The Wraparound Universe

Author: Jean-Pierre Luminet

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1439864969

Category: Mathematics

Page: 400

View: 9503


What shape is the universe? Is it curved and closed in on itself? Is it expanding? Where is it headed? Could space be wrapped around itself, such that it produces ghost images of faraway galaxies? Such are the questions posed by Jean-Pierre Luminet in The Wraparound Universe, which he then addresses in clear and accessible language. An expert in black holes and the big bang, he leads us on a voyage through the surprising byways of space-time, where possible topologies of the universe, explorations of the infinite, and cosmic mirages combine their mysterious traits and unlock the imagination. The Wraparound Universe is a general-audience book about the overall topology or shape of the universe. The central question addressed is whether it is possible that the universe is wrapped around in an interesting way, and what impact this would have on astronomical observations and our understanding of cosmology. Along the way many of the general features and much of the history of the modern picture of cosmology are discussed.

String Theory For Dummies

Author: Andrew Zimmerman Jones,Daniel Robbins

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 047046724X

Category: Science

Page: 364

View: 2756


An accessible introduction to the mathematical "theory of everything" explains its consideration of ten or more dimensions in an attempt to define the basic nature of matter and energy, evaluating its hypotheses and predictions while considering the positions of its supporters and detractors. Original.

Das Buch der Universen

Author: John D. Barrow

Publisher: Campus Verlag

ISBN: 3593393379

Category: Science

Page: 360

View: 2198


Jahrtausendelang war für uns Menschen das eigene Universum so unbegreiflich, dass der Gedanke an andere Welten unvorstellbar war. Erst die moderne Physik mit der Theorie der Multiversen schuf die Voraussetzung, andere, neue Universen zu beschreiben, wie sie nach den Gesetzen der Physik möglich sind. John Barrow zeigt uns die bislang entdeckten Lösungen für Einsteins Universumsgleichung in diesem faszinierenden Buch: rotierende und unberechenbare, sich aufblähende und schrumpfende, heiße und kalte, bucklige und glatte, flache Universen und solche mit einem Loch in der Mitte, Universen voller Leben und Universen, die plötzlich aufhören zu existieren. Eine spektakuläre Reise in die fantastischen Welten der modernen Kosmologie – und an die Grenzen unseres eigenen Vorstellungsvermögens.

The Evolving Universe and the Origin of Life

The Search for Our Cosmic Roots

Author: Pekka Teerikorpi,Mauri Valtonen,K. Lehto,Harry Lehto,Gene Byrd,Arthur Chernin

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0387095349

Category: Science

Page: 522

View: 6749


Sir Isaac Newton famously said, regarding his discoveries, "If I have seen further it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants." The Evolving Universe and the Origin of Life describes, complete with fascinating biographical details of the thinkers involved, the ascent to the metaphorical shoulders accomplished by the greatest minds in history. For the first time, a single book can take the reader on a journey through the history of the universe as interpreted by the expanding body of knowledge of humankind. From subatomic particles to the protein chains that form life, and expanding in scale to the entire universe, this book covers the science that explains how we came to be. The Evolving Universe and the Origin of Life contains a great breadth of knowledge, from astronomy to physics, from chemistry to biology. It includes over 350 figures that enhance the comprehension of concepts both basic and advanced, and is a non-technical, easy-to-read text at an introductory college level that is ideal for anyone interested in science as well as its history.

H. P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror #2

Author: Marvin Kaye

Publisher: Wildside Press LLC

ISBN: 1592242073

Category: Fiction

Page: 84

View: 3996


The second issue of H.P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror is dedicated to classic fantasy writer Richard Matheson, presenting an original story, interview, and critical overview of his movies. An additional 11 stories fill out the issue, including work by such luminaries as Tanith Lee, Ray Russell, Chris Bunch, a classic reprint from E. Hoffman Price, and much more. Plus all the usual features by editor Marvin Kaye, book reviewer Craig Shaw Gardner, and film critic Greg Lamberson. Plus poetry by H.P. Lovecraft, Lynn Jamneck, and Mike Allen. Rounding out the issue is a fine selection of artwork by Steve Hickman (cover), Allen Koszowski, Alex McVey, Britt Spencer, George H. Scithers, Mike Dublisch, and David Grilla.


