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The Order of Time
by Carlo Rovelli

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English

Pages

252

Publication Date

May 08, 2018

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<b>The perfect graduation gift<br /><br />"Meet the new Stephen Hawking . . . <i>The Order of Time</i> is a dazzling book." --<i>The Sunday Times</i><br /><br />From the bestselling author of <i>Seven Brief Lessons on Physics</i>, a concise, elegant exploration of time.</b><br /><br />Why do we remember the past and not the future? What does it mean for time to "flow"? Do we exist in time or does time exist in us? In lyric, accessible prose, Carlo Rovelli invites us to consider questions about the nature of time that continue to puzzle physicists and philosophers alike.<br /><br />For most readers this is unfamiliar terrain. We all experience time, but the more scientists learn about it, the more mysterious it remains. We think of it as uniform and universal, moving steadily from past to future, measured by clocks. Rovelli tears down these assumptions one by one, revealing a strange universe where at the most fundamental level time disappears. He explains how the theory of quantum gravity attempts to understand and give meaning to the resulting extreme landscape of this timeless world. Weaving together ideas from philosophy, science and literature, he suggests that our perception of the flow of time depends on our perspective, better understood starting from the structure of our brain and emotions than from the physical universe.<br /><br />Already a bestseller in Italy, and written with the poetic vitality that made <i>Seven Brief Lessons on Physics</i> so appealing, <i>The Order of Time</i> offers a profoundly intelligent, culturally rich, novel appreciation of the mysteries of time.
Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto
by , David Grinspoon

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

May 01, 2018

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<p><b>Called "spellbinding" (<i>Scientific American</i>) and "thrilling...a future classic of popular science" (<i>PW</i>), the up close, inside story of the greatest space exploration project of our time, New Horizons’ mission to Pluto, as shared with David Grinspoon by mission leader Alan Stern and other key players.</b></p><p>On July 14, 2015, something amazing happened. More than 3 billion miles from Earth, a small NASA spacecraft called New Horizons screamed past Pluto at more than 32,000 miles per hour, focusing its instruments on the long mysterious icy worlds of the Pluto system, and then, just as quickly, continued on its journey out into the beyond.</p><p>Nothing like this has occurred in a generation—a raw exploration of new worlds unparalleled since NASA’s Voyager missions to Uranus and Neptune—and nothing quite like it is planned to happen ever again. The photos that New Horizons sent back to Earth graced the front pages of newspapers on all 7 continents, and NASA’s website for the mission received more than 2 billion hits in the days surrounding the flyby. At a time when so many think that our most historic achievements are in the past, the most distant planetary exploration ever attempted not only succeeded in 2015 but made history and captured the world’s imagination.</p><p>How did this happen? <i>Chasing New Horizons</i> is the story of the men and women behind this amazing mission: of their decades-long commitment and persistence; of the political fights within and outside of NASA; of the sheer human ingenuity it took to design, build, and fly the mission; and of the plans for New Horizons’ next encounter, 1 billion miles past Pluto in 2019. Told from the insider’s perspective of mission leader Dr. Alan Stern and others on New Horizons, and including two stunning 16-page full-color inserts of images, <i>Chasing New Horizons</i> is a riveting account of scientific discovery, and of how much we humans can achieve when people focused on a dream work together toward their incredible goal.</p>
Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who...
by Robert Kurson

