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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. ...


The Formation of the Solar System: Theories Old and New

by Michael Woolfson

This fully-updated second edition remains the only truly detailed exploration of the origins of our Solar System, written by an authority in the field. Unlike other authors, Michael Woolfson focuses on the formation...


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 Foundations of Physical Law

by Peter Rowlands

The book originated in a series of lectures given at Liverpool in 2013 to a group that included postgraduate and undergraduate students and staff of the Physics Department. They followed from two very successful...


The Structure of the Universe

by Paul Halpern

A tour of the current knowledge of the deep reaches of space and predictions for its future.


The Copernicus Complex

by Caleb Scharf

A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Science Book of Fall 2014

In the sixteenth century, Nicolaus Copernicus dared to go against the establishment by proposing that Earth rotates around the Sun. Having demoted Earth from...


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...


History of the Space Shuttle, Volume Two: Development of the Space Shuttle, 1972-1981

by T. A. Heppenheimer

Basing his work on virtually untapped NASA archives, T. A. Heppenheimer has produced the second volume of his definitive history of the space shuttle. Volume Two traces the development of the shuttle through...


Physics from the Edge: A New Cosmological Model for Inertia

by Michael Edward McCulloch

The fundamental and very important property of inertia has never been well understood. This book shows how inertia has puzzled many scientists such as Galileo and Mach, and then presents a new theory that explains...


Neil Armstrong

by Jay Barbree & John Glenn

Much has been written about Neil Armstrong, America’s modern hero and history’s most famous space traveler. Yet shy of fame and never one to steal the spotlight Armstrong was always reluctant to discuss...


God and the Multiverse: Humanity's Expanding View of the Cosmos

by Victor J. Stenger

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...


Probability 1

by Ph.D., Amir D. Aczel

For thousands of years, it was the visionaries and writers who argued that we cannot be alone-that there is intellegent life in the universe. Now, with the discoveries of the Hubble Telescope, data emerging...


The Science of Possibility: Patterns of Connected Consciousness

by Freeman Jon & Freeman Juliana

This book offers a radical perspective uniting science with spiritual experience and non-ordinary views of reality. It provides a comprehensive view through physics, biology, genetics, psychology and human development....


Starlight Detectives: How Astronomers, Inventors, and Eccentrics Discovered the Modern Universe

by Alan Hirshfeld

A wondrous tale of cosmic exploration and the colorful characters who ushered astronomy into the modern age


Pomeranchuk 100

by Alexander Gorsky & Mikhail Vysotsky

This book provides extended versions of the talks given at the memorial Pomeranchuk-100 Conference, June 5–6, held in the Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Physics, Moscow, Russia and the review of...


Stars and Relativity

by Ya. B. Zel'dovich & I. D. Novikov

These authors ranked among the greatest astrophysicists of the 20th century, and their work is remarkable for its deep physical insights and clarity of presentation. This book explores general relativity, properties...


Space Shuttle: Stories from 30 Years of Exploration

by Sally Ride, Greg Freiherr & T.A. Heppenheimer

Space Shuttle 1981-2011 is a lavishly illustrated special edition celebrating the space shuttle era. In thirty years of operation, space shuttles were used in 135 different missions; this volume presents the...


Canonical Quantum Gravity: Fundamentals and Recent Developments

by Francesco Cianfrani, Orchidea Maria Lecian & Matteo Lulli;Giovanni Montani

This book aims to present a pedagogical and self-consistent treatment of the canonical approach to Quantum Gravity, starting from its original formulation to the most recent developments in the field.

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