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O século 20 foi palco de importantes e assombrosas descobertas sobre o nosso próprio planeta, o sistema solar, as estrelas e as galáxias. Contudo, ainda buscamos respostas para inúmeras questões – O que é matéria escura? Estamos sozinhos no universo? É possível viajar no tempo? –, e essa busca nos proporciona uma valiosa compreensão da vastidão e das infinitas possibilidades do espaço universal que ainda estamos por descobrir.
O universo, considerando-se a sua imensidão, pode ser assustador, mas neste livro de fácil compreensão embarcamos numa viagem incrível através de todas as descobertas astronômicas fundamentais, desde as resultantes de crenças de civilizações antigas até as oriundas de pioneiras e recentes observações das ondas gravitacionais, previstas por Einstein mais de 100 anos atrás. Nunca houve ocasião melhor para começar a entender os mistérios do universo, e este guia essencial do cosmos é o melhor ponto de partida!
'A gripping exploration of one of the most fundamental, but also perplexing aspects of existence.' PROF. LEWIS DARTNELL, author of Origins
'Such an enjoyable read...full of delightful nuggets that you will want to impress your friends and family with.' PROF. JIM AL-KHALILI, NYT bestselling author of The World According to Physics
'This is a lovely, fascinating book. It blends history, geology, chemistry, philosophy and, of course, physics in a way that's delightful to read.' - ABIGAIL BEALL, author of The Art of Urban Astronomy
Discover the secrets of one of the biggest puzzles in our history - Time.
As a subject, it has perplexed and fascinated generations of scientists, historians and more, and continues to spark the most intriguing questions being asked in science today. Can time be stopped? Is time travel possible? Does time even exist...?
In these ten bite-sized essays, Colin Stuart delves into these big questions and uncovers the most awe-inspiring and revealing things we should all know about time. Perfect for readers of Carlo Rovelli and anyone fascinated by space and the universe, this is a must-read for those short on time, but not curiosity.
Un libro apasionante sobre todo aquello que siempre quisiste saber acerca del universo, desde el Big Bang hasta los más recientes descubrimientos de astronomía.
¿Quién no se ha sentido fascinado por las maravillas del cielo nocturno? Desde que los primeros humanos caminan sobre la tierra, hemos intentado comprender nuestro lugar en el cosmos. ¿Qué es la materia oscura? ¿Estamos solos en el universo? ¿Es posible viajar en el tiempo? Preguntas como estas nos proporcionan una visión fascinante de las infinitas posibilidades del espacio, aún por descifrar.
La inmensidad del universo puede resultar intimidante. Por eso, de una manera accesible, este libro nos propone un increíble viaje a través de los descubrimientos astronómicos más importantes, desde las creencias de las civilizaciones antiguas hasta los hallazgos más recientes y revolucionarios.
Comenzando con los primeros astrónomos, desde Ptolomeo hasta Newton, esta travesía parte desde la Tierra, el Sol y la Luna y se dirige cada vez más lejos de casa, cubriendo el Sistema Solar, las estrellas y las galaxias, para llegar finalmente al borde del universo y sus misterios: el Big Bang, la inflación cósmica y la energía oscura. Esta guía es el punto de partida perfecto para un viaje de descubrimiento del espacio y de nuestro lugar en él.
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«Si eres nuevo en el tema o quieres contagiar tu pasión por la astronomía a otros, este libro es un excelente lugar para comenzar la aventura.» BBC Sky at Night Magazine
«Este libro es un tesoro para cualquiera que busque comprender los avances de la astronomía, la cosmología y cómo llegamos hasta aquí desde aquellas primeras preguntas maravilladas de nuestros antepasados.» Astronomy Now
A fascinating and comprehensive guide to the sun - our home star - which remains the greatest mystery in the solar system, and why understanding it is pivotal to our future existence here on Earth.
In 1869, a great mystery was born. As astronomers observed a total solar eclipse, for the first time they saw the faint glow of the solar corona, the sun's outer atmosphere. Measurements of a previously unknown wavelength that made up this solar light sparked hot debate among scientists, but it was another sixty years before they discovered that this wavelength was in fact iron being burned at a staggering 3 million degrees Celsius. With the sun's surface only 6,000 degrees, this shouldn't be possible. What we now knew about the sun appeared to defy the laws of physics - and nature.
