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Brief History of Time/International Ed

Brief History of Time/International Ed Lowest new price: $12.99
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Author: Stephen W. Hawking
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Was there a beginning of time? Could time run backwards? Is the universe infinite or does it have boundaries? These are just some of the questions considered in an internationally acclaimed masterpiece by one of the world's greatest thinkers. It begins by reviewing the great theories of the cosmos from Newton to Einstein, before delving into the secrets which still lie at the heart of space and time, from the Big Bang to black holes, via spiral galaxies and strong theory. To this day A Brief History of Time remains a staple of the scientific canon, and its succinct and clear language continues to introduce millions to the universe and its wonders. This new edition includes updates from Stephen Hawking with his latest thoughts about the No Boundary Proposal and offers new information about dark energy, the information paradox, eternal inflation, the microwave background radiation observations, and the discovery of gravitational waves. It is published to accompany the launch of a new app, Stephen Hawking's Pocket Universe.

Stephen Hawking, one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists in history, wrote the modern classic A Brief History of Time to help nonscientists understand the questions being asked by scientists today: Where did the universe come from? How and why did it begin? Will it come to an end, and if so, how? Hawking attempts to reveal these questions (and where we're looking for answers) using a minimum of technical jargon. Among the topics gracefully covered are gravity, black holes, the Big Bang, the nature of time, and physicists' search for a grand unifying theory. This is deep science; these concepts are so vast (or so tiny) as to cause vertigo while reading, and one can't help but marvel at Hawking's ability to synthesize this difficult subject for people not used to thinking about things like alternate dimensions. The journey is certainly worth taking, for, as Hawking says, the reward of understanding the universe may be a glimpse of "the mind of God." --Therese Littleton

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The Seven Mysteries of Life: An Exploration in Science and Philosophy

The Seven Mysteries of Life: An Exploration in Science and Philosophy Lowest new price: $8.98
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Author: Guy Murchie

"All life in all worlds" -this was the object of the author's seventeen-year quest for knowledge and discovery, culminating in this book. In a manner unmistakably his own, Murchie delves into the interconnectedness of all life on the planet and of such fields as biology, geology, sociology, mathematics, and physics. He offers us what the poet May Sarton has called "a good book to take to a desert island as sole companion, so rich is it in knowledge and insight."

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God's Laughter: Man and His Cosmos

God's Laughter: Man and His Cosmos Lowest new price: $7.95
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Author: Gerhard Staguhn

A history of human beings' search to understand the world--through religion and science--discusses preclassical and classical thinkers; the scientific contributions of Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, and Newton; and recent theories and phenomena. 12,500 first printing. National ad/promo.


Approaches to Numerical Relativity

Approaches to Numerical Relativity Lowest new price: $89.91
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This volume includes contributions by leading workers in the field given at the workshop on Numerical Relativity held in Southampton in December 1991. Numerical Relativity, or the numerical solution of astrophysical problems using powerful computers to solve Einstein's equations, has grown rapidly over the last 15 years. It is now an important route to understanding the structure of the Universe, and is the only route currently available for approaching certain important astrophysical scenarios. The Southampton meeting was notable for the first full report of the new 2+2 approach and the related null or characteristic approaches, as well as for updates on the established 3+1 approach, including both Newtonian and fully relativistic codes. The contributions range from theoretical (formalisms, existence theorems) to the computational (moving grids, multiquadrics and spectral methods).

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Infinite Minds: A Philosophical Cosmology

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Author: John Leslie

In this highly original and thought-provoking book John Leslie unfolds his view of the nature of the universe. This view is unusual, but rich in philosophical inspiration and suggestion. Over the last three decades Leslie has been developing his theory in a series of path-breaking publications; now at last he gives it its definitive exposition. It may be hard to believe that the universe is as he says it is--but it is hard also to resist his compelling ideas and arguments.


The expanding universe

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Author: Arthur Stanley Eddington

Long out of print, this classic book investigates the experimental determination of one of the fundamental constants of astrophysics and its significance for astronmy. The Expanding Universe offers a unique sidelight on the history of ideas and Eddington's artistry; his evident enjoyment of writing and exposition shine through. Astrophysicists and historians of science will find that this reissue sheds fascinating light on one of Britain's greatest scientists. Sir William McCrea has supplied the Preface.


