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The Edge of the Universe

Author : Deanna Haunsperger
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Presents a collection of articles from "Math Horizons," including fiction, humor, history, social commentary, biographies, and theatrical and cinematic criticism.

On the Edge of the Cosmos

Author : Alain Omont
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In a world where intergalactic wars are a common topic for movies, it is hard to imagine that the discovery of galaxies was made less than a century ago. In fact, it was one of the key astrophysical milestones of the first half of the 20th century, along with the revelation of the expansion of the Universe and the understanding of the source of the stars’ energy. The second half of last century saw the unexpected discovery of fantastic objects and extreme events in the Universe including neutron stars, black holes, radio galaxies, quasars, exoplanets, or stellar explosions. Modern cosmology was simultaneously established with the Big Bang model, leading to an astonishingly precise determination of the parameters of the Universe. The author here retraces the adventure of twentieth-century astronomy and describes how it has changed our vision of the cosmos. By assessing the major successes of this undertaking and highlighting the fundamental questions that still remain, he puts into perspective the recent progress at the dawn of the new millennium including the acceleration of the expansion of the Universe and dark energy, dark matter, exoplanets, black hole mergers and gravitational waves, to name only the most spectacular discoveries. This book thus offers, in a concise and accessible form, a synthesis of our current knowledge of astrophysics, including many beautiful images from leading observatories.

Edward Bond The Playwright Speaks

Author : David Tuaillon
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Over 50 years after his first appearance on the theatre scene, Edward Bond remains a hugely significant figure in the history of modern British playwriting. His plays are the subject of much debate and frequent misinterpretation, with his extensive use of allegory and metaphor to comment on the state of society and humanity in general leading to many academics, theatre practitioners and students trying - and often failing - to make sense of his plays over the years. In this unique collection, David Tuaillon puts these pressing questions and mysteries to Edward Bond himself, provoking answers to some of his most elusive dramatic material, and covering an extraordinary range of plays and subjects with real clarity. With a particular focus on Bond's later plays, about which much less has been written, this book draws together very many questions and issues within a thematic structure, while observing chronology within that. Edward Bond: The Playwright Speaks is potentially the most comprehensive, precise and clear account of the playwright's work and time in the theatre to date, distilling years and schools of thought into one single volume. Published to mark the 50th anniversary of the first performance of Edward Bond's Saved at the Royal Court Theatre in 1965.

August Kitko and the Mechas from Space

Author : Alex White
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Expect giant robots, explosive battles and lots and lots of feelings in this queer space opera from Alex White. In this new wide-screen space opera, humanity has met its match. An alien race of enormous robotic AI have destroyed most of humanity's outposts. But, on the eve of the Earth's destruction, at a goodbye party thrown by nonbinary rock star Ardent Violet, a young man makes one last desperate attempt to reach out and convinces one of humanity's enemies to switch sides. Now, earth just might have a chance to survive... 'Evangelion by way of David Bowie - visceral, big-hearted, and ready to rock your world' Emily Skrutskie, author of Bonds of Brass 'August Kitko is a wild ride that starts with the end of the world and only gets better from there ' K.B. Wagers 'Emotionally complex and mind-blisteringly weird, this novel kept surprising me at every turn. It's like a beautifully-orchestrated disco space battle, and I never wanted it to end' Annalee Newitz, Lambda Award winning author of Autonomous 'A brilliant firework display of apocalypses, giant robots, gore, glam, and a nonbinary icon - this is mecha absolutely masterfully done' Everina Maxwell, author of Winter's Orbit Praise for Alex White: 'A clever fusion of magic and sci-fi makes this book a total blast. I was hooked from page one.' V. E. Schwab on A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe

Two Dimensional Geometries A Problem Solving Approach

Author : C. Herbert Clemens
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This book on two-dimensional geometry uses a problem-solving approach to actively engage students in the learning process. The aim is to guide readers through the story of the subject, while giving them room to discover and partially construct the story themselves. The book bridges the study of plane geometry and the study of curves and surfaces of non-constant curvature in three-dimensional Euclidean space. One useful feature is that the book can be adapted to suit different audiences. The first half of the text covers plane geometry without and with Euclid's Fifth Postulate, followed by a brief synthetic treatment of spherical geometry through the excess angle formula. This part only requires a background in high school geometry and basic trigonometry and is suitable for a quarter course for future high school geometry teachers. A brief foray into the second half could complete a semester course. The second half of the text gives a uniform treatment of all the complete, simply connected, two-dimensional geometries of constant curvature, one geometry for each real number (its curvature), including their groups of isometries, geodesics, measures of lengths and areas, as well as formulas for areas of regions bounded by polygons in terms of the curvature of the geometry and the sum of the interior angles of the polygon. A basic knowledge of real linear algebra and calculus of several (real) variables is useful background for this portion of the text.

