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Universe down to Earth

Author: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Nonfiction
Ouvrages de vulgarisation
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Neil deGrasse Tyson
ISBN: 023107560X 9780231075602 0231075618 9780231075619
OCLC Number: 28926940
Description: xiv, 277 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Methods of Science. 1. A Sentimental Journey to the Googolplex: A 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 --
pt. 2. 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 uniting concept in all astronomy. 10. Highlights from the Periodic Table of the Elements: Some of your best friends are composed of elements --
pt. 3. 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.
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"A delightful, witty, informal, and wise guide to a sampling of essential principles, processes, and concepts of science." -- Skeptical Inquirer

 
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