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The Prophet and the Astronomer: Apocalyptic Science and the End of the World

by Marcelo Gleiser

"An intellectual accomplishment that illuminates the magic and the wisdom of the heavens above."—Kirkus Reviews "Tracing our contemplation of the cosmos from the big bang to the big crunch" (The New Yorker...


The Hubble Space Telescope: A Universe of New Discovery

by The Associated Press

On April 24, 1990, after years of planning and delays, the Space Shuttle Discovery lifted the Hubble Space Telescope into an orbit 350 miles above Earth. Celebrate 35 years of discovery with the AP's in-depth...


The Interstellar Age: Inside the Forty-Year Voyager Mission

by Jim Bell

The story of the men and women who drove the Voyager spacecraft mission— told by a scientist who was there from the beginning.

The Voyager spacecraft are our farthest-flung emissaries—11.3 billion miles away...


Astronomy Hacks: Tips and Tools for Observing the Night Sky

by Robert Bruce Thompson & Barbara Fritchman Thompson

Why use the traditional approach to study the stars when you can turn computers, handheld devices, and telescopes into out-of-this-world stargazing tools? Whether you're a first timer or an advanced hobbyist,...


Pluto: New Horizons for a Lost Horizon: Astronomy, Astrology, and Mythology

by Richard Grossinger, Robert Kelly & Richard C. Hoagland

Encompassing astronomy, mythology, psychology, and astrology, Pluto offers a wealth of knowledge about our most famous dwarf planet. First observed in 1930 and once defined as the ninth and final planet in our...


Neutrinos in High Energy and Astroparticle Physics

by José Wagner Furtado Valle & Jorge Romao

This self-contained modern textbook provides a modern descriptionof the Standard Model and its main extensions from the perspectiveof neutrino physics. In particular it includes a thoroughdiscussion of the varieties...


Pulsating Stars

by M?rcio Catelan & Horace A. Smith

The most recent and comprehensive book on pulsating stars whichties the observations to our present understanding of stellarpulsation and evolution theory.  Written by experiencedresearchers and authors in...


Most Wanted Particle: The Inside Story of the Hunt for the Higgs, the Heart of the Future of Physics

by Jon Butterworth

“A vivid account of what the process of discovery was really like for an insider.”—Peter Higgs

“Butterworth is an insider’s insider. His narrative seethes with insights on the project’s science, technology...


A Concise History of Solar and Stellar Physics

by Jean-Louis Tassoul & Monique Tassoul

This book provides a comprehensive overview of the history of ideas about the sun and the stars, from antiquity to modern times. Two theoretical astrophysicists who have been active in the field since the early...


The Science of Interstellar

by Kip Thorne & Christopher Nolan

A journey through the otherworldly science behind Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated film, Interstellar, from executive producer and theoretical physicist Kip Thorne.

Interstellar, from acclaimed filmmaker...


Worm Holes and Black Holes in the Fabric of Space Time: Time Travel

by R Joseph, Gabriel Beck & Lana Tao

Contents Foreword 1: Time Is Relative: Future, Past, Present Overlap and Exist Simultaneously The Physics of Time 2: Time Dilation And The Contraction of Space Time The Future and the Past Are Relative Space-Time...


Laboratory Astrochemistry: From Molecules through Nanoparticles to Grains

by Stephan Schlemmer, Thomas Giesen & Harald Mutschke

Written by leading scientists in the field and intended for a broader readership, this is an ideal starting point for an overview of current research and developments. As such, the book covers a broad spectrum...


Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?: . . . and Other Questions from the Astronomers' In-Box at the Vatican Observatory

by Guy Sj Consolmagno & Paul Sj Mueller

Witty and thought provoking, two Vatican astronomers shed provocative light on some of the strange places where religion and science meet.

“Imagine if a Martian showed up, all big ears and big nose like a child’s...


35 Seasons of U.S. Antarctic Meteorites (1976-2010): A Pictorial Guide To The Collection

by Kevin Righter, Catherine Corrigan & Timothy McCoy

The US Antarctic meteorite collection exists due to a cooperative program involving the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Smithsonian Institution. ...


Comets And Their Origin: The Tools To Decipher A Comet

by Uwe Meierhenrich

Divided into two parts, the first four chapters of Comets andtheir Origin refer to comets and their formation in general,describing cometary missions, comet remote observations,astrochemistry, artificial comets,...


The Edge of the Sky: All You Need to Know About the All-There-Is

by Roberto Trotta

From the big bang to black holes, from dark matter to dark energy, from the origins of the universe to its ultimate destiny, The Edge of the Sky tells the story of the most important discoveries and mysteries...


The Structure of the Universe

by Paul Halpern & Paul Halpern, PhD

The Structure of the Universe by Paul Halpern, Ph.D., originally published in 1996, is a tour of the knowledge of the deep reaches of space and predictions for its future.

Technological marvels such as the Hubble...


The Copernicus Complex

by Caleb Scharf

The Sunday Times (UK) Best Science Book of 2014

A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Science Book of Fall 2014

An NBC News Top Science and Tech Book of 2014

A Politics & Prose 2014 Staff Pick

In the sixteenth century, Nicolaus...


Astronomy: All That Matters

by Percy Seymour

With a blend of exciting discoveries and important scientific theory, this innovative and readable introduction to astronomy is ideal for anyone who wants to understand what we know about the universe, and how...


Ask the Experts: Astronomy

by Scientific American Editors

For going on two decades, Scientific American’s “Ask the Experts” column has been answering reader questions on all fields of science. We’ve taken your questions from the basic to the esoteric and reached...