The God Particle Bible

Author : Michael Mathiesen
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It should be obvious even to the Scientists that discovered the God Particle, otherwise known as the Higgs Boson, that only some form of God would be the one to send out all of his particles. But, too many of us are so objective and jaded that we miss the most obvious lessons in Science right in front of our eyes. The God Particles were the first of such things created during the Big Bang and we know this because it is only the God Particle that can give all of the other particles their mass. Not only in the subatomic world, but all of our lives depend on the God Particle Field remaining in effect from the beginning of Time all the way to the end of Time. And, if it was the first thing to be created in the universe by the Creator of the universe, do we not owe this most amazing event in the history of the universe just a little more investigation and perhaps even reverence? When you look at the universe, both to the outside of us or to the inside of us, you see the magnificent footprints and fingerprints of a master Creator. Nothing is more obvious than the fact that the way things snap together so perfectly can't possibly be an accident or a random series of events. There is an obvious patter to it, so God's Particles, the ones in the center of the current model of the common understanding of Physics and subatomic physics had to have something in the middle, like a keystone for a building, something that keeps it all together and in this model we finally have reality cemented together, or at least most of it. Today, they are saying there may be a Fifth Force in the universe and a particle that carries it. But, in order to understand that fifth force, should it prove to be real, we need to fully understand the God Particle first.. This book is for anyone who has ever wondered why major events take place in their lives for which there seems to be no explanation. The explanation is clear now thanks to the discovery in Geneva Switzerland in 2012 using the most expensive scientific apparatus in history, the Large Hadron Collider, to discover the God Particle. God is no longer just a myth and part of a mythology, no longer is God based on fairy tales, or stories in children's books. God is now based on the best Scientific exploration that is possible using the human mind. The God Particle, it turns out is the most basic fundamental force that makes everything in the universe happen according to a plan. Since the discovery of this amazing new energy, we now have at our disposal a pathway to finding our source. Since the God Particle was the first thing created by the Big Bang and since it gives everything else in the universe it's mass, the stuff that makes things matter, it is simple logic to see that the God Particle Field is the way that God promulgates his will all over the universe. That means these particles are constantly working to create all of our life's events in such a way that follows God's laws, especially the ones we call the Laws of Physics. The good news is that anyone can understand these laws and use them to their own advantage. You don't need a Ph.D in any scientific discipline to fully appreciate these concepts. All you need is a little bit of curiosity as to how the universe works and your place in it. The God Particle Bible is a new Book that will take you on an adventure in Science where they have proven the existence of God. Not only has Science proven the existence of God in the manner of the discovery of the God Particle, but they have shown us how God works his miracles in our daily lives. This book, authored by noted Science Fiction writer, Michael Mathiesen is the first of its kind to describe not only how God works, but also where God lives. The author presents us with an entire new form of "Technology" that anyone can learn to use to exploit the greatest Force in the universe, to alter one's fate or change their own destiny as well as the destiny of our entire civilization. The "Force" mentioned in Star Wars actually exists. It has now been proven to exist. The God Particle Bible is the first primer on how to use 'The Force' to benefit the individual life as well as the life of the planet and all future generations.

Foundations of Astronomy

Author : Michael A. Seeds
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Fascinating, engaging, and extremely visual, Foundations of Astronomy Twelth Edition emphasizes the scientific method throughout as it guides students to answer two fundamental questions: What are we? And how do we know? Updated with the newest developments and latest discoveries in the exciting study of astronomy, authors Michael Seeds and Dana Backman discuss the interplay between evidence and hypothesis, while providing not only fact but also a conceptual framework for understanding the logic of science. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

A Brief History of Infinity

Author : Brian Clegg
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'Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the street to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space.' Douglas Adams, Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy We human beings have trouble with infinity - yet infinity is a surprisingly human subject. Philosophers and mathematicians have gone mad contemplating its nature and complexity - yet it is a concept routinely used by schoolchildren. Exploring the infinite is a journey into paradox. Here is a quantity that turns arithmetic on its head, making it feasible that 1 = 0. Here is a concept that enables us to cram as many extra guests as we like into an already full hotel. Most bizarrely of all, it is quite easy to show that there must be something bigger than infinity - when it surely should be the biggest thing that could possibly be. Brian Clegg takes us on a fascinating tour of that borderland between the extremely large and the ultimate that takes us from Archimedes, counting the grains of sand that would fill the universe, to the latest theories on the physical reality of the infinite. Full of unexpected delights, whether St Augustine contemplating the nature of creation, Newton and Leibniz battling over ownership of calculus, or Cantor struggling to publicise his vision of the transfinite, infinity's fascination is in the way it brings together the everyday and the extraordinary, prosaic daily life and the esoteric. Whether your interest in infinity is mathematical, philosophical, spiritual or just plain curious, this accessible book offers a stimulating and entertaining read.

On Gaia

Author : Toby Tyrrell
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A critical examination of James Lovelock's controversial Gaia hypothesis One of the enduring questions about our planet is how it has remained continuously habitable over vast stretches of geological time despite the fact that its atmosphere and climate are potentially unstable. James Lovelock's Gaia hypothesis posits that life itself has intervened in the regulation of the planetary environment in order to keep it stable and favorable for life. First proposed in the 1970s, Lovelock's hypothesis remains highly controversial and continues to provoke fierce debate. On Gaia undertakes the first in-depth investigation of the arguments put forward by Lovelock and others—and concludes that the evidence doesn't stack up in support of Gaia. Toby Tyrrell draws on the latest findings in fields as diverse as climate science, oceanography, atmospheric science, geology, ecology, and evolutionary biology. He takes readers to obscure corners of the natural world, from southern Africa where ancient rocks reveal that icebergs were once present near the equator, to mimics of cleaner fish on Indonesian reefs, to blind fish deep in Mexican caves. Tyrrell weaves these and many other intriguing observations into a comprehensive analysis of the major assertions and lines of argument underpinning Gaia, and finds that it is not a credible picture of how life and Earth interact. On Gaia reflects on the scientific evidence indicating that life and environment mutually affect each other, and proposes that feedbacks on Earth do not provide robust protection against the environment becoming uninhabitable—or against poor stewardship by us.


Author : United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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