- 30-Second Newton: The 50 Crucial Concepts, Roles & Performers, Each Explained in Half a MinuteISBN: 9781782403111
Title: 30-Second Newton: The 50 Crucial Concepts, Roles & Performers, Each Explained in Half a Minute
Author: CLEGG BRIAN
Not only a towering figure in his own era, Newton also left an immense scientific legacy, much of which still underpins key theories today. So if the principal thing you remember about him is that an apple fell on his head, it's high time you learned a little more. 30-Second Newton offers a fast-track understanding of the key theories that formed the core of Newton's thinking, and looks at the roles he played over his long life, and at the network of connections he forged with his contemporaries. A team of expert authors assess his breadth and brilliance, offering the reader not only succinct analyses of his work on gravity, light, colour, and calculus, but also a broader picture of the key role he plays in the history of science
- 30-Second Physics: The 50 Most Fundamental Concepts in Physics, Each Explained in Half a MinuteISBN: 9781782403128
Title: 30-Second Physics: The 50 Most Fundamental Concepts in Physics, Each Explained in Half a Minute
Author: CLEGG BRIAN
The bestselling 30-Second... series takes a revolutionary approach to learning about those subjects you feel you should really understand. Each title selects a popular topic and dissects it into the 50 most significant ideas at its heart. 30-Second Physics tackles the big ideas behind life as we know it, from electromagnetic waves that enable us to connect in an instant from opposite ends of the earth to the gravity that keeps our feet firmly on the ground. In a world where physics is an everyday essential and new quantum developments make headline news, you need to know your atoms from your anti-matter, and learn just enough to speak with fluidity about Fluid Dynamics and be certain about the Uncertainty Principle. Here is the fastest way to get up to speed with rocket science - and the rest.
- 50 Chemistry Ideas You Really Need to KnowISBN: 9781848666672
Title: 50 Chemistry Ideas You Really Need to Know
Author: BIRCH HAYLEY
Chemistry is at the cutting ege of our lives. How does a silicon chip work? How can we harness natural products to combat human disease? And is it possible to create artificial muscles? Providing answers to these questions and many more, 50 Chemistry Ideas You Really Need to Know is an engaging guide to the world of chemistry. From the molecules that kick-started life itself to nanotechnology, chemistry offers some fascinating insights into our origins, as well as continuing to revolutionize life as we know it. In 50 short instalments, this accessible book discusses everything from the arguments of the key thinkers to the latest research methods, using timelines to place each theory in context - telling you all you need to know about the most important ideas in chemistry, past and present. Contents include: Thermodynamics, Catalysts, Fermentation, Green Chemistry, Separation, Chrystallography, Microfabrication, Computational Chemistry, Chemistry Occurring in Nature, Manmade Solutions: Beer, Plastic, Artificial Muscles and Hydrogen Future.
- 50 Physics Ideas You Really Need to KnowISBN: 9781848667068
Title: 50 Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know
Author: BAKER JOANNE
We encounter physics before we've even left the house in the morning; an alarm clock tracks time, a mirror reflects light waves and our mobile phones rely on satellites held in their orbit by gravity. Where would we be without the Bernoulli equation to explain how planes fly, electromagnetic waves enabling us to communicate around the world or the discovery of X-rays? In 50 Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know Joanne Baker will uncover the physics all around us, from basic concepts like gravity, light and energy through to the complexities of quantum theory, chaos and dark energy. Featuring short biographies of iconic physicists, explanatory diagrams and timelines showing discoveries within their historical context, this book is the perfect guide to the fundamental concepts of physics, making even the most challenging theories easy to understand. Contents include: Newton's law of gravitation, Brownian motion, Chaos theory, Fleming's right hand rule, Planck's law, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, Schrodinger's cat, Superconductivity, Rutherford's atom, Nuclear fission and fusion, The God particle, String theory, Special and general relativity, The big bang and the Anthropic principle.
- A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha ChristieISBN: 9781472911315
Title: A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie
Author: HARKUP KATHRYN
Fourteen novels. Fourteen poisons. Just because it's fiction doesn't mean its all made-up ...
Agatha Christie's detailed plotting is what makes her books so compelling. Christie used poison to kill her characters more often than any other murder method, with the poison itself being a central part of the novel, and her choice of deadly substances was far from random; the chemical and physiological characteristics of each poison provide vital clues to discovery of the murderer. With gunshots or stabbings the cause of death is obvious, but not so with poisons. How is it that some compounds prove so deadly, and in such tiny amounts?
