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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
by Neil de Grasse Tyson

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English

Pages

222

Publication Date

May 02, 2017

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<p><strong>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.</strong></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>
Brief Answers to the Big Questions
by Stephen Hawking

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English

Pages

227

Publication Date

October 16, 2018

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER • <b>“Hawking’s parting gift to humanity . . . a book every thinking person worried about humanity’s future should read.”—NPR<br /><br /></b>The world-famous cosmologist and author of <i>A Brief History of Time</i> leaves us with his final thoughts on the biggest questions facing humankind.</b><br /><br /> Stephen Hawking was the most renowned scientist since Einstein, known both for his groundbreaking work in physics and cosmology and for his mischievous sense of humor. He educated millions of readers about the origins of the universe and the nature of black holes, and inspired millions more by defying a terrifying early prognosis of ALS, which originally gave him only two years to live. In later life he could communicate only by using a few facial muscles, but he continued to advance his field and serve as a revered voice on social and humanitarian issues.<br /><br />Hawking not only unraveled some of the universe’s greatest mysteries but also believed science plays a critical role in fixing problems here on Earth. Now, as we face immense challenges on our planet—including climate change, the threat of nuclear war, and the development of artificial intelligence—he turns his attention to the most urgent issues facing us.<br /><br /> Will humanity survive? Should we colonize space? Does God exist? ​​These are just a few of the questions Hawking addresses in this wide-ranging, passionately argued final book from one of the greatest minds in history.<br /><br /> Featuring a foreword by Eddie Redmayne, who won an Oscar playing Stephen Hawking, an introduction by Nobel Laureate Kip Thorne, and an afterword from Hawking’s daughter, Lucy, <i>Brief Answers to the Big Questions</i> is a brilliant last message to the world.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Brief Answers to the Big Questions</i></b><br /><br /> “[Hawking is] a symbol of the soaring power of the human mind.”<b>—<i>The Washington Post</i></b><br /><br /> “Hawking’s final message to readers . . . is a hopeful one.”<b>—CNN</b><br /><br /> “Brisk, lucid peeks into the future of science and of humanity.”<b><i>—The Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /><br /> “Hawking pulls no punches on subjects like machines taking over, the biggest threat to Earth, and the possibilities of intelligent life in space.”<b><i>—Quartz</i></b><br /><br /> “Effortlessly instructive, absorbing, up to the minute and—where it matters—witty.”<b><i>—The Guardian</i></b><br /><br /> “This beautiful little book is a fitting last twinkle from a new star in the firmament above.”<b>—<i>The Telegraph</i></b>
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>
Broca's Brain: Reflections on the Romance of Science
by Carl Sagan

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English

Pages

416

Publication Date

July 06, 2011

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<b>A fascinating book on the joys of discovering how the world works, by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of <i>Cosmos</i> and </b><i><b>Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors.</b><br /><br /></i>“Magnificent . . . Delightful . . . A masterpiece. A message of tremendous hope for humanity . . . While ever conscious that human folly can terminate man’s march into the future, Sagan nonetheless paints for us a mind-boggling future: intelligent robots, the discovery of extraterrestrial life and its consequences, and above all the challenge and pursuit of the mystery of the universe.”<b>—<i>Chicago Tribune</i></b><br /><br />“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. . . . I can give a book no greater accolade than to say I’m planning on reading it again. And again. And again.”<b>—<i>The Miami Herald</i></b><br /><br />“The brilliant astronomer . . . is persuasive, provocative and readable.”<b>—<i>United Press International</i></b><br /><br />“Closely reasoned, impeccably researched, gently humorous, utterly devastating.”<b>—<i>The Washington Post</i></b>
A Brief History of Time
by Stephen Hawking

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English

Pages

226

Publication Date

May 04, 2011

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><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 Order of Time
by Carlo Rovelli

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English

Pages

252

Publication Date

May 08, 2018

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<b>One of TIME’s Ten Best Nonfiction Books of 2018<br /></b> <br /><b>"Meet the new Stephen Hawking . . . <i>The Order of Time</i> is a dazzling book." --<i>The Sunday Times</i></b> <b><br /></b> <br /><b>From the bestselling author of <i>Seven Brief Lessons on Physics</i>, a concise, elegant exploration of time <b>that makes an excellent holiday gift.</b></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.
Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and ...
by , Avis Lang