But as well as being shrouded in intriguing mystery, the unpredictable nature of the sun's corona poses a serious threat to our life here on earth - the destructive potential of solar storms, caused by solar material travelling out into space at around 1 million miles an hour, is huge. Remaining beyond our reach until now, a new generation of ambitious solar missions are currently travelling closer to the sun than any previous spacecraft in history. As we enter this unprecedented era of heliophysics, there has never been a better time to get to grips with the workings of our home star.
*The* puzzle book of 2018, as featured in the Times, Daily Telegraph, BBC Radio 4, and BBC Breakfast, and a Guardian Book of the Year pick.
Have YOU got what it takes to be an astronaut?
This book will help readers of all ages find out. Featuring 100 real astronaut tests and exercises from the European Space Agency's rigorous selection process, ranging from easy to fiendishly hard, The Astronaut Selection Test Book goes where no puzzle book has gone before.
Including puzzles and tests on:
· visual perception and logic
· mental arithmetic and concentration
· psychological readiness
· teamwork and leadership
· survival, physical and medical skills
· foreign languages (every astronaut has to know Russian!)
and much more, this richly illustrated book draws on Tim Peake's first-hand experience of applying to be an astronaut in 2008, when he and five others were chosen - out of over 8,000 applications!
We've all dreamed of being an astronaut, though of the estimated 100 billion people who have ever lived, only 557 people have travelled to space. But with this unprecedented look into real astronaut selection, you might just find out your dreams can become reality...
HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM SOLVER...
'Engrossing... a brain buster of a book... You'll learn plenty about space and what it takes to be an astronaut, but you'll also sharpen up your broader knowledge. For anyone interested in the space race and the imminent journey to Mars, here's the perfect stocking filler.' - STARBURST
'It's a brain work-out on steroids, stuffed with authentic selection tests... Entertaining and engaging... innovative, earnest, soulful and exhilarating' - BBC SKY AT NIGHT MAGAZINE (5 STARS, Book of the Month)
'It's such a good idea... this is a very good thing for Christmas Day' - GRAHAM NORTON, BBC RADIO 2
'Everybody, get this book... it's a fascinating read' - CHRIS MOYLES, RADIO X
'A fantastic gift... more than just a quiz' - WI LIFE
'The perfect [book] for big thinkers' - BBC ARTS, 2018's Biggest Books
Since the earliest humans walked the earth, the vast mysteries and wonders of the night sky have fascinated and beguiled us, as we've struggled to understand our place in the cosmos.
Even after the last century, which saw important and startling discoveries about our own planet, our solar system and the stars and galaxies beyond, there remain more questions than answers. But those questions - What is dark matter? Are we alone in the universe? Is time travel possible? - provide a fascinating insight into the vastness and infinite possibilities of space that we're yet to determine.
The sheer scale of the universe can be intimidating, but in this easily digestible book we embark on an incredible journey through all the essential astronomical discoveries, from the beliefs of ancient civilizations, through to the recent groundbreaking observations of the gravitational waves predicted by Einstein over 100 years ago. There's never been a better time to get to grips with the universe and this essential guide to the cosmos is the perfect place to start!
An exploration of space and time and a journey of discovery, through 13 of the most fascinating Christmas Lectures given at the Royal Institution of Great Britain over the last 200 years.
Started at the Royal Institution (Ri) in 1825 by Michael Faraday, the Christmas Lectures have been broadcast on television since the 1960s and have formed part of the British Christmas tradition for generations. First devised to attract young people to the magic of science through spectacular demonstrations, they are now watched by millions of people around the world every year.
Drawing on the incredible archive at the Ri, which is packed full of handwritten notebooks, photographs and transcripts, this book will focus on thirteen of the most captivating lectures given at the Ri on space and time, taking a look at what we thought we knew then and what has been discovered since.
While geeks' obsessive desire for data makes them constant curators of useless information, it also drives them to great lengths to find the solutions to everyday problems. How do you make the perfect cup of tea? What are the moves that will impress a hot date on the dance floor? Is there an optimum angle for skimming a stone? The Geek Guide to Life reveals the geeky secrets to living smarter, offering scientifically sourced advice for dealing with everything life throws at you. Presented with top tips, infographics and a sense of humour, the Geek Guide appeals not just to Star Trek junkies and computer nerds but to anyone seeking answers to some of life's eternal questions.