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The matchbox that ate a forty-ton truck : what everyday things tell us about the universe

Author: Marcus Chown
Publisher: New York : Faber and Faber, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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An introduction to cosmology instructs readers on how to recognize cosmic qualities in the everyday world, from the paradoxical size of atoms versus light waves to the ways in which television static reflects the origins of the universe.
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marcus Chown
ISBN: 9780865479227 0865479224
OCLC Number: 456171469
Notes: Originally published in 2009 by Faber and Faber, Great Britain, as We need to talk about Kelvin: What everyday things tell us about the universe.
Description: xiii, 269 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: The face in the window --
Why atoms rock and roll all over the place --
No more than two peas in a pod at a time --
We need to talk about Kelvin --
You, me and the spectacularly unlikely triple-alpha process --
The 4.5-billion-degree furnace --
The unutterable feebleness of starlight --
The bang before the Big One --
The Humpty Dumpty tendency --
Random reality --
Earth's full, go home.
Responsibility: Marcus Chown.

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An introduction to cosmology instructs readers on how to recognize cosmic qualities in the everyday world, from the paradoxical size of atoms versus light waves to the ways in which television static reflects the origins of the universe.

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