Synopses & Reviews
We live in a truly golden age of astronomy and space exploration that may allow us to unravel some of the biggest mysteries of all: How did the Universe begin? Are there other Earth-like planets out there? Are we alone? The Space Book
is a gateway into these kinds of questionsand#8212;and moreand#8212;for anyone interested in the worlds beyond our planet.
Expanding the series that began with the highly successful volumes The Science Book and The Math Book, astronomer and planetary scientist Jim Bell presents 250 of the most groundbreaking astronomical events, from the formation of galaxies to the recent discovery of water ice on Mars. Beautiful photographs or illustrations accompany each entry. Open the book to any page to discover some new wonder or mystery about the Universe around us.and#160;
"Planetary scientist and professor Bell (Postcards from Mars) highlights significant events in the for-mation of the universe in chronological order. He covers the Big Bang through the formation of the Milky Way, the discoveries and theories of ancient scientists and philosophers like Pythagoras, and the development of celestial navigation including modern exploration of Mars. Bell doesn't end with 2013, however; he completes this history of the universe with projected events such as the evaporation of Earth's oceans, the dying of the last stars, and the universe's eventual end. He acknowledges the difficulty in selecting only 250 events from across the existence of time and space, addressing his de-sire to include significant events from ancient through modern history. Each event occupies a two-page spread, with clear, concise explanations accompanied by a full-color photograph. The accessible format and captivating photos invite readers to explore at their leisure, and Bell provides a list of comments and additional references for further study, many of which are online. Space and science lovers as well as the generally curious will appreciate this volume, which is appropriate even for pre-cocious youth. Photos. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
". . . the format is eye-catching and the text easy to read, with a single page of explanatory text opposite a colorful image for each item. References to other pages are noted in boldface type, and specified in a 'See Also' list at the bottom of the entry . . . the result is accessible to a general audience. VERDICT This is a fine coffee-table book, suitable for either deep study or a few moments' perusal. Recommended for readers with a casual interest in the history of astronomy and the universe, or for sparking such an interest in others.” —Library Journal
". . . the format is eye-catching and the text easy to read, with a single page of explanatory text opposite a colorful image for each item. References to other pages are noted in boldface type, and specified in a 'See Also' list at the bottom of the entry . . .and#160;the result is accessible to a general audience. VERDICT This is a fine coffee-table book, suitable for either deep study or a few moments' perusal. Recommended for readers with a casual interest in the history of astronomy and the universe, or for sparking such an interest in others.and#8221; and#8212;Library Journaland#160;and#8220;Dr. Bell's The Space Book chronicles what our species does best. Follow the discoveries through the millennia, and even those to be made billions of years hence. If this doesn't humble you, fill you with awe, and get you excited about discoveries yet to come, pick it up and read through it again!and#8221;and#8212;Bill Nye, the Science Guyand#174; and CEO of The Planetary Societyand#160;and#8220;An extraordinary compilation of all that matters, ever mattered, or ever will matter in the universe. While it's a stunning source of information, Jim Bell's The Space Book is nonetheless a delight to browse and even more fun to read.and#8221;and#8212;Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist and Author of Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontierand#160;and#160;
"Profusely and beautifully illustrated throughout . . . enhanced with the inclusion of extensive notes and recommendations for further reading and a comprehensive index, making it an ideal and highly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, and academic libraryand#160;. . . and#160;reference collections." and#8212;Midwest Book Review: Library Bookwatch
We live in a golden age of astronomy and space exploration that may allow us to unravel the biggest mysteries of the cosmos. The Space Book is a gateway into worlds beyond our planet. Astronomer and planetary scientist Jim Bell presents 250 groundbreaking astronomical events, from the formation of galaxies to the discovery of water ice on Mars. Beautiful images accompany each entry, and every page reveals a new wonder of the Universe.
The universeand#8212;demystified! With eye-catching graphics, science illustrator Ben Gilliland unravels the complex concepts of scientific cosmology. In his funny, smart, and accessible guide to the evolution of our universe, Gilliland leads us from the Big Bang to the development of the stars, galaxies, and planetsand#8212;and into the future. Each chapter highlights groundbreaking discoveries in physics, with amusing sidebars throughout.
The universeand#8212;demystified! Using a combination of eye-catching graphics, humor, and erudite storytelling, science illustrator Ben Gilliland shows us how the cosmos came to be, from the formation of the first particles in the Big Bang to the development of the stars, galaxies, and planets, leading us up to the present . . . and into the future. Each chapter builds the story of the universe piece by piece, highlighting groundbreaking discoveries in physics from the likes of Albert Einstein, Max Planck, and Peter Higgs, with fun and enlightening sidebars throughout.
Lavishly illustrated with both historic images and the latest satellite photography, Discovering the Universe tells the story of humanityand#39;s quest to unlock the secrets of our cosmos. Beginning with the musing of Stone Age peoples on the position of the stars and planets, it then moves through the ages to Galileoandrsquo;s first visions of Orion, to the Moon landing, and right up to awe-inspiring photos of our magnificent universe sent from the Planck telescope.
What could be more fascinating than the workings of the human mind? This stunningly illustrated survey in Sterling's Milestones series chronicles the history of psychology through 250 landmark events, theories, publications, experiments, and discoveries. Beginning with ancient philosophies of well-being, it touches on such controversial topics as phrenology, sexual taboos, electroshock therapy, multiple personality disorder, and the nature of evil.
From atoms and fluorescent pigments to sulfa drug synthesis and buckyballs, this lush and authoritative chronology presents 250 milestones in the world of chemistry. As the andquot;central scienceandquot; that bridges biology and physics, chemistry plays an important role in countless medical and technological advances. Covering entertaining stories and unexpected applications, chemist and journalist Derek B. Lowe traces the most importantandmdash;and surprisingandmdash;chemical discoveries.
Prepare for a unique, up-close look at our endlessly fascinating universe, led by astrophysicist and popular science author Dr. Mark Garlick. From tiny stellar corpses to red supergiants, he explains, categorizes, and illustrates every major type of star, planet, galaxy, and nebula. But what makes this stunning book extra special is its free image-recognition app. Download it to your smartphone or tablet, point the device at the designated pages, and watch ten astounding animations come to life!
About the Author
Wade E. Pickren received his PhD in Psychology and the History of Science from the University of Florida. Currently, he is Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence at Ithaca College and the Editor of History of Psychology
. Pickren served as the Historian of the American Psychological Association from 1998 to 2012 and recently completed a term as President of the Society for General Psychology. Additionally, he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of the History of Psychology
and President of the Society for the History of Psychology. He works with an extensive international network of psychologists, and his professional affiliations include the New York Academy of Science, Cheiron: International Society for the History of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Eastern Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science.and#160;Philip Zimbardo is one of the most distinguished living psychologists, having served as President of the American Psychological Association, designed and narrated the award winning 26-part PBS series, Discovering Psychology
, and published more than 50 books and 400 articles and chapters, including Shyness
(Addison Wesley), The Lucifer Effect
(Random House), The Time Cure
(Simon and Schuster), and The Time Paradox
(Jossey-Bass). A professor emeritus at Stanford University, he received his PhD in psychology from Yale University and is best known for his controversial Stanford Prison Experiment that highlighted the ease with which college students cross the line between good and evil when caught up in the matrix of situational and systemic forces. Dr. Zimbardo is currently teaching in the PsyD consortium program at Palo Alto University and lecturing worldwide.