How the Universe Got Its Spots

Author: Janna Levin
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 1400032725
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A physicist describes what we know about the shape, extent, origins, and evolution of the universe, the complexities of space and time, and the secrets of black holes, time warps, and other phenomena.

Im Universum der Zeit

Author: Lee Smolin
Publisher: DVA
ISBN: 3641104920
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Wie wirklich ist Zeit? Zeit ist etwas völlig Selbstverständliches für uns, wir erleben, wie sie vergeht, wenn wir auf die Uhr schauen, Kindern beim Älterwerden zusehen oder Wettrennen beobachten. Und doch haben Physiker von Newton über Einstein bis zu den heutigen Quantenphysikern eine andere Auffassung der Zeit. Für sie ist sie nicht real, sondern eine Illusion. Für sie wird das Universum von Gesetzen beherrscht, die außerhalb der Zeit stehen, zeitlos sind, von Newtons Gravitationsgesetz bis zur Formel e=mc2. Lee Smolin hingegen sieht Zeit als die einzige fundamentale Größe des Universums. Alles andere, auch die vermeintlich unabänderlichen Gesetze, unterliegen seiner Auffassung nach der Veränderung in der Zeit. Newtons Gesetze werden vielleicht nicht immer so grundlegend bleiben, wie wir sie heute verstehen. Mit dieser revolutionären Auffassung stellt er die Zeit in den Mittelpunkt unseres Denkens über die Welt und erklärt, welche Auswirkungen das auf uns, auf die Welt, auf das Universum hat.

Space Oddities

Author: Marie Lathers
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 144117205X
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A fascinating new perspective on the Space Race combining brilliant film scholarship with gender studies and feminist theory.

The Incorporeal God

Author: Dr. Feridoun Shawn Shahmoradian
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 154627040X
Format: PDF
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The Incorporeal God: An insight into the higher realms This is an awakening collection of essays, lucidly manifested to discern fact from fiction, where epistemology and the innate knowledge of the higher parameter are truly cultivated. The Incorporeal God insightfully delves into the nature of God, existence, consciousness, the fine-tuning of the universe, and faith-oriented phenomena. The Incorporeal God is an eye-opening masterpiece that insightfully covers spirituality, psychology, morality, and expressing on the essential merits, but is not coerced or deliberate in provoking conflict. It penetrates socio-cultural, socio-economic, and socio-political renditions of our contemporary lifestyle. Compellingly enough, it quenches the thirst of those inquisitive minds and gratifies the curiosity of the intellectuals that are apt to acknowledge the authenticity of the magnificent traces of God that is explicit and evidenced to the human mind and the nervous system via our senses. Present-day attainment is in modern science, in the quantum world, the world of string theory and the like have astonished even the most scholarly minded scientists and prominent philosophers beyond the times of Sir Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein, placing them in awe. So many show reverence for the subatomic particles, the unseen world, as most attesting to what we do not see, manages what we see, leaving no chance to sustain ideologies infested with superstition and construed with the idolatrous reasoning for upholding the truth behind existence. It tackles the ambiguities head-on, facing God and existence, where the immaculate traces of our phenomenal universe can solely lead to a supreme being and infinitely intelligent designer. As scientists tell us, even mass energy wears out, which calls for a creator to harness and deal with it, since with energy depletion, no life, from its infinitesimal to cosmically macro-level, is ever possible. “Superstition sets the whole world in flame, philosophy quenches them” (Voltaire). we live in an awakening era, it seems that beautiful minds are influenced with premonition as if they are mandated with a mission to perform gynecology into the womb of Mother Nature and give birth to yet another treasure, leaping into unveiling the mysteries of nature’s obscurities to emancipate man from the clutches of ignorance.

