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Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand - Fifty Wonders That Reveal an Extraordinary Universe (Paperback): Marcus Chown Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand - Fifty Wonders That Reveal an Extraordinary Universe (Paperback)
Marcus Chown
R310 R253 Discovery Miles 2 530 Save R57 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

A mind-bending journey through some of the most weird and wonderful facts about our universe, vividly illuminating the hidden truths that govern our everyday lives. "The tone is consistently light and breezy...an addictive, intriguing, and entertaining read...a handy guide for anyone yearning to spice up their conversational skills." -- Booklist Fact: You could fit the whole human race in the volume of a sugar cube. Fact: The electrical energy in a single mosquito is enough to cause a global mass extinction. Fact: You age more quickly on the top floor than on the ground floor. So much of our world seems to make perfect sense, and scientific breakthroughs have helped us understand ourselves, our planet, and our place in the universe in fascinating detail. But our adventures in space, our deepening understanding of the quantum world, and our leaps in technology have also revealed a universe far stranger than we ever imagined. With brilliant clarity and wit, bestselling author Marcus Chown examines the profound science behind fifty remarkable scientific facts that help explain the vast complexities of our existence.

Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand - Fifty Wonders That Reveal an Extraordinary Universe (Hardcover): Marcus Chown Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand - Fifty Wonders That Reveal an Extraordinary Universe (Hardcover)
Marcus Chown 1
R305 R250 Discovery Miles 2 500 Save R55 (18%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Bestselling author Marcus Chown explores some of the most profound and important science about us, our world and beyond by examining some astonishing facts that reveal the vast complexities of the universe. There is much about our world that seems to make perfect sense, and important scientific breakthroughs have helped us understand ourselves, our planet and our place in the universe in fascinating detail. But our adventures in space, our deepening understanding of the quantum world and huge leaps in technology over the last century have also revealed a universe far stranger than we could ever have imagined. With brilliant clarity and wit, bestselling author Marcus Chown examines the profound science behind fifty remarkable scientific facts that help explain the vast complexities of our existence. Did you know that you could fit the whole human race in the volume of a sugar cube? Or that the electrical energy in a single mosquito is enough to cause a global mass extinction? Or that, out there in the cosmos, there are an infinite number of copies of you reading an infinite number of copies of this? Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand is a mind-bending journey through some of the most weird and wonderful facts about our universe, vividly illuminating the hidden truths that govern our everyday lives.

Tweeting the Universe - Tiny Explanations of Very Big Ideas (Paperback, Main): Govert Schilling, Marcus Chown Tweeting the Universe - Tiny Explanations of Very Big Ideas (Paperback, Main)
Govert Schilling, Marcus Chown 1
R212 R161 Discovery Miles 1 610 Save R51 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In 140 pages, two masterly popularisers present 140 explanations of the biggest questions in physics - in the form of 10 or so tweets per page. They set themselves the challenge of boiling down what is essential on each subject into sentences of 140 characters, and the results are both entertaining and brilliantly informative. Not a word is wasted. The reader is not patronized and learns something on every page. If only all science writing could be so precise and so economical. Only science writers of a very high calibre could achieve such compression. Marcus Chown - 'the finest cosmology writer of our day' (Matt Ridley) - has known the Dutch writer Govert Schilling for twenty years. Schilling pioneered this very swift form of explanation in a Dutch newspaper, and suggested to Chown that they collaborate on bringing it to a wider audience. Tweeting the Universe is unlike any other science book.

Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You - Understanding the Mind-Blowing Building Blocks of the Universe (Paperback, Main): Marcus Chown Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You - Understanding the Mind-Blowing Building Blocks of the Universe (Paperback, Main)
Marcus Chown 1
R236 R161 Discovery Miles 1 610 Save R75 (32%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The two towering achievements of modern physics are quantum theory and Einstein's general theory of relativity. Together, they explain virtually everything about the world we live in. But, almost a century after their advent, most people haven't the slightest clue what either is about. Did you know that there's so much empty space inside matter that the entire human race could be squeezed into the volume of a sugar cube? Or that you grow old more quickly on the top floor of a building than on the ground floor? And did you realize that 1% of the static on a TV tuned between stations is the relic of the Big Bang? Marcus Chown, the bestselling author of What A Wonderful World and the Solar System app, explains all with characteristic wit, colour and clarity, from the Big Bang and Einstein's general theory of relativity to probability, gravity and quantum theory. 'Chown discusses special and general relativity, probablity waves, quantum entanglement, gravity and the Big Bang, with humour and beautiful clarity, always searching for the most vivid imagery.' Steven Poole, Guardian

