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This witty, often amusing exploration of the physical universe explains fundamental concepts in a language that is clear even to those with little or no science 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. Beginning with the history of counting, Tyson takes us up and down the number line from picometers to light-years as he demonstrates the universality of mathematics. We then learn about the scientific method and its importance not only to cutting-edge researchers but also to laypeople like television advertisers, who use it in commercials to prove the worth of products that lift stains, eradicate "ring-around-the-collar," and absorb "excess stomach acid." Tyson deftly demystifies astronomical terms and concepts such as the Big Bang, black holes, redshifts, syzygy, and Kirkwood Gaps; 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. Universe Down to Earth makes vivid analogies between scientific laws and household items such as oven-baked pies, tossed tomatoes, and lightbulbs, as well as amusement park rides, Hollywood films, and junk food. Consequently, each idea presented etches delightful impressions on the reader's mind. Bringing demonstrations of the principles of nature into the living room, Tyson writes in a lucid, easygoing style that finally makes scientific literacy possible for enthusiasts and those with math and science phobias alike.
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This often amusing exploration of the physical universe explains fundamental concepts in a language that is clear to the layperson with little or no science background. The author probes the philosophy, methods, and discoveries of science, including stellar evolution, the conservation of energy, the electromagnetic spectrum, gravity, and thermodynamics. Beginning with the history of counting, he demonstrates the universality of mathematics, then goes on to describe the scientific method, astronomy terms, and the periodic table. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Skeptical Inquirer

A delightful, witty, informal, and wise guide to a sampling of essential principles, processes, and concepts of science.

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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)

Meet the Author

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil D. Tyson is research scientist in astrophysics at Princeton University and Curator of Astronomy, Hayden Planetarium, American Museum of Natural History. A graduate of the Bronx High School of Science in New York City, Dr. Tyson received his B.A. in Physics from Harvard and his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Columbia. He is author of the question-and-answer book Merlin's Tour of the Universe, published by Columbia University Press

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Figures
Pt. 1 Methods of Science 1
1 A Sentimental Journey to the Googolplex: A romp through numbers big and small 3
2 The Structure of Science: Behind the scenes of the scientific process 13
3 Measure for Pleasure: Measurement is the lifeblood of all science 37
4 The Confused Person's Guide to Astronomical Jargon: Names and words that do not always mean what they say 47
Pt. 2 Some Unifying Ideas in the Physical Universe 77
5 Center of Mass: You will never leave home without it 79
6 Energy: Where it comes from and where it goes 91
7 The Electromagnetic Spectrum: The world of light 111
8 Shapes of Radiation: Why blue-hot is hotter than red-hot 125
9 The Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram: The most uniting concept in all astronomy 145
10 Highlights from the Periodic Table of the Elements: Some of your best friends are composed of elements 163
Pt. 3 Astronomy Is Looking Up 185
11 Menagerie: A cynic's guide to the constellations 187
12 Horrorscope: An astronomer's rebuttal 205
13 Celestial Windings: Making sense of heavenly motions 213
Suggested Reading 253
Index 261
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