What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.
But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.
While you wait for your morning coffee to brew, for the bus, the train, or a plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.
America’s space program is at a turning point. After decades of global primacy, NASA has ended the space-shuttle program, cutting off its access to space. No astronauts will be launched in an American craft, from American soil, until the 2020s, and NASA may soon find itself eclipsed by other countries’ space programs.
With his signature wit and thought-provoking insights, Neil deGrasse Tyson—one of our foremost thinkers on all things space—illuminates the past, present, and future of space exploration and brilliantly reminds us why NASA matters now as much as ever. As Tyson reveals, exploring the space frontier can profoundly enrich many aspects of our daily lives, from education systems and the economy to national security and morale. For America to maintain its status as a global leader and a technological innovator, he explains, we must regain our enthusiasm and curiosity about what lies beyond our world.
Provocative, humorous, and wonderfully readable, Space Chronicles represents the best of Tyson’s recent commentary, including a must-read prologue on NASA and partisan politics. Reflecting on topics that range from scientific literacy to space-travel missteps, Tyson gives us an urgent, clear-eyed, and ultimately inspiring vision for the future.
Welcome to the Universe is a personal guided tour of the cosmos by three of today's leading astrophysicists. Inspired by the enormously popular introductory astronomy course that Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, and J. Richard Gott taught together at Princeton, this book covers it all—from planets, stars, and galaxies to black holes, wormholes, and time travel.
Describing the latest discoveries in astrophysics, the informative and entertaining narrative propels you from our home solar system to the outermost frontiers of space. How do stars live and die? Why did Pluto lose its planetary status? What are the prospects of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe? How did the universe begin? Why is it expanding and why is its expansion accelerating? Is our universe alone or part of an infinite multiverse? Answering these and many other questions, the authors open your eyes to the wonders of the cosmos, sharing their knowledge of how the universe works.
Breathtaking in scope and stunningly illustrated throughout, Welcome to the Universe is for those who hunger for insights into our evolving universe that only world-class astrophysicists can provide.
In this fascinating foray into the centuries-old relationship between science and military power, acclaimed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and writer-researcher Avis Lang examine how the methods and tools of astrophysics have been enlisted in the service of war. "The overlap is strong, and the knowledge flows in both directions," say the authors, because astrophysicists and military planners care about many of the same things: multi-spectral detection, ranging, tracking, imaging, high ground, nuclear fusion, and access to space. Tyson and Lang call it a "curiously complicit" alliance. "The universe is both the ultimate frontier and the highest of high grounds," they write. "Shared by both space scientists and space warriors, it’s a laboratory for one and a battlefield for the other. The explorer wants to understand it; the soldier wants to dominate it. But without the right technology—which is more or less the same technology for both parties—nobody can get to it, operate in it, scrutinize it, dominate it, or use it to their advantage and someone else’s disadvantage."
Spanning early celestial navigation to satellite-enabled warfare, Accessory to War is a richly researched and provocative examination of the intersection of science, technology, industry, and power that will introduce Tyson’s millions of fans to yet another dimension of how the universe has shaped our lives and our world.
Whether you’re a student or teacher, citizen scientist or science enthusiast, your guided tour of the cosmos just got even more hands-on with Welcome to the Universe: The Problem Book.
Orígenes es un libro sorprendente y absorbente, que empieza con el Big Bang y termina con la búsqueda de vida extraterrestre, en el cual los autores sintetizan los resultados de diversos campos científicos para presentar una especie de consiliencia cosmológica.
Orígenes es una excelente guía con la que viajar “de vuelta al principio de todo”.
Los lectores asiduos de sus ensayos mensuales en la revista Natural History han reconocido desde hace tiempo el talento de Tyson para guiarlos a través de los misterios del cosmos con gran claridad.
Más de cuarenta de los ensayos favoritos del autor se reúnen en Muerte por agujeros negros para explorar una miríada de temas cósmicos:lo que sería estar dentro de un agujero negro; los orígenes del universo, los esfuerzos mal logrados de la industria cinematográfica por reproducir fielmente los cielos nocturnos, entre muchos más.
Tyson es un maestro natural que simplifica las complejidades de la astrofísica mientras comparte su fascinación por nuestro universo.
«[Tyson] abarca un gran rango de temas... con gran sentido del humor, humildad y, lo más importante, humanidad.»
