If existing models of the structure of the universe are correct, then 85 percent of the cosmos comprises a substance called dark matter. Yet no direct evidence of dark matter exists. Award-winning science journalist Govert Schilling details the quest to detect dark matter and how the search has helped us to understand the universe we inhabit.
Social media and the always-connected digital life really are undermining our relationships. Carl Marci shows that our phone and Facebook habits aren't just distractions; they're altering our brains, harming our ability to communicate intimately. Fortunately, there are ways out. More than a critic, Marci offers solutions for tech-life balance.
Limb by limb, case by case - some criminal, some historical, some unaccountably bizarre - Dame Sue Black reconstructs with intimate sensitivity and compassion the hidden stories in what we leave behind.
Allan Mazur's book tells the appealing history of the scientific 'discovery' of Ice Ages, and how the waning of the last Ice Age paved the way for agrarian civilization and, ultimately, our present social structures. An engrossing combination of natural science and social history: glaciology and sociology writ large.
Tony Rothman offers a primer on the science of the big bang and the questions we still can't answer about the origins of the universe. Enlisting thoughtful analogies and a step-by-step approach, Rothman guides readers through dark matter, dark energy, quantum gravity, and other topics at-and beyond-the cutting edge of cosmology.
Human space journeys are awe-inspiring but risky and immensely expensive. Donald Goldsmith and Martin Rees argue that science calls for leaving space exploration to AI-guided robots, since robots range more widely and see more than any human can. Humanity's future in space must await decisions based on results from our ever-better machines.
Quantum mechanics is one of the most successful of scientific theories, but what does it actually mean? From Schrodinger's Cat to Many Worlds, Jim Baggott guides us through the many attempts to determine its meaning. Richard Feynman once declared that 'nobody understands quantum mechanics'. This book will tell you why.
A Brief History of Time for the 21st Century
At the heart of our galaxy lies a monster so deadly, not even light can escape its grasp. Its secrets lie waiting to be discovered. It's time to explore our universe's most mysterious inhabitants
Emily is drawn to understanding her child's albinism by researching the cultural beliefs associated with albinism worldwide; a journey that takes her to a faraway continent, through her own family tree, and all the while unearthing discoveries that vacillate between beauty, amazement and horror.
Isaac Newton (1642-1727), the English genius, made his greatest contributions to original thought before the age of twenty-five, while at home in Lincolnshire escaping the great plague of 1665, a period of which he wrote: 'I was in the prime of age for invention'. This book demonstrates his perceptions, which changed our world forever.
Assesses author's life in terms of the chemical elements. This title reflects on the difficult course of his life from his birth into an Italian Jewish family through his training as a chemist, to the pain and darkness of the Holocaust and its aftermath.
Gravity: From Falling Apples to Supermassive Black Holes provides a fascinating historical account of how we have reached our current understanding of gravity, and places the most sensational developments in gravitational physics, including the detection of gravitational waves and supermassive black holes, in their true context.
A new translation of the complete, unabridged text of Galileo's Dialogue, with a detailed introduction and explanatory notes, giving contemporary readers access in English to Galileo's authentic text with comprehensive and up-to-date notes.
From the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs, the story of the mammals, our own kind, from their earliest development and their co-existence with the great lizards to their emergence out of the shadows to dominance of the recent history of our planet.
And yet this shared sonic existence is in crisis, as human noise threatens to drown out all else.
From city streets to ocean depths, and Palaeolithic cave dwellings to modern concert halls, Sounds Wild and Broken is an illuminating exploration of the rich and varied sounds of our planet.