ATOM An Oddyssey from the Big Bang to Life on Earth...and Beyond

ATOM An Oddyssey from the Big Bang to Life on Earth...and Beyond Lowest used price: $2.22


Gravitational Physics of Stellar and Galactic Systems (Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics)

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Author: William C. Saslaw

This text describes the gravitational interactions and evolution of astronomical systems on all scales, from small groups of stars through galaxies and clusters of galaxies to the Universe itself. In a rapidly developing area of astronomy, it is the first comprehensive treatise on the subject to be published since the early 1960s. Concentrating on the basic physics, at a graduate student level, it also develops many astronomical applications in considerable detail. The book is self-contained. Most results are derived from preceding ones in a straightforward way. It is written to bring out the physical content behind the mathematical formulae, and contains a number of exercises and suggestions for research topics. Bibliographies with nearly 300 selected references provide gateways into the literature.


The Book of Nothing

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Author: JOHN D. BARROW

What conceptual blind spot kept the ancient Greeks (unlike the Indians and Maya) from developing a concept of zero? Why did St. Augustine equate nothingness with the Devil? What tortuous means did 17th-century scientists employ in their attempts to create a vacuum? And why do contemporary quantum physicists believe that the void is actually seething with subatomic activity? You’ll find the answers in this dizzyingly erudite and elegantly explained book by the English cosmologist John D. Barrow.

Ranging through mathematics, theology, philosophy, literature, particle physics, and cosmology, The Book of Nothing explores the enduring hold that vacuity has exercised on the human imagination. Combining high-wire speculation with a wealth of reference that takes in Freddy Mercury and Shakespeare alongside Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and Stephen Hawking, the result is a fascinating excursion to the vanishing point of our knowledge.

From our modern perspective, it is easy to deride the wranglings of medieval scholars over the number of angels that could dance of the head of a pin and whether Nature abhors a vacuum. But as John Barrow reveals in this timely and important book, new discoveries in science have shown that these scholars were right to suspect that Nothing has hidden depths.

It is a concept shot through with paradoxes: even innocent-looking phrases like "Nothing is real" flip their meanings as we ponder them, like those illusions that look like a vase one moment, and opposing faces the next. Nothing is fertile, too, as Barrow shows via a stunning trick that allows every number one can think of to be built out of nothing at all.

But his book is about far more than mind games. Arguably, the most important discovery of 20th-century physics is that there is no such thing as nothing: even the tightest vacuum is teeming with subatomic particles popping in and out of existence, according to the dictates of quantum theory. Now, many astronomers suspect that such "vacuum effects" may have triggered the Big Bang itself, filling our universe with matter. Indeed, the very latest observations suggest that vacuum effects will dictate the ultimate fate of the universe.

As an internationally respected cosmologist, Barrow does a fine job of explaining these new discoveries. The result is a book that is required reading for anyone who wants to understand why there will be much ado about Nothing among scientists in the years ahead. --Robert Matthews, Amazon.co.uk

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A Brief History of Eternity: A Considered Response to Stephen Hawking's a Brief History of Time

A Brief History of Eternity: A Considered Response to Stephen Hawking's a Brief History of Time Lowest new price: $26.70
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Author: Roy E. Peacock
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How? Why?
These are the two great questions of human history. The first has fired the imaginations of great scientific thinkers and their investigations into the nature of the universe. How do planets move? How are time and space related? How did the universe begin and how will it end?
In A Brief History of Eternity, Professor Rot Peacock has two purposes. First. to trace the development of cosmology, the study of the universe. From Aristotle to Einstein, he shows us how each great thinker has relied and improved upon the thoughts of his predecessors in answering the hows of the cosmos. As he traces this development, he questions Stephen Hawking's idea of a universe with no beginning or end as presented in A Brief History of Time. Using clear, ordinary language, he employs the findings of astronomy and thermodynamics to present his case for a finite universe.
But Professor peacock has a second purpose. Above and beyond the hows of the universe are the whys: Why does the universe exist at all? Why does it appear to be finite? Why are the forces of nature so delicately balanced that the slightest difference would destroy all life? Science has difficulty answering these questions because they are ultimately philosophical and theological. Yet Professor Peacock believes science can give us insight into the whys of the universe and, in the final chapter, he reveals the answers which the great scientists discovered for themselves.

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