Christie demonstrated her extensive chemical knowledge (much of it gleaned from her working in a chemists during both world wars) in many of her novels, but this is rarely appreciated by the reader. A is for Arsenic celebrates the use of science in Christie's work. Written by Christie fan and research chemist Kathryn Harkup, each chapter takes a different novel and investigates the poison (or poisons) the murderer used. A is for Arsenic looks at why certain chemicals kill, how they interact with the body, and the feasibility of obtaining, administering and detecting these poisons, both at the time the novel was written and today. This book is published as part of the 125th anniversary celebration of Christie's birth.
Fourteen novels. Fourteen poisons. Just because its fiction doesn't mean its all made-up ...
- A Is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha ChristieISBN: 9781472911322
Title: A Is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie
Author: HARKUP KATHRYN
Fourteen novels. Fourteen poisons. Just because it's fiction doesn't mean it's all made-up . . .
Agatha Christie reveled in the use of poison to kill off unfortunate victims in her books; indeed, she employed it more than any other murder method, with the poison itself often being a central part of the novel. Her choice of deadly substances was far from random--the characteristics of each often provide vital clues to the discovery of the murderer. With gunshots or stabbings the cause of death is obvious, but this is not the case with poisons. How is it that some compounds prove so deadly, and in such tiny amounts?
Christie's extensive chemical knowledge provides the backdrop for "A is for Arsenic," in which Kathryn Harkup investigates the poisons used by the murderer in fourteen classic Agatha Christie mysteries. It looks at why certain chemicals kill, how they interact with the body, the cases that may have inspired Christie, and the feasibility of obtaining, administering and detecting these poisons, both at the time the novel was written and today. "A is for Arsenic" is a celebration of the use of science by the undisputed Queen of Crime.
- All About PhysicsISBN: 9780241206553
Title: All About Physics
Author: HAMMOND RICHARD
Richard Hammond explains All About Physics in this popular, award-winning series, from the discoveries of ancient Greece to Einstein via Galileo and Newton.
Physics doesn't just happen in a lab - it happens in the kitchen, in your bath, in a car! Join a thrilling high-energy journey through time, space and beyond and find out about the physical forces that make our world what it is. Find out how science affects everything, from roller-coasters to fighter pilots. Crammed with fascinating physics facts and interactive experiments.
A totally cool look at physics!
- Beautiful Question: Finding Nature's Deep DesignISBN: 9780718199463
Title: Beautiful Question: Finding Nature's Deep Design
Author: WILCZEK FRANK
Is the world a work of art? Artists and scientists throughout human history have pondered this age-old 'beautiful question', and in this scientific tour de force, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Frank Wilczek argues that beauty is the fundamental organizing principle of the entire universe. As he reveals in A Beautiful Question, the universe embodies beautiful forms - forms whose hallmarks are symmetry, harmony, balance and proportion - and the quest for beauty has always been at the heart of scientific pursuit. In a book that stretches from the ancient Greeks to the deep waters of twentieth-century physics to the present day and beyond, Wilczek explores just how intertwined our ideas about beauty and art are with our scientific understanding of the cosmos, from the infinitesimal to the infinite. In the process, he traces the bright lines of thought connecting Pythagoras's triangles to Plato's solids and Newton's classical equations to Einstein's spooky ones. As he shows us, the equations for atoms and light are almost literally the same equations that govern musical instruments and sound; the subatomic particles that are responsible for most of our mass are determined by simple geometric symmetries. Gorgeously illustrated, A Beautiful Questionis a mind-shifting book that braids the age-old quest for beauty and the age-old quest for truth into a thrilling synthesis - the universe wantsto be beautiful. 'A beautiful treatise on a beautiful universe, this delightful series of meditations on the nature of beauty and the physical universe roams from music, to colour vision, to fundamental ideas at the very forefront of physics today. Frank Wilczek is one of the deepest, most creative, and most knowledgeable theoretical physicists alive today. Read him and you will never think about the universe the same way again.' Lawrence Krauss, author of A Universe from Nothingand The Physics of Star-Trek'Before there was Science, there was Natural Philosophy. In this authoritative, ever-surprising, and lavishly illustrated account, Frank Wilczek brings the grand quest that so captivated Pythagoras, Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Maxwell, Einstein, Noether, and a host of others both up to date and back to life.' George Dyson, author of Turing's Cathedral'A masterful, intellectual journey, surveying a breathtaking tapestry of physics, art, and philosophy.' Mario Livio, Astrophysicist, author of Brilliant Blunders'A truly beautiful book, in design, in content, in the insights that Frank Wilczek shares . . . Immerse yourself in this book, wallow in it, sit back and relax as you wander through it, and you'll soon understand.' Richard Muller, author of Physics for Future Presidents'For a century, science has invalidated 'soft' questions about truth, beauty, and transcendence. It took considerable courage therefore for Frank Wilczek to declare that such questions are within the framework of 'hard' science . . . Wilczek has caught the winds of change, and his thinking breaks through some sacred boundaries with curiosity, insight, and intellectual power.' Deepak Chopra, M.D.
