Cosmic queries : StarTalk's guide to who we are, how we got here, and where we're going

by Tyson, Neil deGrasse,

Format: Print Book 2021
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Summary
In this thought-provoking follow-up to his acclaimed StarTalk book, uber astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson tackles the world''s most important philosophical questions about the universe with wit, wisdom, and cutting-edge science.
For science geeks, space and physics nerds, and all who want to understand their place in the universe, this enlightening new book from Neil deGrasse Tyson offers a unique take on the mysteries and curiosities of the cosmos, building on rich material from his beloved StarTalk podcast.
In these illuminating pages, illustrated with dazzling photos and revealing graphics, Tyson and co-author James Trefil, a renowned physicist and science popularizer, take on the big questions that humanity has been posing for millennia--How did life begin? What is our place in the universe? Are we alone?--and provide answers based on the most current data, observations, and theories.
Populated with paradigm-shifting discoveries that help explain the building blocks of astrophysics, this relatable and entertaining book will engage and inspire readers of all ages, bring sophisticated concepts within reach, and offer a window into the complexities of the cosmos.
For all who loved National Geographic''s StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos: Possible Worlds, and Space Atlas, this new book will take them on more journeys into the wonders of the universe and beyond.
Contents
What is our place in the universe?
How do we know what we know?
How did the universe get to be this way?
How old is the universe?
What is the universe made of?
What is life?
Are we alone in the universe?
How did it all begin?
How will it all end?
What does nothing have to do with everything?.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: ""In the gulf between the depths of human curiosity and the limits of human ignorance" is a space to ask questions, write astrophysicist Tyson (StarTalk) and physicist Trefil (Imagined Life) in this breezy survey of physics's curiosities. The authors answer such matters as where the universe came from, how it will end, and whether intelligent life beyond Earth exists. In "How Old Is the Universe," they cover a "simultaneously practical yet dull experiment" conducted in 1964, in which signals from deep space were picked up by a satellite and provided evidence for the Big Bang theory. In "How Will It End" they describe the eventual death of the sun through its transformation into a red giant "engulfing the orbits" of inner planets. Photographs, drawings, and scores of Tyson's tweets pepper the pages, but less satisfying are the authors' inconsistencies in their answers to the questions. While some explanations are simplistic (their discussion of biology, for example), others are tough to parse (as with their explanation of the "cosmological constant" from "an early version of part of Einstein's general relativity" theory). Lay readers curious about the mysteries of the universe will want to take a look. (Mar.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Cosmology -- Popular works.
SCIENCE / Astronomy.
Cosmology
Popular works
Publisher Washington, DC :2021
Other Titles StarTalk radio (Podcast)
Contributors Trefil, James, 1938- author.
Walker, Lindsey N., editor.
Language English
Description pages cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9781426221774
1426221770
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