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    Infinity In The Palm Of Your Hand

    Marcus Chown

    Product Code: INFN
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    The Ascent of Gravity author Marcus Chown explores some of the most profound and important scientific facts about us, our world and beyond by examining the astonishing facts that reveal vast complexities of the universe.

    Our adventures in space, deeper understanding of the quantum world and the huge technological leaps of the past century have revealed a universe that is stranger than anyone could imagine.

    This witty and concise book examines the science behind 50 facts that affect our everyday lives e.g. did you know that the electrical energy in a single mosquito is enough to cause a global mass extinction?
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  • The Ascent of Gravity

    Marcus Chown

    Product Code: BOHYU
    Paperback
    The Sunday Times Science Book of the Year 2017 'Does Einstein proud . . . Eminently readable' Guardian 'No one has covered the topic with such a light touch and joie de vivre . . . a delight' Brian Clegg Gravity was the first force to be recognised and described yet it is still the least understood. If we can unlock its secrets, the force that keeps our feet on the ground holds the key to understanding the biggest questions in science: what is space? What is time? What is the universe? And where did it all come from? Award-winning writer Marcus Chown takes us on an unforgettable journey from the recognition of the 'force' of gravity in 1666 to the discovery of gravitational waves in the twenty-first century. And, as we stand on the brink of a seismic revolution in our worldview, he brings us up to speed on the greatest challenge ever to confront physics.
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  • Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You

    Marcus Chown

    Product Code: AKYCI
    Paperback
    The two towering achievements of modern physics are quantum theory and Einstein's general theory of relativity. But, almost a century after their advent, most people haven't the slightest clue what either is about. Did you know that there's so much empty space inside matter that the entire human race could be squeezed into the volume of a sugar cube? Or that you grow old more quickly on the top floor of a building than on the ground floor? Marcus Chown explains all with characteristic, wit, colour and clarity.
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  • What a Wonderful World

    Marcus Chown

    Product Code: AKYCH
    Paperback
    Why do we breathe? What is money? How does the brain work? Why did life invent sex? Does time really exist? How does capitalism work - or not, as the case may be? Where do mountains come from? How do computers work? How did humans get to dominate the Earth? Why is there something rather than nothing? In What a Wonderful World, Marcus Chown, bestselling author of Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You and the Solar System app, uses his vast scientific knowledge and deep understanding of extremely complex processes to answer simple questions about the workings of our everyday lives. Lucid, witty and hugely entertaining, it explains the basics of our essential existence, stopping along the way to show us why the Atlantic is widening by a thumbs' length each year, how money permits trade to time travel why the crucial advantage humans had over Neanderthals was sewing and why we are all living in a giant hologram.
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  • We Need to Talk About Kelvin

    Marcus Chown

    Product Code: AAONZ
    Paperback
    Look around you. The reflection of your face in a window tells you that the universe is orchestrated by chance. The iron in a spot of blood on your finger tells you that somewhere out in space there is furnace at a temperature of 4.5 billion degrees. Your TV tells you that the universe had a beginning. In fact, your very existence tells you that this may not be the only universe but merely one among an infinity of others, stacked like the pages of a never-ending book. Marcus Chown, author of "Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You", takes familiar features of the world we know and shows how they can be used to explain profound truths about the ultimate nature of reality. His new book will change the way you see the world: with Chown as your guide, cutting-edge science is made clear and meaningful by a falling leaf, or a rose, or a starry night sky.
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