- Filename: cosmos.
- ISBN: 9780307800985
- Release Date: 2011-07-06
- Number of pages: 352
- Author: Carl Sagan
- Publisher: Ballantine Books
RETURNING TO TELEVISION AS AN ALL-NEW MINISERIES ON FOX Cosmos is one of the bestselling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space. Cosmos retraces the fourteen billion years of cosmic evolution that have transformed matter into consciousness, exploring such topics as the origin of life, the human brain, Egyptian hieroglyphics, spacecraft missions, the death of the Sun, the evolution of galaxies, and the forces and individuals who helped to shape modern science. Praise for Cosmos “Magnificent . . . With a lyrical literary style, and a range that touches almost all aspects of human knowledge, Cosmos often seems too good to be true.”—The Plain Dealer “Sagan is an astronomer with one eye on the stars, another on history, and a third—his mind’s—on the human condition.”—Newsday “Brilliant in its scope and provocative in its suggestions . . . shimmers with a sense of wonder.”—The Miami Herald “Sagan dazzles the mind with the miracle of our survival, framed by the stately galaxies of space.”—Cosmopolitan “Enticing . . . iridescent . . . imaginatively illustrated.”—The New York Times Book Review NOTE: This edition does not include images.
- Filename: lost-in-the-cosmos.
- ISBN: 9781453216347
- Release Date: 2011-03-29
- Number of pages: 256
- Author: Walker Percy
- Publisher: Open Road Media
“A mock self-help book designed not to help but to provoke; a chapbook to inveigle us into thinking about who we are and how we got into this mess.” —Los Angeles Times Book ReviewPublished at the height of the 1980s self-help boom, Lost in the Cosmos is Percy’s unforgettable riff on the trend that swept the nation. Filled with quizzes, essays, short stories, and diagrams, Lost in the Cosmos is a laugh-out-loud spin on a familiar genre that also pushes readers to serious contemplation of life’s biggest questions. One part parody and two parts philosophy, Lost in the Cosmos is an enlightening guide to the dilemmas of human existence, and an unrivaled spin on self-help manuals by one of modern America’s greatest literary masters.
- Filename: the-life-of-the-cosmos.
- ISBN: 9780199839360
- Release Date: 1999-03-04
- Number of pages: 368
- Author: Lee Smolin
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
Lee Smolin offers a new theory of the universe that is at once elegant, comprehensive, and radically different from anything proposed before. Smolin posits that a process of self organization like that of biological evolution shapes the universe, as it develops and eventually reproduces through black holes, each of which may result in a new big bang and a new universe. Natural selection may guide the appearance of the laws of physics, favoring those universes which best reproduce. The result would be a cosmology according to which life is a natural consequence of the fundamental principles on which the universe has been built, and a science that would give us a picture of the universe in which, as the author writes, "the occurrence of novelty, indeed the perpetual birth of novelty, can be understood." Smolin is one of the leading cosmologists at work today, and he writes with an expertise and force of argument that will command attention throughout the world of physics. But it is the humanity and sharp clarity of his prose that offers access for the layperson to the mind bending space at the forefront of today's physics.
- Filename: the-cosmos.
- ISBN: 0313332185
- Release Date: 2006
- Number of pages: 179
- Author: Craig G. Fraser
- Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Shows how our ideas about the size, shape, and composition of the universe came to be.
- Filename: the-cosmos.
- ISBN: 9781107687561
- Release Date: 2013-08-12
- Number of pages: 599
- Author: Jay M. Pasachoff
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
An exciting introduction to astronomy, using recent discoveries and stunning photography to inspire non-science majors about the Universe and science.
- Filename: cahokia.
- ISBN: 0226101363
- Release Date: 2002-02-15
- Number of pages: 218
- Author: Sally A. Kitt Chappell
- Publisher: University of Chicago Press
At the turn of the last millennium, a powerful Native American civilization emerged and flourished in the American Midwest. By A.D. 1050 the population of its capital city, Cahokia, was larger than that of London. Without the use of the wheel, beasts of burden, or metallurgy, its technology was of the Stone Age, yet its culture fostered widespread commerce, refined artistic expression, and monumental architecture. The model for this urbane world was nothing less than the cosmos itself. The climax of their ritual center was a four-tiered pyramid covering fourteen acre rising a hundred feet into the sky—the tallest structure in the United States until 1867. This beautifully illustrated book traces the history of this six-square-mile area in the central Mississippi Valley from the Big Bang to the present. Chappell seeks to answer fundamental questions about this unique, yet still relatively unknown space, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982. How did this swampy land become so amenable to human life? Who were the remarkable people who lived here before the Europeans came? Why did the whole civilization disappear so rapidly? What became of the land in the centuries after the Mississippians abandoned it? And finally, what can we learn about ourselves as we look into the changing meaning of Cahokia through the ages? To explore these questions, Chappell probes a wide range of sources, including the work of astronomers, geographers, geologists, anthropologists, and archaeologists. Archival photographs and newspaper accounts, as well as interviews with those who work at the site and Native Americans on their annual pilgrimage to the site, bring the story up to the present. Tying together these many threads, Chappell weaves a rich tale of how different people conferred their values on the same piece of land and how the transformed landscape, in turn, inspired different values in them-cultural, spiritual, agricultural, economic, and humanistic.
- Filename: the-nine-numbers-of-the-cosmos.
