Universe Down to Earth
BeschreibungThis 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.
InhaltsverzeichnisPreface Acknowledgements List of Figures One: Methods of Science 1. A Sentimental Journey to the GoogolplexA romp through numbers big and small 2. The Structure of ScienceBehind the scenes of the scientific process 3. Measure for PleasureMeasurement is the lifeblood of all science 4. The Confused Person's Guide to Astronomical JargonNames and words that do not always mean what they say Two: Some Unifying Ideas in the Physical Universe 5. Center of MassYou will never leave home without it 6. EnergyWhere it comes from and where it goes 7. The Electromagnetic SpectrumThe world of light 8. Shapes of RadiationWhy blue-hot is hotter than red-hot 9. The Hertzsprung-Russell DiagramThe most unifying concept in all astronomy 10. Highlights from the Periodic Table of the ElementsSome of your best friends are composed of elements Three: Astronomy is Looking Up 11. MenagerieA cynic's guide to the constellations 12. HorrorscopeAn astronomer's rebuttal 13. Celestial WindingsMaking sense of heavenly motions Suggested Reading Index
Pressestimmen"A delightful, witty, informal, and wise guide to a sampling of essential principles, processes, and concepts of science." -- Skeptical Inquirer
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Columbia University Press
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 1995
Seitenanzahl: 277 Seiten