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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

View: 9544

"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.

Strange Universe

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

Author: Bob Berman

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780805075830

Category: Science

Page: 224

View: 2600

"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: 9872

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

Strange Universe

A Sourcebook of Curious Astronomical Observations

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Astronomy

Page: N.A

View: 795

Lady Mathematician In This Strange Universe, A: Memoirs

Author: Choquet-bruhat Yvonne

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9813231645

Category: Science

Page: 364

View: 8402

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

View: 9788

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.

Mysteries of Space and the Universe

Author: Phyllis Raybin Emert

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 9780812536317

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 128

View: 8551

Lights in the sky moving at hundreds of miles and hour in perfect formation...Is it evidence of life from other planets or is it a trick of the imagination? What could have caused the giant symmetrical rings in the wheat fields of England? How can you explain a dozen simultaneous sightings of a glowing egg shaped object 125 feet long? What about the presence of objects on radar moving at over 5,000 miles per hour? Is there life out there beyond the stars and is it visiting our planet? With more than twenty fascinating stories to choose from, you be the judge!

The Amazing Unity of the Universe

And Its Origin in the Big Bang

Author: Edward van den Heuvel

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319235435

Category: Science

Page: 315

View: 8158

In the first chapters the author describes how our knowledge of the position of Earth in space and time has developed, thanks to the work of many generations of astronomers and physicists. He discusses how our position in the Galaxy was discovered, and how in 1929, Hubble uncovered the fact that the Universe is expanding, leading to the picture of the Big Bang. He then explains how astronomers have found that the laws of physics that were discovered here on Earth and in the Solar System (the laws of mechanics, gravity, atomic physics, electromagnetism, etc.) are valid throughout the Universe. This is illustrated by the fact that all matter in the Universe consists of atoms of the same chemical elements that we know on Earth. This unity is all the more surprising when one realizes that in the original Big Bang theory, different parts of the Universe could never have communicated with each other. It then is a mystery how they could have shared the same physical laws. This problem was solved by the introduction of the idea of inflation, a phase of extremely rapid expansion of the Universe during the first fraction of a second following the Big Bang. The author explains how the unity of the Universe finds its origin in the Big Bang prior to inflation. The book addresses the many fundamental questions about the Universe and its contents from the perspective of the Big Bang: the formation of structure in the Universe, the questions of the mysterious dark matter and dark energy, the possibilities of other Universes (the Multiverse) and of the existence of intelligent life elsewhere in the Universe.

Space Oddities

Our Strange Attempts to Explain the Universe

Author: S. D. Tucker

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 1445662639

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 1352

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

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: 7591

Explore the mind and world of the brilliant neurosurgeon-turned-Sorcerer Supreme Doctor Stephen Strange in time for release of The Avengers: Infinity War 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.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Theories of the Universe

Author: Gary Moring

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440695725

Category: Science

Page: 384

View: 1625

You're no idiot, of course. You know Heisenburg's uncertainty principle has nothing to do with where you put your car keys. But modern cosmology is relatively complicated. The mystery of the universe definitely isn't one we can flip to the end to see whodunit. That hasn't stopped physicists, astronomers, and philosophers from searching for clues! The topic is infinite (literally), but once you've read this book you'll have a solid idea of our place in the universe and even where the cosmos itself might be headed. In this 'Complete Idiot's Guide', you'll explore: -Major religions, philosophical and scientific theories concerning the nature and origin of the universe. -The theory of everything; one coherent model that would explain how all the forces and particles of nature work. -The fascinating and even sometimes bizarre implications of the latest theories.

Something Strange Is Going On!

New Tales from the Fletcher Hanks Universe

Author: Jim Beard,Becky Beard,David White,Frank Byrns

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781515331636

Category:

Page: 148

View: 9833

From the minds of comics' most gonzo Golden Age creator and modern adventure fiction's most talented writers come ten tales of scintillating strangeness! From 1939 to 1941, Fletcher Hanks toiled in obscurity to create comic book adventures that today defy easy description and understanding. His characters often acted as gods among men, raining cruel justice down upon evildoers in luxuriant measure and exotic grotesquery. Lost for many years, these adventures are now ripe to be expanded upon by a bumper crop of writers itching to play in the wild and wonderful Hanks sandbox. SOMETHING STRANGE IS GOING ON! offers brand-new tales of such fascinating and inexplicable crusaders as Stardust, Fantomah, Nabu the Jungle Wizard, Moe M. Downe, Whirlwind Carter, and Big Red McLane. In breathtaking pulpy prose, the stories in this volume cover many genres: science fiction, horror, fantasy, spy thriller, sports, and the great outdoors. SOMETHING STRANGE IS GOING ON! is your portal to the weird, the wild, the insane universe of Fletcher Hanks.

