris Lawson * Ian McDonald * Robert Reed * William Browning Spencer * Allen Steele * Michael Swanwick * Howard Waldrop * Cherry Wilder * Liz Williams A useful list of honorable mentions and Dozois's insightful summation of the year in sf round out this anthology, making it indispensable for anyone interested in SF today.

New Horizons for Observational Cosmology

Author: A. Cooray,E. Komatsu,A. Melchiorri

Publisher: IOS Press

ISBN: 1614994765

Category: SCIENCE

Page: 416

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Our understanding of the universe has been revolutionized by observations of the cosmic microwave background, the large-scale structure of the universe, and distant supernovae. These studies have shown that we are living in a strange universe: 96% of the present day energy density of the universe is dominated by so-called dark matter and dark energy. But we still do not know what dark matter and dark energy actually are. This book presents lectures from the 186th Course in the Enrico Fermi International School of Physics entitled New Horizons for Observational Cosmology, held in Varenna, Italy, in July 2013. Topics covered at this school included: cosmic microwave background anisotropies; galaxy clustering; weak lensing; dark energy; dark matter; inflation; modified gravity; neutrino physics; reionization; galaxy formation; and first stars. The anticipated release of Planck data at the end of 2014 will provide a more complete view of temperature anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background, and the reporting of other important results is also expected soon. These new data will undoubtedly address fundamental questions about the universe. This book prepares the ground for future work which may answer some of these exciting questions.

Space Oddities

Our Strange Attempts to Explain the Universe

Author: S. D. Tucker

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 1445662639

Category: History

Page: 320

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Flat worlds, moon men, Martian canals and other strange ideas from beyond the stars

Philosophical Topics

Author: Gary C. Gibson


ISBN: 0557075297

Category: Religion

Page: 344

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105 essays written by Gary C. Gibson between 2007 and 2009 on contemporary philosophical interests. Christian ideas are considered with theological and cosmological juxtapositions for analytical purposes.

The Light Fantastic

Author: Jeffrey Lang

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476750521

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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Returning to the story begun in the novel Immortal Coil and continuing in the bestselling Cold Equations trilogy, this is the next fascinating chapter in the artificial life of one of Star Trek’s most enduring characters. He was perhaps the ultimate human achievement: a sentient artificial life-form—self-aware, self-determining, possessing a mind and body far surpassing that of his makers, and imbued with the potential to evolve beyond the scope of his programming. And then Data was destroyed. Four years later, Data’s creator, Noonien Soong, sacrificed his life and resurrected his android son, who in turn revived the positronic brain of his own artificial daughter, Lal. Having resigned his commission, the former Starfleet officer now works to make his way on an alien world, while also coming to grips with the very human notion of wanting versus having a child. But complicating Data’s new life is an unexpected nemesis from years ago on the U.S.S. Enterprise—the holographic master criminal Professor James Moriarty. Long believed to be imprisoned in a memory solid, Moriarty has created a siphon into the "real" world as a being of light and thought. Moriarity wants the solid form that he was once told he could never have, and seeks to manipulate Data into finding another android body for him to permanently inhabit...even if it means evicting the current owner, and even if that is Data himself. ™, ®, & © 2013 CBS Studios, Inc. STAR TREK and related marks are trademarks of CBS Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The Magician of Mars

Author: Edmond Hamilton

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0575133430

Category: Fiction

Page: 128

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His real name is Ul Quorn, but he is known throughout the Solar System as the Magician of Mars. With sheer scientific mastery and cunning he once terrorised the entire population of all nine planets - until Captain Future put an end to his evil deeds. Now Ul Quorn has broken loose from the escape-proof Interplanetary Prison - a feat that was believed impossible. His plan to obtain wealth and power is more ingenious than ever before and more deadly to the System. Soon he will be master of the Universe. But first he must settle a score with Captain Future...

The strange stuff unexplained: If God is the answer, what is the question?

Why something? Why not nothing?

Author: Manjunath R

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 2897287519

Category: Philosophy

Page: 69

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A physicist is someone who yearns to comprehend why the universe is for, but he is too absurd to comprehend it. Physics: The music of dancing atoms. Why something? Why not anything? All our life, we have been bugged by the strange questions that face us, and have tried to find answers to them from the day we begin to make sense of what we see. Overall so far disconcert seems to be an instinct on a personal level. The universe is full of strange sounding ideas and unremarkable truths. Mankind’s lust for knowledge never winds up with certainty. Who created the universe? The scriptural teaching on the origin of the universe is found in fatal bible. God: The Fatal delusion.

Death Stars, Weird Galaxies, and a Quasar-spangled Universe

The Discoveries of the Very Large Array Telescope

Author: Karen Taschek

Publisher: UNM Press

ISBN: 9780826332110

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 78

View: 801

Provides a history of radio telescopes, including the Very Large Array telescope in New Mexico, and the discoveries they have made.

A Strange Journey

I Astrologer

Author: Steven Joseph Sinopoli

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1477164456

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 196

View: 9719

The Hudson River waterfront gave birth to notorious baby gangsters, The River Gang. Steven Joseph Sinopli was amongst the chosen few, learning loyalty and respect at a tender age. His involvement with The River Gang would prove to be a precursory magnet for trouble, as his involvement tested Sinopolis ability to apply these doctrines at each plateau of his spiritual voyage, from advising his Mafia clientele on their next move to comprehending himself and the universe with a deeply profound acceptance. I Astrologer: A Strange Journey, chronicles Sinopolis exploration of self; from growing up poor and hungry to achieving a sated appetite from the luxuries of understanding ones self and those around him, I Astrologer: A Strange Journey is one trip worth taking.

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