Solar System - A Visual Exploration of All the Planets, Moons and Other Heavenly Bodies That Orbit Our Sun (Hardcover): Marcus... Solar System - A Visual Exploration of All the Planets, Moons and Other Heavenly Bodies That Orbit Our Sun (Hardcover)
Marcus Chown
R601 R484 Discovery Miles 4 840 Save R117 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Based on the latest ebook sensation developed by Theodore Gray and his company Touch Press, this beautiful print book presents a new and fascinating way to experience the wonders of the solar system
Following the stunning success of both the print edition and the app of "The Elements, " Black Dog & Leventhal and Touch Press have teamed up again. "Solar System" is something completely new under the sun. Never before have the wonders of our solar system all its planets, dwarf planets, the sun, moons, rocky Asteroid Belt, and icy Kuiper Belt been so immediately accessible to readers of all ages.
Beginning with a fascinating overview and then organized by planet, in order of its distance from the sun, "Solar System" takes us on a trip across time and space that includes a front-row seat to the explosive birth of the solar system, a journey to (and then deep inside) each of its eight planets, and even an in-depth exploration of asteroids and comets.
With hundreds of gorgeous images produced especially for this project and through a collaboration between NASA and the graphics experts at Planetary Visions Ltd. and Joe Zeff Design, "Solar System" gives us page after page of unique, detailed, and never-before-seen views, both photographic and computer-generated. Take a dive down into the canyons of Mars; ride across the rings of Saturn; fly over the volcanoes of Io, Jupiter's so-called Pizza Moon; and sail through the fiery loops of gas that are constantly erupting from our sun.
Every planet and moon is introduced with a big, beautiful, full-page image and a databox that shows the orbit and position of the planet or moon in relation to surrounding bodies, as well as the diameter, mass, volume, surface temperature, atmospheric makeup, and orbital period of the planet; a scale comparison graphic; and a planet cross-section for the eight planets.
Throughout, award-winning author and CalTech radio astronomer Marcus Chown explains everything to us in his easy-to understand, exciting style. The result is a gorgeous and thoroughly entertaining not to mention educational book.
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What a Wonderful World - Life, the Universe and Everything in a Nutshell (Paperback, Main): Marcus Chown What a Wonderful World - Life, the Universe and Everything in a Nutshell (Paperback, Main)
Marcus Chown 2
R261 R162 Discovery Miles 1 620 Save R99 (38%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

With wit, colour and clarity, What A Wonderful World quickly and painlessly brings us up to speed on how the world of the 21st century works. From economics to physics and biology to philosophy, Marcus Chown explains the complex forces that shape our universe. Why do we breathe? What is money? How does the brain work? Why did life invent sex? Does time really exist? How does capitalism work - or not, as the case may be? Where do mountains come from? How do computers work? How did humans get to dominate the Earth? Why is there something rather than nothing? In What a Wonderful World, Marcus Chown, bestselling author of Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You and the Solar System app, uses his vast scientific knowledge and deep understanding of extremely complex processes to answer simple questions about the workings of our everyday lives. Lucid, witty and hugely entertaining, it explains the basics of our essential existence, stopping along the way to show us why the Atlantic is widening by a thumbs' length each year, how money permits trade to time travel why the crucial advantage humans had over Neanderthals was sewing and why we are all living in a giant hologram.

The Ascent of Gravity - The Quest to Understand the Force that Explains Everything (Paperback): Marcus Chown The Ascent of Gravity - The Quest to Understand the Force that Explains Everything (Paperback)
Marcus Chown 1
R261 R175 Discovery Miles 1 750 Save R86 (33%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Sunday Times Science Book of the Year 2017 'Does Einstein proud . . . Eminently readable' Guardian 'No one has covered the topic with such a light touch and joie de vivre . . . a delight' Brian Clegg Gravity was the first force to be recognised and described yet it is still the least understood. If we can unlock its secrets, the force that keeps our feet on the ground holds the key to understanding the biggest questions in science: what is space? What is time? What is the universe? And where did it all come from? Award-winning writer Marcus Chown takes us on an unforgettable journey from the recognition of the 'force' of gravity in 1666 to the discovery of gravitational waves in the twenty-first century. And, as we stand on the brink of a seismic revolution in our worldview, he brings us up to speed on the greatest challenge ever to confront physics.

