Cosmos

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Ballantine Books #ad - Iridescent. Imaginatively illustrated. The new york times book ReviewNOTE: This edition does not include images. Shimmers with a sense of wonder. The miami herald   “sagan dazzles the mind with the miracle of our survival, framed by the stately galaxies of space. Cosmopolitan   “Enticing. In clear-eyed prose, sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space.

Cosmos retraces the fourteen billion years of cosmic evolution that have transformed matter into consciousness, the evolution of galaxies, the human brain, Egyptian hieroglyphics, exploring such topics as the origin of life, spacecraft missions, the death of the Sun, and the forces and individuals who helped to shape modern science.

Cosmos #ad - . Returning to television as an all-new miniseries on fox   cosmos is one of the bestselling science books of all time. Praise for cosmos   “Magnificent. With a lyrical literary style, and a range that touches almost all aspects of human knowledge, Cosmos often seems too good to be true.

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Broca's Brain: Reflections on the Romance of Science

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Ballantine Books #ad - A masterpiece. And again. The miami herald“The brilliant astronomer. I can give a book no greater accolade than to say I’m planning on reading it again. Is persuasive, provocative and readable. United press international“Closely reasoned, gently humorous, impeccably researched, utterly devastating. The washington Post.

A message of tremendous hope for humanity. And again. Delightful. While ever conscious that human folly can terminate man’s march into the future, the discovery of extraterrestrial life and its consequences, Sagan nonetheless paints for us a mind-boggling future: intelligent robots, and above all the challenge and pursuit of the mystery of the universe.

Broca's Brain: Reflections on the Romance of Science #ad - Chicago tribune“go out and buy this book, because Carl Sagan is not only one of the world’s most respected scientists, he’s a great writer. A fascinating book on the joys of discovering how the world works, by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Cosmos and Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors. Magnificent.

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Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

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Ballantine Books #ad - Memorable. Fascinating. Revealing. Sagan sees humanity’s future in the stars. Chicago Tribune. Perhaps the best of Carl Sagan’s books. The washington post book world front page reviewIn Cosmos, the late astronomer Carl Sagan cast his gaze over the magnificent mystery of the Universe and made it accessible to millions of people around the world.

In pale blue dot, sagan traces the spellbinding history of our launch into the cosmos and assesses the future that looms before us as we move out into our own solar system and on to distant galaxies beyond. Now in this stunning sequel, Carl Sagan completes his revolutionary journey through space and time.

Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space #ad - Future generations will look back on our epoch as the time when the human race finally broke into a radically new frontier—space. The exploration and eventual settlement of other worlds is neither a fantasy nor luxury, insists Sagan, but rather a necessary condition for the survival of the human race.

Takes readers far beyond Cosmos.

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The Brain: The Story of You

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Vintage #ad - In the infinitely dense tangle of billions of brain cells and their trillions of connections, something emerges that you might not have expected to see in there: you. This is the story of how your life shapes your brain, and how your brain shapes your life. A companion to the six-part PBS series. Join renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman for a journey into the questions at the mysterious heart of our existence.

Color illustrations throughout. Locked in the silence and darkness of your skull, your brain fashions the rich narratives of your reality and your identity. What is reality? who are “you”? how do you make decisions? why does your brain need other people? How is technology poised to change what it means to be human?  In the course of his investigations, brain surgery, Eagleman guides us through the world of extreme sports, gut feelings, criminal justice, robotics, genocide, facial expressions, and the search for immortality.

The Brain: The Story of You #ad - Strap in for a whistle-stop tour into the inner cosmos.

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The Perfect Theory: A Century of Geniuses and the Battle over General Relativity

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Mariner Books #ad - Dark matter, dark energy, black holes, and string theory are all progeny of Einstein’s theory. Relativists were the target of persecution in Hitler’s Germany, hounded in Stalin’s Russia, and disdained in 1950s America. Still, general relativity has flourished, delivering key insights into our understanding of the origin of time and the evolution of all the stars and galaxies in the cosmos.

