We Have No Idea
A Guide to the Unknown Universe
Scientists have little idea what dark energy and dark matter are and these mysterious substances make up the vast majority of the universe. With the help of cartoons and infographics, this discussion of the many problems vexing cosmologists describes complex conundrums, such as why the universe has a speed limit or properties of the universe that the big bang theory cannot account for, in a lucid and entertaining way. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Strange Physics of Nothing
What do we mean by ‘empty space’? Was Newton wrong to think of it as a kind of theatre in which physics could unfold? In this book a philosopher of science explains how the very process of adapting intuitive ideas to scientific theories causes radical changes to our conception of reality. He also describes physicists’ efforts to reconcile different meanings of ‘nothing’ in general relativity and quantum theory.
A Guide to the Cosmos
Explaining how non-physicists can do science, this guide aims to show that questions about Earth, the solar system and the universe beyond can be answered by observing, measuring and thinking. Following the work of scientists such as Hubble and Einstein, and asking questions about the age and weight of things, what things are made of and how far away they are, the authors lead us from looking at the stars to thinking about the origin of the universe. Off-mint with a felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Einstein's Greatest Mistake
The Life of a Flawed Genius
David Bodanis, the bestselling author of E=mc², presents a life of the great physicist and reveals how much we owe Einstein today – and how much more he might have achieved without his all-too-human flaws. A former Sunday Times Science Book of the Year.
2,600 Years of Discovery: from Thales to Higgs
While the language of mathematics can describe physical reality in complex detail, the art of drawing can delineate with simple clarity. Aimed at the less mathematically inclined, this history of physics uses 51 seminal illustrations from 26 centuries of physics to tell, in chronological order, the stories of great scientific discoveries, from the phases of the moon and size of the Earth to the discovery of the neutron and the Higgs Boson particle.
Zoom: How Everything Moves
From Atoms and Galaxies to Blizzards and Bees
Why does it take so long for thick ice to form? How slowly do stalactites grow? How much lower is a bee's buzz than a mosquito's? Why can we see the flicker in old silent movies? The answers to such questions are revealed as astronomer Bob Berman explains the myriad movements that shape the universe, from the Sombrero Galaxy, which speeds away from us at 562 miles per second, to the oscillations of water molecules.
The Story of Physics
From Natural Philosophy to the Enigma of Dark Matter
Physics is the science that ties together all others, aiming to explain the nature of the universe from the smallest subatomic particles to vast galaxies, and the nature of space-time. Profiling the most important figures in the history of science and covering topics such as light and optics, energy and the Big Bang, this well-illustrated book traces the development of physics from the natural philosophers of the ancient world to cutting-edge experiments in quantum mechanics.
The Divided Life of Bruno Pontecorvo, Physicist or Spy
In September 1950 Bruno Pontecorvo, one of Britain’s most brilliant nuclear physicists, disappeared with his family; when he resurfaced five years later he was on the other side of the Iron Curtain. Professor Close, who has worked with some of the defector’s former colleagues, assesses the importance of Pontecorvo’s research and pieces together the evidence for and against claims that he had been a Soviet spy while he was employed on the Anglo-Canadian arm of the Manhattan Project.