Felicity Frobisher and the Three-headed Aldebaran Dust Devil (Paperback, Main): Marcus Chown Felicity Frobisher and the Three-headed Aldebaran Dust Devil (Paperback, Main)
Marcus Chown 2
R115 R87 Discovery Miles 870 Save R28 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

When Felicity Frobisher is paid a visit by a Three-Headed Aldebaran Dust Devil, she has the most extraordinary day of her life. Travelling through wormholes, beating the school bullies, using the Pan-Galactic Speaking Dictionary to wow her French teacher, and even visiting an international space station - it's all possible when you are friends with a Three-Headed Aldebaran Dust Devil.

Solar System - A Visual Exploration of the Planets, Moons, and Other Heavenly Bodies That Orbit Our Sun (Paperback): Marcus... Solar System - A Visual Exploration of the Planets, Moons, and Other Heavenly Bodies That Orbit Our Sun (Paperback)
Marcus Chown
R458 R332 Discovery Miles 3 320 Save R126 (28%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Journey through time and space with Solar System, a new and mesmerizing way to experience the magnitude of the universe through fascinating text, original graphics, and stunning photographs captured by space probes, some rarely- or never-before-seen. Never before have the wonders of our solar system been so immediately accessible to readers of all ages. Award-winning writer and broadcaster Marcus Chown combines science and history to visually and narratively explore our neighboring planets, dwarf planets, moons and asteroids, as well as all of the historical figures who aided in their discoveries. From the explosive surface of the sun to the frosty blue dunes on Mars; from the gargantuan rings of Saturn to the volcanoes of Io; from the latest images of Pluto from NASA's New Horizons probe, to a simulation of what the Oort Cloud might look like, Solar System offers a window seat from which to view the beauty and magnificence of space.

Photographic Card Deck Of The Solar System - 126 Cards Featuring Stories, Scientific Data, and Big Beautiful Photographs of All... Photographic Card Deck Of The Solar System - 126 Cards Featuring Stories, Scientific Data, and Big Beautiful Photographs of All the Planets, Moons, and Other Heavenly Bodies That Orbit Our Sun (Cards)
Marcus Chown
R495 R452 Discovery Miles 4 520 Save R43 (9%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

A companion to "Solar System: A Visual Exploration of the Planets, Moons, and Other Heavenly Bodies that Orbit Our Sun," this beautiful photographic card deck features 100 different items from our solar system, from planets and moons, to asteroids, solar wind, and famous astronomers - one on each card - with a full-size image on the front and fascinating information on the back.

"The Photographic Card Deck of the Solar System" is the most beautiful and detailed set of cards ever produced on the subject. The deck includes 156 5" x 5" cards, each covering a single topic, such as an individual planet or moon, asteroids, comets, gravity, the movement of the planets, solar wind, dwarf planets, dark matter, and the possibility of life elsewhere, and more. The front side of each card features a full-size photograph while the back includes explanatory text and key scientific data illustrating the most important and interesting aspects of each topic.

The cards are perfect for students, but they also make an excellent gift for scientists and adults who are fascinated by the beauty and complexity of space.

We Need to Talk About Kelvin - What everyday things tell us about the universe (Paperback, Main): Marcus Chown We Need to Talk About Kelvin - What everyday things tell us about the universe (Paperback, Main)
Marcus Chown 1
R180 R148 Discovery Miles 1 480 Save R32 (18%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Look around you. The reflection of your face in a window tells you that the universe is orchestrated by chance. The iron in a spot of blood on your finger tells you that somewhere out in space there is furnace at a temperature of 4.5 billion degrees. Your TV tells you that the universe had a beginning. In fact, your very existence tells you that this may not be the only universe but merely one among an infinity of others, stacked like the pages of a never-ending book. Marcus Chown, author of Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You, What a Wonderful World and The Solar System, takes familiar features of the world we know and shows how they can be used to explain profound truths about the ultimate nature of reality. His new book will change the way you see the universe: with Chown as your guide, cutting-edge science is made clear and meaningful by a falling leaf, or a rose, or a starry night sky... We Need To Talk About Kelvin: What Everyday Things Tell Us About The Universe is a hugely accessible exploration of quantum theory, relativity, cosmology, biology and chemistry. Taking our everyday experiences, Marcus Chown quickly and painlessly explains the unltimate truths of reality.

