The Weird and Wild Science of Everyday Life--on Earth and Beyond
Author: Bob Berman
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
"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.
Our Strange Universe
Author: Jean Heidmann
Publisher: CUP Archive
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
Author: Choquet-bruhat Yvonne
Publisher: World Scientific
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
Exploring the Most Bizarre Ideas in Cosmology
Author: David A. J. Seargent
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.
Why we can't stop talking about science, faith and God
Author: Alister McGrath
Publisher: Hachette UK
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.
The Other Book of Forbidden Knowledge
Author: Mark D. White
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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.
Author: K. Udupa
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.
Author: P. D. Ouspensky
Publisher: Courier Corporation
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
Publisher: CRC Press
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
Author: Thomas McNeight
Publisher: Chipmunkapublishing ltd
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.
Author: Gardner Dozois
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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.
Author: A. Cooray,E. Komatsu,A. Melchiorri
Publisher: IOS Press
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.
Our Strange Attempts to Explain the Universe
Author: S. D. Tucker
Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited
Flat worlds, moon men, Martian canals and other strange ideas from beyond the stars
Author: Gary C. Gibson
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.
Author: Jeffrey Lang
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
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.
Author: Edmond Hamilton
Publisher: Hachette UK
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...
Why something? Why not nothing?
Author: Manjunath R
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.
The Discoveries of the Very Large Array Telescope
Author: Karen Taschek
Publisher: UNM Press
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Provides a history of radio telescopes, including the Very Large Array telescope in New Mexico, and the discoveries they have made.
Author: Steven Joseph Sinopoli
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Category: Biography & Autobiography
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.