Cars and Culture

Author: Peter Wollen,Joe Kerr

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 9781861891327

Category: Social Science

Page: 400

View: 5138


The reach of the car today is almost universal, and its effect on landscapes, cityscapes, cultures – indeed, on the very fabric of the modern world – is profound. Cars have brought benefits to individuals in terms of mobility and expanded horizons, but the cost has been very high in terms of damage to the environment and the consumption of precious resources. Despite the growing belief that a Faustian price is now being paid for the freedom cars have bestowed on us, we are none the less manufacturing them in ever greater numbers. Autopia is the first book to explore the culture of the motor car in the widest possible sense. Featuring newly commissioned essays by writers, critics, historians, artists and film-makers, as well as reprinting key texts, it examines the effect of the car throughout the world, including the USA, Western and Eastern Europe, Japan, China, Cuba, India and South Africa. In this book the car is treated neither as a technological fetish object nor as an instrument of danger. Instead, it is examined as a hugely important determinant of 20th-century culture, neither wholly good nor an unmitigated disaster, and certainly endlessly fascinating. Contributors include Michael Bracewell, Ziauddin Sardar, Al Rees, Martin Pawley, Donald Richie and Peter Hamilton. Key texts by Marshall Berman, Jane Jacobs, Roland Barthes, Marc Aug� and others.

Homogeneous Relativistic Cosmologies

Author: Michael P. Ryan,Lawrence C. Shepley

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400868564

Category: Science

Page: 338

View: 7856


Addressing a variety of theoretical cosmological problems, and emphasizing a mathematical approach, this volume nicely complements Peebles' Physical Cosmology (Princeton Series in Physics, 1971). Ryan and Shepley have concentrated on the structure of models of the universe. By using a modern terminology that emphasizes the operator nature of vectors and tensors, as opposed to their components in a particular coordinate system, the authors develop modern tensor analysis to the point where it can be applied to general relativistic cosmology. They then use it to describe homogeneous cosmologies in considerable detail. Both students and researchers are likely to find these techniques especially useful. Among their subjects are: spaces with groups of motions; singularities; Taub-NUT-Misner space; Bianchitype models; Hamiltonian cosmology; and perturbations in anisotropic models. A brief section on observations is also included, as is a complete bibliography. A final section presents graded exercises that underscore the potential yet unrealized in this area of study. Originally published in 1975. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Terminal Identity

The Virtual Subject in Postmodern Science Fiction

Author: Scott Bukatman

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822313403

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 404

View: 1956


Scott Bukatman's Terminal Identity—referring to both the site of the termination of the conventional "subject" and the birth of a new subjectivity constructed at the computer terminal or television screen--puts to rest any lingering doubts of the significance of science fiction in contemporary cultural studies. Demonstrating a comprehensive knowledge, both of the history of science fiction narrative from its earliest origins, and of cultural theory and philosophy, Bukatman redefines the nature of human identity in the Information Age. Drawing on a wide range of contemporary theories of the postmodern—including Fredric Jameson, Donna Haraway, and Jean Baudrillard—Bukatman begins with the proposition that Western culture is suffering a crisis brought on by advanced electronic technologies. Then in a series of chapters richly supported by analyses of literary texts, visual arts, film, video, television, comics, computer games, and graphics, Bukatman takes the reader on an odyssey that traces the postmodern subject from its current crisis, through its close encounters with technology, and finally to new self-recognition. This new "virtual subject," as Bukatman defines it, situates the human and the technological as coexistent, codependent, and mutally defining. Synthesizing the most provocative theories of postmodern culture with a truly encyclopedic treatment of the relevant media, this volume sets a new standard in the study of science fiction—a category that itself may be redefined in light of this work. Bukatman not only offers the most detailed map to date of the intellectual terrain of postmodern technology studies—he arrives at new frontiers, providing a propitious launching point for further inquiries into the relationship of electronic technology and culture.

Every Day

Author: Elizabeth Richards

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476729883

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

View: 9662


In the rare moments when Leigh Adelman has time to consider her chaotic life, it takes her breath away: there's her 14 year-old son Isaac, fierce and vulnerable; eight-year-old Jane, wise, tart-tongued and practical; baby Daisy, her joyful last child; and reasonable, patient Simon, a devoted husband and father. Leigh's suburban New York life is 14 years distant from her first love. It had been electric, an adventure that produced the divine gift of Isaac -- and taught her that even all-consuming passion doesn't mean happily ever after. But that intense, hopeful time had slowly receded to a distant corner of her heart...until the summer morning when Fowler popped back into her life. Cautiously, Leigh walks into a Manhattan hotel bar, unfinished business compelling her to see the brilliant, uncompromising Fowler. And as soon as she hears his voice she understands that she has always loved him. But this rendezvous turns out to be less about first love than it is about a last chance. For it is clear that Fowler is dying. Honest, moving and utterly authentic, Every Day is about testing the boundaries of love, and living with the often messy consequences. For anyone who has ever daydreamed about the past, or silently wondered what if, this unforgettable novel rings with one essential truth: the toughest choices yield the most unexpected rewards.

