For science geeks, space and physics nerds, and all who want to understand their place in the universe, this enlightening new book from Neil deGrasse Tyson offers a unique take on the mysteries and curiosities of the cosmos, building on rich material from his beloved StarTalk podcast.
In these illuminating pages, illustrated with dazzling photos and revealing graphics, Tyson and co-author James Trefil, a renowned physicist and science popularizer, take on the big questions that humanity has been posing for millenniaHow did life begin? What is our place in the universe? Are we alone?and provide answers based on the most current data, observations, and theories.
Populated with paradigm-shifting discoveries that help explain the building blocks of astrophysics, this relatable and entertaining book will engage and inspire readers of all ages, bring sophisticated concepts within reach, and offer a window into the complexities of the cosmos.
For all who loved National Geographic's StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos: Possible Worlds, and Space Atlas, this new book will take them on more journeys into the wonders of the universe and beyond.
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 18 Years|
About the Author
JAMES TREFIL, Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Physics at George Mason University, is internationally recognized not only as a distinguished scientist but also as an expert in making complex scientific ideas understandable. He is the author of numerous magazine articles and books on science for the general public, including both editions of National Geographic's highly successful Space Atlas. He lives in Fairfax, Virginia, with his wife.
Table of Contents
Author's Note 9
Chapter 1 What Is Our Place in the Universe? 12
Chapter 2 How Do We Know What We Know? 38
Chapter 3 How Did the Universe Get to Be This Way? 72
Chapter 4 How Old Is the Universe? 98
Chapter 5 What Is the Universe Made Of? 126
Chapter 6 What Is Life? 152
Chapter 7 Are We Alone in the Universe? 180
Chapter 8 How Did It All Begin? 212
Chapter 9 How Will It All End? 236
Chapter 10 What Does Nothing Have to Do With Everything? 264
Further Reading 295
Illustrations Credits 299
About the Authors 311