- ISBN: 9780191509179
- Release Date: 2001-03-15
- Number of pages: 188
- Author: Michael Rowan-Robinson
- Publisher: OUP Oxford
How old is the universe? How far away are the galaxies and how fast are they travelling away from us? What is dark matter and why do astronomers think it pervades the universe? How heavy is the vacuum? How do galaxies form? Michael Rowan-Robinson answers these and many more questions in a highly original and intriguing way. He encapsulates our current knowledge (both what we do and don't know) of the origin and the nature of the universe into nine numbers. These cosmic numbers appear to be independent characteristics of our universe and include its age, the Hubble constant (a measure of its rate of expression), and the density of matter in the universe. Only one of the nine numbers is known with real precision, and four of them only poorly known. The complex ideas that underpin modern cosmology such as the origin of the elements and quantum theory are explained clearly and accessibly, and more speculative ideas like inflation and superstrings are also covered, but with a refreshing scepticism. While most of what we know has been learnt during the 20th century, Rowan-Robinson provides a historical perspective, paying homage to the achievements of the Greeks, Renaissance astronomers, and the age of Newton. He ends the book with a look to the future, predicting that with the further space missions we will accurately know the nine numbers described in this book by the year 2015, but concludes that the origin of the Big Bang itself will still be a mystery by the end of the twenty-first century, and perhaps even in the year 3000.
- Filename: an-archaeology-of-the-cosmos.
- ISBN: 9780415521284
- Release Date: 2012
- Number of pages: 230
- Author: Timothy R. Pauketat
- Publisher: Routledge
An Archaeology of the Cosmos seeks answers to two fundamental questions of humanity and human history. The first question concerns that which some use as a defining element of humanity: religious beliefs. Why do so many people believe in supreme beings and holy spirits? The second question concerns changes in those beliefs. What causes beliefs to change? Using archaeological evidence gathered from ancient America, especially case material from the Great Plains and the pre-Columbian American Indian city of Cahokia, Timothy Pauketat explores the logical consequences of these two fundamental questions. Religious beliefs are not more resilient than other aspects of culture and society, and people are not the only causes of historical change. An Archaeology of the Cosmos examines the intimate association of agency and religion by studying how relationships between people, places, and things were bundled together and positioned in ways that constituted the fields of human experience. This rethinking theories of agency and religion provides readers with challenging and thought provoking conclusions that will lead them to reassess the way they approach the past.
- Filename: chemistry-of-the-cosmos.
- ISBN: 078730140X
- Release Date: 1996-09-01
- Number of pages: 144
- Author: George W. Carey
- Publisher: Health Research Books
Some of the contents: "It" or the Eternity of Perfection; "The New Name"; the Day of Judgment; the Kingdom at Hand; Humanity's Ceaseless quest for End of Long Road, etc.
- Filename: early-man-and-the-cosmos.
- ISBN: 0806119195
- Release Date: 1985
- Number of pages: 271
- Author: Evan Hadingham
- Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
An examination of ancient astronomy looks at the myths and beliefs about the heavens that influenced everyday life in these primitive cultures
- Filename: measuring-the-cosmos.
- ISBN: 0813534046
- Release Date: 2004
- Number of pages: 202
- Author: David H. Clark
- Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Humans have always viewed the heavens with wonder and awe. The skies have inspired reflection on the vastness of space, the wonder of creation, and humankind's role in the universe. In just over one hundred years, science has moved from almost total ignorance about the actual distances to the stars and earth's place in the galaxy to our present knowledge about the enormous size, mass, and age of the universe. We are reaching the limits of observation, and therefore the limits of human understanding. Beyond lies only our imagination, seeded by the theories of physics. In Measuring the Cosmos, science writers David and Matthew Clark tell the stories of both the well-known and the unsung heroes who played key roles in these discoveries. These true accounts reveal ambitions, conflicts, failures, as well as successes, as the astonishing scale and age of the universe were finally established. Few areas of scientific research have witnessed such drama in the form of ego clashes, priority claims, or failed (or even falsified) theories as that resulting from attempts to measure the universe. Besides giving credit where long overdue, Measuring the Cosmos explains the science behind these achievements in accessible language sure to appeal to astronomers, science buffs, and historians.
- Filename: discovering-the-cosmos.
- ISBN: 0935702679
- Release Date: 1996
- Number of pages: 714
- Author: Robert Bless
- Publisher: University Science Books
This text has two objectives: to describe the leading ideas and concepts of modern astronomy; and to indicate how astronomy in particular and physical science in general developed, what its methods are, its goals and its limitations.
- Filename: race-and-the-cosmos.
- ISBN: 1563383772
- Release Date: 2002-06-01
- Number of pages: 188
- Author: Barbara A. Holmes
- Publisher: A&C Black
Argues that theoretical physics and cosmology can provide a key to overcoming race-related problems, explaining how they enable a means for discussing individual and communal quests for fulfillment beyond racial, ethnic, class, and sexual barriers. Original.
- Filename: genesis-of-the-cosmos.
- ISBN: 1591430348
- Release Date: 2004-04-15
- Number of pages: 384
- Author: Paul A. LaViolette
- Publisher: Inner Traditions / Bear & Co
Paul LaViolette reveals astonishing parallels between cutting edge scientific thought and early creation myths, and how these myths encode a theory of cosmology in which matter is continually growing from seeds of order that emerge spontaneously from chaos. Exposing the contradictions of the Big Bang theory, LaViolette leads us beyond the restrictive metaphors of modern science and into a new science for the 21st century.
- Filename: temple-of-the-cosmos.
- ISBN: 0892815558
- Release Date: 1996-04-01
- Number of pages: 310
- Author: Jeremy Naydler
- Publisher: Inner Traditions / Bear & Co
Recreates the ancient Egyptian sacred path of spiritual unfolding.