Hollywood's Censor

Joseph I. Breen and the Production Code Administration

Author: Thomas Doherty

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231512848

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 440

View: 5581


From 1934 to 1954 Joseph I. Breen, a media-savvy Victorian Irishman, reigned over the Production Code Administration, the Hollywood office tasked with censoring the American screen. Though little known outside the ranks of the studio system, this former journalist and public relations agent was one of the most powerful men in the motion picture industry. As enforcer of the puritanical Production Code, Breen dictated "final cut" over more movies than anyone in the history of American cinema. His editorial decisions profoundly influenced the images and values projected by Hollywood during the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War. Cultural historian Thomas Doherty tells the absorbing story of Breen's ascent to power and the widespread effects of his reign. Breen vetted story lines, blue-penciled dialogue, and excised footage (a process that came to be known as "Breening") to fit the demands of his strict moral framework. Empowered by industry insiders and millions of like-minded Catholics who supported his missionary zeal, Breen strove to protect innocent souls from the temptations beckoning from the motion picture screen. There were few elements of cinematic production beyond Breen's reach he oversaw the editing of A-list feature films, low-budget B movies, short subjects, previews of coming attractions, and even cartoons. Populated by a colorful cast of characters, including Catholic priests, Jewish moguls, visionary auteurs, hardnosed journalists, and bluenose agitators, Doherty's insightful, behind-the-scenes portrait brings a tumultuous era and an individual both feared and admired to vivid life.

The Universe, Is It Guiding Our Lives?

Author: Fred Bonisch

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1438948433

Category: Nature

Page: 140

View: 3575


The question about whether the Universe is guiding our lives has remained a mystery throughout all the ages. While scientific explorations have enabled us to venture far into space, we have come to recognize a vastness that is well beyond our human imagination. In spite of these enormous achievements, we have not come upon other life outside our small planet Earth. As the only known life-supporting planet in the universe discovered thus far, we should consider ourselves as unique and even special. This then raises the question whether we are the creation of a divine plan and if we are meant to serve a greater purpose. While we are limited to recognizing a physical world that exists around us, this book looks beyond the physical and into the possibility of a spiritual existence within the universe. Much of the world's population believes in a higher being, a divine creator, a God. This very idea provides us with a spiritual foundation from which we can venture into the silent, but by no means, lifeless realm of the universe. While we may be unaware of our purpose for being here with any degree of certainty, it should not deter us from attempting to explore this issue. By assuming that we each have a purpose to fulfill, should we be curious to know who out there determines this for each of us? How are we guided along this path and what is our connection with these unseen forces? The author attempts to explore this mystery based on both past and current practices within society. By sharing from his own unique life's experiences, he points to a possible spiritual intervention in our own daily lives. While certainly not everyone may agree with the author's assumptions, it should, however, leave the reader with a good deal of cause for thought.

A History of the Universe

Volume I: Complexity

Author: Henry Kong M. D.

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595860222

Category: Science

Page: 152

View: 6466


Take a mind blowing journey beyond the furthest stars, from the Big Bang to the end of time. Witness the evolution of complexity, from organic chemistry to the Dinosaurs. Probe the deepest recesses of the human mind in search consciousness itself. It's all here in this dazzling first volume of Henry Kong's history of the Universe.

Dark Pool of Light, Volume Two

Consciousness in Psychospiritual and Psychic Ranges

Author: Richard Grossinger

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1583945083

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 472

View: 1706


In books like Embyogenesis and Embryos, Galaxies, and Sentient Beings, author Richard Grossinger brought together the subjects of biological embryology and the esoteric process of human consciousness becoming embodied ("The embryo is the universe writing itself on its own body"). In Dark Pool of Light, his three-volume series of books discussing the nature of reality and consciousness, Grossinger weaves neuroscience-based behaviorism and the phenomenology of "being" and reality together with psychological and psychospiritual views of "that single thing which is most difficult to understand or vindicate: our own existence." In Volume 1, Grossinger begins with the scientific and philosophical, analytical views of reality; the subtitle of that volume is The Neuroscience, Evolution, and Ontology of Consciousness. In Volume 2, Consciousness in Psychospiritual and Psychic Ranges, he examines psychic sensitivity and planes of existence from diverse experiential perspectives, including theosophy and Buddhism. In 2008, Grossinger began studying with noted psychic teacher John Friedlander, who helped him refine his vision of cerebral and somatic awareness to still-subtler levels. "Dark Pool of Light began unnamed in the journals of my psychic work with John Friedlander," says Grossinger, "not so much a record of actual practices as insights from them and extensions out of them." An expansive inquiry into the nature of consciousness, this volume includes these "field notes" and observations from Grossinger's studies in the imaginal psychic realm, as well as exercises to invite the reader to experience these dimensions for themselves.

