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The Singular Universe and the Reality of Time: A Proposal in Natural Philosophy
The Singular Universe and the Reality of Time: A Proposal in Natural Philosophy
by Roberto Mangabeira Unger
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Each night, we are able to gaze up at the night sky and look at the thousands of stars that stretch to the end of our individual horizons. But the stars we see are only those that make up our own Milky Way galaxyand#151;but one of hundreds of billions in... (read more)

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Principles of Physical Cosmology (Princeton Series in Physics)
Principles of Physical Cosmology (Princeton Series in Physics)
by P J E Peebles
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During the last twenty years, dramatic improvements in methods of observing astrophysical phenomena from the ground and in space have added to our knowledge of what the universe is like now and what it was like in the past, going back to the hot big bang.... (read more)

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The View from the Center of the Universe: Discovering Our Extraordinary Place in the Cosmos
The View from the Center of the Universe: Discovering Our Extraordinary Place in the Cosmos
by Joel R. Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams
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In this strikingly original book, a world-renowned cosmologist and an innovative writer of the history and philosophy of science uncover an astonishing truth: Humans actually are central to the universe. What does this mean for our culture and our... (read more)

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The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
by Brian Greene
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Brian Greene, one of the world's leading string theorists, peels away layers of mystery to reveal a universe that consists of eleven dimensions, where the fabric of space tears and repairs itself, and all matter--from the smallest quarks to the most... (read more)

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The Fabric of Reality: The Science of Parallel Universes and Its Implications
The Fabric of Reality: The Science of Parallel Universes and Its Implications
by David Deutsch
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For David Deutsch, a young physicist of unusual originality, quantum theory contains our most fundamental knowledge of the physical world. Taken literally, it implies that there are many universes “parallel” to the one we see around us. This... (read more)

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God and the Multiverse: Humanity's Expanding View of the Cosmos
God and the Multiverse: Humanity's Expanding View of the Cosmos
by Victor J Stenger
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Cosmologists have reasons to believe that the vast universe in which we live is just one of an endless number of other universes within a multiverse—a mind-boggling array that may extend indefinitely in space and endlessly in both the past and the... (read more)

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Cosmos
Cosmos
by Carl Sagan
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Carl Sagan served as the David Duncan Professor of Astronomy and Space Sciences and Director of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies at Cornell University. He played a leading role in the Mariner, Viking, Voyager, and Galileo spacecraft expeditions, for... (read more)

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The Day Without Yesterday: Lemaitre, Einstein, and the Birth of Modern Cosmology
The Day Without Yesterday: Lemaitre, Einstein, and the Birth of Modern Cosmology
by John Farrell
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Sometimes our understanding of our universe is given a huge boost by one insightful thinker. Such a boost came in the first half of the twentieth century, when an obscure Belgian priest put his mind to deciphering the nature of the cosmos. Is the... (read more)

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The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics
The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics
by Leonard Susskind
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At the beginning of the 21st century, physics is being driven to very unfamiliar territory--the domain of the incredibly small and the incredibly heavy. The new world is a world in which both quantum mechanics and gravity are equally important. But... (read more)

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The Sleepwalkers: A History of Man's Changing Vision of the Universe
The Sleepwalkers: A History of Man's Changing Vision of the Universe
by Arthur Koestler
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Bringing the history of cosmology--from the Babylonians to Newton--to life in a masterly synthesis, Koestler shows how the modern world-view replaced the medieval world-view in the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century.... (read more)

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Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries
Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries
by Neil Degrasse Tyson
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'Loyal readers of the monthly \"Universe\" essays inNatural Historymagazine have long recognized Neil deGrasse Tyson\'s talent for guiding them through the mysteries of the cosmos with stunning clarity and almost childlike enthusiasm. Here, Tyson... (read more)

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My Brief History
My Brief History
by Stephen Hawking
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Stephen Hawking was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge for thirty years. He is the author of several books, including the worldwide publishing phenomenon A Brief History of Time, A Briefer History of Time (written with... (read more)

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The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics
The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics
by Leonard Susskind
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“Fascinating . . . One of the most important stories in the history of science.”— Washington Post In recent years, a handful of scientists has been racing to explain a disturbing aspect of our universe: only 4 percent of it consists... (read more)

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The Origins of the Future: Ten Questions for the Next Ten Years
The Origins of the Future: Ten Questions for the Next Ten Years
by John Gribbin
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How did the universe begin? Where do galaxies come from? How do stars and planets form? Where do the material particles we are made of come from? How did life begin? Today we have only provisional answers to such questions. But scientific progress will... (read more)

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Empire of the Stars: Obsession, Friendship, and Betrayal in the Quest for Black Holes
Empire of the Stars: Obsession, Friendship, and Betrayal in the Quest for Black Holes
by Arthur I Miller
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In August 1930, on a voyage from Madras to London, a young Indian looked up at the stars and contemplated their fate. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (Chandra, as he was called) calculated that certain stars would suffer a most violent death, collapsing to... (read more)

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The End of Time: The Next Revolution in Physics
The End of Time: The Next Revolution in Physics
by Julian Barbour
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In this highly provocative volume, Barbour presents the basic evidence for the nonexistence of time, explaining what a timeless universe is like and showing how the world will nonetheless be experienced as intensely temporal. 20 illustrations.... (read more)

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From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time
From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time
by Sean Carroll
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Scientists have just announced an historic discovery on a par with the splitting of the atom: the Higgs boson, the key to understanding why mass exists has been found. In The Particle at the End of the Universe, Caltech physicist and acclaimed writer... (read more)

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Before the Big Bang: The Prehistory of Our Universe
Before the Big Bang: The Prehistory of Our Universe
by Brian Clegg
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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 dont know how it became the accepted theory, or how we might know... (read more)

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The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
by Brian Greene
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Many books have been written in an attempt to explain quantum physics to the layperson. Considering that most physicists still have problems coming to grips with the counter-intuitive implications of quantum theory, it is easy to understand why they do... (read more)

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Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions
Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions
by Lisa Randall
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The universe has many secrets. It may hide additional dimensions of space other than the familier three we recognize. There might even be another universe adjacent to ours, invisible and unattainable . . . for now. Warped Passages is a brilliantly... (read more)

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