The Hunt for Vulcan: . . . and How Albert Einstein Destroyed a Planet, Discovered Relativity, and Deciphered the Universe, Levenson Thomas
Автор: Levenson Thomas Название: Newton and the Counterfeiter ISBN: 0571229921 ISBN-13(EAN): 9780571229925 Издательство: Faber Рейтинг: Цена: 1429 р. Наличие на складе: Поставка под заказ.
Описание: Already famous throughout Europe for his theories of planetary motion and gravity, Isaac Newton decided to take on the job of running the Royal Mint. And there, Newton became drawn into a battle with William Chaloner, a man who not only got away with faking His Majesty`s coins, but was trying to take over the Mint itself.
Описание: The captivating, all-but-forgotten story of Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and the search for a planet that never existed For more than fifty years, the world s top scientists searched for the missing planet Vulcan, whose existence was mandated by Isaac Newton s theories of gravity. Countless hours were spent on the hunt for the elusive orb, and some of the era s most skilled astronomers even claimed to have found it. There was just one problem: It was never there. In "The Hunt for Vulcan, " Thomas Levenson follows the visionary scientists who inhabit the story of the phantom planet, starting with Isaac Newton, who in 1687 provided an explanation for all matter in motion throughout the universe, leading to Urbain-Jean-Joseph Le Verrier, who almost two centuries later built on Newton s theories and discovered Neptune, becoming the most famous scientist in the world. Le Verrier attempted to surpass that triumph by predicting the existence of yet another planet in our solar system, Vulcan. It took Albert Einstein to discern that the mystery of the missing planet was a problem not of measurements or math but of Newton s theory of gravity itself. Einstein s general theory of relativity proved that Vulcan did not and could not exist, and that the search for it had merely been a quirk of operating under the wrong set of assumptions about the universe. Levenson tells the previously untold tale of how the discovery of Vulcan in the nineteenth century set the stage for Einstein s monumental breakthrough, the greatest individual intellectual achievement of the twentieth century. A dramatic human story of an epic quest, "The Hunt for Vulcan" offers insight into how science really advances (as opposed to the way we re taught about it in school) and how the best work of the greatest scientists reveals an artist s sensibility. Opening a new window onto our world, Levenson illuminates some of our most iconic ideas as he recounts one of the strangest episodes in the history of science. Praise for "The Hunt for Vulcan" Delightful . . . a charming tale about an all-but-forgotten episode in science history. "The Wall Street Journal" Engaging . . . At heart, this is a story about how science advances, one insight at a time. But the immediacy, almost romance, of Levenson s writing makes it almost novelistic. "The Washington Post" Captures the drama of the tireless search for this celestial object. "Science" "" A well-structured, fast-paced example of exemplary science writing. "Kirkus Reviews "(starred review) A short, beautifully produced book that tells a cautionary tale . . . Levenson is a breezy writer who renders complex ideas in down-to-earth language. "The Boston Globe" An inspiring tale about the quest for discovery. Walter Isaacson Equal to the best science writing I ve read anywhere, by any author. Beautifully composed, rich in historical context, deeply researched, it is, above all, great storytelling. Alan Lightman, author of "The Accidental Universe" Levenson tells us where Vulcan came from, how it vanished, and why its spirit lurks today. Along the way, we learn more than a bit of just how science works when it succeeds as well as when it fails. Neil deGrasse Tyson Science writing at its best. This book is not just learned, passionate, and witty it is profoundly wise. Junot Diaz
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Автор: Levenson Thomas Название: Hunt for Vulcan ISBN: 1784973971 ISBN-13(EAN): 9781784973971 Издательство: Неизвестно Рейтинг: Цена: 2226 р. Наличие на складе: Невозможна поставка.
Описание: An elegant and entertaining account explaining the strange history of the (non-existent) Planet Vulcan, which confounded the 19th century`s brightest minds.
Автор: Levenson, Alan T. Название: Making of the modern jewish bible ISBN: 1442205172 ISBN-13(EAN): 9781442205178 Издательство: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Рейтинг: Цена: 4280 р. Наличие на складе: Поставка под заказ.
Tracing its history from Moses Mendelssohn to today, Alan Levenson explores the factors that shaped what is the modern Jewish Bible and its centrality in Jewish life today. The Making of the Modern Jewish Bible explains how Jewish translators, commentators, and scholars made the Bible a keystone of Jewish life in Germany, Israel and America. Levenson argues that German Jews created a religious Bible, Israeli Jews a national Bible, and American Jews an ethnic one. In each site, scholars wrestled with the demands of the non-Jewish environment and their own indigenous traditions, trying to balance fidelity and independence from the commentaries of the rabbinic and medieval world.
Автор: Levenson, Dan Название: Old-time festival tunes for clawhammer b ISBN: 0786687541 ISBN-13(EAN): 9780786687541 Издательство: Неизвестно Рейтинг: Цена: 3711 р. Наличие на складе: Невозможна поставка.
Описание: Have you ever wondered what dogs think about? A walk? A ball? Explore the meaning of life from a dog's point of view in this wonderful companion to Eleanor Levenson's fish first book, What I Think About When I Think About Swimming.
Автор: Levenson Deborah T Название: Adios Nino ISBN: 0822353156 ISBN-13(EAN): 9780822353157 Издательство: Marston Book Services Рейтинг: Цена: 4041 р. Наличие на складе: Поставка под заказ.
Описание: In Adiós Niño: The Gangs of Guatemala City and the Politics of Death, Deborah T. Levenson examines transformations in the Guatemalan gangs called Maras from their emergence in the 1980s to the early 2000s. A historical study, Adiós Niño describes how fragile spaces of friendship and exploration turned into rigid and violent ones in which youth, and especially young men, came to employ death as a natural way of living for the short period that they expected to survive. Levenson relates the stark changes in the Maras to global, national, and urban deterioration; transregional gangs that intersect with the drug trade; and the Guatemalan military's obliteration of radical popular movements and of social imaginaries of solidarity. Part of Guatemala City's reconfigured social, political, and cultural milieu, with their members often trapped in Guatemala's growing prison system, the gangs are used to justify remilitarization in Guatemala's contemporary postwar, post-peace era. Portraying the Maras as microcosms of broader tragedies, and pointing out the difficulties faced by those youth who seek to escape the gangs, Levenson poses important questions about the relationship between trauma, memory, and historical agency.
Автор: Levenson Ellie Название: 50 Campaigns to Shout About ISBN: 1851687718 ISBN-13(EAN): 9781851687718 Издательство: TBS/GBS Рейтинг: Цена: 1483 р. Наличие на складе: Поставка под заказ.
Описание: The always provocative Ellie Levenson is here to drive us into action. From building more affordable housing to lobbying for more ethical banking and clean drinking water for all, Ellie introduces 50 of the most pressing issues of the 21st century.
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