Seven Brief Lessons on Physics - Carlo Rovelli

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics is an incredible tool for readers young and old. Each essay gives you a moderately easy to grasp layout of some of the most interesting concepts in the world of physics ranging from Relativity to black holes. If you're already well versed, this book is an excellent refresher and if you don't have much exposure it's a perfect introduction. This little book would make a great gift for the physics fan in your life.

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$18.00
ISBN: 9780399184413
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 1st, 2016

A Field Philosopher's Guide to Fracking: How One Texas Town Stood Up to Big Oil and Gas Adam Briggle

What the frack is a field philosopher? Adam Briggle narrates his journey from naive newly appointed philosophy professor to community organizer, thereby demonstrating that understanding environmental issues is often a matter of human rather than scientific insight. He explores questions like ‘does opposing fracking make me a hypocrite?’ and ‘is being afraid of fracking irrational?’ Written with a philosopher’s ironic wit and gift for metaphor, this book even teases apart and elucidates technical aspects of fracking I never thought I’d understand. It is a powerful reassertion of the practical value of the humanities in a complex modern world.

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$26.95
ISBN: 9781631490071
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Published: Liveright - October 19th, 2015

Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe - Lisa Randall

Lisa Randall, author of Warped Passages, is a Harvard particle physicist, and the first half of Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs (Ecco, $29.99) unfolds in space. From inner to outer, Big Bang to many light years later, Randall traces the development of ordinary matter—the 15% of the universe we can see—and the probable presence of dark matter (distinct from black holes), which is “oblivious” to light and may interact only with gravity. Though “we don’t know what dark matter is or is made of,” scientists believe it has been essential in forming and stabilizing galaxies. So what does that mean for us, here? The second half of the book loops back to Earth. Randall uses geology, paleobiology, and chemistry to follow a trail of iridium, microscopic diamonds, and shocked quartz from Italy to Montana to Russia, finally locating in the Gulf of Mexico the impact crater marking the moment 66-million years ago when a massive asteroid struck the planet. It’s a riveting investigation. Among the meteorite’s effects was the extinction of the dinosaurs, but what set that object in motion may have been dark matter. Randall theorizes that it caused a perturbation in the distant Oort cloud, sending an object Earthward. While admitting that this is speculative, Randall not only tells “one of the best stories in science,” but gives a spirited demonstration of science in action.

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ISBN: 9780062328472
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Published: Ecco - October 27th, 2015

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ISBN: 9780062328502
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Published: Ecco - October 18th, 2016

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