Today we are at the brink of discoveries that should soon reveal the deepest secrets of the universe. Alpha and omega is a dispatch from the front lines of the cosmological revolution that is being waged at observatories and laboratories around the world-in Europe, in America, and even in Antarctica--where scientists are actually peering into both the cradle of the universe and its grave.
Alpha and Omega: The Search for the Beginning and End of the Universe #ad - Scientists--including galaxy hunters and microwave eavesdroppers, dark energy, all of whom are on the trail of dark matter, gravity theorists and atom smashers, and the growing inhabitants of the particle zoo-now know how the universe will end and are on the brink of understanding its beginning. Their findings will be among the greatest triumphs of science, even towering above the deciphering of the human genome.
The Sleepwalkers: A History of Man's Changing Vision of the Universe Penguin Modern ClassicsPenguin #ad - He shows how the tragic split between science and religion arose and how, in particular, the modern world-view replaced the medieval world-view in the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century. He also provides vivid and judicious pen-portraits of a string of great scientists and makes clear the role that political bias and unconscious prejudice played in their creativity.
Arthur koestler's extraordinary history of humanity's changing vision of the universeIn this masterly synthesis, Arthur Koestler cuts through the sterile distinction between 'sciences' and 'humanities' to bring to life the whole history of cosmology from the Babylonians to Newton.
Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous IdeaPenguin Books #ad - Here are the legendary thinkers—from pythagoras to Newton to Heisenberg, science, from the Kabalists to today's astrophysicists—who have tried to understand it and whose clashes shook the foundations of philosophy, mathematics, and religion. Zero has pitted east against west and faith against reason, and its intransigence persists in the dark core of a black hole and the brilliant flash of the Big Bang.
. Now it threatens the foundations of modern physics. Popular math at its most entertaining and enlightening. Today, zero lies at the heart of one of the biggest scientific controversies of all time: the quest for a theory of everything. For zero, infinity's twin, is not like other numbers. For centuries the power of zero savored of the demonic; once harnessed, it became the most important tool in mathematics.
Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea #ad - It is both nothing and everything. In zero, its rise and transcendence in the west, science Journalist Charles Seife follows this innocent-looking number from its birth as an Eastern philosophical concept to its struggle for acceptance in Europe, and its ever-present threat to modern physics. Zero is really something"-Washington PostA New York Times Notable Book.
The babylonians invented it, the Greeks banned it, the Hindus worshiped it, and the Church used it to fend off heretics.
Decoding the Universe: How the New Science of Information Is Explaining Everything in the Cosmos, fromOur Brains to Black Holes: How the New Science of ... the Cosmos, fromOu r Brains to Black HolesPenguin Books #ad - In decoding the universe, charles seife draws on his gift for making cutting-edge science accessible to explain how this new tool is deciphering everything from the purpose of our DNA to the parallel universes of our Byzantine cosmos. The author of zero explains the scientific revolution that is transforming the way we understand our world Previously the domain of philosophers and linguists, information theory has now moved beyond the province of code breakers to become the crucial science of our time.
. The result is an exhilarating adventure that deftly combines cryptology, physics, biology, and mathematics to cast light on the new understanding of the laws that govern life and the universe.
Proofiness: How You're Being Fooled by the NumbersPenguin Books #ad - This penetrating look at the intersection of math and society will appeal to readers of Freakonomics and the books of Malcolm Gladwell. According to msNBC, having a child makes you stupid. Proofiness, is the art of using pure mathematics for impure ends, " as Charles Seife explains in this eye-opening book, and he reminds readers that bad mathematics has a dark side.
Numbers have peculiar powers-they can disarm skeptics, befuddle journalists, and hoodwink the public into believing almost anything. Pundits estimated that there were more than a million demonstrators at a tea party rally in Washington, D. C. Even though roughly sixty thousand were there. Good morning america has announced that natural blondes will be extinct within two hundred years.
Proofiness: How You're Being Fooled by the Numbers #ad - The bestselling author of Zero shows how mathematical misinformation pervades-and shapes-our daily lives. It is used to bring down beloved government officials and to appoint undeserving ones both Democratic and Republican, to ruin our economy, to convict the innocent and acquit the guilty, and to fix the outcomes of future elections.
You actually lose IQ points.
The Book Of The Cosmos: Imagining The Universe From Heraclitus To Hawking Helix BooksBasic Books #ad - What is the cosmos? how did it come into being? how are we related to it, and what is our place in it? The Book of the Cosmos assembles for the first time in one volume the great minds of the Western world who have considered these questions from biblical times to the present. The book of the cosmos provides a thrilling read to set the heart racing and the mind soaring.