- Bedside Book of ChemistryISBN: 9781742660356
Title: Bedside Book of Chemistry
Author: LEVY JOEL
THE BEDSIDE BOOK OF CHEMISTRY is a fascinating, interactive guide to the history and uses of chemistry, with particular reference to the famous periodic table of elements. It contains clear and concise explanations of different chemical concepts, as well as profiles of key scientists and their discoveries. A unique feature of the book is its simple, step-by-step exercises. Some of these have everyday applications, others are theoretical puzzles, but all are designed to challenge you and test your newly acquired knowledge. The perfect companion for beginners and experts alike, THE BEDSIDE BOOK OF CHEMISTRY does not assume prior knowledge of the subject. It conveys the basic elements of chemistry in a way that is clear and accessible, no matter your level of ability.
- Bedside Book of PhysicsISBN: 9781742660370
Title: Bedside Book of Physics
Author: MCPHEE ISAAC
THE BEDSIDE BOOK OF PHYSICS is an entertaining and informative introduction to the world of physics, written with the curious beginner in mind. Covering history of physics from the early Greek thinkers to the modern international scientific collaborations, THE BEDSIDE BOOK OF PHYSICS takes readers on a fascinating journey through many of the greatest scientific achievements of all time, presented in an easy-to-digest and visually interesting way. Written in a highly readable style suitable for any audience, THE BEDSIDE BOOK OF PHYSICS is intended for a general readership and does not assume prior knowledge of the subject. The aim of the book is to convey basic principles of physics - and the stories behind them - to anyone who is interested in learning about the universe around them, with an emphasis on how these seemingly abstract principles relate to the reader's everyday experiences.
- Before the Big Bang: The Prehistory of the UniverseISBN: 9780312680282
Title: Before the Big Bang: The Prehistory of the Universe
Author: CLEGG BRIAN
According to a recent survey, the most popular question about science from the general public was: what came before the Big Bang? We all know on some level what the Big Bang is, but we don't know how it became the accepted theory, or how we might know what came before. In "Before the Big Bang," Brian Clegg (the critically acclaimed author of "Upgrade Me "and "The God Effect") explores the history of this remarkable concept. From the earliest creation myths, through Hershel's realization that the Milky Way was one of many galaxies, to on-going debates about Black Holes, this is an incredible look at the origins of the universe and the many theories that led to the acceptance of the Big Bang. But in classic scientist fashion Clegg challenges the notion of the "Big Bang" itself, and raises the deep philosophical question of why we might want to rethink the origin of the universe. This is popular science at its best, exploratory, controversial, and utterly engrossing.
- Being & TimeISBN: 9780061575594
Title: Being & Time
Author: HEIDEGGER MARTIN
"What is the meaning of being?" This is the central question of Martin Heidegger's profoundly important work, in which the great philosopher seeks to explain the basic problems of existence. A central influence on later philosophy, literature, art, and criticismas well as existentialism and much of postmodern thoughtBeing and Time forever changed the intellectual map of the modern world. As Richard Rorty wrote in the New York Times Book Review, "You cannot read most of the important thinkers of recent times without taking Heidegger's thought into account." This first paperback edition of John Macquarrie and Edward Robinson's definitive translation also features a new foreword by Heidegger scholar Taylor Carman.
- Big Book of Maker Skills Tools & Techniques for Building Great Tech ProjectsISBN: 9781616287269
Title: Big Book of Maker Skills Tools & Techniques for Building Great Tech Projects
Author: HACKETT CHRIS & POPULAR SCIENCE MAGAZINE STAFF
Makers, get ready. This is your ultimate, must-have, tip-packed guide for taking your DIY projects to the next level-from basic wood- and metalworking skills to plugged-in fun with power tools, from cutting-edge electronics play to 3-D printing wizardry. Join Chris Hackett, Popular Science intrepid DIY columnist and star of the Science Channel's Stuck with Hackett , on a rummage through the toolbox of yore-and a foray into the technologies of the future.
A classic is a classic for a reason. Learn to build your own metal forge, screen-print whatever you want, swing a hammer better than your ancestors, and repurpose what Hackett calls "obtainium"-but what others might call trash-into your own mad-scientist creations.
Discover the supreme joy that is angle-grinding, rig your own welding machine out of a junked car battery or three, and meet and master a whole host of electronic gadgets-LEDs, piezo buzzers, solar panels, and more.
ROBOTS & BEYOND
When it comes to making, there's a whole new skillset in town. Get started with CNC milling, laser-cutting, programming microcontrollers, and 3D printing in a chapter that's all about building what's next.