Even today, phd students are warned that specializing in general relativity will make them unemployable. Einstein’s theory, and time, which explains the relationships among gravity, space, is possibly the most perfect intellectual achievement of modern physics—yet studying it has always been a controversial endeavor.

Its adherents have revealed what lies at the farthest reaches of the universe, shed light on the smallest scales of existence, and explained how the fabric of reality emerges. In this sweeping narrative of science and culture, mathematicians, an astrophysicist brings general relativity to life through the story of the brilliant physicists, and astronomers who have taken up its challenge.

The Perfect Theory: A Century of Geniuses and the Battle over General Relativity #ad -  . For these scientists, the theory has been both a treasure trove and an enigma. This has driven their work to unveil the universe’s surprising secrets even further, and many believe more wonders remain hidden within the theory’s tangle of equations, waiting to be exposed. In the midst of a momentous transformation in modern physics, showing us where it started, as scientists look farther and more clearly into space than ever before, The Perfect Theory exposes the greater relevance of general relativity, where it has led—and where it can still take us.

One of the best popular accounts of how Einstein and his followers have been trying to explain the universe for decades” Kirkus Reviews, starred review.

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Science and the Founding Fathers: Science in the Political Thought of Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and James Madison: Science in the ... of Jefferson, Franklin, Adams and Madison

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - General readers, students of american history, and professional historians alike will profit from reading this engaging presentation of an aspect of American history conspicuously absent from the usual textbooks and popular presentations of the political thought of early America. Thomas jefferson was the only president who could read and understand Newton's Principia.

John adams had the finest education in science that the new country could provide, including "Pnewmaticks, Hydrostaticks, Mechanicks, Staticks, Opticks. James madison, chief architect of the Constitution, peppered his Federalist Papers with references to physics, chemistry, and the life sciences. For these men science was an integral part of life—including political life.

Science and the Founding Fathers: Science in the Political Thought of Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and James Madison: Science in the ... of Jefferson, Franklin, Adams and Madison #ad - . This is the story of their scientific education and of how they employed that knowledge in shaping the political issues of the day, incorporating scientific reasoning into the Constitution. Benjamin franklin is credited with establishing the science of electricity.

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Eclipse: The science and history of nature's most spectacular phenomenon

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William Collins #ad - J p mcevoy looks at remarkable phenomenon of a solar eclipse through a thrilling narrative that charts the historical, cultural and scientific relevance of solar eclipses through the ages and explores the significance of this rare event. In the year when britain will be touched by a solar eclipse for the first time since 1927, J P McEvoy looks at this remarkable phenomenon through a thrilling narrative that charts the historical, cultural and scientific relevance of solar eclipses through the ages and explores the significance of this rare event.

Eclipse shows how the english astronomer norman lockyer named the element Helium from the spectra of the eclipsed Sun, and how in Cambridge Arthur Eddinton predicted the proof of Einstein’s General Relativity from the bending of sunlight during the famous African eclipse of 1919. During late morning on 11 august, ending its journey at sunset in the Bay of Bengal, 1999 the shadow of the last total eclipse of the Millennium will cut across the Cornwall Peninsula and skirt the coast of Devon before moving on to the continent, India.

Eclipse: The science and history of nature's most spectacular phenomenon #ad - Britain’s next eclipse will be in September, 2090 Throughout history, mankind has exhibited a changing response to the eclipse of the sun. As millions encamp for the brief spectacle with mylar glasses, binoculars and telescopes, pin-hole cameras, space agency satellites and mountain-top observatories study the corona, flares and the magnetosphere of the Sun as the 125 mile-wide black patch zooms along the ground at 2000 mph.

The ancient mexicans believed the Sun and the Moon were quarrelling whilst the Tahitians thought the two celestial objects were making love. Today, astronomers can calculate the exact path the moon’s shadow will track during the solar eclipse.

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Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity

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Riverhead Books #ad - Rovelli invites us to imagine a marvelous world where space breaks up into tiny grains, time disappears at the smallest scales, and black holes are waiting to explode—a vast universe still largely undiscovered. He tells us how our understanding of reality has changed over the centuries and how physicists think about the structure of the universe today.

