Owner's Workshop Manual: From 13.8 Billion Years Ago to the Infinite Future
Beginning with Isaac Newton’s first thoughts about universal gravitation, this guide offers an accessible overview of mankind’s investigations into the nature of the universe. Well-illustrated throughout, it explores the history of the people, places and things most instrumental in furthering our understanding of the cosmos, from the Big Bang to extra-terrestrial life.
Milky Way: From 13.5 Billion Years Ago to the Infinite Future
Owner's Workshop Manual. An Insight into the Study of Our Home Galaxy and Our Place In It
With hundreds of photographs of planets, stars and nebulae, and images of stargazing tools throughout history from astrolabes to deep-space probes, this survey of our studies of the Milky Way records what we know about its 13.5 billion year history, its place in the universe, and the remarkable phenomena within it.
Spanning 13.8 billion years, Big History brings together science and humanities to trace the progress of the universe across eight thresholds: the Big Bang, the birth of stars, forging of elements, planet formation, the emergence of life, human evolution, the development of civilizations and, finally, the rise of industry. Each topic within this vast sweep is explained in over 150 concise, richly illustrated double-page spreads, and the book ends with timelines of world history.
A Life in Science
After the runaway success of A Brief History of Time (1988), Stephen Hawking (1942–2018) became a household name; but long before taking cosmology to the general public, he was famous within scientific circles for his work at the cutting edge of theoretical physics. In this portrait, written during Hawking’s lifetime, two of our finest science writers present the story of his personal life as well as his scientific achievement.
Universe: 50 Ideas You Really Need to Know
Joanne Baker begins this ‘tour of astrophysics’ by tracing the great leaps in our understanding of the universe, from observation of the planets to the recognition, in 1920, that our Milky Way is not unique, but one among billions of galaxies. She goes on to discuss theoretical issues, such as Special Relativity and String Theory, and our knowledge of the galaxies and stars, explaining objects such as quasars, supermassive black holes, exoplanets and the Sun.
A Journey Through the Universe
A Traveller's Guide from the Centre of the Sum to the Edge of the Unknown
The New Scientist Instant Expert series aims to introduce topics that ‘challenge, engage enquiring minds and open up a deeper understanding of the world’. In this book, the Instant Expert team guide us through space, from our own star and the highlights of the solar system, out into the Milky Way, and on through the intergalactic void to distant galaxies, exploding stars, black holes and dark energy. Off-mint.
The Beginning and the End of Everything
From the Big Bang to the End of the Universe
In this overview of our current knowledge about the universe a theoretical cosmologist discusses questions that have puzzled thinkers throughout history and the ways in which modern scientists have tried to answer them. He explains how astronomical observations and deductions have allowed us not only to look back 13.8 billion years to the origins of the universe but also to develop competing theories about its ultimate fate, either in a calamitous ‘Big Crunch’ or a gentler ‘Heat Death’.
The Zoomable Universe
A Step-by-Step Tour Through Cosmic Scale, from the Infinite to the Infinitesimal
From the gargantuan distance of 1026 metres, the radius of the observable universe, down to the unimaginably small Planck scale of 10-35 metres, used for measurements inside a proton, this illustrated guide to the cosmos zooms in on matter one order of magnitude (power of ten) at a time, depicting and explaining a curated selection of entities, including galaxies, planets, the solar system, Earth, flora and fauna, cells, viruses, atoms and subatomic particles.