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English

Pages

357

Publication Date

April 03, 2018

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER • <b>Perfect for Father’s Day: the</b> riveting inside story of three heroic astronauts who took on the challenge of mankind’s historic first mission to the Moon, from the bestselling author of <i>Shadow Divers</i>.<br /><br />“Robert Kurson tells the tale of Apollo 8 with novelistic detail and immediacy.”—Andy Weir, #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>The Martian</i> and <i>Artemis</i></b><br /><br />By August 1968, the American space program was in danger of failing in its two most important objectives: to land a man on the Moon by President Kennedy’s end-of-decade deadline, and to triumph over the Soviets in space. With its back against the wall, NASA made an almost unimaginable leap: It would scrap its usual methodical approach and risk everything on a sudden launch, sending the first men in history to the Moon—in just four months. And it would all happen at Christmas.<br /><br /> In a year of historic violence and discord—the Tet Offensive, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy, the riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago—the Apollo 8 mission would be the boldest, riskiest test of America’s greatness under pressure. In this gripping insider account, Robert Kurson puts the focus on the three astronauts and their families: the commander, Frank Borman, a conflicted man on his final mission; idealistic Jim Lovell, who’d dreamed since boyhood of riding a rocket to the Moon; and Bill Anders, a young nuclear engineer and hotshot fighter pilot making his first space flight.<br /><br /> Drawn from hundreds of hours of one-on-one interviews with the astronauts, their loved ones, NASA personnel, and myriad experts, and filled with vivid and unforgettable detail, <i>Rocket Men</i> is the definitive account of one of America’s finest hours. In this real-life thriller, Kurson reveals the epic dangers involved, and the singular bravery it took, for mankind to leave Earth for the first time—and arrive at a new world.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Rocket Men</i></b><br /><br /> “In 1968 we sent men to the Moon. They didn’t leave boot prints, but it was the first time humans ever left Earth for another destination. That mission was Apollo 8. And <i>Rocket Men,</i> under Robert Kurson’s compelling narrative, is that under-told story.”<b>—Neil deGrasse Tyson</b><br /><br />“<i>Rocket Men</i> is a timely and thrilling reminder of a heroic American achievement—three dashing astronauts and the first rendezvous with the Moon. It has it all—suspense, drama, risk, and loving families. We could use those days again.”<b>—Tom Brokaw</b>
Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making ...
by Michael Benson

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English

Pages

513

Publication Date

April 03, 2018

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Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the film’s release, this is the definitive story of the making of <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i>, acclaimed today as one of the greatest films ever made, including the inside account of how director Stanley Kubrick and writer Arthur C. Clarke created this cinematic masterpiece.<BR><BR>Regarded as a masterpiece today, <i>2001: A Space Odyssey </i>received mixed reviews on its 1968 release. Despite the success of <i>Dr. Strangelove</i>, director Stanley Kubrick wasn’t yet recognized as a great filmmaker, and <i>2001 </i>was radically innovative, with little dialogue and no strong central character. Although some leading critics slammed the film as incomprehensible and self-indulgent, the public lined up to see it. <i>2001</i>’s resounding commercial success launched the genre of big-budget science fiction spectaculars. Such directors as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, and James Cameron have acknowledged its profound influence.<BR> <BR>Author Michael Benson explains how <i>2001 </i>was made, telling the story primarily through the two people most responsible for the film, Kubrick and science fiction legend Arthur C. Clarke. Benson interviewed Clarke many times, and has also spoken at length with Kubrick’s widow, Christiane; with visual effects supervisor Doug Trumbull; with Dan Richter, who played <i>2001</i>’s leading man-ape; and many others.<BR> <BR>A colorful nonfiction narrative packed with memorable characters and remarkable incidents, <i>Space Odyssey</i> provides a 360-degree view of this extraordinary work, tracking the film from Kubrick and Clarke’s first meeting in New York in 1964 through its UK production from 1965-1968, during which some of the most complex sets ever made were merged with visual effects so innovative that they scarcely seem dated today. A concluding chapter examines the film’s legacy as it grew into it current justifiably exalted status.
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
by Neil deGrasse Tyson

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English

Pages

208

Publication Date

May 02, 2017

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<p>Over a year on the <em>New York Times</em> bestseller list and more than a million copies sold.<br /><br /><br /><br />The essential universe, from our most celebrated and beloved astrophysicist.</p><br /><p>What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.</p><br /><p>But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.</p><br /><p>While you wait for your morning coffee to brew, for the bus, the train, or a plane to arrive, <em>Astrophysics for People in a Hurry</em> will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.</p>
A Brief History of Time
by Stephen Hawking