Setting up a hackerspace, drones and space exploration tools, circuitry basics, sourcing and crowdsourcing and biotechnology- just to name a few more. You name it; it's probably in this book.
- Chaos: Amazing Science of the UnpredictableISBN: 9780749386061
Title: Chaos: Amazing Science of the Unpredictable
Author: GLEICK JAMES
The science of chaos cuts across traditional scientific disciplines, tying together unrelated kinds of wildness and irregularity, from the turbulence of weather to the complicated rhythms of the human heart, from the design of snowflakes to the whorls of windswept desert sands.After reading CHAOS, you will never look at the world in quite the same way again.
- Chemical Structure & Reactivity An Integrated ApproachISBN: 9780199604135
Title: Chemical Structure & Reactivity An Integrated Approach
Author: WOTHERS PETER, KEELER JAMES
'Chemical Structure and Reactivity' depicts the subject as a seamless discipline, showing how inorganic, organic and physical concepts can be blended together to achieve the common goal of understanding chemical systems. The book includes in-text examples and extensive end-of-chapter questions to encourage learning.
- Critical Mass How One Thing Leads to AnotherISBN: 9780099457862
Title: Critical Mass How One Thing Leads to Another
Author: BALL PHILIP
Is there a 'physics of society'? Ranging from Hobbes and Adam Smith to modern work on traffic flow and market trading, and across economics, sociology and psychology, Philip Ball shows how much we can understand of human behaviour when we cease to try to predict and analyse the behaviour of individuals and look to the impact of hundreds, thousands or millions of individual human decisions., whether in circumstances in which human beings co-operate or conflict, when their aggregate behaviour is constructive and when it is destructive. By perhaps Britain's leading young science writer, this is a deeply thought-provoking book, causing us to examine our own behaviour, whether in buying the new Harry Potter book, voting for a particular party or responding to the lures of advertisers.
- Disappearing Spoon & other True Tales from the Periodic TableISBN: 9780316051637
Title: Disappearing Spoon & other True Tales from the Periodic Table
Author: KEAN SAM
- Disappearing Spoon & Other True Tales from the Periodic TableISBN: 9780552777506
Title: Disappearing Spoon & Other True Tales from the Periodic Table
Author: KEAN SAM
Why did Gandhi hate iodine (I, 53)? Why did the Japanese kill Godzilla with missiles made of cadmium (Cd, 48)? How did radium (Ra, 88) nearly ruin Marie Curie's reputation? And why did tellurium (Te, 52) lead to the most bizarre gold rush in history? The periodic table is one of our crowning scientific achievements, but it's also a treasure trove of passion, adventure, betrayal and obsession. The fascinating tales in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, gold and every single element on the table as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, conflict, the arts, medicine and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them. Why did a little lithium (Li, 3) help cure poet Robert Lowell of his madness? And how did gallium (Ga, 31) become the go-to element for laboratory pranksters? The Disappearing Spoon has the answers, fusing science with the classic lore of invention, investigation, discovery and alchemy, from the big bang through to the end of time.
- E=mc2ISBN: 9780330391658
Author: BODANIS DAVID
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Einstein' s miracle year of discoveries, a new edition of the bestselling "" biography"" of his famous equation Generations have grown up knowing that the equation E=mc2 changed the shape of our world, but never understanding what it actually means, why it was so significant, and how it informs our daily lives today--governing, as it does, everything from the atomic bomb to a television's cathode ray tube to the carbon dating of prehistoric paintings. In this book, David Bodanis writes the ""biography"" of one of the greatest scientific discoveries in history--that the realms of energy and matter are inescapably linked--and, through his skill as a writer and teacher, he turns a seemingly impenetrable theory into a dramatic human achievement and an uncommonly good story.
- Einstein's Dice & Schrodinger's Cat How Two Great Minds Battled Quantum Randomness to Create a Unified Theory of PhysicsISBN: 9780465075713
Title: Einstein's Dice & Schrodinger's Cat How Two Great Minds Battled Quantum Randomness to Create a Unified Theory of Physics
Author: HALPERN PAUL
When the fuzzy indeterminacy of quantum mechanics overthrew the orderly world of Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrodinger were at the forefront of the revolution. Neither man was ever satisfied with the standard interpretation of quantum mechanics, however, and both rebelled against what they considered the most preposterous aspect of quantum mechanics: its randomness. Einstein famously quipped that God does not play dice with the universe, and Schrodinger constructed his famous fable of a cat that was neither alive nor dead not to explain quantum mechanics but to highlight the apparent absurdity of a theory gone wrong. But these two giants did more than just criticize: they fought back, seeking a Theory of Everything that would make the universe seem sensible again.
