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Theory of Everything
Theory of Everything
by Stephen W Hawking
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Hawking takes readers on a fascinating journey through the telescopic lens of modern physics to gain a new glimpse of the universe--the nature of black holes, the space-time continuum, and new information about the origin of the universe.... (read more)

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Three Roads to Quantum Gravity
Three Roads to Quantum Gravity
by Lee Smolin
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The Holy Grail of modern physics is a theory of the universe that unites two seemingly opposing pillars of modern science: Einstein's theory of general relativity, which deals with large-scale phenomena (planets, solar systems and galaxies), and quantum... (read more)

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Explaining the Universe: The New Age of Physics
Explaining the Universe: The New Age of Physics
by John M Charap
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In this fascinating book, John Charap offers a panoramic view of the physicist's world as the twenty-first century opens--a view that is entirely different from the one that greeted the twentieth century. We have learned that the universe is billions of... (read more)

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The Extravagant Universe: Exploding Stars, Dark Energy, and the Accelerating Cosmos (Princeton Science Library)
The Extravagant Universe: Exploding Stars, Dark Energy, and the Accelerating Cosmos (Princeton Science Library)
by Robert P Kirshner
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'"This book describes a remarkable era in cosmology. Over the last three years several lines of evidence have gelled into a consistent but--to most of us--unexpected picture of what our universe consists of and how it is expanding. Told by a key... (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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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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Endless Universe: Beyond the Big Bang
Endless Universe: Beyond the Big Bang
by Paul J Steinhardt
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Two world-renowned scientists present an audacious new vision of the cosmos that “steals the thunder from the Big Bang theory.” —Wall Street Journal The Big Bang theory—widely regarded as the leading explanation for the... (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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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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Superstrings and the Search for the Theory of Everything
Superstrings and the Search for the Theory of Everything
by F David Peat
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"Peat grapples with these amazingly recondite notions and succeeds brilliantly in making them clear." --Publishers Weekly... (read more)

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We Are the Martians: Connecting Cosmology with Biology
We Are the Martians: Connecting Cosmology with Biology
by Giovanni F Bignami
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For many thousands of years, human beings have been asking themselves whether they are more frightened of being alone in the universe or of the thought that there is someone else out there. Over the past few decades, however, we have moved from... (read more)

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Before the Big Bang
Before the Big Bang
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 Universe in a Nutshell
The Universe in a Nutshell
by Stephen W Hawking
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At the very frontiers of science, professor Stephen Hawking invites you to be a fellow traveler on an extraordinary voyage through space-time. Full-color illustrations.... (read more)

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A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing
A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing
by Lawrence M. Krauss
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Lawrence Krauss's new book, A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing, summarizes the continuing developments in the field of cosmology. In addition to championing these new insights in the study of modern physics, Krauss also... (read more)

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River of Time
River of Time
by Igor D Novikov
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'The nature of time has long fascinated physicists and lay people alike. As an irresistible flow into which all events are embedded, time cannot be slowed or accelerated. It cannot be undone or turned back. In this marvelous text, Novikov describes how... (read more)

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The New Universe and the Human Future: How a Shared Cosmology Could Transform the World (Terry Lectures)
The New Universe and the Human Future: How a Shared Cosmology Could Transform the World (Terry Lectures)
by Nancy E Abrams
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Winner of the 2012 Nautilus Gold Award for the science/cosmology category. The Nautilus Awards recognizes Books and Audio Books that promote spiritual growth, conscious living & positive social change, while at the same time stimulating the... (read more)

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Ripples on a Cosmic Sea: The Search for Gravitational Waves (Frontiers of Science)
Ripples on a Cosmic Sea: The Search for Gravitational Waves (Frontiers of Science)
by David Blair
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What these scientists find will allow us to listen to the explosion of stars, the creation of black holes, even the sound of the Big Bang itself, and will undoubtedly chart a new course for astronomy in the coming millennium.... (read more)

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About Time: Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang
About Time: Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang
by Adam Frank
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andlt;Bandgt;The Big Bang is all but dead, and we do not yet know what will replace it. andlt;/Bandgt;Our universeand#8217;s and#8220;beginningand#8221; is at an end. What does this have to do with us here on Earth? Our lives are about to be dramatically... (read more)

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Mind of God: The Scientific Basis for a Rational World
Mind of God: The Scientific Basis for a Rational World
by Paul Davies
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Throughout history, humans have dreamed of knowing the reason for the existence of the universe. In The Mind of God, physicist Paul Davies explores whether modern science can provide the key that will unlock this last secret. In his quest for an ultimate... (read more)

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