Seven Wonders of the Universe That You Probably Took for Granted

Seven Wonders of the Universe That You Probably Took for Granted

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Time. Gravity. Night. So much of what surrounds us feels familiar and mundane. But each is a wonder that reveals profound insights into the world around us.

C. Ren#65533;e James's whimsical tour of seven everyday experiences--night, light, stuff, gravity, time, home, and wonder--opens the Universe to fantastical contemplation. Light? Although we need it to see, there's much more to it than meets the eye. Stuff? When it comes down to it, things are almost entirely empty space--99.9% nothing--especially when you get to the atomic level. Home? James's contemplation of our place in the Universe shows that it's not just a place to hang your hat--and that there's really nothing else like it.

James introduces each of these seven wonders with a simple question that appears to be easily answered. The questions are deceptive, though--as is James's casual, light-hearted style. Underneath lie such concepts as relativity, matter and antimatter, and the electromagnetic spectrum. Her accessible discussion uses common analogies and entertaining illustrations to provide a bundle of detail on historical discoveries and to provoke serious pondering.

Fun and edifying, Seven Wonders of the Universe That You Probably Took for Granted is an inviting introduction to secret knowledge of our everyday world. This book may be 99.9% nothing, but the thoughts it will inspire are massive.

Publisher: Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011
ISBN: 9780801897986
080189798X
9780801897979
0801897971
Branch Call Number: 520 James
520 James
Characteristics: xv, 240 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Jamison, Lee

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