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Letters from an Astrophysicist
by Neil deGrasse Tyson

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English

Pages

253

Publication Date

October 08, 2019

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<p><strong><em>New York Times</em> Bestseller<br /><br /><br /><br />A luminous companion to the phenomenal bestseller <em>Astrophysics for People in a Hurry</em>.</strong></p><br /><p>Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has attracted one of the world鈥檚 largest online followings with his fascinating, widely accessible insights into science and our universe. Now, Tyson invites us to go behind the scenes of his public fame by revealing his correspondence with people across the globe who have sought him out in search of answers. In this hand-picked collection of 101 letters, Tyson draws upon cosmic perspectives to address a vast array of questions about science, faith, philosophy, life, and of course, Pluto. His succinct, opinionated, passionate, and often funny responses reflect his popularity and standing as a leading educator.</p><br /><p>Tyson鈥檚 2017 bestseller <em>Astrophysics for People in a Hurry</em> offered more than one million readers an insightful and accessible understanding of the universe. Tyson鈥檚 most candid and heartfelt writing yet, <em>Letters from an Astrophysicist</em> introduces us to a newly personal dimension of Tyson鈥檚 quest to explore our place in the cosmos.</p>
Fingerprints of the Gods: The Evidence of Earth's Lost Civilizati...
by Graham Hancock

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English

Pages

592

Publication Date

September 19, 2012

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<b>Could the story of mankind be far older than we have previously believed? Using tools as varied as archaeo-astronomy, geology, and computer analysis of ancient myths, Graham Hancock presents a compelling case to suggest that it is.</b><br /><b>聽</b><br /><b>鈥淎 fancy piece of historical sleuthing . . . intriguing and entertaining and sturdy enough to give a long pause for thought.鈥濃€?lt;i>Kirkus Reviews</i></b><br /><b>聽</b><br />In聽<i>Fingerprints of the Gods,聽</i>Hancock embarks on a worldwide quest to put together all the pieces of the vast and fascinating jigsaw of mankind鈥檚 hidden past. In ancient monuments as far apart as Egypt鈥檚 Great Sphinx, the strange Andean ruins of Tihuanaco, and Mexico鈥檚 awe-inspiring Temples of the Sun and Moon, he reveals not only the clear fingerprints of an as-yet-unidentified civilization of remote antiquity, but also startling evidence of its vast sophistication, technological advancement, and evolved scientific knowledge.<br />聽<br />A record-breaking number one bestseller in Britain,聽<i>Fingerprints of the Gods</i>聽contains the makings of an intellectual revolution, a dramatic and irreversible change in the way that we understand our past鈥攁nd so our future.<br />聽<br />And聽<i>Fingerprints of God</i>聽tells us something more. As we recover the truth about prehistory, and discover the real meaning of ancient myths and monuments, it becomes apparent that a warning has been handed down to us, a warning of terrible cataclysm that afflicts the Earth in great cycles at irregular intervals of time鈥攁 cataclysm that may be about to recur.<br />聽<br /><b>鈥淩eaders will hugely enjoy their quest in these pages of inspired storytelling.鈥濃€?lt;i>The Times聽</i>(UK)</b>
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聽<i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER 鈥?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 /><b>鈥淗awking鈥檚 parting gift to humanity . . . a book every thinking person worried about humanity鈥檚 future should read.鈥濃€擭PR</b><br /><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>Forbes </i>鈥?<i>The Guardian </i>鈥?<i>Wired </i></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鈥檚 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鈥攊ncluding climate change, the threat of nuclear war, and the development of artificial intelligence鈥攈e turns his attention to the most urgent issues facing us.<br /><br /> Will humanity survive? Should we colonize space? Does God exist? 鈥嬧€婽hese 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鈥檚 daughter, Lucy,聽<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 /> 鈥淸Hawking is] a symbol of the soaring power of the human mind.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The Washington Post</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淗awking鈥檚 final message to readers . . . is a hopeful one.鈥?lt;b>鈥擟NN</b><br /><br /> 鈥淏risk, lucid peeks into the future of science and of humanity.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擳he Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淗awking pulls no punches on subjects like machines taking over, the biggest threat to Earth, and the possibilities of intelligent life in space.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擰uartz</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淓ffortlessly instructive, absorbing, up to the minute and鈥攚here it matters鈥攚itty.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擳he Guardian</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淭his beautiful little book is a fitting last twinkle from a new star in the firmament above.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The Telegraph</i></b>
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鈥檚 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>
The Last Man on the Mountain: The Death of an American Adventurer...
by Jennifer Jordan

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English

Pages

321

Publication Date

August 01, 2011

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<p><strong>"A fascinating tale鈥eaders who are into high-altitude adventure stories won鈥檛 be disappointed." 鈥?lt;em>Associated Press</em></strong></p><br /><p>In 1939 the Savage Mountain claimed its first victim. Born into vast wealth yet uneasy with a life of leisure, Dudley Wolfe, of Boston and Rockport, Maine, set out to become the first man to climb K2, the world鈥檚 second-highest mountain and, in the opinion of mountaineers, an even more formidable challenge than Mt. Everest. Although close to middle age and inexperienced at high altitude, Wolfe, with the team leader, made it higher than any other members of the expedition, but he couldn鈥檛 get back down. Suffering from altitude sickness and severe dehydration, he was abandoned at nearly 25,000 feet; it would be another sixty-three years before the author discovered his remains.</p>
A Brief History of Time
by Stephen Hawking

