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Astronomy & the Cosmos

The Astronomy Cafe
by Sten Odenwald
365 questions and answers from the program "Ask The Astronomer".


Dot to Dot in the Sky: Stories in the Stars
by Joan Hinz
Someone should have thought of this years ago - using the stars as the dots as in a dot-to-dot book
In addition, combining classical mythology and astronomy, the writing is clear and precise with neat little sidebars that give additional scientific information to the text. The quality of the illustrations, paper and layout is tremendous. Great for novice stargazers. There is a Checklist of Constellations and a star map. Excellent for personal and classroom use.


Explaining the Universe: The New Age of Physics
by John M. Charan
"In this book, a distinguished scientist gives an inside view of the advances of the last century and those that will happen in the next. It is a joy to read. The story is interesting, and John Charap knows how to tell it." (Mark Kidger, author of Star of Bethlehem: An Astronomer's View) "John Charap introduces the reader to the wonderfully broad range of topics of active research in physics. This book will be inspiring and instructive for students who might be persuaded to look more deeply into physics. . . . Charap enlivens his text with charming anecdotal illustrations. My favorite is the use of a croissant as an example of classical chaos." (P.J.E. Peebles, author of Principles of Physical Cosmology and Quantum Mechanics)


The Extravagant Universe: Exploding Stars, Dark Energy, and the Accelerating Cosmos
by Robert P. Kirshner
"This book describes a remarkable era in cosmology. Over the last three years several lines of evidence have gelled into a consistent but--to most of us--unexpected picture of what our universe consists of and how it is expanding. Told by a key participant, the story will be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in astronomy or cosmology, or even merely a general curiosity about science." (Martin Rees, author of Our Cosmic Habitat)


Gravity's Fatal Attraction: Black Holes in the Universe
by Mitchell Begelman & Martin Reese
Describes the technological advances that have allowed scientists to gather evidence on black holes, tracing the observations and accidents through which black holes, quasars, and related phenomena were discovered. Explores questions surrounding black holes and how they relate to the structure of the universe, and whether they will refute or confirm our present theories describing the physical laws of the universe. Includes color and b&w photos and diagrams. For students, researchers, and general readers with some science background. Well-written.


How the Universe Got Its Spots: Diary of a Finite Time In a Finite Space
by Janna Levin
"This book is engrossing on two levels: it presents science in a manner that is intellectually invigorating but it also compels as personal narrative. The author, a young and highly successful astrophysicist, gives a sharp and accessible account of current theories of the evolution, substance and topology of the universe and, using vivid imagery, presents an intriguing case for regarding it as finite. This crystal-clear instruction is interspersed with a diary which demonstrates how even the most scholarly pursuits are conducted against a backdrop of domestic relations and material considerations. If this sounds risky, it isn't. The author is eloquent, observant and witty." She grants the uninitiated access to the astounding findings of contemporary theoretical physics.


One Hundred Great Problems of Elementary Mathematics: Their History and Solution
by Heinrich D. Dorrie
In this book, elementary algebra and ingenius ideas are combined to solve some of the most difficult problems in the history of math. The concise treatment and cross reference to other solutions is outstanding. First published in 1932, it represents the best from the masters and can be used to discover tricks which can be helpful in algorithm development. The treatment of astronomical problems alone is worth the price. The situations presented are quite difficult to grasp, but once you do, you can apply any one of them to solving mathematical puzzles. For the individual who enjoys looking at mathematics in a historical context and who wants to approach problems that are perhaps not entirely solvable with the use of the calculator and/or the computer, this book is recommended.
The problems contained are quite challenging. Many are such that if you understand any one of them, then you will probably know something that even the best math professor nearest you would not. This may sound like an overstatement, but in a day and age where some PhD's in math have either forgotten or never really knew how to determine the square root of a number by just pencil and paper, it is probably is not. Enjoy!


Our Cosmic Habit
by Martin J. Rees
Originally delivered as a series of lectures at Princeton, Rees's meditations on the origins of the universe and the laws of physics begin with the planets and stars that make up the visible universe. A provocative survey of modern cosmology for readers who want the big picture. The content of this book is for educated and oriented readers; the author does not waste time to explain basic terms of physics.


Powers of Ten
by Morrison, etc.
42 consecutive scenes, each at a different power of 10 level of magnification. You travel from the vast to the miniscule. This book contains the proof that there is life in outer space.


Probability 1: Why There Must Be Intelligent Life in the Universe
by Amir D. Aczel
In a universe infinitely large, what is the probability of intelligent life on another planet? Sounds like a trick question, but for anyone versed in cosmology and statistics, the answer is 1; that is, there must be life on at least one other planet in the universe. This is Amir Aczel's theorem. But, as physicist Enrico Fermi once asked, if that's true, where is everyone? Aczel tackles that paradox after he goes through the statistical calculations for the probability of intelligent life, considering factors such as how many stars are in a galaxy, how many of those stars might be hospitable, how many might have planets, and how many planets might have environments suitable to support life as we know it (or as we don't). Aczel also provides an overview of the relevant developments in astronomy and biology--laying the groundwork to show that the universe's chemistry must add up to life. After teasing readers with scientific history, Probability 1 delivers on its promise to prove Aczel's conjecture through a clearly explained application of known statistical theory to the chaos of the universe.


This New Ocean
by William E. Burrows
The story of the first space age.