In "Einstein s Dice and Schrodinger s Cat," physicist Paul Halpern tells the little-known story of how Einstein and Schrodinger searched, first as collaborators and then as competitors, for a theory that transcended quantum weirdness. This story of their questwhich ultimately failedprovides readers with new insights into the history of physics and the lives and work of two scientists whose obsessions drove its progress.
Today, much of modern physics remains focused on the search for a Theory of Everything. As Halpern explains, the recent discovery of the Higgs Boson makes the Standard Modelthe closest thing we have to a unified theory nearly complete. And while Einstein and Schrodinger failed in their attempt to explain everything in the cosmos through pure geometry, the development of string theory has, in its own quantum way, brought this idea back into vogue. As in so many things, even when they were wrong, Einstein and Schrodinger couldn t help but get a great deal right.
- Electrical Principles for the Electrical Trade - Two Volume PackISBN: 9781743075494
Title: Electrical Principles for the Electrical Trade - Two Volume Pack
Author: JENNESON J R & HARPER BOB
Format: Mixed Media
- Electrical Trade Principles: A Practical Approach with Student Resource Access 24 MonthsISBN: 9780170356169
Title: Electrical Trade Principles: A Practical Approach with Student Resource Access 24 Months
Author: HAMPSON & HANSSEN
Your students will engage with learning from this new edition of the Australia-wide bestseller. It focuses on essential knowledge of electrical principles within the field. Fully revised for electrical courses in the UEE11 Electrotechnology Training Package, including the UEE30811 Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician qualification. Ideal for varying modes of delivery, including the classroom, workplace and student self-study.
- Energy Myths & Realities Bringing Science to the Energy Policy DebateISBN: 9780844743288
Title: Energy Myths & Realities Bringing Science to the Energy Policy Debate
Author: VACLAV SMIL
- Fallout from FukushimaISBN: 9781922070166
Title: Fallout from Fukushima
Author: BROINOWSKI RICHARD
On a calm afternoon in March 2011, a force-nine earthquake jolted the Pacific Ocean seabed east of Japan. Forty minutes later, a tsunami 21 metres high crashed onto the coast of Fukushima, Miyagi, and Iwate prefectures. Towns collapsed, villages were destroyed, and 16,000 people were swept away. The earthquake and tsunami also resulted in another terrifying calamity – explosions and meltdowns at a nuclear plant near the city of Fukushima.Fallout from Fukushima tells the story of Japan's worst nuclear disaster, and the attempts to suppress, downplay, and obscure its consequences. Former diplomat Richard Broinowski travelled into the irradiated zone to speak to those affected and to find out why authorities delayed warning the public about the severity of the radiation. Combining interviews, research, and analysis, he reveals the extent of the disaster's consequences: the ruinous compensation claims faced by electricity supplier TEPCO; the complete shutdown of Japan's nuclear reactors; and the psychological impact on those who, unable to return to their farms and villages, may become permanent nuclear refugees.In this illuminating and persuasive account, Broinowski puts this nuclear tragedy in context, tracing the path back through Tokyo, Three Mile Island, and Chernobyl. Examining what the disaster will mean for the international nuclear industry, he explores why some countries are abandoning nuclear power, while others – including Australia, through its export of uranium – and continue to put their faith in this dangerous technology.'the definitive analysis of the Fukushima accident . . . If you are tempted to see a role for nuclear energy, you should read this book.' Professor Ian Lowe, AO
- Feynman's Rainbow: A Search for Beauty in Physics & in LifeISBN: 9780307946492
Title: Feynman's Rainbow: A Search for Beauty in Physics & in Life
Author: MLODINOW LEONARD
Some of the brightest minds in science have passed through the halls of the California Institute of Technology. In the early 1980s, Leonard Mlodinow joined their ranks to begin a postdoctoral fellowship. Afraid he was not smart enough to be there, despite his groundbreaking Ph.D. thesis, he took his insecurities to Richard Feynman, Caltech’s intimidating resident genius and iconoclast. So began a pivotal year in a young man’s life. Though a series of fascinating exchanges, Mlodinow and Feynman delve into the nature of science, creativity, love mathematics, happiness, God, art, pleasures and ambition, producing a moving portrait of a friendship and an affecting account of Feynman’s final creative years.
- Forensics An Anatomy of CrimeISBN: 9781781251690
Title: Forensics An Anatomy of Crime
Author: MCDERMID VAL
The dead talk. To the right listener, they tell us all about themselves: where they came from, how they lived, how they died - and who killed them. Forensic scientists can use a corpse, the scene of a crime or a single hair to unlock the secrets of the past and allow justice to be done. Bestselling crime author Val McDermid will draw on interviews with top-level professionals to delve, in her own inimitable style, into the questions and mysteries that surround this fascinating science. How is evidence collected from a brutal crime scene? What happens at an autopsy? What techniques, from blood spatter and DNA analysis to entomology, do such experts use? How far can we trust forensic evidence? Looking at famous murder cases, as well as investigations into the living - sexual assaults, missing persons, mistaken identity - she will lay bare the secrets of forensics from the courts of seventeenth-century Europe through Jack the Ripper to the cutting-edge science of the modern day.