The Center of the World

Author: June Howard
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0192554506
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Regional Writing and the Puzzles of Place-Time is a study of literary regionalism. It focuses on the fiction of the United States and considers the place of the genre in world literature. Regionalism is usually understood to be a literature bound to the local, but this study explores how regional writing shapes ways of imagining not only the neighborhood or the province, but also the nation, and ultimately the world. Its key premise is that thinking about place always entails imagining time. It analyzes how concepts crystallize across disciplines and in everyday discourse and proposes ways of revising American literary history and close readings of particular authors' work. It demonstrates, for example, the importance of the figure of the school-teacher and the one-room schoolhouse in local color and subsequent place-focused writing. Such representations embody the contested relation in modernity between localities and the knowledge they produce, and books that carry metropolitan and cosmopolitan learning. The volume discusses fiction from the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries, including works by Sui Sin Far/Edith Eaton, Sarah Orne Jewett, Ernest Gaines, Wendell Berry, and Ursula LeGuin as well as romance novels and regional mysteries.

Eine kurze Geschichte von fast allem

Author: Bill Bryson
Publisher: Goldmann Verlag
ISBN: 3641079241
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Wie groß ist eigentlich das Universum? Was wiegt unsere Erde? Und wie ist das überhaupt möglich – die Erde zu wiegen? In seinem großen Buch nimmt uns Bestsellerautor Bill Bryson mit auf eine atemberaubende Reise durch Raum und Zeit: Er erklärt uns den Himmel und die Erde, die Sterne und die Meere, und nicht zuletzt die Entstehungsgeschichte des Menschen. »Eine kurze Geschichte von fast allem« ist ein ebenso fundierter und lehrreicher wie unterhaltsamer und amüsanter Ausflug in die Naturwissenschaften, mit dem Bill Bryson das scheinbar Unmögliche vollbracht hat: das Wissen von der Welt in dreißig Kapitel zu packen, die auch für den normalen Leser ohne Vorkenntnisse verständlich sind. Das ideale Buch für alle, die unser Universum und unsere Geschichte endlich verstehen möchten – und dabei auch noch Spaß haben wollen!

Worlds Without End

Author: Mary-Jane Rubenstein
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 023152742X
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"Multiverse" cosmologies imagine our universe as just one of a vast number of others. While this idea has captivated philosophy, religion, and literature for millennia, it is now being considered as a scientific hypothesis—with different models emerging from cosmology, quantum mechanics, and string theory. Beginning with ancient Atomist and Stoic philosophies, Mary-Jane Rubenstein links contemporary models of the multiverse to their forerunners and explores the reasons for their recent appearance. One concerns the so-called fine-tuning of the universe: nature's constants are so delicately calibrated that it seems they have been set just right to allow life to emerge. For some thinkers, these "fine-tunings" are evidence of the existence of God; for others, however, and for most physicists, "God" is an insufficient scientific explanation. Hence the allure of the multiverse: if all possible worlds exist somewhere, then like monkeys hammering out Shakespeare, one universe is bound to be suitable for life. Of course, this hypothesis replaces God with an equally baffling article of faith: the existence of universes beyond, before, or after our own, eternally generated yet forever inaccessible to observation or experiment. In their very efforts to sidestep metaphysics, theoretical physicists propose multiverse scenarios that collide with it and even produce counter-theological narratives. Far from invalidating multiverse hypotheses, Rubenstein argues, this interdisciplinary collision actually secures their scientific viability. We may therefore be witnessing a radical reconfiguration of physics, philosophy, and religion in the modern turn to the multiverse.

Einstein s Dreams

Author: Alan Lightman
Publisher: Droemer eBook
ISBN: 3426424819
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Albert Einstein träumt. Von der Zeit, wovon sonst? Dreißig Mal nickt er ein, und jedes Mal erscheint vor seinem geistigen Auge eine neue Vision jenes sonderbaren Phänomens, in das unsere Existenz gebettet ist. Alan Lightman ist mit seinem Roman ein Faszinosum gelungen: Mit spielerischer Leichtigkeit begleiten wir das Jahrhundertgenie Einstein auf wundersam erhellenden Traumreisen durch die Zeit. »Dreißig kleine, federleichte Gedankenspiele ... ein wunderschöner, anrührender und saukomischer Erstling.« (Stern)