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English

Pages

226

Publication Date

May 04, 2011

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#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER<br /><br />A landmark volume in science writing by one of the great minds of our time, Stephen Hawking’s book explores such profound questions as: How did the universe begin—and what made its start possible? Does time always flow forward? Is the universe unending—or are there boundaries? Are there other dimensions in space? What will happen when it all ends?<br /><br />Told in language we all can understand, <i>A Brief History of Time</i> plunges into the exotic realms of black holes and quarks, of antimatter and “arrows of time,” of the big bang and a bigger God—where the possibilities are wondrous and unexpected. With exciting images and profound imagination, Stephen Hawking brings us closer to the ultimate secrets at the very heart of creation.
The Right Stuff
by Tom Wolfe

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English

Pages

369

Publication Date

May 16, 2004

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<p><b>From "America's nerviest journalist" (<i>Newsweek</i>)--a breath-taking epic, a magnificent adventure story, and an investigation into the true heroism and courage of the first Americans to conquer space. "Tom Wolfe at his very best" (<i>The New York Times Book Review</i>)</b><br /><b></b><br />Millions of words have poured forth about man's trip to the moon, but until now few people have had a sense of the most engrossing side of the adventure; namely, what went on in the minds of the astronauts themselves - in space, on the moon, and even during certain odysseys on earth. It is this, the inner life of the astronauts, that Tom Wolfe describes with his almost uncanny empathetic powers, that made <i>The Right Stuff </i>a classic.</p>
When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thoug...
by Jim Holt

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English

Pages

386

Publication Date

May 15, 2018

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<p><b>From Jim Holt, the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Why Does the World Exist?</i>, comes an entertaining and accessible guide to the most profound scientific and mathematical ideas of recent centuries in <i>When Einstein Walked with </i><i>Gödel</i><i>: Excursions to the Edge of Thought</i>.</b></p><p>Does time exist? What is infinity? Why do mirrors reverse left and right but not up and down? In this scintillating collection, Holt explores the human mind, the cosmos, and the thinkers who’ve tried to encompass the latter with the former. With his trademark clarity and humor, Holt probes the mysteries of quantum mechanics, the quest for the foundations of mathematics, and the nature of logic and truth. Along the way, he offers intimate biographical sketches of celebrated and neglected thinkers, from the physicist Emmy Noether to the computing pioneer Alan Turing and the discoverer of fractals, Benoit Mandelbrot. Holt offers a painless and playful introduction to many of our most beautiful but least understood ideas, from Einsteinian relativity to string theory, and also invites us to consider why the greatest logician of the twentieth century believed the U.S. Constitution contained a terrible contradiction—and whether the universe truly has a future.</p>
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Bl...
by Margot Lee Shetterly

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English

Pages

373

Publication Date

September 06, 2016

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<p><strong><em>The #1 New York Times bestseller</em></strong></p><p><em>The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. Soon to be a major motion picture starring </em><em>Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner. </em></p><p>Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. </p><p>Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South’s segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America’s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam’s call, moving to Hampton, Virginia and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory. </p><p>Even as Virginia’s Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley’s all-black “West Computing” group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens. </p><p>Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race, <em>Hidden Figures</em> follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges, forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country’s future.</p><p> </p>
The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs: Use Outdoor Clues to Find...
by Tristan Gooley

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English

Pages

416

Publication Date

August 26, 2015

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<DIV><P><B>Turn Every Walk into a Game of Detection</B></P><P>When writer and navigator Tristan Gooley journeys outside, he sees a natural world filled with clues. The roots of a tree indicate the sun’s direction; the Big Dipper tells the time; a passing butterfly hints at the weather; a sand dune reveals prevailing wind; the scent of cinnamon suggests altitude; a budding flower points south. To help you understand nature as he does, Gooley shares more than 850 tips for forecasting, tracking, and more, gathered from decades spent walking the landscape around his home and around the world. Whether you’re walking in the country or city, along a coastline, or by night, this is the ultimate resource on what the land, sun, moon, stars, plants, animals, and clouds can reveal—if you only know how to look!</P></DIV>

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