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English

Pages

224

Publication Date

May 04, 2011

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<b>#1聽<i>NEW YORK TIMES</i>聽BESTSELLER</b><br /><br />A landmark volume in science writing by one of the great minds of our time, Stephen Hawking鈥檚 book explores such profound questions as: How did the universe begin鈥攁nd what made its start possible? Does time always flow forward? Is the universe unending鈥攐r 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,聽<i>A Brief History of Time</i>聽plunges into the exotic realms of black holes and quarks, of antimatter and 鈥渁rrows of time,鈥?of the big bang and a bigger God鈥攚here 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.
Apollo 13
by , Jeffrey Kluger

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English

Pages

432

Publication Date

February 20, 2006

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In April 1970, during the glory days of the Apollo space program, NASA sent Navy Captain Jim Lovell and two other astronauts on America's fifth mission to the moon. Only fifty-five hours into the flight of Apollo 13, disaster struck: a mysterious explosion rocked the ship, and soon its oxygen and power began draining away. Written with all the color and drama of the best fiction, APOLLO 13 (previously published as Lost Moon) tells the full story of the moon shot that almost ended in catastrophe. Minutes after the explosion, the three astronauts are forced to abandon the main ship for the lunar module, a tiny craft designed to keep two men alive for just two days. As the hours tick away, the narrative shifts from the crippled spacecraft to Mission Control, from engineers searching desperately for a way to fix the ship to Lovell's wife and children praying for his safe return. The entire nation watches as one crisis after another is met and overcome. By the time the ship splashes down in the Pacific, we understand why the heroic effort to rescue Lovell and his crew is considered by many to be NASA's finest hour.<br />Now, thirty years after the launch of the mission, Jim Lovell and coauthor Jeffrey Kluger add a new preface and never-before-seen photographs to Apollo 13. In their preface, they offer an incisive look at America's waxing and waning love affair with space exploration during the past three decades, culminating only recently when the Apollo 13 spacecraft itself, long consigned to an aviation museum outside Paris, was at last returned to its rightful home in the United States. As inspiring today as it was thirty years ago, the story of Apollo 13 is a timeless tribute to the enduring American spirit and sparkling individual heroism.
Beyond Earth: Our Path to a New Home in the Planets
by , Amanda R. Hendrix

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English

Pages

322

Publication Date

November 15, 2016

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From a leading planetary scientist and an award-winning science writer, a propulsive account of the developments and initiatives that have transformed the dream of space colonization into something that may well be achievable.<br /> 聽<br /> We are at the cusp of a golden age in space science, as increasingly more entrepreneurs鈥擡lon Musk, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos鈥攁re seduced by the commercial potential of human access to space. But <i>Beyond Earth </i>does not offer another wide-eyed technology fantasy: instead, it is grounded not only in the human capacity for invention and the appeal of adventure but also in the bureaucratic, political, and scientific realities that present obstacles to space travel鈥攔ealities that have hampered NASA鈥檚 efforts ever since the <i>Challenger </i>disaster.<br /> 聽<br /> In <i>Beyond Earth, </i>Charles Wohlforth and Amanda R.Hendrix offer groundbreaking research and argue persuasively that not Mars, but Titan鈥攁 moon of Saturn with a nitrogen atmosphere, a weather cycle, and an inexhaustible supply of cheap energy, where we will even be able to fly like birds in the minimal gravitational field鈥攐ffers the most realistic and thrill顱ing prospect of life without support from Earth.<br /><br /><i>(With 8 pages of color illustrations)聽</i>
The Wright Brothers
by David McCullough

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English

Pages

337

Publication Date

May 05, 2015

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The #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestseller from David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize鈥攖he dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly鈥擶ilbur and Orville Wright.<br /><br />On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two brothers鈥攂icycle mechanics from Dayton, Ohio鈥攃hanged history. But it would take the world some time to believe that the age of flight had begun, with the first powered machine carrying a pilot.<br /> <br />Orville and Wilbur Wright were men of exceptional courage and determination, and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity. When they worked together, no problem seemed to be insurmountable. Wilbur was unquestionably a genius. Orville had such mechanical ingenuity as few had ever seen. That they had no more than a public high school education and little money never stopped them in their mission to take to the air. Nothing did, not even the self-evident reality that every time they took off, they risked being killed.<br /> <br />In this 鈥渆njoyable, fast-paced tale鈥?(<i>The Economist</i>), master historian David McCullough 鈥渟hows as never before how two Ohio boys from a remarkable family taught the world to fly鈥?(<i>The Washington Post) </i>and 鈥渃aptures the marvel of what the Wrights accomplished鈥?(<i>The Wall Street Journal</i>). He draws on the extensive Wright family papers to profile not only the brothers but their sister, Katharine, without whom things might well have gone differently for them. Essential reading, this is 鈥渁 story of timeless importance, told with uncommon empathy and fluency鈥bout what might be the most astonishing feat mankind has ever accomplished鈥?lt;i>The Wright Brothers</i> soars鈥?(<i>The New York Times Book Review</i>).
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鈥檚 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>, comes a concise, elegant exploration of time.</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.

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