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God's Equation
Einstein, Relativity, and the Expanding Universe
Written by Amir D. Aczel


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: November 28, 2000
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33485-3 (0-385-33485-0)

"[Einstein's] field equation remains the closest thing we have to a divine blueprint for the universe...Aczel gives a very readable account of the science and the scientists involved." --Kirkus Reviews

In a work that is at once lucid and profound, renowned mathematician Dr. Amir Aczel, critically acclaimed author of Fermat's Last... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download.

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Magnificent Desolation
The Long Journey Home from the Moon
Written by Buzz Aldrin and Ken Abraham


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-46346-3 (0-307-46346-X)

Forty years ago, Buzz Aldrin became the second human, minutes after Neil Armstrong, to set foot on a celestial body other than the Earth. The event remains one of mankind’s greatest achievements and was witnessed by the largest worldwide television audience in history. In the years since, millions more have had... Read more >
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Mission to Mars
My Vision for Space Exploration
Written by Buzz Aldrin and Leonard David


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: May 7, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-1017-4 (1-4262-1017-5)

Legendary “space statesman” Buzz Aldrin speaks out as a vital advocate for the continuing quest to push the boundaries of the universe as we know it. As a pioneering astronaut who first set foot on the moon during mankind’s first landing of Apollo 11--and as an aerospace engineer who designed an... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Your Ticket to the Universe
A Guide to Exploring the Cosmos
Written by Kimberly K. Arcand and Megan Watzke
Foreword by Mario Livio


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 2, 2013
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-375-8 (1-58834-375-8)

Beginning with our home planet, Your Ticket to the Universe embarks on an entertaining and accessible trip to the most interesting stops known in the cosmos. Learn about objects nearby within our Solar System (our backyard in space, so to speak) as well as wonders that are found throughout the Milky... Read more >
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Signatures of Life
Science Searches the Universe
Written by Edward Ashpole


Format: Hardcover, 290 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: July 9, 2013
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-1-61614-668-9 (1-61614-668-0)

Informative and fascinating, this book delves into the topic of extraterrestrial life in a thought-provoking yet scientifically responsible way. Are we alone in the universe, or is life a universal phenomenon? For fifty years, astronomers in SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) have scanned the universe for intelligent signals, but with no... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Archives of the Universe
100 Discoveries That Transformed Our Understanding of the Cosmos
Edited by Marcia Bartusiak


Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 11, 2006
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71368-2 (0-375-71368-9)

An unparalleled history of astronomy presented in the words of the scientists who made the discoveries. Here are the writings of Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton, Halley, Hubble, and Einstein, as well as that of dozens of others who have significantly contributed to our picture of the universe.

From Aristotle’s proof that... Read more >
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The Day We Found the Universe

Written by Marcia Bartusiak


Format: Trade Paperback, 366 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 9, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27660-5 (0-307-27660-0)

The riveting and mesmerizing story behind a watershed period in human history, the discovery of the startling size and true nature of our universe.

On New Years Day in 1925, a young Edwin Hubble released his finding that our Universe was far bigger, eventually measured as a thousand trillion times larger than... Read more >
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Discover the Stars

Written by Richard Berry


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: December 13, 1987
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-517-56529-2 (0-517-56529-3)

For everyone who has looked up at the stars on a clear night and longed to know more about them, here is the perfect introduction and guide to discovering the stars.

Discover the Stars leads you on a tour of all the stars and constellations visible with the naked eye and introduces... Read more >
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Meteorites
A Journey through Space and Time
Written by Alex Bevan and John De Laeter


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 17, 2002
Price: $35.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-021-4 (1-58834-021-X)

The authors trace the formation and breakup of the planets, asteroids, and comets where meteorites originated, their long journey through space, their fall to Earth, their recovery, and what scientists are learning from them. The book contains a great deal of material about the “84001 Martian meteorite,” which has raised provocative... Read more >

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The God Problem
How a Godless Cosmos Creates
Written by Howard Bloom


Format: Hardcover, 708 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: August 24, 2012
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-1-61614-551-4 (1-61614-551-X)

A Choice 2013 Outstanding Academic Title
 
God’s war crimes, Aristotle’s sneaky tricks, Einstein’s pajamas, information theory’s blind spot, Stephen Wolfram’s new kind of science, and six monkeys at six typewriters getting it wrong. What do these have to do with the birth of a universe and with your need for meaning? Everything...

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Once Before Time
A Whole Story of the Universe
Written by Martin Bojowald


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47455-1 (0-307-47455-0)

In his introduction to a revolutionary theory of the cosmos, Martin Bojowald shows how the big bang theory may give way to the big bounce theory, which describes our universe as an eternal series of expansions and contractions, with no beginning and no end.

In 2000, Bojowald, then a twenty-seven-year-old postdoctoral student... Read more >
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How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming

Written by Mike Brown


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: January 24, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-53110-8 (0-385-53110-9)

The solar system most of us grew up with included nine planets, with Mercury closest to the sun and Pluto at the outer edge. Then, in 2005, astronomer Mike Brown made the discovery of a lifetime: a tenth planet, Eris, slightly bigger than Pluto. But instead of adding one more planet... Read more >
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A Short History of Nearly Everything: Special Illustrated Edition

Written by Bill Bryson


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 5, 2010
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88515-9 (0-307-88515-1)

This new edition of the acclaimed bestseller is lavishly illustrated to convey, in pictures as in words, Bill Bryson’s exciting, informative journey into the world of science.