Strange New Worlds

The Search for Alien Planets and Life beyond Our Solar System

Author: Ray Jayawardhana

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400846544

Category: Science

Page: 280

View: 4665

In Strange New Worlds, renowned astronomer Ray Jayawardhana brings news from the front lines of the epic quest to find planets--and alien life--beyond our solar system. Only in the past two decades, after millennia of speculation, have astronomers begun to discover planets around other stars--thousands in fact. Now they are closer than ever to unraveling distant twins of the Earth. In this book, Jayawardhana vividly recounts the stories of the scientists and the remarkable breakthroughs that have ushered in this extraordinary age of exploration. He describes the latest findings--including his own--that are challenging our view of the cosmos and casting new light on the origins and evolution of planets and planetary systems. He reveals how technology is rapidly advancing to support direct observations of Jupiter-like gas giants and super-Earths--rocky planets with several times the mass of our own planet--and how astronomers use biomarkers to seek possible life on other worlds. Strange New Worlds provides an insider's look at the cutting-edge science of today's planet hunters, our prospects for discovering alien life, and the debates and controversies at the forefront of extrasolar-planet research. In a new afterword, Jayawardhana explains some of the most recent developments as we search for the first clues of life on other planets.

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

Author: K. Udupa

Publisher: Universal-Publishers

ISBN: 1581125119

Category: Science

Page: 196

View: 7905

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.

Strange and Stranger

The World of Steve Ditko

Author: Blake Bell

Publisher: Fantagraphics Books

ISBN: 1560979216

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 220

View: 9411

Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko is an art book tracing Ditko's life and career, his unparalleled stylistic innovations, his strict adherence to his own (and Randian) principles, with lush displays of obscure and popular art from the thousands of pages of comics he's drawn over the last 55 years.

The Road to Strange

Travel Tales of the Paranormal and Beyond

Author: Michael Brein,Rosemary Ellen Guiley

Publisher: Visionary Living, Inc.

ISBN: 1942157169

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: N.A

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Travel opens the door to the unknown. When you pack your bags for travel and adventure, you might get more than you expected – a side trip into a phantom world where mysterious things happen. This collection of 44 page-turning original, true stories tells of travelers around the world who are suddenly faced with ghosts, paranormal phenomena, unusual synchronicities, time slips, magic, visions, past-life connections, premonitions, mystical experiences, mysterious figures, and more. Each story has an expert, insightful commentary. Read about: A blood-soaked man who wanders the streets of Paris An angry dead woman who destroys a house Mystical experiences beyond time at sacred sites A gas-pumping ghost in the desert Death curses and devil snakes And much more! “A fascinating book with great commentary. Plenty of interesting stories of earthbound spirits and why they inhabit the dark stairwells of the world.” – David Hatcher Childress, author and owner, Adventures Unlimited Press “The Road to Strange, with its variety of exceptional experiences happening to ordinary people (and the accompanying commentary), is a truly interesting book that makes one wonder about our world and our own experiences. You may find it hard to put down – and you’ll be searching your memory for your own extraordinary happenings.” – Loyd Auerbach, parapsychologist, author, and President, Forever Family Foundation

Bizarre Space

A Kid's Guide to Our Strange, Unusual Universe

Author: Jenn Dlugos,Charlie Hatton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781618216892

Category: Astronomy

Page: 300

View: 5861

Since ancient times, humans have been puzzled and awed by the strange stars, peculiar planets, and out of this world objects that appear in our sky. Advancements in technology are now giving scientists closer looks and first peeks at the weird and wonderful things that make up our solar system and beyond. From Earth-like moons to strange signals from distant galaxies, Bizarre Space: A Kid's Guide to Our Strange, Unusual Universe showcases the most shocking space discoveries, proving that what lies beyond our little blue and green planet is fascinatingly and often frighteningly bizarre. For example, you might know that Pluto's no longer a planet, but why did it get demoted to float among the other "oddities" of space? What happens to stars when they die? What disaster is just waiting to happen to Mars? And why, exactly, can't Uranus seem to roll straight? "Bizarre Space: A Kid's Guide to Our Strange, Unusual Universe" takes you deep into our unusual universe to discover the mysteries that lie beyond our home planet.

Our Tragic Universe

Author: Scarlett Thomas

Publisher: HMH

ISBN: 0547504659

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 7118

This “delightfully whimsical novel riffs on the premise that ordinary lives stubbornly resist the tidy order that a fiction narrative might impose on them” (Publishers Weekly). Can a story save your life? Meg Carpenter is broke. Her novel is years overdue. Her cell phone is out of minutes. And her moody boyfriend’s only contribution to the household is his sour attitude. So she jumps at the chance to review a pseudoscientific book that promises life everlasting. But who wants to live forever? Consulting cosmology and physics, tarot cards, koans (and riddles and jokes), new-age theories of everything, narrative theory, Nietzsche, Baudrillard, and knitting patterns, Meg wends her way through Our Tragic Universe, asking this and many other questions. Does she believe in fairies? In magic? Is she a superbeing? Is she living a storyless story? And what’s the connection between her off-hand suggestion to push a car into a river, a ship in a bottle, a mysterious beast loose on the moor, and the controversial author of The Science of Living Forever? Smart, entrancing, and boiling over with Thomas’s trademark big ideas, Our Tragic Universe is a book about how relationships are created and destroyed, how we can rewrite our futures (if not our histories), and how stories just might save our lives.

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