Mass Market Paperbound
640 pages, 6.86 × 4.18 × 1.08 in
April 30, 2013
Random House Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 034554711X
ISBN - 13: 9780345547118
About the Book
Now completely revised and updated, and for the first time ever with online bonus material. Boasting actual-size images and a new Infographics showcase, this edition features so much more than simple data and photos. It offers an immersive, interactive way to understand the complexities and extremes in the world. Original.
Read from the Book
SPACEhow far will we explore?What are the limits to space travel?The distances between the stars are vast and are measured using a unit called “light-years.” One light-year is the distance traveled by light in one year. The speed of light is 671 million mph (299,792,458 m/s), so one light-year is the same as 5,878,625,373,183.608 miles (9,460,730,472,580.8 km)!Our Sun is 8.3 “light-minutes” away (i.e., it takes 8.3 minutes for sunlight to reach Earth), and the Moon—the farthest place humans have ever visited—just 1.3 “light-seconds” away. So when we consider that our next nearest star is 4.2 light-years away, what chances have we got of ever reaching it? Even if we consider light as our theoretical speed limit, how far can we expect to travel from Earth? Our journey starts at bottom left of the page . . .With current conventional rocket technology, a trip to the nearest star is out of the question. Even if we could develop an interstellar spacecraft (artist’s impression, top right), Albert Einstein has taught us that as this theoretical spacecraft approached the speed of light, it would appear to gain mass, making it increasingly difficult to accelerate.More advanced rocket technology, such as nuclear thermal or nuclear pulse, could theoretically send a manned mission to the nearest stars at a significant fraction of the speed of light—albeit at a great cost—within a century. If anyone manages to invent sci-fi technology, such as a warp drive, it could happen much sooner!venu
From the Publisher
From the highest jump on a pogo stick to the fastest dash in clogs, from the longest dog tail to the largest fuzzy dice—the most astonishing records from around the world can be found here!
Guinness World Records™ 2013 presents the most amazing, inspiring, and wild record-breakers ever. Filled with don’t-try-this-at-home human exploits, natural and technological wonders, incredible achievements in sports and entertainment, and much more, this fully updated edition introduces thrilling new records and incredible facts that will fascinate young and old alike. Did you know . . .
• Takeru Kobayashi of Japan appeared on The Wendy Williams Show on January 23, 2012, and devoured 14 Twinkies in one minute?
• Over a short distance, the cheetah can maintain a steady maximum speed of approximately 62 mph, making it the fastest mammal on land?
• As of February 17, 2012, Axel Rosales from Villa María, Argentina, had the most facial piercings with the grand total of 280 from forehead to neck?
And that’s just a hint of what you’ll find inside this addictive book, including new photos and spreads, as well as a handy guide on how to become a record-breaker yourself, and compelling sections leading off popular categories that explore the question: How far can a record be pushed?