The Ascent of Gravity - The Quest to Understand the Force That Explains Everything (Paperback): Marcus Chown The Ascent of Gravity - The Quest to Understand the Force That Explains Everything (Paperback)
Marcus Chown
R417 Discovery Miles 4 170 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
The Magic Furnace - The Search for the Origins of Atoms (Paperback, New edition): Marcus Chown The Magic Furnace - The Search for the Origins of Atoms (Paperback, New edition)
Marcus Chown
R215 R169 Discovery Miles 1 690 Save R46 (21%) Special order

Every atom in our bodies has an extraordinary history. Our blood, our food, our books, our clothes - everything contains atoms forged in bli stering furnaces deep inside stars, which were blown into space by tho se stars' cataclysmic explosions and deaths. From red giants - stars s o enormous they could engulf a million suns - to supernova explosions - the most violent events in the universe - the birth of every atom wa s marked by cosmic events on an enormous scale, against a backdrop of unimaginable heat and cold, brightness and darkness, space and time. But how did we discover the astonishing truth about our cosmic origins ? THE MAGIC FURNACE is Marcus Chown's extraordinary account of how sci entists unravelled the mystery of atoms, and helped to explain the daw n of life. It is one of the greatest detective stories in the history of science. In fact, it is two puzzles intertwined, for the stars cont ain the key to unlocking the secret of atoms, and the atoms the soluti on to the secret of stars.

Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You - A Guide to the Universe (Paperback): Marcus Chown Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You - A Guide to the Universe (Paperback)
Marcus Chown 2
R180 R148 Discovery Miles 1 480 Save R32 (18%) Special order

The two towering achievements of modern physics are quantum theory and Einstein's general theory of relativity. But, almost a century after their advent, most people haven't the slightest clue what either is about. Did you know that there's so much empty space inside matter that the entire human race could be squeezed into the volume of a sugar cube? Or that you grow old more quickly on the top floor of a building than on the ground floor? Get set for the most entertaining science book of the year.

The Ascent of Gravity - The Quest to Understand the Force that Explains Everything (Hardcover): Marcus Chown The Ascent of Gravity - The Quest to Understand the Force that Explains Everything (Hardcover)
Marcus Chown
R545 Discovery Miles 5 450 Special order
What a Wonderful World (MP3 format, CD): Marcus Chown What a Wonderful World (MP3 format, CD)
Marcus Chown; Read by Clive Mantle
R184 R139 Discovery Miles 1 390 Save R45 (24%) Special order
The Ascent of Gravity - The Quest to Understand the Force that Explains Everything (Hardcover): Marcus Chown The Ascent of Gravity - The Quest to Understand the Force that Explains Everything (Hardcover)
Marcus Chown 1
R402 R325 Discovery Miles 3 250 Save R77 (19%) Special order

The Sunday Times Science Book of the Year 2017 'Entertaining and at times mind-boggling guide to the weakest of nature's fundamental forces, which also controls the fate of the universe' Manjit Kumar, The Times Gravity is the weakest force in the everyday world yet it is the strongest force in the universe. It was the first force to be recognised and described yet it is the least understood. It is a 'force' that keeps your feet on the ground yet no such force actually exists. Gravity, to steal the words of Winston Churchill, is 'a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma'. And penetrating that enigma promises to answer the biggest questions in science: what is space? What is time? What is the universe? And where did it all come from? Award-winning writer Marcus Chown takes us on an unforgettable journey from the recognition of the 'force' of gravity in 1666 to the discovery of gravitational waves in 2015. And, as we stand on the brink of a seismic revolution in our worldview, he brings us up to speed on the greatest challenge ever to confront physics.

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