In A Short History of Nearly Everything, beloved author Bill Bryson confronts his greatest challenge yet: to understand—and, if possible, answer—the oldest, biggest questions we... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Asteroid Threat
Defending Our Planet from Deadly Near-Earth Objects
Written by William E. Burrows


Format: Trade Paperback, 282 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: June 10, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-913-0 (1-61614-913-2)

The explosion of a large meteor over Chelyabinsk, Siberia, in February 2013 is just the latest reminder that planet Earth is vulnerable to damaging and potentially catastrophic collisions with space debris of various kinds. In this informative and forward-looking book, veteran aerospace writer William E. Burrows explains what we can do... Read more >
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Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?
. . . and Other Questions from the Astronomers' In-box at the Vatican Observatory
Written by Guy Consolmagno, SJ and Paul Mueller, SJ


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: October 7, 2014
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8041-3695-2 (0-8041-3695-5)

"Imagine if a Martian showed up, all big ears and big nose like a child's drawing, and he asked to be baptized. How would you react?"
                                                               ---Pope Francis, May, 2014
 
Pope Francis posed that question---without insisting on an answer---to provoke deeper reflection about inclusiveness and diversity in the Church. But it's... Read more >
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The Prism and the Pendulum
The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments in Science
Written by Robert Crease


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7062-3 (0-8129-7062-4)

Is science beautiful? Yes, argues acclaimed philosopher and historian of science Robert P. Crease in this engaging exploration of history’s most beautiful experiments. The result is an engrossing journey through nearly 2,500 years of scientific innovation. Along the way, he encounters the personalities and creative thinking of some of the field’s... Read more >
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Hubble
Imaging Space and Time
Written by David Devorkin and Robert Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0894-2 (1-4262-0894-4)

In the spirit of National Geographic’s top-selling Orbit, this large-format, full-color volume stands alone in revealing more than 200 of the most spectacular images from the Hubble Space Telescope during its lifetime, to the very eve of the 2008 final shuttle mission to the telescope. Written by two of the world’s... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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Hubble
Imaging Space and Time
Written by David Devorkin and Robert Smith


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: September 30, 2008
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0322-0 (1-4262-0322-5)

In the spirit of National Geographic’s top-selling Orbit, this large-format, full-color volume stands alone in revealing more than 200 of the most spectacular images from the Hubble Space Telescope during its lifetime, to the very eve of the 2008 final shuttle mission to the telescope. Written by two of the world’s... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems

Written by Galileo
Translated by Drake Stillman
Foreword by Albert Einstein
Introduction by John Heilbron


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 2, 2001
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75766-2 (0-375-75766-X)

Galileo’s Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, published in Florence in 1632, was the most proximate cause of his being brought to trial before the Inquisition.

Using the dialogue form, a genre common in classical philosophical works, Galileo masterfully demonstrates the truth of the Copernican system over the Ptolemaic one... Read more >

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Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo

Written by Galileo
Translated by Drake Stillman
Introduction by Drake Stillman
Noted by Drake Stillman


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 1, 1957
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-09239-5 (0-385-09239-3)

Directing his polemics against the pedantry of his time, Galileo, as his own popularizer, addressed his writings to contemporary laymen. His support of Copernican cosmology, against the Church's strong opposition, his development of a telescope, and his unorthodox opinions as a philosopher of science were the central concerns of his career... Read more >

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Heavenly Intrigue
Johannes Kepler, Tycho Brahe, and the Murder Behind One of History's Greatest Scientific Discoveries
Written by Joshua Gilder and Anne-Lee Gilder


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 14, 2005
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3176-4 (1-4000-3176-1)

Heavenly Intrigue is the fascinating account of the seventeenth-century collaboration between Johannes Kepler and Tycho Brahe that revolutionized our understanding of the universe and based on new forensic evidence postulates that Brahe was murdered by his assistant.

One of history’s greatest geniuses, Kepler laid the foundations of modern physics with his revolutionary... Read more >
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Measuring Eternity
The Search for the Beginning of Time
Written by Martin Gorst


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: November 12, 2002
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0844-3 (0-7679-0844-9)

The untold story of the religious figures, philosophers, astronomers, geologists, physicists, and mathematicians who, for more than four hundred years, have pursued the answer to a fundamental question at the intersection of science and religion: When did the universe begin?

The moment of the universe's conception is one of science's Holy... Read more >
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Sizing Up the Universe
The Cosmos in Perspective
Written by J. Richard Gott and Robert J. Vanderbei


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: November 2, 2010
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0651-1 (1-4262-0651-8)

Sizing Up the Universe reveals an ingenious new way to envision the outsize proportions of space, based on the work of Princeton University professors Richard Gott and Robert Vanderbei. Using scaled maps, object comparisons, and space photographs, it demonstrates the actual size of objects in the cosmos –from Buzz Aldrin’s historic... Read more >

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The Fabric of the Cosmos
Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality
Written by Brian Greene


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 8, 2005
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72720-7 (0-375-72720-5)

From Brian Greene, one of the world’s leading physicists and author the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Elegant Universe, comes a grand tour of the universe that makes us look at reality in a completely different way.

Space and time form the very fabric of the cosmos. Yet they remain among the most... Read more >

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The Fabric of the Cosmos
Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality
Written by Brian Greene


Format: Hardcover, 592 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 10, 2004
Price: $37.50
ISBN: 978-0-375-41288-2 (0-375-41288-3)

“Nobody ever said that cosmology was simple, not even Stephen Hawking, in whose tradition Dr. Greene impressively follows. As a popularizer of exquisitely abstract science, he is both a skilled and kindly explicator. . . . Readers are far likelier to be excited than baffled by even his thorniest formulations. That’s... Read more >
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