The Book Of The Cosmos: Imagining The Universe From Heraclitus To Hawking Helix Books #ad - . It is a book of many authors-aristotle, copernicus, ptolemy, and galileo are here, in all their genius, and Sir Martin Rees, of course, but so are Edgar Allan Poe, Annie Jump Cannon a "human computer" and lyrical classifier of stars, who proposes an "ensemble of universes" of which ours happens to be among the most interesting.
In these pages the universe is made and unmade in a variety of configurations; it spins along on superstrings, teems with intelligent life, and could end without warning.
Sun in a Bottle: The Strange History of Fusion and the Science of Wishful ThinkingPenguin Books #ad - This book is our key to understanding why. With the giant international fusion project ITER International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor now under construction, it's clear that the science of wishful thinking is as strong as ever. Tracing the story from its beginning into the twenty-first century, Sun in a Bottle reveals fusion's explosive role in some of the biggest scientific scandals of all time.
. With his knack for translating science into understandable, anecdotal prose and his trademark dry humor, award-winning science writer Charles Seife presents the first narrative account of the history of fusion for general readers in more than a decade. Throughout this journey, he introduces us to the daring geniuses, villains, and victims of fusion science.
Under A Cruel Star: A Life in Prague 1941-1968Plunkett Lake Press #ad - Mengele, the last sight of her husband, Czech Communist Party leader Klement Gottwald drunk at a reception, the feverish happiness of the Prague Spring. A story of the human spirit as its most indomitable. Although her approach is above all personal, individual and institutional behavior, Kovaly’s reflections on her experiences reveal a high degree of insight into politics, and the formation of attitudes.
Christian science monitor“a jew in czechoslovakia under the Nazis, Kovaly spent the war years in the Lodz ghetto and several concentration camps, losing her family and barely surviving herself. Kovaly’s memoir of these years that end with her emigration to the West after the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 are a tragic story told with aplomb, humor and tenderness.
Under A Cruel Star: A Life in Prague 1941-1968 #ad - For a time, albeit reluctantly, the margoliuses lived like royalty, Rudolf and others, in a replay of the Stalinist purges of the 1930s, mostly of Jewish background, but then, were arrested and hung in the infamous Slansky Trial of 1952. Thereafter, Rudolf became deputy minister for foreign trade. Kovaly experienced the two supreme horrors of what Hannah Arendt called this terrible century.
In telling her story – simply, without self-pity – she illuminates some general truths of human behavior.
How to Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of MathematicsBasic Books #ad - So, what is math? Let's look for the answer in the kitchen. One of the world's most creative mathematicians finds the meaning of mathematics in the kitchen in this "whimsical. Rigorous and insightful" new york times bookwhat is math? how exactly does it work? And what do three siblings trying to share a cake have to do with it? In How to Bake Pi, unexpectedly, math professor Eugenia Cheng provides an accessible introduction to the logic and beauty of mathematics, powered, by insights from the kitchen.
We learn how the bechamel in a lasagna can be a lot like the number five, and why making a good custard proves that math is easy but life is hard. At the heart of it all is cheng's work on category theory, a cutting-edge "mathematics of mathematics, " that is about figuring out how math works. Combined with her infectious enthusiasm for cooking and true zest for life, Cheng's perspective on math is a funny journey through a vast territory no popular book on math has explored before.
Aeneid of Virgil Illustrated#ad - This e-book publication is unique which includes detailed Biography and Illustrations. A new table of contents has been included by the publisher. This edition has been corrected for spelling and grammatical errors.
The Swerve: How the World Became ModernW. W. Norton & Company #ad - That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient roman philosophical epic, by Lucretius—a beautiful poem of the most dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles in eternal motion, On the Nature of Things, colliding and swerving in new directions.
The copying and translation of this ancient book-the greatest discovery of the greatest book-hunter of his age-fueled the Renaissance, inspiring artists such as Botticelli and thinkers such as Giordano Bruno; shaped the thought of Galileo and Freud, Darwin and Einstein; and had a revolutionary influence on writers such as Montaigne and Shakespeare and even Thomas Jefferson.
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern #ad - Winner of the 2012 pulitzer prize for non-fiction winner of the 2011 national book award for non-FictionOne of the world's most celebrated scholars, Stephen Greenblatt has crafted both an innovative work of history and a thrilling story of discovery, plucked from a thousand years of neglect, in which one manuscript, changed the course of human thought and made possible the world as we know it.
Nearly six hundred years ago, saw with excitement what he had discovered, a short, cannily alert man in his late thirties took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, genial, and ordered that it be copied.