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Giles Sparrow



Giles Sparrow studied Astronomy at University College London, and works as an editor specializing in popular science. He is the author of - amongst other books - The Genius Test, The Universe and How To See It, The Stargazer's Handbook and Hubble: Window on the Universe and was a major contributor to Dorling Kindersley's Universe.
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Solar System in Minutes

Giles Sparrow
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Giles Sparrow

This concise, illuminating guide takes us on a comprehensive tour of the solar system, from the Sun at its very heart - via the planets and their moons - to the icy objects at its periphery, some 150 billion kilometres away. The Solar System in Minutes explains the history and features of all the major celestial bodies, including the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, the planets' main moons, the asteroids, comets, dwarf planets and the Kuiper belt; as well as the birth, evolution and science of the solar system and the story - and future - of its exploration. With 200 of the very latest space photographs and explanatory diagrams, here is the easiest way to understand our cosmic neighbourhood.

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The Genius Test

Giles Sparrow
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Giles Sparrow

What is the Higgs Boson? Where did life come from? And what are you looking at when you're looking at Modern ArtPut your knowledge to the test - and learn to think and talk like a genius. The Genius Test takes you on a journey through humanity's most brain-bending ideas, from the big bang and the origins of life to chaos theory, existentialism and special relativity, challenging you to understand and providing the tools to help you master the big ideas. Shortcuts to becoming a genius include: · Are you a Genius? quizzes - questions to test your knowledge· The 10 things a Genius would know· Talk like a Genius - intellectual conversation gambits· A Bluffer's summary The Genius Test challenges you to understand 50 subjects including: The Hard Problem of consciousness; the human genome; Evo-devo; the human brain; A.I.; Fermat's Last Theorem; the Riemann Hypothesis; Gödel's Theorem of Incompleteness; Post-modernism; Modern architecture; Keynesianism; Semiotics and Structuralism; Schrödinger's cat; DNA; Deconstructivism; the mind-body problem; Superstrings; Quantum Theory; The Big Bang; black holes...and many more.

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Hubble

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Giles Sparrow
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Mars

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50 Astronomy Ideas You Really Need to Know

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Giles Sparrow
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The Stargazer's Handbook

Giles Sparrow
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Giles Sparrow

Fully illustrated with 400 of the most striking and up-to-date astronomical images and covering all the major constellations and landmarks of the night sky, The Stargazer's Handbook reveals the treasures of the cosmos - what they are, where they are, and how to see them, including month-by-month guides to the changing hemispheres and tips and guides on the best stargazing equipment. This new compact edition is perfect for browsing at home or accompanying you out at night under the stars. Filled with stunning photography, this book is all you need to start discovering the universe.

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Astronomy in Minutes

Giles Sparrow
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Giles Sparrow

What happens when a star dies? How many asteroids are in our solar system? Can galaxies collide? What is dark energy? Astronomy in Minutes answers all these questions and more as it condenses 200 key concepts into easily digestible essays. From Trojan asteroids to stellar black holes, and from superclusters to cosmic microwave background, this book will take you on an essential tour around the universe. Beginning with the specks and constellations that we see in the night sky, and then zooming in on the objects and 'matter' beyond the naked eye, Astronomy in Minutes draws on established theories and recent research. Each essay is accompanied by an image or a clear diagram to help unravel complex ideas. Beginning with the constellations and finishing with the latest cosmological theories, this is the perfect reference guide to this  fascinating subject. Contents include: The celestial sphere, Piscis Austrinus, the Earth-Moon system, Io and Ganymede, Kuiper Belt Objects, Measuring stellar properties, Nuclear fusion, Red and orange dwarfs, Open star clusters, Planetary nebulae, Supernova remnants, Cosmic expansion, Quasars and blazars, Nature of spacetime, Nucleosynthesis and the Anthropic Principle.

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Physics in Minutes

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Giles Sparrow
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Constellations

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The Cosmic Gallery

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The Planets (FIXED FORMAT EDITION)

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Cosmos

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The Universe

Giles Sparrow
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Giles Sparrow
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The Natural World Close-Up

Giles Sparrow
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Giles Sparrow

Embark on an incredible high magnification journey through the wondrous diversity, complexity and majesty of the natural world. From leafy sea dragons and poison arrow frogs to leaf stomata and fern spores; from quartz crystals and metamorphic rocks to glacier ice and rainbows, The Natural World Close-Up allows you to witness in astonishing detail some of the most remarkable sights on the planet. This stunning visual reference is ideal for all nature lovers or conservationists, wildlife watchers, or anyone interested in witnessing the astonishing diversity and beauty of the our planets amazing flora and fauna. Chapters include: LIFE; THE ANIMAL KINGDOM; PLANTS AND FUNGI; EARTH; AIR AND WATER. With over 300 captivating images of plants, animals and micro-organisms, including some of the closest views that technology has to offer, The Natural World Close-Up allows you to see the nature as never before.

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Cosmos Close-Up

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Voyage Across the Cosmos

Giles Sparrow
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Giles Sparrow

Join us on the most amazing voyage imaginable: travel over 13.7-billion light years and experience the awesome sights, spectacles and breathtaking scale of the cosmos.Along the way you will visit planets, moons, asteroids, stars, nebulae, white dwarfs, black holes, dark matter and other phenomena that populate the heavens. Data streams, digital readouts and unique graphic interfaces, such as 'Image Enhance', 'Atmosphere Analysis' and 'Surface Detail' provide intrepid cosmic voyagers with a wealth of facts, information and data about all the celestial bodies they encounter - as well as some of the deadly hazards that lurk in outer space and how to avoid them.Printed in dramatic over-sized format and packed with more than 300 of science's most spectacular photographs, Across the Cosmos is quite simply the biggest, best and most exciting children's space book ever published.Across the Cosmos is specifically designed and written for children aged 7+ years. The sections are:Across the Solar SystemThrough the Milky WayBeyond our Galaxy

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The Planets

Giles Sparrow, Giles Sparrow
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Giles Sparrow, Giles Sparrow