Format: Trade paperback
- Goldilocks Enigma Why Is the Universe Just Right for LifeISBN: 9780141023267
Title: Goldilocks Enigma Why Is the Universe Just Right for Life
Author: DAVIES PAUL
In the successor to his provocative bestseller ""The Mind of God,"" a cosmologist tackles another big question: Why does the universe seem so well suited for life?
- GravityISBN: 9780715643600
Author: CLEGG BRAIN
Physicists will tell you that four forces control the universe. Of these, gravity may the most obvious, but it is also the most mysterious. Newton managed to predict the force of gravity but couldn't explain how it worked at a distance. Then Einstein picked up on the simple premise that gravity and acceleration are interchangeable to devise his mind-bending general relativity, showing how matter warps space and time. Not only did this explain how gravity worked - and how apparently simple gravitation has four separate components - but it predicted everything from black holes to gravity's effect on time. Whether it's the reality of anti-gravity or the unexpected discovery that a ball and a laser beam drop at the same rate, gravity is the force that fascinates.
- Gravity's Engines: The Other Side of Black HolesISBN: 9781846145339
Title: Gravity's Engines: The Other Side of Black Holes
Author: SCHARF CALEB
We have long understood black holes to be the points at which the universe as we know it comes to an end - mysterious chasms so destructive and unforgiving that not even light can escape their deadly power. Recent research, however, has led to a cascade of new discoveries that have revealed an entirely new, and crucially important, side to black holes. Super-sized versions, often billions of times more massive than the Sun, lurk in every galaxy in the universe. And these chasms don't just vacuum up everything around them; they also spit out huge clouds of matter and energy. In Gravity's Engines, renowned astrophysicist Caleb Scharf reveals how these giant black holes profoundly rearrange the cosmos that surrounds them, controlling the number of stars in the galaxies and, in turn, the entire universe. With lucidity and elegance, Scharf traces the two hundred year history of our attempts to discover the nature of black holes, from an English academic turned clergyman in the late 1700's who first identified these 'dark stars' to Einstein and the great revolutions of relativity and quantum mechanics. Engaging with our deepest questions about our origins, he takes us on an intimate journey through our endlessly colourful universe, revealing how the cosmic capacity for life is ultimately governed by - and perhaps could not exist without - black holes.
- Gravity's Engines The Other Side of Black HolesISBN: 9780241957356
Title: Gravity's Engines The Other Side of Black Holes
Author: SCHARF CALEB A
A New Scientist Top Ten Books of 2012.We have long understood black holes to be where the universe as we know it comes to an end - huge bodies so destructive that not even light can escape their deadly power. In Gravity's Engines, however, renowned astrophysicist Caleb Scharf reveals an entirely new, and crucially important, side to these mysterious chasms.& & The latest research has located super-sized black holes, often billions of times more massive than the Sun, which have the power to rearrange the cosmos and control entire galaxies of stars. Engaging with our deepest questions about our origins, Scharf shows how, without these black holes, life in the universe could not exist.'This book should be on your shelf if you want to know why our Universe is the way it is.' Focus'Caleb Scharf is a lively and eloquent writer as well as a fine scientist. Gravity's Engines presents topics at the frontiers of our understanding which have not hitherto been presented so clearly to a general readership.' Sir Martin Rees& 'Using rich language and a brilliant command of metaphor, Scharf weaves a wonderfully detailed tapestry of what modern astronomy is all about.' Nature'Scharf serves as an appealing tour guide to the eerie, infinite corridors of the cosmos in which we reside.'& Prospect
- Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans & Our Energy FutureISBN: 9781608196104
Title: Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans & Our Energy Future
Author: BAKKE GRETCHEN
The grid is an accident of history and of culture, in no way intrinsic to how we produce, deliver and consume electrical power. Yet this is the system the United States ended up with, a jerry-built structure now so rickety and near collapse that a strong wind or a hot day can bring it to a grinding halt.
The grid is now under threat from a new source: renewable and variable energy, which puts stress on its logics as much as its components.
In an entertaining, perceptive and deeply researched fashion, cultural anthropologist Gretchen Bakke uses the history of an increasingly outdated infrastructure to show how the United States has gone from seemingly infinite technological prowess to a land of structural instability. She brings humor and a bright eye to contemporary solutions and to the often surprising ways in which these succeed or fail. And the consequences of failure are significant.
