Universe Down to Earth

Universe Down to Earth

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by Neil deGrasse Tyson
     
 

ISBN-10: 023107560X

ISBN-13: 9780231075602

Pub. Date: 10/28/1994

Publisher: Columbia University Press

This witty and amusing exploration of the physical universe explains fundamental concepts in language that is clear to anyone with little or no scientific background. Tyson transforms everyday experiences into venues of cosmic enlightenment as he probes the philosophy, methods, and discoveries of science, including stellar evolution, the conservation of energy, the

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This witty and amusing exploration of the physical universe explains fundamental concepts in language that is clear to anyone with little or no scientific background. Tyson transforms everyday experiences into venues of cosmic enlightenment as he probes the philosophy, methods, and discoveries of science, including stellar evolution, the conservation of energy, the electromagnetic spectrum, gravity and thermodynamics. Deftly demystifying astronomical terms and concepts such as the Big Bang, black holes, redshifts, syzygy, and Kirkwood Gaps, Universe Down to Earth traces the life of the stars from birth to death; presents the Periodic Table of Elements, highlighting noteworthy elements such as titanium, iron, and hydrogen; gives an unorthodox yet entertaining tour of famous constellations; and tackles modern-day astrology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231075602
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1994
Pages:
277
Product dimensions:
5.82(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.98(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
List of Figures
One: Methods of Science
1. A Sentimental Journey to the GoogolplexA romp through numbers big and small
2. The Structure of Science Behind the scenes of the scientific process
3. Measure for Pleasure Measurement is the lifeblood of all science
4. The Confused Person's Guide to Astronomical Jargon Names and words that do not always mean what they say
Two: Some Unifying Ideas in the Physical Universe
5. Center of Mass You will never leave home without it
6. Energy Where it comes from and where it goes
7. The Electromagnetic Spectrum The world of light
8. Shapes of Radiation Why blue-hot is hotter than red-hot
9. The Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram The most unifying concept in all astronomy
10. Highlights from the Periodic Table of the Elements Some of your best friends are composed of elements
Three: Astronomy is Looking Up
11. Menagerie A cynic's guide to the constellations
12. Horrorscope An astronomer's rebuttal
13. Celestial Windings Making sense of heavenly motions
Suggested Reading
Index


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