Universe down to Earth

Paperback | November 23, 1995

byNeil de Grasse Tyson

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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.

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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, t...

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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, ...

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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, t...

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 ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:277 pages, 8.75 × 1 × 0.68 inPublished:November 23, 1995Publisher:Columbia University Press

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PrefaceAcknowledgementsList of FiguresPart I: Methods of Science1. A Sentimental Journey to the Googolplex: A romp through numbers big and small2. The Structure of Science: Behind the scenes of the scientific process3. Measure for Pleasure: Measurement is the lifeblood of all science4. The Confused Person's Guide to Astronomical Jargon: Names and words that do not always mean what they sayPart II: Some Unifying Ideas in the Physical Universe5. Center of Mass: You will never leave home without it6. Energy: Where it comes from and where it goes7. The Electromagnetic Spectrum: The world of light8. Shapes of Radiation: Why blue-hot is hotter than red-hot9. The Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram: The most unifying concept in all astronomy10. Highlights from the Periodic Table of the Elements: Some of your best friends are composed of elementsPart III: Astronomy Is Looking Up11. Menagerie: A cynic's guide to the constellations12. Horrorscope: An astronomer's rebuttal13. Celestial Windings: Making sense of heavenly motionsSuggested ReadingIndex

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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.

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