Our national electrical grid grew during an era when monopoly, centralisation and standardisation meant strength. Yet as we've increasingly become a nation that caters to local needs, and as a plethora of new renewable energy sources comes online, our massive system is dangerously out of step.
Charting the history of our electrical grid, Bakke helps us see what we all take for granted, shows it as central to our culture and identity as a people and reveals it to be the linchpin in our aspirations for a clean-energy future.
- Guide to the ElementsISBN: 9780199832521
Title: Guide to the Elements
Author: STWERTKA ALBERT
Newly updated throughout, and now covering 118 elements, this crystal-clear guide to the periodic table illuminates the basic concepts of chemistry as it traces the history and development of our knowledge of the material world.
In this fascinating volume, Albert Stwertka makes complex ideas and terms easily understandable, drawing upon engaging historical anecdotes and everyday examples to clarify the text, which is complemented by numerous illustrations, many in full color. Since the second edition, many new elements have been named and discovered, including Darmstadtium, Roentgenium, and Copernicium, and the elements currently called Ununtrium, Ununpentium, Ununhexium, Ununseptium, and Ununoctium. The third edition provides thorough coverage of all these new discoveries. In addition to the new elements, Stwertka has brought the information about the elements in the second edition up-to-date, based on the latest research. He discusses a cylindrical molecule of carbon known as a "nanotube," which has become a do-all wonder substance, touted for use in everything from X-ray machines to paint. A new form of the element boron has been found that is nearly as hard as diamond. Its superior heat resistance could make it attractive for certain industrial uses. And a new particle detector using ultra-pure liquid xenon has been constructed beneath 5,000 feet of rock in Italy to detect dark matter. Stwertka also covers the 2010 Nobel-winning work on graphene, an ultrathin form of carbon that is vital for future generations of computers and touch screens, the discovery of new superconductors, and the development of new uses for the rare earth elements.
Bringing the periodic table into the 21st century, this engrossing guide to the elements will fascinate everyone curious about the basic building blocks of the material world.
Format: Trade paperback
- Ham Radio for DummiesISBN: 9781118592113
Title: Ham Radio for Dummies
Author: SILVER H WARD
An ideal first step for learning about ham radio Beyond operating wirelessly, today's ham radio operators can transmit data and pictures; use the Internet, laser, and microwave transmitters; and travel to places high and low to make contact. This hands-on beginner guide reflects the operational and technical changes to amateur radio over the past decade and provides you with updated licensing requirements and information, changes in digital communication (such as the Internet, social media, and GPS), and how to use e-mail via radio. Addresses the critical use of ham radio for replacing downed traditional communications during emergencies or natural disasters Provides updates to all documentation of the American Radio Relay League Explains recent changes to picking your own call sign Places a special emphasis on the major reasons people get into amateur radio: emergency communication, digital communication, and do-it-yourself science Looks at online mapping and charting of websites Whether you're just getting turned on to ham radio or already have your license, Ham Radio for Dummies, 2nd Edition helps you with the terminology, the technology, and the talknology.
- Hear Where We Are: Sound Ecology & Sense of PlaceISBN: 9781461472841
Title: Hear Where We Are: Sound Ecology & Sense of Place
Author: STOCKER MICHAEL
Throughout history, hearing and sound perception have been typically framed in the context of how sound conveys information and how that information influences the listener. "Hear Where We Are" inverts this premise and examines how humans and other hearing animals use sound to establish acoustical relationships with their surroundings. This simple inversion reveals a panoply of possibilities by which we can re-evaluate how hearing animals use, produce, and perceive sound. Nuance in vocalizations become signals of enticement or boundary setting; silence becomes a field ripe in auditory possibilities; predator/prey relationships are infused with acoustic deception, and sounds that have been considered territorial cues become the fabric of cooperative acoustical communities. This inversion also expands the context of sound perception into a larger perspective that centers on biological adaptation within acoustic habitats. Here, the rapid synchronized flight patterns of flocking birds and the tight maneuvering of schooling fish becomes an acoustic engagement. Likewise, when stridulating crickets synchronize their summer evening chirrups, it has more to do with the 'cricket community' monitoring their collective boundaries rather than individual crickets establishing 'personal' territory or breeding fitness. In "Hear Where We Are" the author continuously challenges many of the bio-acoustic orthodoxies, reframing the entire inquiry into sound perception and communication. By moving beyond our common assumptions, many of the mysteries of acoustical behavior become revealed, exposing a fresh and fertile panorama of acoustical experience and adaptation.
- Higgs Discovery: The Power of Empty SpaceISBN: 9781847922571
Title: Higgs Discovery: The Power of Empty Space
Author: RANDALL LISA
On July 4th, 2012, one of physics' most exhilarating results was announced: an entirely new kind of particle had been discovered at the Large Hadron Collider.