Schwarze Löcher

Aus dem Französischen übersetzt von Thomas Filk

Author: Jean-Pierre Luminet

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3322850145

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 326

View: 8529


Schwarze Löcher sind die wohl faszinierendsten Objekte, die die moderne Astronomie gefunden hat. Sie sind bereits zur Legende geworden, und es ranken sich Mythen und Fantasien um sie. Sind sie wirklich die Monster im Weltall, die die Sterne und alles um sich herum bedrohen, oder sind sie nur theoretische Modelle, die aus der Relativitätstheorie entspringen, aber nie eine Chance haben, entdeckt zu werden. Auf dem Weg zur Beantwortung dieser Fragen nimmt uns der Autor mit auf eine faszinierende Reise durch Raum und Zeit. Er erklärt, wie Sterne geboren werden, aufleuchten und schließlich sterben. Er führt uns in die seltsame Welt der Supernovae, Röntgensterne und Quasare. Wir reisen bis ans Ende des Universums und an die Grenzen der modernen Physik. Neben den beiden französischen Auflagen liegt bereits auch eine englische Auflage vor. Rezension in "Sirius" Nr.1 S.6 (...) Über schwarze Löcher ist schon viel geschrieben worden doch das vorliegende Buch darf von sich in Anspruch nehmen, daß es wohl zu der kleinen Schar derjenigen Werke zu zählen ist, die zum Verständnis schwarzer Löcher enorm beitragen können. (...) (...) Das Buch ist in einer fesselnden Art geschrieben, was auch ein Verdienst der deutschen Übersetzung ist, do daß man kaum noch zu lesen aufhören kann. (...)


(Private 1)

Author: James Patterson

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1407059831

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

View: 3877


A brand new James Patterson series based around the world's most exclusive detective agency. Former US Marine Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily - and his staff of investigators use the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases. In L.A., Jack is already deep into the investigation of a multimillion-dollar gambling scandal and the unsolved slayings of eighteen schoolgirls when he learns of a horrific murder close to home: his best friend's wife, Jack's former lover, has been killed. It nearly pushes him over the edge. Instead, Jack pushes back and devotes all of Private's resources to tracking down her killer. And Jack doesn't have to play by the rules.

Fata Morgana


Author: S.M. Muse

Publisher: S.M. Muse

ISBN: 1503180425

Category: Fiction

Page: 230

View: 5682


What is life? Is it how you live it, what you do in the middle, or how you leave it behind? Stacie, sixteen going on forever, never got a chance to find out. Her life, like her childhood, would be cut short by a monster named Crowley. That’s where I come in- though a lifetime too late. I loved Stacie from the start, from the moment I first laid eyes on her in high school. I just never got a chance to see what might have been. My dreams... our dreams, died when Stacie died. For you see, Crowley got there first. If I had to do it all over again, I would have never let her go. I never would have left her behind- I would have slain the monster, rescued the princess and lived happily ever after. If I had to do it all over again...

The Oracle Rebounds

Author: Allison van Diepen

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 9781426874512

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 304

View: 2310


As the "oracle of dating," Kayla is supposed to have all the answers about love and relationships. She's supposed to have the perfect relationship. But now that Jared is "taking a step back," Kayla feels like a total fraud. So the expert on dating starts taking her own rebound advice—and some from her friends—and stops moping around. Yeah, there are other possibilities out there—including the beyond-cute French foreign exchange student she's showing around town. But when controversy erupts about the Oracle's advice, Kayla is sent reeling once again. Will anything work out for her this year? Yet when her friends start seriously needing the Oracle, Kayla begins to focus on what really matters: Viv, Sharese, Amy and Ryan, her true-blue buds. And suddenly, everything starts making sense again….


Author: Todd McFarlane,Tom Leveen

Publisher: Panini

ISBN: 373673610X

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 131

View: 5070


Nicht bloß die Detectives Sam und Twitch folgen dem neuen Bösewicht Soul Crusher, der seine Opfer einen qualvollen Tod sterben lässt. Auch Spawn Al Simmons bekommt es mit dem Gasmasken-Mann zu tun. Die komplette Storyline in einem düsteren Band – mit einem brandneuen Gegner für den höllischen Antihelden!

Time Travel and Warp Drives

A Scientific Guide to Shortcuts Through Time and Space

Author: Allen Everett,Thomas Roman

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226224988

Category: Science

Page: 268

View: 1020


Discusses what people understand about space and time and how science fiction is becoming less fictional as time goes on.