This book culminates in a lucid overview of quantum gravity, the field of research that explores the quantum nature of space and time, seeking to unify quantum mechanics and general relativity. The man who makes physics sexy. The scientist they’re calling the next Stephen Hawking. The times magazinefrom the new york times–bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics and The Order of Time, a closer look at the mind-bending nature of the universe.

Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity #ad - What are the elementary ingredients of the world? Do time and space exist? And what exactly is reality? Theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli has spent his life exploring these questions. In elegant and accessible prose, rovelli takes us on a wondrous journey from Democritus to Albert Einstein, from Michael Faraday to gravitational waves, and from classical physics to his own work in quantum gravity.

As he shows us how the idea of reality has evolved over time, Rovelli offers deeper explanations of the theories he introduced so concisely in Seven Brief Lessons on Physics.

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Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed: Revised Edition

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Penguin Books #ad - As in guns, diamond traces the fundamental pattern of catastrophe, and Steel, Germs, and weaves an all-encompassing global thesis through a series of fascinating historical-cultural narratives. Collapse moves from the polynesian cultures on Easter Island to the flourishing American civilizations of the Anasazi and the Maya and finally to the doomed Viking colony on Greenland.

Similar problems face us today and have already brought disaster to Rwanda and Haiti, even as China and Australia are trying to cope in innovative ways. Despite our own society’s apparently inexhaustible wealth and unrivaled political power, ominous warning signs have begun to emerge even in ecologically robust areas like Montana.

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed: Revised Edition #ad - Brilliant, collapse is destined to take its place as one of the essential books of our time, and immensely absorbing, illuminating, raising the urgent question: How can our world best avoid committing ecological suicide?From the Trade Paperback edition. In jared diamond’s follow-up to the pulitzer-prize winning guns, climate change, the population explosion and political discord create the conditions for the collapse of civilizationEnvironmental damage, Germs and Steel, globalization, and unwise political choices were all factors in the demise of societies around the world, rapid population growth, the author explores how climate change, but some found solutions and persisted.

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Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science

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Ecco #ad - In this hugely entertaining sequel to the new york times bestselling memoir An Appetite for Wonder, Richard Dawkins delves deeply into his intellectual life spent kick-starting new conversations about science, culture, and religion and writing yet another of the most audacious and widely read books of the twentieth century—The God Delusion.

Called “one of the best nonfiction writers alive today” Stephen Pinker and a “prize-fighter” Nature, Richard Dawkins cheerfully, mischievously, looks back on a lifetime of tireless intellectual adventure and engagement. He also invites the reader to look more closely at the brilliant succession of ten influential books that grew naturally out of his busy life, highlighting the ideas that connect them and excavating their origins.

On the publication of his tenth book, sam harris, the smash hit, richard dawkins was catapulted from mere intellectual stardom into a circle of celebrity thinkers dubbed, “The New Atheists”—including Christopher Hitchens, a “resounding trumpet blast for truth” Matt Ridley, The God Delusion, and Daniel Dennett.

Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science #ad - Throughout a brief candle in the dark, dawkins shares with us his infectious sense of wonder at the natural world, his enjoyment of the absurdities of human interaction, and his bracing awareness of life’s brevity: all of which have made a deep imprint on our culture. Exploring the halls of intellectual inquiry and stardom he encountered after the publication of his seminal work, and television; and studding the pages with funny stories about the great men and women he’s known, religion, publishing, Dawkins offers a candid look at the events and ideas that encouraged him to shift his attention to the intersection of culture, The Selfish Gene; affectionately lampooning the world of academia, and science.

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The Andromeda Strain

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Vintage #ad - Two years later, a probe satellite falls to the earth and lands in a desolate region of northeastern Arizona. What could cause such shock and fear? The terror has begun, and there is no telling where it will end.  . Nearby, in the town of piedmont, bodies lie heaped and flung across the ground, faces locked in frozen surprise.

From the author of jurassic park,  and Sphere comes a captivating thriller about a deadly extraterrestrial microorganism, Timeline, which threatens to annihilate human life. Five prominent biophysicists have warned the United States government that sterilization procedures for returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee uncontaminated re-entry to the atmosphere.

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