Na te i wiele innych rozpalających wyobraźnię kosmicznych pytań odpowiada w swojej książce słynny amerykański astrofizyk i znakomity popularyzator nauki Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Entuzjazm i pasja, z jaką Tyson opisuje wszechświat – ten bliski i ten odległy – udziela się milionom jego widzów i czytelników. Nawet najbardziej skomplikowane kosmiczne zjawiska stają się w jego ujęciu zrozumiałe i, co najważniejsze, fascynujące! Lektura „Kosmicznych zachwytów” – napisanej lekkim piórem książki pełnej zdumiewających faktów i wciągających opowieści – sprawi, że nocne wpatrywanie się w rozgwieżdżone niebo już nigdy nie będzie takie samo.
Dziś mało kto ma czas na kontemplację kosmosu. Tyson dobrze o tym wie, sprowadza więc cały wszechświat na ziemię, pisząc o nim jasno i zwięźle, z błyskotliwym poczuciem humoru, w smakowitych rozdziałach, które możecie z łatwością pochłonąć w dowolnym czasie i miejscu waszego wypełnionego zajęciami dnia.
Nieważne, czy właśnie czekacie na filiżankę porannej kawy, na przyjazd autobusu czy odlot samolotu – sięgnijcie po „Astrofizykę dla zabieganych”. Ta książka wyjaśni wam wszystko, czego potrzebujecie, by zyskać obeznanie z kosmosem… i zachwycić się nim!
Estas crónicas son una lectura provocadora y ágil que reflexionan sobre temas tan diversos como la literatura científica y las dificultades de las misiones espaciales, brindando una visión inspiradora del futuro.
Con su característico humor y sus provocadoras ideas, Neil deGrasse Tyson, el célebre presentador del programa Cosmos, ilumina el pasado, el presente y el futuro de la exploración del espacio y nos recuerda de manera brillante por qué la NASA importa más que nunca.
Estas crónicas son una lectura provocadora y ágil que representan lo mejor del pensamiento del autor y reflexionan sobre temas tan diversos como la literatura científica y los tropiezos de las misiones espaciales, brindando una visión del futuro necesaria, clara y, sobre todo, inspiradora.
Star Trek imagines a future for humans in space where we explore alien worlds using advanced technology. As writers tried to include as much realistic science as possible, the stories have been an inspiration for students, scientists, inventors.
The Star Trek TV and movie series imagine a bright future for humans in space, one in which we explore alien worlds with the aid of advanced technology. Because the writers tried to include as much realistic science as possible within the fictional framework, the stories have been an inspiration for students, scientists, inventors; and anyone interested in pondering our destiny on Earth and beyond. In this show, Brandon Fibbs reviews a Star Trek movie, and Lawrence Krauss talks about how Star Trek uses science to explore what is possible in our universe.
Brandon Fibbs: movie reviewer for The Colorado Springs Gazette, Christianity Today Movies, Cinemattraction and DVDFanatic.
Lawrence Krauss: foundation Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and the Physics Department, and Director of the Origins Initiative at Arizona State University. He is the author of several bestselling books, including The Physics of Star Trek.
Do you want to believe? Seth Shostak of SETI talks about his hunt for aliens in this show about the search for life beyond Earth.
Scientists have been searching for aliens in our solar system and beyond, but have not yet found evidence that life exists beyond Earth. SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, has been scanning the stars for alien radio beacons for 50 years. Radio and TV broadcasts have been leaking from Earth’s atmosphere for over a century, and these traveling time capsules could eventually reach a broader audience than ever imagined. Neil and Lynne review the methods used to locate aliens, and discuss what to do if you’re ever abducted.
Seth Shostak: Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute
Neil deGrasse Tyson's #1 New York Times bestselling guide to the cosmos, adapted for young listeners
From the basics of physics to big questions about the nature of space and time, celebrated astrophysicist and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson breaks down the mysteries of the cosmos into bite-sized pieces. Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry describes the fundamental rules and unknowns of our universe clearly-and with Tyson's characteristic wit, there's a lot of fun thrown in, too.
This adaptation by Gregory Mone includes extra explanations to make even the trickiest concepts accessible. Building on the wonder inspired by outer space, Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry introduces an exciting field and the principles of scientific inquiry to young listeners.
Could you travel to the past and visit Julius Caesar? Could you travel to the year 4000 and see what the future is like? Find out about the possibilities and paradoxes of time travel.
Time marches on except in astrophysics. Einstein taught us that time is a coordinate in space, and it’s all relative. Learn about the weird physics of our universe that could make time travel possible. Standing in for Lynne Koplitz this week is J. Richard Gott, author of Time Travel in Einstein’s Universe.