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English

Pages

580

Publication Date

September 11, 2018

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<p><strong>An exploration of the age-old complicity between skywatchers and warfighters, from the best-selling author of <em>Astrophysics for People in a Hurry</em>.</strong></p><br /><p>In this fascinating foray into the centuries-old relationship between science and military power, acclaimed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and writer-researcher Avis Lang examine how the methods and tools of astrophysics have been enlisted in the service of war. "The overlap is strong, and the knowledge flows in both directions," say the authors, because astrophysicists and military planners care about many of the same things: multi-spectral detection, ranging, tracking, imaging, high ground, nuclear fusion, and access to space. Tyson and Lang call it a "curiously complicit" alliance. "The universe is both the ultimate frontier and the highest of high grounds," they write. "Shared by both space scientists and space warriors, it’s a laboratory for one and a battlefield for the other. The explorer wants to understand it; the soldier wants to dominate it. But without the right technology—which is more or less the same technology for both parties—nobody can get to it, operate in it, scrutinize it, dominate it, or use it to their advantage and someone else’s disadvantage."</p><br /><p>Spanning early celestial navigation to satellite-enabled warfare, <em>Accessory to War</em> is a richly researched and provocative examination of the intersection of science, technology, industry, and power that will introduce Tyson’s millions of fans to yet another dimension of how the universe has shaped our lives and our world.</p>
Endurance: My Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery
by Scott Kelly

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English

Pages

379

Publication Date

October 17, 2017

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<b>NATIONAL BEST SELLER<br /><br />A stunning, personal memoir from the astronaut and modern-day hero who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station—a message of hope for the future that will inspire for generations to come.</b><br /><br />The veteran of four spaceflights and the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space, Scott Kelly has experienced things very few have. Now, he takes us inside a sphere utterly hostile to human life. He describes navigating the extreme challenge of long-term spaceflight, both life-threatening and mundane: the devastating effects on the body; the isolation from everyone he loves and the comforts of Earth; the catastrophic risks of colliding with space junk; and the still more haunting threat of being unable to help should tragedy strike at home--an agonizing situation Kelly faced when, on a previous mission, his twin brother's wife, American Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was shot while he still had two months in space.<br /><br />     Kelly's humanity, compassion, humor, and determination resonate throughout, as he recalls his rough-and-tumble New Jersey childhood and the youthful inspiration that sparked his astounding career, and as he makes clear his belief that Mars will be the next, ultimately challenging, step in spaceflight.<br /><br />     In <i>Endurance</i>, we see the triumph of the human imagination, the strength of the human will, and the infinite wonder of the galaxy.
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 • T<b>he</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 /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>THE ECONOMIST</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 riveting introduction to the [Apollo 8] flight. . . . Kurson details the mission in crisp, suspenseful scenes. . . . [A] gripping book.”<b>—<i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b>
How to Read Water: Clues and Patterns from Puddles to the Sea
by Tristan Gooley

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English

Pages

416

Publication Date

September 11, 2016

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<DIV><B>A <I>New York Times</I> Bestseller<BR /> A <I>Forbes</I> Top 10 Conservation and Environment Book of 2016</B><BR /><BR /><B>Read the sea like a Viking and interpret ponds like a Polynesian—with a little help from the “natural navigator”!</B><BR />  <BR /> In his eye-opening books <I>The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs</I> and <I>The Natural Navigator</I>, Tristan Gooley helped readers reconnect with nature by finding direction from the trees, stars, clouds, and more. Now, he turns his attention to our most abundant—yet perhaps least understood—resource.<BR />  <BR /> Distilled from his far-flung adventures—sailing solo across the Atlantic, navigating with Omani tribespeople, canoeing in Borneo, and walking in his own backyard—Gooley shares hundreds of techniques in <I>How to Read Water</I>. Readers will:<BR />  <ul><li>Find north using puddles</li><li>Forecast the weather from waves</li><li>Decode the colors of ponds</li><li>Spot dangerous water in the dark</li><li>Decipher wave patterns on beaches, and more!</li></ul></DIV>

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