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General Relativity and Gravitation: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation, 1986

General Relativity and Gravitation: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation, 1986 Lowest new price: $430.99
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never used, like new.

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In Search of the Big Bang: Quantum Physics and Cosmology

In Search of the Big Bang: Quantum Physics and Cosmology Lowest new price: $64.67
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Author: John Gribbin

This second revised edition brings to an end the search for the origins of the Universe. It includes Gribbin's latest research that precisely dates its age and tells how he reached his final discovery.

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  • paperback, 1986, with explanatory diagrams and graphs
  • introductory physics and cosmology, conceptual physics
  • mostly nonmathematical writing for the general reader
  • excellent for people just getting interested in physics
  • accessible science writing for the general reader. really fun reading.

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The Breathing Cathedral: Feeling Our Way into a Living Cosmos

The Breathing Cathedral: Feeling Our Way into a Living Cosmos Lowest new price: $19.99
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Author: Martha Heyneman
Brand: Brand: Random House, Inc.

Explores a new vision of the cosmos that unites contemporary science, modern psychology, the philosophy of the mystics, art, and daily experience

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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
Brand: Brand: Bantam Dell Pub Group (Trd)

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 expanding universe

The expanding universe Lowest used price: $6.00
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.


The Bible According to Einstein: A Scientific Complement to the Holy Bible for the Third Millennium

The Bible According to Einstein: A Scientific Complement to the Holy Bible for the Third Millennium Lowest new price: $35.35
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Author: Jupiter Scientific Publishing Company
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(Inside jacket flap text) An important moment in science has arrived. During the past few centuries, human knowledge of Nature has increased manyfold. Scientists are now able to do things previously thought to be impossible: The fabrication of exotic kinds of matter that do not exist in Nature, the exploration of outer space by sophisticated man- made probes, and the cloning of life forms are just a few examples. We have achieved a new understanding of how the Universe works. This knowledge is precious, almost sacred -- it is the culmination of the efforts of countless scientists. The philosophical implications are immense: We now see our place in the Universe differently than we did a few centuries ago. The age of scientific enlightenment is upon us.

This knowledge has now been assembled in a single book. The Bible According to Einstein is a comprehensive compendium of scientific discoveries and insights. Adopting a biblical format, it is divided into two works: an "Old Testament" and a "New Testament."

What was the Universe like during the initial moments of Creation? When did the stars and galaxies appear? How did the Sun and Earth form? In the "Old Testament," the history of the Universe is narrated from the beginning to the present. The remarkable geological and biological evolution of our planet is "resurrected in words," starting with the emergence of life, continuing to the growth of complex organisms, moving to the reign of the ruling reptiles, and ending with the appearance of mammals and man. The development of our Universe and our World is an amazing story.

What are the natural "commandments" that govern all? How did human spirituality and intelligence emerge? After addressing these questions, the "New Testament" goes on to deliver the laws of Nature and to reveal the extraordinary workmanship of the Universe. Here the reader discovers Nature's fundamental elements: from the quark to the atom, from the double helix DNA molecule to the cell, from the Earth to the celestial heaven. Unveiled is the intrinsic beauty of our Universe.

The great physicist and Nobel laureate Richard Feynman once said (in slightly different words): The fact that I understand this rose -- the light reflected off its surface, how it is composed of cells, why it is red, the evolutionary origin of the bees' attraction to it, and so on -- these things do not in any way diminish my appreciation of its beauty. In fact, they enhance my ability to enjoy the rose.

Look inside this book and experience the World. Discover the knowledge of "Nature's gospels." Here before you is an offering -- the gift of scientific enlightenment.

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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 new price: $156.40
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Gravitational Physics of Stellar and Galactic Systems (Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics)

Gravitational Physics of Stellar and Galactic Systems (Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics) Lowest used price: $25.00
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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

The Book of Nothing Lowest new price: $7.90
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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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The Nature of Consciousness, Structure of Reality

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Author: Jerry Davidson Wheatley
Brand: Brand: Research Scientific Press

This book describes how understanding the structure of reality leads to the Theory of Everything Equation. The equation unifies the forces of nature and enables the merging of relativity with quantum theory. The book explains the big bang theory and everything else.

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