J. Richard Gott III: Professor of astrophysics at Princeton University, and author of Time Travel in Einstein’s Universe.
Forty years ago, on the dusty plains known as the Sea of Tranquility, Neil Armstrong stepped off a lunar module and into the pages of history.
That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. Neil Armstrong spoke these words after placing his foot down onto lunar soil, and throughout the course of the Apollo program eleven other astronauts also walked on the Moon. In this show, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and many others share their memories of Apollo, and say what they think should be NASA’s next step in space.
Terence T. “Tom” Henricks former NASA astronaut. A commander of two Space Shuttle missions and pilot of two others, Henricks became the first person to log over 1,000 hours as a Space Shuttle pilot/commander. His four space shuttle missions were STS-44, STS-55, STS-70 and STS-78.
Special guest Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central’s Colbert Report talks about the joys of being a science geek.
Brilliant scientific discoveries and cutting edge technology have transformed our world, yet many people are turned off by science. Where has the excitement for science gone, and how can we get it back? Stephen Colbert developed an interest in science at a young age, and now he shares that fascination by inviting scientists to appear on his show The Colbert Report.
Guests: Stephen Colbert: host of Comedy Central’s Colbert Report
Attempts by scientists and artists to reveal deep truths about the universe may take different forms, but they often end up agreeing with the poet John Keats that “truth is beauty.”
Geometry, physics and the other sciences describe the world we live in, and artists often play with these properties in their own imaginative investigations. From the drawings of Leonardo Da Vinci to high tech computer graphics, Neil and Lynne paint a picture of how science has inspired art through the ages.
Guests: Peter Max: pop artist best known for his psychedelic Cosmic 60s graphic design
What price do we put on knowledge? How does it profit a man if he learns about the universe, but goes to bed hungry? When the economy takes a downturn, should we still go up into space? NASA missions aren’t cheap—sending astronauts into low Earth orbit or to the Moon, sending robotic spacecraft to explore the planets, and launching telescopes into space can cost millions or even billions of dollars. Lou Friedman, director of the Planetary Society, argues that even when the dollar is dear, the quest to explore our universe is priceless.
Bill Nye The Science Guy
Lou Friedman: executive director of the Planetary Society
What’s so funny about space and science? Our season finale features the incomparable comedian Joan Rivers. In this episode, she provides color commentary for a Red Carpet parade of previous show topics, including space tourism, the anniversary of Apollo 11, and the search for alien life (both in space and in Hollywood).
Joan Rivers: comedian
Technology tuned to the stars, brought down to Earth. Learn about the many products in our lives that were developed because of the space program.
Space is now big business. Technology originally developed for the space program sometimes ends up in products for use on Earth, often in surprising ways. The 40,000 certified “Space Products” range from mattresses to medical devices, and have turned space into a multi-billion-dollar industry. Inspired by our excursions into the Final Frontier, entrepreneurs and inventors are turning stardust into gold.
Elliot Pulham: CEO of The Space Foundation
Lon Levin: founder of XM Satellite Radio
This year marks the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s use of the first telescope. On this week’s show, we reflect on how telescopes have changed our perception of our place in the universe, how small we are in size, space and time. Our guests include Dava Sobel, author of The Planets, Vatican Astronomer Father Chris Corbally, and astronaut Paul Richards.
We also discuss how they help astronomers discover new and interesting aspects of the universe, from Earth-like planets to supernova, from black holes to the Big Bang.
Dava Sobel: Author of Galileo’s Daughter, and, more recently, The Planets.
Father Chris Corbally: Vice Director of the Vatican Observatory.
Paul W. Richards: NASA Astronaut.
Richard Branson has formed Virgin Galactic and is now taking reservations aboard the maiden voyage of SpaceShipOne. Would you spend the estimated $200,000 for a 45-minute trip into space? Neil and Lynne also discuss the mechanics of sex in space.
Robert K. Weiss: President and Vice Chairman of the X Prize Foundation, film and television producer.
Charles Simonyi Space tourist and Microsoft co-founder.
Bill Nye: Engineer, science educator, and television host.
Star light, star bright, what will I find over the rainbow? Take a tour of the summer skies of the day and night.
Starry starry nights, stormy and sun-filled days. Long summer days of picnics and ballgames are played out under a vast and gorgeous canvas of astronomical and meteorological curiosities. From the stories of the stars told by the ancients, to a recent mammatus cloud over CitiField in New York, learn about the phenomena in the summer skies that keep us looking up.
Joe Rao: meteorologist for News 12 Westchester, New York.