The particle - a Higgs boson - is the key to verifying and understanding the Higgs mechanism that underlies elementary particle masses. Harvard Professor Lisa Randall, one of the world's most cited and influential theoretical physicists, and author of the bestselling Knocking on Heaven's Door and Warped Passages , deftly explains both this epochal discovery and it's startlingly beautiful implications.
- How to Destroy the UniverseISBN: 9781849164795
Title: How to Destroy the Universe
Author: PARSONS PAUL
How do you generate a force field? Is time travel possible? Could you survive falling in a black hole? How do you turn lead into gold? Can you live for ever? If you thought physics was all about measuring the temperature of ice in a bucket or trying to fathom what E=mc2 means, think again_ How to Destroy the Universe and 34 other really interesting uses of physics demystifies the astonishing world of physics in a series of intriguing, entertaining and often extraordinary scenarios - that explain key physics concepts in plain and simple language. You_ll find out how to save the planet from energy shortages by mining the vacuum of empty space, engineer the Earth's climate to reverse the effects of global warming, and fend off killer asteroids just like Bruce Willis and his vest. You_ll learn essential survival skills such as how to live through a lightning strike, how to tough it out during an earthquake and how to fall into a black hole without being squashed into spaghetti. And you_ll discover some plain old cool stuff like how to turn lead into gold, how to travel to the centre of the Earth, how to crack supposedly unbreakable codes and how to use physics to predict the stock market. So if you want to get to grips with science behind relativity, antigravity and parallel universes, or if you are really more interested in learning how to teleport, travel through time or achieve immortality, this is the perfect introduction to the amazing world of modern physics.
- Hunt for Zero Point: Inside the Classified World of Antigravity TechnologyISBN: 9780767906289
Title: Hunt for Zero Point: Inside the Classified World of Antigravity Technology
Author: COOK NICK
This riveting work of investigative reporting and history exposes classified government projects to build gravity-defying aircraft--which have an uncanny resemblance to flying saucers. The atomic bomb was not the only project to occupy government scientists in the 1940s. Antigravity technology, originally spearheaded by scientists in Nazi Germany, was another high priority, one that still may be in effect today. Now for the first time, a reporter with an unprecedented access to key sources in the intelligence and military communities reveals suppressed evidence that tells the story of a quest for a discovery that could prove as powerful as the A-bomb. The Hunt for Zero Point explores the scientific speculation that a "zero point" of gravity exists in the universe and can be replicated here on Earth. The pressure to be the first nation to harness gravity is immense, as it means having the ability to build military planes of unlimited speed and range, along with the most deadly weaponry the world has ever seen. The ideal shape for a gravity-defying vehicle happens to be a perfect disk, making antigravity tests a possible explanation for the numerous UFO sightings of the past 50 years. Chronicling the origins of antigravity research in the world's most advanced research facility, which was operated by the Third Reich during World War II, The Hunt for Zero Point traces U.S. involvement in the project, beginning with the recruitment of former Nazi scientists after the war. Drawn from interviews with those involved with the research and who visited labs in Europe and the United States, The Hunt for Zero Point journeys to the heart of the twentieth century's most puzzling unexplained phenomena.
- In Search of Schrodinger's Cat: Quantum Physics & RealityISBN: 9780552125550
Title: In Search of Schrodinger's Cat: Quantum Physics & Reality
Author: GRIBBIN JOHN
Quantum theory is so shocking that Einstein could not bring himself to accept it. It is so important that it provides the fundamental underpinning of all modern sciences. Without it, we'd have no computers, no science of molecular biology, no understanding of DNA, no genetic engineering. In Search of Schrodinger's Cat tells the complete story of quantum mechanics, a truth stranger than any fiction. John Gribbin takes us step by step into an even more bizarre and fascinating place, requiring only that we approach it with an open mind. He introduces the scientists who developed quantum theory. He investigates the atom, radiation, time travel, the birth of the universe, super conductors and life itself. And in a world full of its own delights, mysteries and surprises, he searches for Schrodinger's Cat - a search for quantum reality - as he brings every reader to a clear understanding of the most important area of scientific study today - quantum physics. In Search of Schrodinger's Cat is a fascinating and delightful introduction to the strange world of the quantum - an essential element in understanding today's world.
- Introducing Particle Physics: A Graphic GuideISBN: 9781848315891
Title: Introducing Particle Physics: A Graphic Guide
Author: WHYNTIE TOM
What really happens at the most fundamental levels of nature? From the earliest history of the atomic theory through to the Higgs boson, practicing physicist and CERN contributor Tom Whyntie gives us a mind-expanding tour of cutting-edge science in this brand new graphic guide.
- Living at Micro ScaleISBN: 9780674060210
Title: Living at Micro Scale
Author: DUSENBERY DAVID