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Solar System in Minutes

Giles Sparrow
Authors:
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
Authors:
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

Giles Sparrow
Authors:
Giles Sparrow

For 20 years the Hubble Space Telescope has been hurtling around our planet at 17,500 mph sending spectacularly sharp images of the universe back to Earth. Hubble is a visual celebration of this large and versatile telescope's astonishing scientific and technical achievements. This fully revised and updated edition of Hubble: Window on the Universe (Legacy Edition) showcases the very latest and clearest images of galaxies, nebulae, quasars, exploding stars and stellar nurseries. More than 200 remarkable cosmic images reveal the inner workings of the solar system, the expansion of the Universe, the birth and death of stars, the formation of planetary nebulae, the dynamics of galaxies and the mysterious force known as 'dark energy'. Featuring the history of the project from its origins and launch in 1990, the discovery and emergency repair of a defective mirror, the impact of subsequent servicing missions and finally, its extraordinary legacy this stunning giant volume will take you on a journey through the universe via 200 glorious full-colour images.

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Mars

Giles Sparrow
Authors:
Giles Sparrow

Mars has always fascinated humanity and the findings of the past decade have revolutionized ideas about our nearest neighbour - revealing its watery past and geological similarity to Earth. This volume, filled with the latest and most magnificent images to be sent back from Curiosity, will walk you in the footsteps of the NASA probes and rovers that have been surveying the planet from 1964 until the present day. Experience its other-worldly beauty as you hover over sinister dust devils, immense icecaps and textured rock formations. Mars charts an incredible course across this unfamiliar planet, depicting all sides, seasons, channels and chasms, from the North Pole to the Southern Highlands. Witness the soaring heights of Olympus Mons - the tallest volcano in the Solar System - watch a giant dust storm tear through the canyons of the Valles Marineris, and explore the broad valleys of Chryse Planitia, scarred from catastrophic floods. Detailed and accessible essays explain how Mars was formed, shedding light on its internal and external structure, weather systems and unique geographical features, as well as on the compelling evidence of water and microscopic life. Each image is accompanied by a caption that explains in unparalleled detail the abstract patterns and peculiar geology that form this majestic planet. Featuring over 200 spectacular photographs and informative colour diagrams, an atlas of the surface and details of the most recent scientific discoveries, Mars is the perfect introduction to the Red Planet.

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50 Astronomy Ideas You Really Need to Know

Giles Sparrow
Authors:
Giles Sparrow
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The Stargazer's Handbook

Giles Sparrow
Authors:
Giles Sparrow
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Astronomy in Minutes

Giles Sparrow
Authors:
Giles Sparrow
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Physics in Minutes

Giles Sparrow
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Giles Sparrow

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Constellations

Giles Sparrow
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Giles Sparrow
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The Planets (FIXED FORMAT EDITION)

Giles Sparrow
Authors:
Giles Sparrow

In the last 40 years the planets have been revealed in their full glory, unmasked by a fleet of satellites and interplanetary probes. And the closer we look, the more astonishing they are: Mars' deserts were once home to rivers and oceans; on Jupiter wind speeds reach 10,000 kph (6,000 mph) and storms rage for centuries; Saturn is surrounded by a swarm of 34 moons; and diamonds are believed to rain from Neptune's blue skies.Moving out from the Sun, every planet and moon is visited in a journey that takes us a full light year into space, out to the fringes of the solar system where the Sun is no longer the brightest star in the sky. With 200 spectacular images, The Planets follows the tracks of robotic rovers over Mars, plunges through Titan's atmosphere on the back of the Hugyens probe, smashes into a comet with Deep Impact, and voyages to the edge of our solar system to discover the frozen planets that lurk beyond the orbit of Pluto.

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Cosmos

Giles Sparrow
Authors:
Giles Sparrow
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The Universe

Giles Sparrow
Authors:
Giles Sparrow

This stunning collection of images and essays surveys the key breakthroughs that have shaped our understanding of the universe around us - from the discovery of the solar system, to Supermassive black holes and the remote depths of the cosmos. Beginning with the theories put forward for the origin of our universe - the Big Bang and its rivals - and ending with what the eventual fate of our cosmos might be, this overview of 100 landmark discoveries tells the story of how we have endeavoured to understand the place of our own planet in the wider universe.

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The Natural World Close-Up

Giles Sparrow
Authors:
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

Giles Sparrow
Authors:
Giles Sparrow
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Voyage Across the Cosmos

Giles Sparrow
Authors:
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
Authors:
Giles Sparrow, Giles Sparrow

Adam Voiland

Adam Voiland is a science writer and the social media editor for the NASA Earth Observatory.

Ben Dupre

Ben Dupré read Classics at Exeter College, Oxford before pursuing a career in reference publishing. He was Children's Reference Publisher at Oxford University Press from 1992 until 2004 and, all told, has more than 20 years' experience of bringing complex and challenging concepts to the widest possible audience.

Christophe Galfard

Christophe Galfard has studied Advanced Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University, England, where he did his Ph.D. on Black holes and the Origin of our Universe under the supervision of renowned Professor Stephen Hawking. Praised for his ability to explain difficult ideas with simple words, Christophe has been, for the past few years, devoting his time to spreading scientific knowledge to the general public. He has given public talks in front of more than 200,000 people, children and adults alike, throughout the world. He is a regular guest on TV and radio shows in France, where he is one of the most acclaimed popular science writer and speaker. Christophe has written many award-winning popular science books for children about the Solar System and our Earth's Climate before writing The Universe in Your Hand, his first book for adults, now an international best-seller translated into 16 languages.

Daniel Suarez

Daniel Suarez has designed software for the defence, finance and entertainment industries. He originally self-published DAEMON when rejected by mainstream publishers and agents. Blog raves, Amazon raves, and a feature in Wired magazine turned the book deservedly into a runaway hit. He lives in California, USA.